Get ready to meet Kusa, the Maine Coon cat who is stealing the hearts of fans worldwide. He’s only around a year old, but has already grown to an astounding size.
Kusa is a young Maine Coon cat who lives with his human in Phoenix, Arizona and is growing at a rapid rate despite already being huge. The most remarkable part of Kusa is he still has 2 to 4 years of growth before he reaches full size. Plus, Kusa is a striking model of this popular breed, with a gorgeous red smoke (aka red silver) coat of long, silky fur.
Read on to learn additional fascinating and quirky facts about the cat world’s newest obsession, Kusa, the mighty Maine Coon!
Maine Coon Kusa
The Maine Coon is a popular domestic cat breed known for its impressive size and gentle nature.
These gentle giants are the largest domesticated cat breed in the world, with some weighing up to 25 pounds (or more!).
Despite their large sizes, Maine Coons are known for being:
This large cat breed are slow to mature, so they might not reach full size until around 3 to 5 years of age.
Therefore, their owners must wait a while before finding out their Maine Coons full-size.
In July 2022, a Maine Coon kitten named Kusa stole the heart of cat-lover Chastity Hobbs.
Chastity is the daughter of Daphne Brook (Riggs) who runs Mountain Peak Maine Coons, a TICA registered cattery.
The cattery is in Region South Central, located in CO.
Why not take a look at Mountain Peak Maine Coons Tik Tok channel, here.
Kusa now lives in Pheonix, Arizona with Chastity.
At his last reported weigh-in, he was 15 pounds, but Chastity commented that he has had another growth spurt since then!
Kusa is barely a year old now, so he will continue growing for the next two to four years.
This famous Maine Coon cat lives happily alongside three much smaller domestic cats, two of which are blind.
How Kusa Stays Entertained
Kusa, like most Maine Coons, gets along wonderfully with his fellow housemates.
Chastity has stated that although he is clearly much bigger than his fellow felines, he is at the bottom of the cat hierarchy because he is “too nice”!
In his free time, Kusa enjoys trying to run on the cat-sized hamster wheel in Chastity’s cat-friendly home.
Another hobby he spends hours doing is watching birds eat from a birdfeeder right outside the window, along with his housemates.
Kusa also stays amused by watching Chastity’s pet tortoise, who can be found nonchalantly strolling by his feline friends.
Due to his size, Kusa’s owner had to get an extra-large litter box.
Every month, Chastity reportedly spends around 140 euros on cat food between Kusa and the other cats.
No doubt, Kusa’s fans are watching closely to see if Kusa will break the world record for the largest cat in the coming years as he continues growing!
Barivel the Maine Coon cat is currently the longest cat in the world.
Will Kusa grow longer than Barivel? We will have to wait and see!
Kusa Maine Coon Social Media Accounts
Kusa is frequently featured on his human mom’s social media pages, never ceasing to impress their followers.
Kusa can be seen on Chastity’s Instagram page @through.the.lleaves, which also shows off a number of plants and other pets.
Thanks to a handful of viral videos, including videos of Kusa, the page has an impressive 463k followers! (Data correct as of May 2023).
On Instagram, Kusa has his own story highlight so fans can review some of his cutest moments as much as they like.
Kusa can be seen wrestling with kicker toys, showing off his size in his mom’s arms, and snuggling with his feline foster brother, Gouda.
One story compares Kusa to actor Ron Perlman, who is famously known to resemble the Maine Coon breed.
When Kusa is not the star of one of Chastity’s stories or reels, he is often seen lounging in the background.
Kusa’s mom also proudly shares his shocking growth on her TikTok account by the same username, @through.the.lleaves.
On TikTok, Kusa gets even more views from this page’s whopping 1.2 million followers! (Figure correct as of May 2023).
On March 25th of this year, Chastity posted the most recent size update for Kusa in a video with 31k likes.
She shows viewers Kusa’s journey from a tiny kitten to the huge cat that barely fits in her arms today.
This giant, majestic Maine Coon truly looks larger than life next to his human!
What Kind Of Cat Is Kusa?
One of the most frequently asked questions on social media posts of Kusa is what kind of cat he is.
To answer this key question, Kusa is a Red Smoke (aka Red Silver) Maine Coon, as confirmed by his breeder Daphne as Mountain Peak Maine Coons.
