Have you ever seen a Grey Maine Coon cat? If not, you are missing out because this fabulous looking cat has a mysterious beauty that makes them very appealing. Often misspelled as ‘Gray’, this ever popular Maine Coon coloring can be found in a variety of different shades, from ‘grey smoke’, to ‘grey and white’. The most bizarre fact about this particular Maine Coon colouring however, is that officially the grey Maine Coon is labelled as a ‘Blue Maine Coon’!
The Grey Maine Coon Cat can be found in an abundance of different color variants, which are all included under the official Maine Coon color banding of ‘blue’. For instance, Grey Maine Coon Kittens and cats are available to purchase in the following colors: ‘grey tabbies’, ‘grey smoke’, ‘grey and white’ and ‘grey and black’, to name a few.
How To Identify A Grey Maine Coon Cat
If we refer to the Cat Fanciers Association, it is quickly evident to see that the ‘grey Maine Coon’ is not recognised as an official Maine Coon coloring. Instead, the ‘grey Maine Coon’ actually falls under the color category ‘blue’ (source).
Although calling a grey Maine Coon, ‘blue’ might seem a little surprising at first, you shouldn’t be too shocked since there is a large degree of overlap across all the official Maine Coon colorings. For instance, did you know that an Orange Maine Coon is actually officially labelled as a ‘red’ Maine Coon? Check out my article ‘Orange Maine Coon: Complete Guide‘ for more information on the fascinating red Maine Coon cat.
According to the Cat Fanciers Association, grey Maine Coon cats and kittens are available within the following colour 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)
The table below summarises the physical colorings that a grey Maine Coon cat must have, to be considered part of the ‘blue Maine Coon’ color category (source).
|Colour Class||Name||Colour Requirements|
|Solid Colour Class||Blue||Cat with one level tone from their nose, to tip of tail. Sound to the roots, and blue nose and paw leather|
|All Other Tabbies Colors Class||Blue-Silver Tabby||Classic, mackerel, ticked: Cats ground colour will be clear silver, pale. Deep blue markings which contrast well with ground colour. The association prefers cats to have old rose nose leather, and rose coloured paw pads. They are permitted a white trim around their chin and lip|
|Blue-Silver Patched Tabby||Classic, mackerel, ticked: Cats ground color is clear silver, pale. Frrp blue markings mixed with cream patches. White undercoat. Old rose coloured nose leather, and rose and/or pink paw pads are deemed desirable. This colouring is allowed a white trim around their chin and lip|
|Blue Tabby||Classic, mackerel, ticked: Cats ground color is pale bluish|
Ivory. Their very deep blue markings contrast well with their ground color. Overtones of warm fawn, or patina over the whole. Rose paw pads and old rose nose leather are preferred. White trim around chin and lip are permitted
|Blue Patched Tabby||Classic, mackerel, ticked: Cats have pale bluish Ivory ground color, with very deep blue markings & patches of cream. Overtones of warm fawn or patina over the whole are visible. Rose and/or pink paw pads, and old rose nose leather are preferred. Cat may have a white trim around their chin and lip|
|All Other Tabby & White Colors and Color Class (Including Vans)||Tabby & White||Classic, mackerel, ticked: The cats colouring is as 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||Classic, mackerel, ticked: Same coloring as listed for patched tabby (torbie), with/without white on face. Necessary to have white on all four paws, belly and bib. CFA accepts blue patched or blue-silver patched colorings|
|Bi-Color Color Class||Blue & White||Cat will have a mixture of blue and white, with/without white on their face. There must be white on all four paws, belly and bib|
|Parti-Color Color Class||Blue-Cream||Cat will be blue with cream patches, or cream colors softly intermingled on their boy and extremities|
|Parti-Color & White Color Class||Dilute Calico||Includes vans: Cat will be white, with patches|
of blue and cream. Their underparts are mainly white
|Blue-Cream & White||Cat color 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||Cat has white undercoat. Sparkling silver appearance, due to coat on back, flanks, head, and tail being tipped with blue. Rims of eyes, lips, and nose outlined with blue. Rose paw pads and nose leather preferred. Pure white chin, stomach, chest, ear tufts. Cat may have legs slightly shaded with tipping|
