Name: Lyn Colangelo

Informative Speech Assignment #1: The Full-Sentence Outline

Specific Purpose Statement: After listening to my speech, my audience will know the history of the Maine Coon Cat, the physical characteristics that distinguish it from other pedigreed cat breeds, and its unique personality traits.


      I.        Do you have cats?

A.    How many?

B.    Wait for show of hands: I have several.

    II.        My husband and I show Maine Coons cats. Power point Visual of Pancho in my arms

   III.        Maine Coon cats are the largest pedigreed cat with a fascinating history, physical characteristics that are due to harsh living conditions, and a social personality.

Transition: Let’s start with history


      I.        The Maine Coon Cat has some interesting stories about its origin.

A.    According to the FAQs page on the Maine Coon Cat Breeders website, “A wide-spread (though biologically impossible) belief is that it originated from matings between semi-wild, domestic cats and raccoons. This myth, bolstered by the bushy tail and the most common coloring (a raccoon-like brown tabby) led to the adoption of the name 'Maine Coon.”

B.    Another myth tells of wild bobcats mating with feral domestic cats because of the ear furnishings and lynx-style tips.

C.   Current theory: proposes longhair cats were introduced to the New World by sailing ships.

D.   The Maine Coon cat is the oldest natural breed in North America.

E.    The Maine Coon is generally regarded as a native of the state of Maine and is the official Maine State Cat.

Transition: Know origins, now characteristics

    II.        The Maine Coon cat physical characteristics are the genetic result of the extremely harsh living conditions in New England.

A.    According to the book, “Maine Coon Cats: A complete Pet Owner’s Manual” authored by Carol Himsel Daly, D.V.M. “There is something very special about this breed.   They’re very practical.  Maine Coon cats are fur-bearing packages of New England spirit.  They are as sensible as a good warm coat and boots.  In fact, it is my opinion that if L.L. Bean sold cats, they’d sell Maine Coon cats.”

B.    The Maine Coon cat is known for its size because it is taller and longer than most cats: rectangles.

C.   The adult, neutered Maine Coon cat can weigh up to 20-25#.

1.    Females average 9-16 pounds at maturity.

2.    Males average 12-18 pounds at maturity.

D.   The Maine Coon cat has a long, shaggy coat that lays close to the body.  Power Point Visual of physical traits on cat

E.    The Maine Coon cat has a bushy tail which is a snug scarf when curled up.

F.    The Maine Coon cat has tufted paw pads that act as snow shoes.

G.   The Maine Coon cat has large ears with furry tufts and “lynx tips” on top

H.   The Maine Coon cat has a relatively long, square muzzle.

Understand physical, now personality

Transition: Understand physical characteristics, now personality


   III.        The Maine Coon cat has a personality that is unique.

A.    According to the article “Maine Attraction” published in Cat Fancy Magazine, “Often called “Gentle Giants,” Maine Coons are known to accept people and activities easy-going grace.  Affectionate and social, they love to be near their owners, play fetch and can be taught to stroll on a leash.” Power point Visual of Pancho on leash

B.    The Maine Coon cat is intelligent, playful, and cuddly, and they are particularly tolerant of other animals, especially dogs.

C.   Their personality is the hook.

1.    The Maine Coon Cat has been described as the “dog lover’s cat” because of their companionable temperament.

2.    They follow me around the house to see what I’m up to. Power Point Visual of cat playing in X-mas stuff

Transition: In conclusion


      I.        The Maine Coon cat is the largest breed of domestic cats with a history full of myths and the personality of a dog.

    II.        Have you heard the myth of a 30# cat?

A.    It’s not a myth.

B.    This photo shows a real Maine Coon Cat who (the owner embarrassingly admitted) weighs-in at a whopping 30#! Power Point Visual of red male in woman’s arms

C.   This photo shows the largest Maine Coon in the World! Power Point Visual of brown male held over woman’s head


Works Cited List

“FAQs” Maine Coon Cat Breeders Web. 10 June 2011.

Himsel Daly, Carol, D.V.M. Maine Coon Cats: A complete Pet Owner’s Manual. 1995 Barron’s Educational Series.

Newton-Doyle, Jennifer.  Maine Attraction.  Cat Fancy Magazine. December 2000. Print