His parents are a back smoke and a silver torbie.
Learn about smoke Maine Coon cats in this article.
If you are interested in learning more about the Maine Coon color and pattern variations, read this guide:
His Maine Coon ancestors first originated in Maine in the 1800s and were bred to be hunting cats.
Throughout the 20th century, they became more popular and started appearing in cat shows on national and international stages.
With the introduction of Kusa, Maine Coon cat lovers across the nation and the world have been continuously amazed at his journey.
They can only hope to see him at cat shows or more news stories in the future.
Though he is currently in the expected range of Maine Coon cat sizes, he may very well grow past the standard limits.
How Big Can A Maine Coon Get?
As the biggest domesticated cat breed in the world, Maine Coons can grow to be quite large.
On average, male Maine Coons weigh anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds. Females usually weigh between 8 to 12 pounds.
However, some Maine Coons can weigh more than 25 pounds.
The size of a Maine Coon depends on many factors, including:
The Maine Coon cat lengths and heights are also considerable.
From tip to tip, Maine Coons may measure up to 40 inches long.
Males grow to heights of 10 – 16 inches, while females grow 8 to 14 inches tall. However, just like with weight, Maine Coons can be even longer and taller than these averages.
For instance, the longest cat on record was a Maine Coon named Stewie, who measured an incredible 48.5 inches long.
The longest Maine Coon living today is Barivel, who lives in Italy and measures 47.2 inches long.
Ludo of Wakefield, UK, is only slightly smaller in length than Barivel and weighs 34 pounds.
In Melbourne, Australia, another sizable Maine Coon named Omar measures 4 feet, 11 inches long.
Note that not all Maine Coons grow to such a large size. No matter what their size is, though, plenty of space and exercise is necessary to help them stay healthy and content.
If you are interested in learning about other famous Maine Coon cats, read this article.
How Big Do Half Maine Coon Cats Get?
Half Maine Coon cats, also known as mixed breeds, vary in size depending on genetics and other factors.
If a half Maine Coon cat inherits large-size genes from its Maine Coon parent, it may grow to the average Maine Coon size.
However, mixed breeds may be smaller if the cat inherits genes from a smaller breed.
As a general rule, male cats tend to be larger than females, regardless of breed or mix.
As an example, a male half-Maine Coon and half-domestic shorthair cat might weigh between 10 to 15 pounds.
Another example, is that a female half-Maine Coon and half-Siamese cat could weigh between 7 to 10 pounds.
Mixed with a Persian, a half-Maine Coon could weigh between 12 to 18 pounds.
How Can I Tell If My Cat Is A Maine Coon?
Thanks to a handful of tell-tale features, it is possible to identify the Maine Coon cat breed based on appearance.
Below is a list of the key ways to tell whether a cat is a Maine Coon, or not:
- Size: Of course, one key way to identify these cats is by their enormous size. They are considerably larger compared to all other domesticated cat breeds.
- Body Shape: Maine Coons have long, muscular bodies and a noticeable profile that includes a lengthy, bushy tail.
- Masculine Face: Triangular-shaped heads, square faces, and heavy-set jaws are all part of their signature look.
- Eyes: Maine Coons have large, round eyes that range in color from yellow to green to copper. Read more about it.
- Coat: Maine Coons have a long, shaggy coat that is thick and semi-water-resistant. Their fur is soft to the touch, coming in many colors and patterns.
- Ears: Large, pointed ears with tufts of fur on the tips are another key trait to identify a Maine Coon. Their ears are set high on their head and are normally wide at the base.
- Tail: Maine Coons have long, bushy, thick tails that are often compared to a raccoon’s tail. Amazingly, their tails alone can measure up to 14 inches long.
- Voice: Chirps and trills are signature noises that Maine Coons make. Read more.
- Personality: Maine Coons are known for having affectionate and social natures. They are friendly with people and other pets and often are called “dog-like” due to their playful, sociable behavior.
In summary, Kusa is a mighty example of the enormous Maine Coon breed.
He is expected to far surpass the average male Maine Coon measurements of 15 – 25 pounds and 10 – 16 inches high.
Already an internet-famous Maine Coon, Kusa will surely continue to capture his fans’ hearts as he continues growing in the next few years.