This extremely playful breed's love for the outdoors translates into a need for an outdoor pen or farm -- somewhere the pet can roam freely for extended periods of time [source: Taylor]. They chirp like birds rather than mewing, and will keep the family entertained with their huge personalities. They are also very fascinated by water. These cats demonstrate huge loyalty to family.
A trademark of the Maine Coon is its restless sleeping habits, often shifting during the night [source: Taylor]. Your kids may get a kick out of finding the cat in a playing-dead, paws-up position or in some other awkward spot in the morning.
Maine Coons are a sturdy breed with few health problems. However, they are heavy, with males weighing from 12 to 18 pounds (5 to 8 kilograms) on average. Their thick, luxurious fur needs to be brushed or combed twice a week. Some have fur even between their claws [source: Cat Fanciers Association].
For an indoor cat that's more stuffed animal than pet, see our next pick: the Persian.