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maine coon

The character

Authentic mixture of rusticity and elegance, wildness and gentleness, the Maine Coon cat is also a cat endowed with great qualities: safety, kindness and loyalty. Despite his size, he is a large, peaceful cat, his kindness showing in his very gentle gaze, and you could say he is as good as he is big.

He is sociable with everyone, including strangers, and absolutely not moody. Despite what we said above, he can live in an apartment, somewhat reluctantly of course, provided he has been used to it from his earliest childhood.

Hug :

Most American Longhairs are affectionate and enjoy the warm closeness of humans.

Player :

It is essential to play with the Maine Coon every day to provide him with enough physical activity and stimulation to maintain his health.

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Calm :

He knows how to balance moments of relaxation and moments of action.

Clever :

Insightful, his cognitive abilities impress.

Fearful / wary of strangers:

Several factors can influence the mistrust of strangers, but the Maine Coon often has a good ability to adapt.

Independent :

Many American Longhairs can care for themselves completely on their own when their needs are met.

Behaviour

Talkative :

Most of these cats are not great talkers, but the tendency to vocalize can vary from individual to individual. Anecdotal reports report soft cooing.

Greedy / gluttonous:

In any case, an adequate diet to meet its high energy needs is essential. By offering food in interactive bowls, you offer a dynamic activity to your American Longhair at the same time as you feed it. We can thus limit gluttonous tendencies, if necessary.

Need for exercise:

It is essential to maintain a daily routine that includes a variety of physical activities.

Runaway:

This big cat can sometimes be an explorer. Teaching your cat to wear a leash and harness can be useful for outdoor outings.

Compatibility

The Maine Coon and the Dogs:

The way the cat was brought into contact with dogs when it was a kitten has a great influence on its subsequent sociability with canines. Cohabitation can be quite peaceful, as long as the introduction has been gradual. A living environment including multiple high rest areas inaccessible to the dog allows the cat to escape unwanted contact.

The Maine Coon and Other Cats:

Several factors influence how well the cats in a household get along, such as how they were introduced to each other and their living environment. It is suggested to set up an environment with numerous hiding places and high observation posts.

The Maine Coon and Children:

Here is a cat that is big, with a human that is small! It is therefore important to introduce one to the other gradually and gently. Never force unwanted contacts. It is beneficial to take the time necessary to properly supervise meetings, teach children a respectful approach and ensure that everyone gets along. That done, the relationship between the Maine Coon and children promises to be dynamic and rewarding!

The Maine Coon and the Elderly:

This big cat and a rather calm person can live together pleasantly, as long as the latter can meet the activity needs of his cat.

Price :

For the purchase of a Maine Coon kitten in breeding, it is necessary to count on average between 900  and 1200 USD. However, this price can vary according to several factors such as lineage, breeding, age or even sex. In his monthly budget, it is necessary to plan around 40 USD/month to meet his needs, by offering him quality food and medical care to keep him in good health.

Maintenance

Grooming:

Because the American Longhair's undercoat is fine and silky, regular grooming is important to prevent knots from forming.

Hair loss:

Hair loss is greater during certain seasons, so the length and thickness of the coat may vary over time.

Feed

This large cat needs a diet that meets its high energy needs. Medical assessments make it possible to adjust the diet according to the age of the individual, his mass and his physiological requirements.

Health

Life expectancy:

The average Maine Coon lifespan is 11 to 13 years, but some cats can live past the 15-year mark.

Resistant / robust:

Its long hair and dense undercoat give it a certain resistance to variations in thermals and extreme temperatures. In addition, the coat is often waterproof.

Tendency to grow:

Among the risk factors for feline obesity are: age, environment, diet and activity of the cat. The risk of developing overweight decreases considerably when the cat's physical activity needs are met. Offering food in interactive bowls can also make portion rationing easier.

Common illnesses:

An annual medical check-up is suggested to ensure his well-being. Indeed, he can suffer from the same diseases as domestic cats, in particular oral pathologies. It is known to have certain hereditary pathologies, given its potential inbreeding, including:

 

Spinal muscular atrophy is a typical Maine Coon inherited disease. It appears in the kitten from 13 to 17 weeks and is manifested by a characteristic muscular weakness

Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a mdisease that affects both purebred cats and cats without a pedigree. Ultimately, it causes heart failure.

Breeding:

Only marriages between Maine Coons are allowed.

On average, litters are 3 kittens.

Good to know

The Maine Coon takes its name from an old legend according to which domestic cats from the state of Maine, in the United States, would have crossed with raccoons (called “racoon” in English). This crossing is obviously impossible from a biological point of view, the two species being too different from a genetic point of view to hybridize. 

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