The Maine Coon cats are very popular with their magnificent fur, large body and gentle personality. "How to care for my Maine Coon kitten" is a common question nowadays. We will examine the best practices to maintain your Maine Coon kitten's health. Let's learn more.
The Maine Coon is one of the largest cat breeds. Its length can easily exceed one meter. Most of the world's largest cat record holders who have entered the Guinness Book or are about to do so are Maine Coons: Leo (Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red), Barivel, and his 120 cm, Stewie (Mymains Stewart Gilligan), among others. The Maine Coon is also a soft-hearted giant, who prefers cuddles and quietness to strenuous activity. They are very suitable companions for children and their congeners.
The ancestors of the Maine Coon would be long-haired cats that arrived with the first Europeans who settled in America. The most resilient of these animals managed to adapt to the harsh climatic conditions of the state of Maine. Hence the name of the breed. Some sources say that the Vikings brought it to America.
More and more farmers in the region became interested in the Maine Coon, which they appreciated as much for its beauty as for its ability to drive away pests. From the second half of the 19th century, representatives of the breed began to be presented at cat shows.
After a long period marked by a certain lack of interest for the Maine Coon, in particular, in favor of the Persian, the breed regained its letters of nobility from the 1950s. It is only 20 years later that it will be recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA). The International Feline Federation (FIFe) recognized it, in turn, in 1983.
In France, it was in the early 1980s that we witnessed the arrival of Maine Coon cats. Its popularity in France accelerated from the following decade to the point that the breed has now become the favorite of the French, ahead of the Sacred Birman and the Bengal in particular.
Physical peculiarities of Maine Coon Kitten
Its body: is of impressive length, it fits in a rectangle. Besides its large size, it is characterized by a well-developed musculature and a broad chest. Body proportions remain balanced.
His hair: is medium to long, it forms a collar under the throat. Its length is less at the level of the shoulders and the thighs, and more important on the abdomen. Their outer coat is silky. They have a fine undercoat.
Its color: apart from chocolate and lilac, all coat colors are allowed, including "tabby" (tiger) coats.
His head: is medium in size, and the skull is slightly rounded, with well-marked cheekbones, a high and moderately round forehead, as well as a square muzzle.
His eyes: large, almond-shaped, set well apart, in a wide variety of colors. In white-coated cats, blue or minnow eyes are allowed.
His ears: set high, wide at their attachment, and large, they are generously covered with hair and characterized by plumes. This gives the cat a highly sought-after "lynx tips" appearance.
Its tail: long, covered with long hair, it is wide at its attachment and is pointed at its end.
Maine Coon Kitten Personality
Very attached to its owner towards whom it is extremely affectionate, the Maine Coon is a cat that can even tend to be "sticky". A playful animal, he is not, however, a great sportsman. His peaceful character and patience make him an excellent companion for children, as well as for the rest of the family.
Calm and never aggressive, he prefers to flee rather than retaliate if he is jostled. The Maine Coon has a variety of vocalizations to express itself. Easygoing and particularly sociable, he accepts other cats and animals in general quite easily.
The Maine Coon kitten adapts to all living conditions. He can thus live happily just as well in an apartment in the heart of the city as in a large house in the countryside. It should however be remembered that, even if this cat is not excessively active, it may wander off to hunt and let its natural curiosity express itself, exposing itself to various risks of accident. They love water so much.
The Maine Coon knows certain predispositions to develop certain diseases. Thus, it is subject to:
- Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic heart failure that can also be linked to a diet that is too low in amino acids.
- Polycystic kidney disease, ie cysts in the kidneys.
- Because of his large size and his musculature, he is sensitive at the level of the hips, where dysplasia can be triggered. The more this cat is overweight, the more it could develop this pathology.
- Be careful with spinal muscular atrophy that affects his muscles.
Don't forget to vaccinate for classic diseases such as rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Breed Hypoallergenic: No
To protect yourself against these risks and ensure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Maine Coon cat insurance.
Despite its large size, as well as the length and density of its hair, the Maine Coon is not a tedious maintenance cat.
It is enough for good brushing for the Maine coon's coat. During molting, it should be brushed more frequently, ideally every day, to help it get rid of dead hair. This care also prevents him from swallowing too large amounts of hair when he washes.
In addition to weekly brushings and the fact that the cat cleans itself by licking itself, the Maine Coon can be bathed 2 to 3 times a year. Use a suitable shampoo and be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly. His ears and eyes are also to be inspected regularly. The hygiene of the Maine Coon also depends on the choice of its litter, which obviously must not be too small, otherwise, the cat might abandon it to relieve itself elsewhere. Without forgetting the regular disinfection of his environment, starting with his basket.
Around 4 or 5 years old they reach their adult size. He must therefore eat more kitten food when he is young, based on kibble with a high percentage of nutrients. Thereafter, its diet consists largely of animal protein such as meat and fish. For example, you can prefer sardines to tuna containing heavy metals.
In addition, the water needs of the Maine Coon are important. Thus, it may be a good idea to combine dry (kibble) and wet (pâté) foods; the first will contribute to preventing the formation of tart, while the second will participate in the hydration of the cat. Without forgetting, of course, to leave a source of fresh, clean, and regularly renewed water at his disposal (bowl or fountain).
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