|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’. Cat must have legs with same tone as their face. Much darker colour. Rose paw pads and nose leather preferred. Rims of lips, eyes, and nose outlined with blue
|Shell Blue-Cream||White undercoat. Fur on cats flanks, back, and tail gently tipped with blue and shades of cream. Rose to blue paw pads (patched/unpatched), nose leather and rims of eyes. Ear furnishings, chest ruff, stomach can be white to very slightly tipped with shading. Can have gentle shading with tipping on legs and face|
|Shaded Blue-Cream||SHADED BLUE-CREAM: White undercoat. ‘Mantle of blue and cream shading down the sides, face and tail’. Cat can have deeper shading on legs and face. Light tipping allowed on ear furnishings, chest ruff, stomach and chin. Appears much darker than shell blue-cream. Rose to blue nose leather, paw pads and rims of eyes – can be patched|
|Blue Smoke||White undercoat deeply tipped with blue. Resting cat looks blue. White undercoat shows when cat moves. Blue paw pads and nose leather. Ear tufts and frill are white. Mask blue with narrow band of white hairs|
next to skin, visible when fur is parted
|Blue-Cream Smoke||Cat has white undercoat that is ‘deeply tipped with blue,|
with clearly defined patches of cream as in the pattern of the bluecream’. Cat will look blue-cream whilst resting. White undercoat visible when moving. Ear tufts and ruff are white. Ears and face display a blue-cream pattern, with a narrow white band at base of hairs, next to skin. Desirable to have blaze of cream on face
|Shaded Smoke & White Color Class (Including Vans)||Chinchilla Blue Silver & White||Cat fur color ‘as defined for chinchilla blue silver with or without white on the face’. All four paws, belly, and bib needs to be white.|
|Shaded Blue Silver & White||Cat fur color ‘as defined for shaded blue silver with or without white on the face’. All four paws, belly, and bib are white|
|Shell Blue-Cream & White||‘Color as defined for shell bluecream’ with/without white on face. All four paws, belly, and bib are white|
|Shaded Blue-Cream & White||‘Color as defined for shaded blue-cream’ with/without white on face. All four paws, belly, and bib are white|
|Shell Dilute Calico||Cat has patches of blue, and shades of cream. Their flanks, back and tail will be gently tipped with shades of cream, and blue. Whilst the stomach, chest ruff, ear furnishings and chin can be white, to very lightly tipped with shading. Cats underparts are mainly white|
|Shaded Dilute Calico||Cat is white with patches of blue and shades of cream. Blue and cream shading appears down the tail, face and sides. Cats legs and face can be deeper shading than rest of body. White light tipping permitted on ear furnishings, stomach, chin, chest ruff. Cat looks far darker than shell dilute calico. Underparts of cat are mainly white|
|Blue Smoke & White||Cat will have color ‘as defined for blue smoke with or|
without white on the face’. All four paws, belly, and bib are white
|Blue-Cream Smoke & White||Cat will have ‘color as defined for blue cream|
smoke with or without white on the face. All four paws, belly, and bib are white
|Dilute Calico Smoke||Cat is white with patches of blue and shades of cream. Undercoat mainly white|
Grey Maine Coon Size
The Maine Coon is a remarkably hardy cat breed. Their very large physical form, and beautifully thick long mane of hair make them instantly recognizable when they enter a room. Often referred to as the ‘gentle giants’ of the cat world, the Maine Coon is officially one of the largest domesticated cat breeds in the world, with only the Norwegian Forest Cat being able to rival their large size.
There are a few things to consider when it comes to the grey Maine Coon size:
1. Growth Rate
All Maine Coon cat colours grow at a very slow rate, not reaching their full size until their between age 3-4 years. This is unique in the cat world, since most cat breeds reach full maturity by the age of 2 years.
2. Male V Female Size
If you intend to buy a grey male Maine Coon kitten, be aware that the male of the species usually grows to be far larger than their female counterparts. Obviously there will always be exceptions to the rule though, but as a general rule of thumb you can safely bet that the male will grow larger.
A key characteristic of the Maine Coon cat breed is their long rectangular shaped bodies. Their bodies look muscular and long, and should never look out of proportion, or squished.
Both male and female grey Maine Coon cats will grow to be extremely long, once fully grown. In fact, you can expect your tiny grey Maine Coon kitten to grow anywhere between 19 – 40 inches (48 – 101 cm) in length.
