The Maine Coon Cat
Maine Coons are the laid back breed on the cat world. They tend to go with the flow and are very good natured. This breed is suitable to just about any lifestyle. They enjoy being with their people but are not overly demanding of attention.
They are very skilled hunters and will keep your home safe from vermin. Humor that hunting instinct by playing fetch with your Maine Coon. Feathers and other toys on sticks are also quite popular with this breed. While they can climb, Because they are quite intelligent interactive toys are also a means of entertainment for the Coon. Maine Coons much prefer to stay on the floor. So a small cat tree is sufficient for this big guy.
Easy To Groom
Friendly Towards Strangers
The following issues can affect Maine Coons:
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart disease (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
- Kidney disease (Polycystic kidney disease)
- Spinal muscular atrophy
The long hair of the Maine Coon is quite silky. Not prone to knots and mats, it does benefit from a weekly brushing. A grooming rake will help remove the dead undercoat. Give your Maine Coon a bath when the coat looks stringy and greasy.
If possible and tolerated brush teeth daily. Nails should be trimmed monthly. Eye discharge can be cleaned with a soft damp cloth. Ears should be examined weekly and cleaned of dirt with a soft cotton ball. A yeasty smell or head shaking indicated medical attention is needed.
The litter box should be cleaned daily. If your Maine Coon considers his litter box is dirtly he will use other areas of your home.
Maine Coons should be kept as an indoor cat or only allowed outside under supervision or in a cat enclosure. They are in danger from larger predators such as Coyotes and their hunting instinct can result in dead wildlife. In addition their beauty can attract thieves who do not wish to pay for the pleasure of owning such a wonderful animal.
Most Maine Coons are brown tabby. However they can also be black, white or red. Maine Coons can also be bi-color and tortoiseshell or calico. They can basically come in any color excepted pointed like a Siamese cat.
Children and Other Pets
Maine Coons have such a wonderful disposition that they get along with everyone. They are very good with well behaved children and cat-friendly dogs. Maine Coons will even ride happily in a baby carriage with a baby bonnet on their head if their little girl wants to play.