Categories | Cat Breeders | Maine Coon Cat Breeders
Maine Coon Cat Breeders
If you’re after a large cat that is clever, gentle, kind, and has a real personality, the Maine Coon is the cat for you.
About Maine Coons
The Maine Coon is nicknamed the “gentle giant” both because of its large size once it is full grown and its extremely sweet nature. In fact, the Maine Coon is actually the largest of all domestic cat breeds. These cats are famed for being water lovers and are actually quite dog like in personality.
The Maine Coon cat is a longhaired native American Cat and it was first recognised as a breed in Maine. These cats were well regarded for their talents in mousing. The exact origins of the breed are unknown but some common theories include it being a cross between a wildcat and a domestic cat, Forest type cats that came to America from Scandinavia via ships and mating with domestic cats, and Marie Antoinette sending her royal cats to the safety of Maine before she was beheaded, where they then mated with domestic cats.
The Maine Coon is a large cat that is muscular with a broad chest. They are longhaired and the coat is thick and shaggy. It is shorter around the shoulders and longer around the britches and the stomach. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Maine Coon is the beautiful ruff that they develop (especially in winter) and their long, flowing tail. Another characteristic of the Maine Coon is the adorable ear tufts that they have and a beautiful, chirping voice. The Maine Coon comes in just about every colour and pattern variation, except pointed patterns. The coat is also water resistant.
The Maine Coon can be described as a cat that has a very loving and kind nature, and that is very intelligent. In fact, they are said to have “dog like” qualities in that they are extremely loyal and they tend to choose one person in the family to be their very own. Maine Coons also love water (contrary to most cats!) and so you will find them playing in their water bowls, trying to get into the shower with you, playing with water from the tap and more. the Maine Coon has varying activity levels from being very active at one moment to being a total couch potato the next.
Caring For Maine Coons
As far as water goes, you should always make sure that your Maine Coon has access to fresh water at all times but it is a good idea to provide in a large, heavy bowl and to check it regularly as they love to play with water and can tip the water out surprisingly easily. Maine Coons are very large and may require more food than other breeds just to maintain their weight and energy levels but be careful not to overfeed them. There are special diets available for Maine Coons but you will need to go to the vet or the pet store to obtain these foods.
The Maine Coon is a relatively low maintenance cat but you will need to regularly groom it to ensure that knots and tangles don’t develop in their fur. This should only require a couple of minutes of your time a day at most. You may find that you have to bath or dry your cat sometimes though as they have a habit of getting into water!
If you are thinking about keeping a Maine Coon as a pet, you are best keeping it indoors. If you want to let them outside, do the responsible thing and build a secure enclosure for them that they cannot get out of.
The Maine Coon has been bred to be a healthy, hardy cat but they do suffer from some health problems such as hip dysplasia and cardiomyopathy. A good breeder will screen their mating cats for these problems and not use them if they are found. If your kitten is likely to suffer from these problems, the breeder should advise you before any purchase occurs.
Maine Coons are surprisingly adaptable and they will happily live with a single person or in large families. They do well with other pets, as long as those other pets are accepting of cats. Maine Coons prefer to have company though so if you have to spend long periods of time outside the home, another cat or pet is advisable to keep them happy and entertained. Even though they are a large cat, Maine Coons will happily live in all size households, even small apartments.
As the Maine Coons are a highly intelligent cat, training them to use the litter box and their scratching post is a very easy process. Most of the hard work will have already been done by the breeder so all you have to do when you get home is to reinforce the training through methods such as showing the cat where its litter box is and taking it to the box after drinks or meals, and showing your cat its scratching post. If you catch your cat doing anything you don’t want it to do – such as scratching furniture – a firm “no” and a redirection to where they should be doing the behaviour is all that is needed.
If you don’t like the idea of keeping your Maine Coon inside all the time but don’t have an enclosure for them, you can easily train your Maine Coon to walk on a leash. Sure, it may look a little funny but it’ll be good for the both of you! All you will need is time and gentle persistence. Many cats will resist a lead at first but will soon get used to it. It is also advised to start the leash training process at kitten hood.
Buying and Owning a Maine Coon
If you are planning on owning a Maine Coon, you will need to ensure that you have all the essentials. These include heavy and strong scratching posts that will take their weight, heavy water dishes that are not easily tipped over, food bowls, food, collar, a bed, and plenty of toys. The breeder should provide you with a list of the worming and flea treatments that they have applied thus far and when the next lot is due as well as a complete vaccination record that tells you when the next vaccination is due. Most breeders will not let their kittens leave their home until they are microchipped and desexed. In the off chance that yours is not already desexed, you should have this done as soon as possible by your vet. Also remember that you should change microchip details as soon as you can and register your cat with the local council.
Printer Friendly Version