Caring for a Maine Coon Cat

While a Maine Coon’s size can make them look intimidating, they are very aptly known as the “gentle giants” of the domestic cats. They are affectionate, playful, and love human attention. They do not enjoy being left alone all day and need companionship from either their owner or another animal. Maine Coons are also very vocal, but they trill and chirp rather than a meow. Maine Coons are among the cat breeds that enjoy playing with water.

How much does a Maine Coon cost? $950 to $3,500

How much attention does a Maine Coon need?

Maine Coons have long fur that needs to be brushed at least once a week. Their tails and stomachs especially need attention to prevent matting. Maine Coons also shed a lot. Maine Coons have historically been good mousers, and they enjoy toys that stimulate their hunting instincts. They thus like toy mice and balls that jingle or crinkle. Maine Coons also find laser pointers irresistible.

Maine coon in grass

Does a Maine Coon have specific dietary needs?

Maine Coons are the largest breed of a domestic cat; a big male can weigh over 20 pounds and reach four feet in length. Consequently, they need food with a lot of protein and extra vitamins. Dry cat food needs to be carefully chosen, for a lot of it contains fillers and carbohydrates that just make the cat fat. Wet food has the advantage of keeping the cat hydrated. Cat owners should also look for foods formulated for indoor longhair cats, for these can keep a cat’s hairballs under control.

What are the most common health issues of the breed?

Maine Coons are susceptible to Hip Dysplasia and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. They can also develop Polycystic Kidney Disease. Kittens can develop Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that causes paralysis in the rear legs.

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