Ah, the mesmerizing allure of a gray Maine Coon cat! As a Maine Coon expert, I’m spellbound by their mystical beauty and their stunning coat that seems to hide secrets of the universe. They are quite a sight to behold!
These gray marvels (or ‘grey’ as our English friends would put it) come in a range of fabulous color variants, all under the official Maine Coon umbrella of ‘blue’.
From the charming grey tabbies and ethereal grey smoke to the intriguing combination of grey and black or the classic grey and white, each variation holds its own distinct charm.
Interestingly enough, these beauties are often referred to by the slightly misleading term ‘Gray’, but don’t let that confuse you.
This gorgeous Maine Coon coloring spans an array of shades that extend from the subtly sublime ‘grey smoke’ to the striking ‘grey and white’.
However, the most peculiar aspect of this particular Maine Coon coloring is that it’s officially labeled as a blue Maine Coon! Fascinating, isn’t it?
These enigmatic gray Maine Coon cats are truly a sight to behold, brimming with their own distinct charm and enigma.
How To Spot a Grey Maine Coon
Spotting a gray Maine Coon might be a bit puzzling at first, primarily due to the official color classifications. According to the Cat Fanciers Association, a ‘grey Maine Coon’ doesn’t exist as a separate color categorization, but rather comes under the ‘blue’ category.
This might seem a bit odd initially, but remember, the world of Maine Coon colorings is full of overlaps and subtle nuances. A notable example of this is the Orange Maine Coon, which is officially tagged as ‘red’. Intriguing, isn’t it? If you’re curious about this, take a look at my detailed guide on the captivating red Maine Coon cat.
As per the Cat Fanciers Association, grey Maine Coon cats and kittens can be found in the following color classes:
- Solid Color Class
- All Other Tabby Color Class
- All Other Tabby & White Colors and Color Class (Including Vans)
- Bi-Color Color Class (Including Vans)
- Parti-Color Color Class
- Parti-Color And White Color Class
- Shaded And Smoke Color Class
- Shaded/Smoke And White Color Class (Including Vans)
Now, let’s delve into the specifics. Below, you’ll find a table that outlines the essential physical colorings a Maine Coon cat must exhibit to fall into the ‘blue Maine Coon’ color group. Be prepared to find the stunning gray hues among these categories!
Here is the detailed categorization of grey (blue) Maine Coons according to their color classes and requirements (source 1):
|Solid Colour Class
|One level tone from their nose to the tip of the tail. Sound to the roots, and blue nose and paw leather
|All Other Tabbies Colors Class
|Clear silver, pale ground color. Deep blue markings. Old rose nose leather and rose-colored paw pads. Allowed white trim around their chin and lip
|Blue-Silver Patched Tabby
|Clear silver, pale ground color. Blue markings mixed with cream patches. Old rose-colored nose leather, and rose and/or pink paw pads
|Pale bluish Ivory ground color. Very deep blue markings. Overtones of warm fawn, or patina over the whole. Rose paw pads and old rose nose leather
|Blue Patched Tabby
|Pale bluish Ivory ground color, with very deep blue markings & patches of cream. Overtones of warm fawns or patina over the whole. Rose and/or pink paw pads and old rose nose leather
|All Other Tabby & White Colors and Color Class
|Tabby & White
|Defined for a tabby, with/without white on the face. Should have white on bib, all four paws, and belly. Blue, blue-silver, cream, cream-silver, cameo colors accepted
|Patched Tabby & White
|Same coloring as listed for patched tabby (torbie), with/without white on the face. Necessary to have white on all four paws, belly, and bib
|Bi-Color Color Class
|Blue & White
|Mixture of blue and white, with/without white on its face. There must be white on all four paws, belly, and bib
|Parti-Color Color Class
|Blue with cream patches, or cream colors softly intermingled on their boy and extremities
|Parti-Color & White Color Class
|White, with patches of blue and cream. Their underparts are mainly white
|Blue-Cream & White
|Named blue-cream, with/without white on their face. Need to have white on all four paws, bib, and belly
|Shaded & Smoke Color Class
|Chinchilla Blue Silver
|White undercoat. Sparkling silver appearance, due to coat on the back, flanks, head, and tail being tipped with blue
|Shaded Blue Silver
|White undercoat ‘with a mantle of blue tipping shading down from sides, face, and tail from dark on the ridge to white on the chin, chest, stomach, and under the tail’
|White undercoat. The fur on the cat’s flanks, back, and tail gently tipped with blue and shades of cream
|White undercoat. ‘Mantle of blue and cream shading down the sides, face, and tail’
|White undercoat deeply tipped with blue. The resting cat looks blue. The white undercoat shows when the cat moves
|White undercoat that is ‘deeply tipped with blue, with clearly defined patches of cream as in the pattern of the blue cream
|Shaded Smoke & White Color Class
|Chinchilla Blue Silver & White
|‘As defined for chinchilla blue silver with or without white on the face’. All four paws, belly, and bib needs to be white
Gray Maine Coon Size
It’s important to note that while we’re speaking specifically about grey (or blue) Maine Coons here, these size traits apply to all Maine Coons regardless of color.