There are always exceptions to the rule though, so you should never rule this possibility out. For example, a famous grey tabby Maine Coon known as ‘Stewie’ made it into the Guinness World Records because he grew to a staggering 48.5 inches in length! Since this record was listed, two other owners have come forward with their long Maine Coon cats known as ‘Omar’ and ‘Ludo’, with the intention of competing for the ‘longest cat’ title too.
The average male grey Maine Coon will reach between 10-16 inches in height (25-40cm), whilst a female grey Maine Coon is likely to achieve a height ranging from 8-14 inches (20-35cm).
Grey Maine Coon kittens grow into heavy full grown cats! The average male Maine Coon ultimately weighs between 15-25 lbs (6.8-11.3 kg), whereas the female of the species is far lighter, weighing between 8-12 lbs (3.6-5.4 kg).
Many owners make the mistake of overfeeding their grey Maine Coon cats, because they are worried that their Maine Coon does not weigh enough. Although owners have ‘good intentions’, they often don’t realise exceptionally slow growth rates are characteristic of the Maine Coon cat breed in general. Sadly, this mistake often results in obese Coons.
To avoid making this mistake, use this Maine Coon growth chart, to gain a better understanding of the weight your cat should be, versus their age.
Grey Maine Coon Price
The Maine Coon is a very well loved and sought after pedigree cat breed. They have won the hearts of so many with their loving, gentle, fun and energetic temperament. They are also considered extremely good family pets, and are known for being good with young children. These qualities alone have helped to make them one of the most popular cat breeds to own in the United States.
Pedigree cats are always more expensive than buying a standard moggy, but exactly how much of a premium do you have to pay to own a grey Maine Coon cat these days?
Take a look at the table below to find out:
|Age||Average Price ($)||Average Price (£)|
|Maine Coon Kitten||1000||819|
|Maine Coon Cat||600||474|
|‘Show’ Maine Coon||Up to 2500||Up to 1975|
|Rescue Maine Coon||Varies||Varies|
If you are determined to buy a Maine Coon kitten, the average grey Maine Coon price is a heart wrenching $1000 (£819). Those willing to take on an older grey Maine Coon however, can expect to pay a reduced average price of roughly $600 (£474). Maine Coon kittens purchased with the intent of competing in cat shows command an even higher price tag, of up to $2500 (£1975). This is because their are higher costs, effort and time involved in breeding a ‘show cat’.
Although Maine Coon cats might appear to be a ‘bargain’, when compared to the cost of buying a grey Maine Coon kitten, you should always buy with caution. Older cats may have pre-existing health issues that you are not aware of, and treating such conditions at the vets might quickly escalate in large unexpected costs.
Where to Buy A Grey Maine Coon Cat
There are a large number of places where you can buy a grey Maine Coon kitten or cat. Before making such an expensive purchase, always make sure that the seller is legitimate i.e. are they are registered Maine Coon breeder, whose registration status has been approved within your country of residence?
Non-registered breeders should be considered with a level of caution, since you cannot be 100% sure of the Maine Coons medical history, true pedigree status, and breeding conditions.
The top seven places to buy a grey Maine Coon kitten, or cat, include:
- Registered Breeder
- Rescue Center / Pet Shelter
- Backyard Breeders
- Pet Shop
For the ultimate guide to buying a Maine Coon cat, take a look at my article “Buying A Maine Coon Cat: Complete Guide“.
1. Registered Breeder
The best place to purchase a pedigree grey Maine Coon cat is from a registered breeder. This might seem like a pricier option, but you really do get what you pay for.
Key benefits include:
- Peace of mind that your Maine Coon is purebred, rather than of mixed status.
- Registered breeders screen all potential breeding cats, to make sure they are not carrying genetic defects prone to the breed. This prevents costly medical bills in the future.
- You can meet kittens parents
- Breeders are often Maine Coon fanatics, so can give you helpful advice relating to the breed.
- You know what you are getting, in terms of Maine Coon behavioural traits.
- Purebred Maine Coons will have the physical characteristics associated with the breed i.e. lynx like ear tufts.
