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Caring for a Maine Coon Cat

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 2, 2018
Caring for a Maine Coon Cat

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The Maine Coon cat is one of the largest domestic cats, with adult males weighing between 6 to 11 kg (13 to 24.5 lb). However, there have been cases of Maine Coon cats who have reached 20 kg (44 lb). This cat breed comes from the state of Maine, in the US. However, there are various theories about its origins.

One of the theories about origins of the Maine Coon breed says that when the Vikings carried out their raids on the American continent they took cats with them to catch the rats in their stylized ships. Maine Coon cats would descend from big, long-haired Nordic cats who bred with American wildcats. Another theory is that European Angora cats were crossed over with native short-haired cats after the 16th Century.

No matter their origin, Maine Coon cats are beautiful, loving felines, and they make for splendid pets. If you're thinking about adopting this extraordinary cat, here at AnimalWised we'll go over the basics of caring for a Maine Coon cat. Read on!

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How often should you take a Maine Coon cat to the vet?

The most important step towards caring for a Maine Coon cat is taking them to the vet regularly; if no problems arise and you don't notice any symptoms of disease, taking your Maine Coon cat to the vet a couple of times a year will be enough.

The vet will be the person who will diagnose the state of health of your Maine Coon and administer the necessary vaccines. They will also be the ones responsible for neutering your cat. However, ultimately you're the one who must keep the vaccination schedule up to date and ensure the cat follows a proper diet. Here you can discover the symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in cats.

Caring for a Maine Coon Cat - How often should you take a Maine Coon cat to the vet?

Caring for a Maine Coon cat's coat

Thankfully, the Maine Coon cat's fur is usually healthy and beautiful. However, if you want to preserve that quality you will have to work and help your pet flaunt that wonderful fur they're known for.

In order to care for a Maine Coon cat's coat it is very important to brush it three times a week with a specific brush for long-haired cats. If you do it for five minutes every day, all the better. Brushing your Maine Coon regularly will prevent gastric problems, as by removing dead hair you keep your cat from ingesting it while preening, which would cause dangerous hairballs.

We recommend giving your Maine Coon malt for cats, which alleviates the accumulation of hairballs, and foods rich in omega-3, with benefits that will be positively felt in the fur.

Bathing a Maine Coon cat

An unusual quality of this cat breed is that it loves water, and you will not have any problem to bathe it as long as the water is at a suitable temperature, from 36º C to 38º C (95º F to 100º F). In the United States it is not unusual to see Maine Coons bathing in the pool with their human family during the summer, as they are good swimmers.

However, although Maine Coon cats enjoy getting wet we do not recommend bathing them with cat shampoo more than once every month and a half. Another matter is that the cat enjoys cooling off during the summer and gets wet at every opportunity.

Caring for a Maine Coon Cat - Bathing a Maine Coon cat

Feeding a Maine Coon cat

This subject is quite tricky, as Maine Coon cats eat a lot but are quite lazy. Therefore, this is a breed quite prone to obesity, especially if owners impose no limits to their food intake. You should feed your Maine Coon cat balanced, high-quality dry feed. Check the food labels and avoid those brands that are excessively fatty.

Maine Coon cats grow slowly; they take four years to reach their maximum recommended weight, which in males can reach 11 kg (24.5 lb). If your cat exceeds this weight, you should take them to the vet as soon as possible, as their health may be jeopardized in a serious way.

Living with a Maine Coon cat

This breed has the peculiarity that it is independent and family-oriented at the same time. Maine Coon cats like to play about and be the centre of attention, and they enjoy having some level of commotion around them, but they do not like being touched in excess.

Maine Coon cats usually get along very well with other pets. This large breed can live in an apartment as it is not too active. However, it would be ideal for them have a small garden to enjoy some occasional hunting adventures, and maybe capture a mouse or two.

Caring for a Maine Coon Cat - Living with a Maine Coon cat

These are our tips on caring for a Maine Coon cat. What are yours? Have you ever lived with a Maine Coon? Tell us in the comments section!

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FRANNIE A.
My most beloved animal friends have been partial Maine Coon cats. I have seen them each grieve a deceased sibling & then the closest sibling was licked all over his face by Pokey in an unprecedented expression of: "now, I'll be your best friend". And later Pokey was diagnosed with liver cancer & Bandit his sibling caught him a bird & actually brought it to him & placed it in front of his little face. Bandit had never even tried to catch a bird in his life. Pokey once sat up in the branch of a tree awaiting a bird to fly into him!! Which one did -- ; made the loudest squawk & U-turned away from that branch!! One was once mistaken for a racoon in a tree by a neighbor! Their huge fluffy tails!! Pokey used to place his little right paw in my right hand as we would fall asleep together! Now, I have AUGIE, 3 yrs old July 19. He seems to have unrelenting diarrhea from kibble food. I tried Trader Joes canned Turkey & Giblets & that stopped the problem but suddenly he won't eat wet food anymore. So Blue Buffalo for Sensitive Stomachs dry food but we're back to diarrhea & cleansing due to his long fur!! and back to the Vet!! None of my other darlings ever had this problem. Diabetes got all three earliest kitties & cancer. But not this. AUGIE wears a harness as Pokey & Bandit did with a loud bell on it. As with all others I have him trained to come to my whistling & calling his name. Pokey taught me in 1992 that they wanted me to walk them around the back woods in Tigard, Oregon, during my Law School days. Just like dogs-but they would follow me without a leash!! NOW AUGIE DOES THE SAME!! I will ALWAYS LOVE THEM! They are all very loving & seem to understand me! as though they understand my thoughts. Very nice!
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Frannie,

Thank you so much for sharing! We love to hear people's personal stories about their beloved pets.

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