Their large, impressive physique is part of what makes Maine Coons so beloved among cat enthusiasts around the world. These cats truly are gentle giants, and their size only adds to their charm and majestic presence.
How Much Does A Grey Maine Coon Cost
Absolutely, let’s dig deeper into the costs associated with owning a grey Maine Coon. This breed’s striking features and delightful personality traits certainly don’t come cheap, but for many, they are well worth the investment.
Here are some additional points to consider:
- Breeder Reputation: The price of a Maine Coon can vary considerably depending on the breeder. Reputable breeders who screen for health issues and provide excellent care for their cats often charge more. But purchasing from a reliable breeder can save you money on health issues in the long run.
- Genetic Lines: Cats from award-winning genetic lines, or those with unique colorings or features, can also command higher prices.
- Location: Depending on where you live, the cost of a Maine Coon can vary. Some areas have higher demand or fewer breeders, which can drive up the cost.
- Additional Costs: Remember, the purchase price is just the beginning. You’ll also need to factor in the cost of food, litter, regular veterinary care, toys, grooming, and potential health issues.
Here’s an expanded table, taking into account these additional points:
|Average Price ($)
|Average Price (£)
|Maine Coon Kitten (Standard)
|Price may vary depending on breeder, location, and lineage
|Maine Coon Cat (Adult)
|Cheaper upfront, but potential for unknown health issues
|‘Show’ Maine Coon
|Up to 2500
|Up to 1975
|Higher costs due to breeding standards and potential for prizes
|Rescue Maine Coon
|Cost can be lower, but potential for unknown health or behavioral issues
|Maine Coon (Award-Winning Lineage)
|Cats from award-winning lines often command higher prices
|Maine Coon (Rare Coloring)
|Unique colorings, like solid grey, can drive up price
It’s crucial to remember that while the initial cost might seem high, the joy and companionship a Maine Coon can bring to your home are priceless. Always ensure that you’re prepared for the financial responsibility before bringing one of these beautiful cats into your home.
Where To Buy A Grey Maine Coon
I can provide you with a general list of places where you can potentially find a grey Maine Coon. However, the availability of grey Maine Coon cats may vary greatly, and the buyer must research and validate the credibility of the source.
- Registered Breeders: The most reliable source for purebred Maine Coons is registered breeders who are recognized by cat fancier associations. They adhere to strict guidelines concerning cat health and breeding practices.
- Pet Adoption Agencies and Rescue Groups: Many pet adoption agencies and rescue groups have Maine Coons or Maine Coon mixes available for adoption. They may not always have kittens, and the color selection may be more limited, but these agencies provide a valuable service and help cats find loving homes.
- Animal Shelters and Humane Societies: Shelters occasionally receive purebred cats and often have many adorable Maine Coon mixes that need homes. Adoption fees are generally reasonable and support the shelter’s operations.
- Online Pet Marketplaces: Websites like Adopt-a-Pet, Petfinder, and even Facebook groups can be sources to find Maine Coon cats. However, always exercise caution when dealing with individuals online and ensure they are reputable before proceeding with any transaction.
- Cat Shows: Cat shows are events where breeders display their cats and kittens. These are great places to see a variety of breeds, including the Maine Coon, and meet the breeders in person.
- Pet Stores: Some pet stores may carry Maine Coons or can direct you to a reliable source. However, always verify that the pet store is sourcing their pets from responsible breeders.
- Maine Coon Specialty Clubs: Joining a Maine Coon cat club or organization can connect you with a network of enthusiasts who may be able to help you find a kitten.
Remember, when purchasing any pet, it’s essential to check the credibility of the breeder or source. Look for breeders who have good reputations, treat their cats well, and test for common genetic health problems.
Beware of any breeder or seller who is unwilling to provide you with veterinary records or allow you to see where the cat has been living.
Indeed, the grey or “blue” Maine Coon is a stunning breed of cat that can bring joy to many households. With their striking blueish-grey fur and impressive size, they are truly a sight to behold.
Despite not being an officially recognized color by the Cat Fanciers Association, their beauty is undeniable.
Remember, it is the personality, health, and well-being of the cat that matters most, regardless of their color or breed. These “blue” Maine Coons are known for their playful, loving, and sociable nature, making them great companions.
If you’re considering adding a “blue” Maine Coon to your family, remember to research and engage with reputable breeders or adoption agencies.
Ensure that the cat’s health and genetic history have been properly vetted. That way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re providing a loving home for a healthy and happy cat.
Whether they’re called “grey” or “blue,” these Maine Coons continue to captivate cat lovers with their majestic appearance and friendly temperament. As always, color is merely one facet of these wonderful creatures. Their charm lies in their personalities and their capacity to enrich our lives with their companionship.