Though larger than the average cat, Maine Coons are by no means high maintenance or hard work. You do not need to put in a lot of extra effort to keep a Maine Coon happy and you won’t find one overly demanding of your attention.
These large and fluffy felines are suitable for families with young children. Maine Coons aren’t shy, even though they also aren’t curious or hyperactive. Their playful and amiable nature makes them a suitable choice for a family pet. Moreover, their intelligence guarantees entertaining training sessions and play time for the kids. On top of that, these kitties remain enviably tolerant even in the presence of youngsters.
Generally, Maine Coons need the same level of care as all cats. A little extra grooming might be required, a larger cat carrier and bigger litter box are important considerations, and perhaps a little more (good quality) food. Overall, they are fabulous cats to live with, especially if you like big and beautiful.
YES, Maine Coons can be BIG
Being large cats, Maine Coons do need upsizing in some of the usual items needed for good cat care.
A large size litter box is very important, with high sides. If enclosed, it needs to be even larger to let their long fluffy tails stay clear. If you are looking for an awesome option, the Automatic Litter-Robot III Open Air is supersized for Maine Coons, and provides a throne like no other.
An extra roomy carrier is needed, ideally with room stand up, and turn around, for safe trips to the vets. Do consider the weight with a full grown Cat weighing on average begin 4-8kg (males outweigh females).
Good quality food is necessary for good health, regardless of cat breed. Cats need a diet high in protein. Although a Maine Coon is larger, it does not need much more than a medium size cat, so do watch the calories and don’t necessarily provide an ever-full food dish. An automatic feeder for dry food can be a good way to keep the basic nutrition provided in a timely portioned manner, with wet food provided as an interative experience.
Annual health checks, vaccinations and boosters as recommended by breeder and/or Veterinarian will help keep your Maine Coon healthy and low maintenance. Pet insurance maybe worth considering as an investment in your cats care.
Regular grooming your long haired beauty is needed. Good training when young makes this an easy and pleasurable task to cond with your kitten and cat, and if done regularly, it is no more maintancne for a Maine Coon than for any longer haired cat.
Playtime, especially for indoor cats. Ample toys, contempo cat towers and platforms for climbing and leaping, and your time to play for atleast 15 mintues a day, is invaluable in keeping your cat low maintenance and happy. It reinforces your bond and joy with your cat and also helps expend the energy that all cats have. A Maine Coon loves to play and is always a kitten at heart, so this is a delightful aspect of the breed, and essential for all cats.
Maine Coon Health issues
Like most pure cat breeds, Maine Coons are prone to suffering from a number of health problems specific to the breed, and often these are genetically inherited.
Hip dysplasia is common and may lead to lameness. Another inherited health problem is a type of a heart disease, known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Polycystic kidney disease, renal failure, and spinal muscular atrophy are also common for these felines.
Thanks to the constantly progressing present-day medicine you can easily get a DNA test for your cat in order to determine if it’s carrying the genes responsible for such inherited health problems. Purchasing your kitten or cat from a reputable and registered breeder will also help you avoid these issues.
A fun fact! Most cat breeds reach maturity around the age of 8-12 months. However, that’s not the case with Mine Coon cats. Not only do they grow bigger than other domestic kitties, but they also grow slower. Regardless of its gender, it will keep growing for years. Some Maine Coons reach their maximum growth around the age of 3. Others will keep growing even beyond that.
By the time your cat is 5 years old, it should have reached its potential in terms of growth. However, that doesn’t mean that he/ she will have outgrown its playful, kitten-like nature. Even the heaviest Maine Coons can act like young kittens!