The Maine Coon cat is the gentle giant of the feline world. This adorable kitty is extremely intelligent, very playful, and loves to have conversations.
You would think a cat this large might be overbearing and maybe even a little aloof but, nothing could be further from the truth. They have almost a dog-like personality and will follow their owners from room to room.
If you have the space for this big, lovable, over-sized teddy bear, it is definitely the purr-fect addition for you and your family!
Ideal Living Situation
First off, this is a big cat. It gets along equally well with those living alone and large active families. That being said, this kitty needs plenty of space to stretch out its legs (run, jump, climb, etc). So those living in a small apartment might be better looking for another smaller breed.
Possible Health Problems
Three types of hereditary genetic disorders to watch out for are…
Ask the breeder if they screened your kitten for these defects.
There are four core vaccines and one non-core option available for all cats.
The first essential vaccine would be Rabies which is a fatal disease if exposed to it.
The second inoculation (FVRCP) is a combination of the remaining three core vaccines in one. This covers Feline Herpesvirus 1 or FHV-1 which is an upper respiratory infection, Feline Calicivirus or FCV which attacks the upper respiratory tract, and the final is Feline Panleukopenia Virus or FPV (also known as Feline Distemper) which is life threatening and extremely dangerous for young cats and kittens.
You can get the optional non-core vaccine Feline Leukemia Virus or FeLV. This is considered a core vaccine for every kitten. Make an appointment with your local vet to discuss and schedule all these vaccinations.
When caring for cats, there are four specific areas which need regular attention.
Weekly brushing is the minimum required to keep their fur healthy and shiny. This also helps distribute natural body oils, remove dead hair, and eliminate matted fur.
When the nails are getting a little too sharp and ripping furniture or carpet, it’s time to trim them. Be sure not to trim off too much of each nail as this can cause pain.
Cats are prone to periodontal disease and gingivitus so brushing their teeth with veterinarian-approved toothpaste once or twice a week should suffice. You can also give them dental treats to clean their teeth in between brushing.
Finally, you’ll want to address the ears. While cats have a built-in mechanism for cleansing their inner ear canals, the visible portion of their ears should occasionally be very gently swabbed to remove foreign matter.
Please consult a veterinarian for the proper procedures when grooming your cat.
Cats are known as obligate carnivores or strict meat eaters. Their diets should primarily consist of high protein and a few fats.
While carbohydrates are not usually a part of feline nutrition, scientists have concluded they are able to be used for energy in small amounts. On the other hand, if a cat is continuously fed too many carbs, diabetes can actually develop later in their life.
When choosing a wet or dry food, you need to read the caloric information labels to ensure your cat is being fed the appropriate nutrient levels.
Normally, wet foods should contain around 70% to 80% moisture as cats from past feral generations obtained most of their liquids from the animals they killed and ate.
Proteins are ideal when they’re between 10% and 20% in grain-free wet food. Seafood varieties are typically the highest in protein.
Two of the best dry food formulas on the market would be Natural Balance Limited Ingredients Diet with High Protein and Orijen Biologically Appropriate Cat Food. These specially made dry food products include healthy amounts of prepared raw meats, some needed fats, and minimal carbohydrates.
You should plan to play with your cat at least 15 minutes everyday, although, more is encouraged with certain active breeds.
Feather toys and laser pointers are a great choice to keep them moving. This helps relieve their boredom and reduces the chance for depression as well.
For a really cheap play session, simply buy a ball of string. Cut off a ten foot section at a time and drag it around the house behind you. Your kitties will love attacking the end of the string! Big fun for a small price.
Catnip is another way to offer an edible distraction in their lives. Don’t worry, the effects typically wear off in about 15 minutes or so.
One of the best items you can acquire for exercise would be a cat tree or cat condo. This is basically a jungle gym for cats which provides a place for climbing, relaxing, and sharpening their claws instead of using your furniture.
There are a couple other alternatives including an exercise wheel, which can be somewhat expensive, and a simple body harness with a leash for outdoor walks. Your cat may or may not like this option but, you can give it a try.
The cost of a registered Maine Coon from will vary from $800 to $1500. If the price is less than $800 be wary of an unhealthy cat.
On the other hand, pedigree kittens with superior appearance and show winning parents from well-known breeders are likely to cost up to $2500.
It is possible to find Maine Coons up for adoption but most will be mixed breeds. Service fees can range from $30 to $175 depending on your area you live.
Alabama Maine Coons – Alabama
Backwoods Maine Coons – Alabama
Arkancoons Cattery – Arkansas
Cherokee West Maine Coons – California
Colorado Maine Coons – Colorado
High Country Maine Coons – Colorado
Matroskin Maine Coon Cats – Colorado
Coonpals Maine Coons – Florida
Maine Coon Perfection – Florida
OptiCoons – Florida
Pat’s Angels – Florida
Reigning Cats – Florida
Sassy Koonz – Florida
Maine Coon Pride – Georgia
MaineSail Maine Coon Cats – Georgia
Maine Vu – Georgia
Buctales Maine Coons – Illinois
Chemicoons – Illinois
McRuff Maine Coon Cattery – Illinois
Color of Cats Cattery – Indiana
One Cat Maine Coon – Iowa
Psycatics Maine Coon Cats – Iowa
Wild Pride Cattery – Iowa
Cat’s Eye KC Cattery – Kansas
EuroCoons – Kansas
Ma’at Cattery – Kansas
Cat Knapp Maine Coons – Michigan
Fluffy Giants Cattery – Michigan
Koontucky Maine Coons – Michigan
Kats Kits – Minnesota
Brushy Kreek Coons – Missouri
CR Maines – Missouri
Mojo Maines – Missouri
TuftsN’Ruff Cattery – Missouri
Mountain Maine Coons – Montana
Moxiecat Cattery – New Hampshire
Coonalley Maine Coons – New Jersey
Coonomagic – New York
Mcattery – New York
Sweetlilpaws Cattery – New York
Sassietats Maine Coons – North Carolina
Cats of Erebor – Ohio
Highlander Maine Coons – Ohio
Maine Delite Cattery – Ohio
Maine Lvrs Cattery – Ohio
Happy Trills Maine Coons – Oklahoma
My Lucky Stars Maine Coons – Oklahoma
Tufts N Trills – Oklahoma
Cumbrescoons Cattery – Pennsylvania
Maine Coons of Yggdrasil – Pennsylvania
Hissy Fit Coons – South Carolina
Kitty Cat Coons – Tennessee
Loving Lynx Maine Coons – Tennessee
The Lion’s Whelp Maine Coon – Tennessee
Aliana Maine Coons– Texas
Big Tex Coons – Texas
King Klauder Coons – Texas
Penthouse Maine Coons – Virginia
SaraJen Maine Coon Cats – Virginia
Coon Kingdom Maine Coons – Washington
Coon’s Ransom – Washington
Dzcoonz Maine Coonz – Wisconsin
Rock Hill Maine Coon Cats – Wisconsin
Zeus Pride – Wisconsin
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