- Peace of mind that Pedigree paperwork is legitimate, not forged
If you are not sure where to find registered Maine Coon breeders, take a look at the information below:
a) Maine Coon Breeders US
If you are looking for Maine Coon breeders in the United States, you can contact the ‘Cat Fanciers Association’ (CFA) to confirm who your locally registered Maine Coon cat breeders are (link to CFA)
b) Maine Coon Breeders UK
Buyers in the UK can liaise with the ‘Governing Board Of The Cat Fancy’, the UK’s Premier Registration Body, to locate a registered Maine Coon cat breeder near to them (link here)
A number of registered breeders, particularly those new to the cat breeding world advertise on Facebook, so definitely do not rule this platform out.
Some breeders also manage Facebook Pages dedicated to the Maine Coon cat. Such pages offer a really useful platform where Maine Coon owners can ask a variety of questions, and get well informed answers back from approved breeders. Breeders operating these pages often use their Facebook page as a way of advertising upcoming Maine Coon kittens for sale.
Other Facebook pages are run by Maine Coon fanatics who have built a community of people who love the breed. These are great pages to utilise when buyings a grey Maine Coon, because users can often recommend local breeders whom they have had a positive experience with.
Look out for the following Facebook pages:
3. Rescue Center / Pet Shelter
Due to their high price tag, Maine Coons rarely appear in rescue centers, or pet shelters. You should not rule this option out in its entirety though, since there is still a chance that a Maine Coon kitten or cat might become available.
If this is your preferred route, make sure you speak to your local rescue centers, and pet shelters. Make them aware that you are specifically interested in purchasing a grey Maine Coon. Regularly checking in with them on the telephone will keep your name at the front of their memory.
It is important to remember that cats bought from such sources often do not come with official Maine Coon paperwork. You can therefore not be certain that you are definitely buying a purebred Maine Coon. Instead, the likelihood is that the Maine Coon is of mixed breed.
Reputable rescue shelters available in the United States, and United Kingdom, include:
- Maine Coon Rescue (link) – United States
- Maine Coon Adoptions (link) – United States
- Cat Chat (link) – United Kingdom
- RSPCA (link) – United Kingdom
4 & 5: Gumtree And Craigslist
If you have found the perfect grey Maine Coon kitten on Gumtree, or Craigslist, don’t rush into the process. Many crooks often operate on these social media platforms, targeting inexperienced buyers who do not know the warning signs to look for. The crooks play on the buyers emotional attachment to a kitten that has been advertised, and play on their fear of losing out.
Before placing a purchase, consider the following questions:
- Can you meet the kittens parents?
- Has the seller asked you for a deposit, before meeting the kitten?
- Did the seller request you send money outside your country of residence?
- Does the seller have legitimate pedigree paperwork, to prove the cats purebred status?
- Do you trust the seller?
- Has the seller switched the cat being sold at the last minute?
- Is the kitten being sold at a ‘bargain’?
- Does the kitten you see match the picture of the cat advertised?
- Has the seller used Maine Coon stock photos?
- Can the seller show you a range of different pictures of the kitten, before you visit?
Although I heavily advise that buyers avoid such social media platforms, when buying a Maine Coon kitten, it is also important to note that not all advertisers on these platforms are crooks! Instead, many legitimate sellers advertise here, the trouble is finding them.
6. Backyard Breeders
With the rise in popularity of the Maine Coon cat, and their corresponding expensive price tag, the cat industry is packed with backyard breeders keen to make a quick buck.
Backyard breeders do not care for the breed. Instead, they are merely concerned with selling as many Maine Coon kittens as they can, for as much as they can.
Kittens from such sources have potentially not received the appropriate medical treatment they need, or required vaccinations. Their parents are unlikely to have been screened for health issues commonly linked to the breed, such as hip dysplasia. And, backyard breeders tend to not feed their kittens on the high quality cat foods that the Maine Coon breed needs to live a long and healthy life.
7. Pet Shops
Registered Maine Coon breeders rarely sell their treasured kittens to pet shops, because they question the level of care the kittens will receive. It is therefore best to avoid such establishments, since the sellers will have limited knowledge on how to care for the Maine Coon breed.
There is no such thing as a ‘grey Maine Coon’ because this is not an officially recognized coloring of the Cat Fanciers Association. Instead, the ‘grey Maine Coon’ is actually referred to as a ‘blue Maine Coon’!!
Cats that look to be more ‘blue’ are ultimately those who have more blue colors, tipping, shading running through their fur.
Whether the grey Maine Coon is a permitted coloring or not ultimately makes no difference if you to find their coloring truly magnificent.