The Florida Panther is an endangered species that lives in southern Florida. It was declared the state's official animal in 1982. They are closely related to the Puma. It's a shame that these big cats are endangered because they are so beautiful!
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Hmmm... any guesses as to what the official state cat in Maine is? Why the Maine Coon of course! These gentle giants are native to Maine. They were named the official state cat of Maine in 1985.
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Everyone should know this one by now. The Calico cat is the official state cat of Maryland and was named so in 2001. Last Monday, I wrote all about calico cats if you want to learn more about them.
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I think a lot of my kitty friends are going to want to pack up and move over to Massachusetts after reading this. The official state cat of Massachusetts is the Tabby cat! Apparently, the schoolchildren of Massachusetts requested that tabbies be named the official state cats back in 1988 and their wish was granted.
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That's it for official state cats of America. Would you like to see more official state cats? What breed or type of cat would you nominate for your state?