Maine CoonSeptember 3, 2019
The Maine Coon is certainly a cat to remember. This large majestic cat has been stealing cat lover’s hearts with their striking looks and sweet temperaments.
The breed is known to be the only longhaired native cat to America. There are many tall tales about the Maine Coon and their exact history when it comes to breeding, some even involving a racoon cross. However, with some of the theories involved completely separate species it’s highly unlikely that many of these are true. What is known is that the breed adapted well to their harsh winters and the wild environment they lived in, without much intermixing of breeds. It is possible that they first arrived in America from European ships. Ship cats were very prized with their families and captains, meaning that they took care in maintaining colour strains and temperaments for many many generations.
At a Glance:
The Maine Coon is a large cat and boast and incredibly long and bushy tail. They have long luxurious hair and come in a variety of colours including:
Their patters consist of a solid colour to tri-colour, tabby, shaded, smoke and also tortoiseshell.
The Maine Coon is a lovely sweet temperament cat who is well-known for their friendly attitude. It is important with this breed that they are encouraged to move and run, or they can have a tendency to become overweight. Due to their sheer size they can knock things over easily, it’s no surprise this breed is known as the ‘dog in the cat breed world’. They have big personalities to match their big size, and simply adore those who love them. An affectionate and friendly breed who also excels in training. They get along well with other pets if socialised from a young age and like most cat breed’s they thrive in a busy home full of love and snuggles. Curious, cuddly and playful who simply adore the company of their family.
This breed does require grooming and will shed all year around and also seasonally. It’s important to start a good grooming regime early on, during kittenhood, so that your wee bundle of fluff learns to love the experience. Start slowly and gradually increase your grooming times. They will need a good comb and brush at least three times per week and more during seasonal changes. Grooming will help prevent painful matts and tangles that can pull and cause discomfort. Many owners will groom their Maine Coons daily to prevent any problems with their coats.
Like with all cats and kittens, keeping your pet indoors can provide safety and protection against a range of injuries and illness’. Indoor cats have been proven to live longer lives and can be very happily entertained without the need of roaming unsupervised outside. Cleverly built cat enclosures can also allow your new kitten to explore the great outdoors in a safe manner. Two kittens, a quality cat scratcher and an indoor life can provide your cat with a wonderfully happy existence full of fun and play. If you do decide to let your kitten outside, ensure they are microchipped and also wearing a snag proof collar. Kittens should not be allowed outside unsupervised until six months of age.
It is vital you source your kitten from a reputable breeder to prevent heartache and medical problems that are common with badly bred pets. Ensure your chosen breeder is listed with their registered breed club and ask as many questions as possible. Sighting mum is also a good way to ensuring your kitten has come from good breeding practises and not a kitten-mill environment. Meeting the breeder in person and visiting your kitten before you choose to buy is also recommended. If you are wanting to adopt a kitten contact your local club or shelter organisation.