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How long do Maine Coon cats live?

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Maine Coon cats normally live 12 to 15 years. They are generally sturdy and healthy but are subject to several genetic disorders, including hip dysplasia and feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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Hip dysplasia is an abnormality of the hip that can cause lameness and arthritis. Feline HCM is the most common cause of heart disease in cats and is a progressive disorder that can result in heart failure and sudden death. Another genetic disorder sometimes seen in Maine Coons is spinal muscular atrophy, which causes muscle weakness and a shortened life span. Responsible breeders screen their breeding stock and kittens for these disorders.

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