29 Pictures of Maine Coon Cats Who Look Like Magnificent Humble Giants

The Maine Coon is a big domesticated cat breed. These magnificent tamed felines have long, beautiful hair that surrounds their faces in the same way as a huge cat's mane does (although they're considerably less violent). They may grow to be four feet long in addition to their magnificent coats, making them the monarch (or queen) of your household. It has a unique physical appearance as well as significant hunting abilities. It is one of North America's oldest natural breeds endemic to the US state of Maine where it is the official state cat.

If you've ever wanted a lion as a pet, you should think about adopting a Maine Coon cat instead. The Maine Coon is a huge, social cat, earning it the moniker "gentle giant." It has a long bushy tail and a pronounced ruff around its chest. It also has a powerful bone structure, rectangular body form, an uneven two-layered coat with longer guard hairs over a silky satin undercoat, and a rectangle body form. The colors of the breed vary greatly with only lilac and chocolate being prohibited in lineage. Reputed for its intelligence and playful, gentle personality, the Maine Coon is often cited as having "dog-like" characteristics.

From kittens to full-grown felines, photographer Robert Sijka took notice of this majestic breed and chose to capture their big cat feelings in striking portraiture that show their developing beauty.

Sijka has two hobbies in life: photography and Maine Coon cats, which should come as no surprise. The two, fortunately, go hand in hand and are the outcome of his family's 14-year relocation to China. “After a while,” he continues, “We started to miss the company of animals because they have always been in our lives.” My wife Izabella and I fell in love with Maine Coons and launched a breeding program eight years ago.”

Sijka realized they had to share the precious critters with the world when the first litter of kittens was born. "I believe my photographic adventure began at this point." He reflected, “I made the decision that my photographs have to be unique, just like Maine Coons. I came up with my present approach after thousands of images and get a lot of joy dealing with these incredible animals.”

Photographing any animal is difficult, but cats add an added layer of difficulty since they won't sit still! Sijka doesn't have a secret formula for producing charming photographs; instead, he relies on two tried-and-true methods: a lot of practice and a lot of patience. He has lots of opportunities to do so especially now that he and his wife own OtiCami a cattery that homes 20 Maine Coon cats and kittens.

In his online business, the Felis Gallery, Sijka sells his work as prints, phone covers, blankets, and more.

Maine Coon cats are photographed by photographer Robert Sijka to highlight their majestic beauty.

He gets lots of training with 20 of them in his family's OtiCami cattery.

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