How To Take Care Of Maine Coon | Things to Know About Maine Coons

Care Of Maine Coon

Maine Coon cats are some of the largest domestic cats out there. Adult males normally weigh between 13 and 24.5 pounds (or 6 to 11 kilos), but there have been known Maine Coons that have tipped the scale at 44 pounds (or 20 kilos). This breed was named after Maine, the state in the US, where it originates from. There are also interesting beliefs about where it comes from.

One of these theories believes that this breed was originally brought over to America by the Vikings when they went over for their raids. These cats were onboard to catch rats on the ships. The Maine Coon then descended from these big, long-haired Nordic cats that eventually bred with the local American wild cats. On the other hand, another theory states that Maine Coon cats came from European Angora cats who mated with native short-hair cats in the 16th Century.

 

Whatever their origins are, Maine Coon cats are definitely eye-catching beautiful and loving cats who are also perfect as pets. If you are thinking about adopting one of these feline beauties, here are the basics of taking care of a Maine Coon cat.

  1. Visiting The Vet

Visiting The Vet

Much like other pets, you should definitely bring your Maine Coon to the vet regularly for check-ups. This should be done two or three times a year, but if you notice any symptoms of possible disease, then you should come more often.

At the vet’s office, you can have your feline friend’s health monitored and vaccinated. It is also important to have your pet neutered at the vet. The pet doctor will also inform you of the vaccination schedule so you know when to bring in your cat. You may also ask about the nutritional needs of your Maine Coon at the clinic and learn to identify signs of nutritional deficiency.

  1. Maintaining The Coat Of Your Maine Coon

healthy fur

This breed of cat possesses a beautiful and healthy fur. You will have to do some work to preserve it. There are special brushes you can buy for long-haired cats, and using it, you should brush the hair at least three times a week. If you can do it daily for 5 minutes, then all the better. Beyond making them look good, brushing your cat’s hair will also avoid gastric conditions brought about by ingesting hairballs during preening.

Another way to keep hairballs from accumulating is to give your Maine Coon malt for cats and omega-3 rich foods, and you will see the improvements in the condition of the fur.

  1. Bathing Your Maine Coon

Maine Coon Bathing

This feline, uncharacteristic of cats, loves water. So long as the water’s temperature is comfortable, between 97 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it will happily go in the water. In fact, it is not at all unusual to see them swimming in the pool with their humans, because they are also good at swimming.

While they love getting in the water, it is important to use no shampoo when bathing your cat. You can only do so one time everyone and a half month. In very warm weather, you can let your feline pet cool off by getting wet.

  1. Feeding Your Maine Coon

Feeding Your Maine Coon

Proper diet is very important when you have this breed of cat because they love to eat but are also very lazy. This means, they have a high risk of becoming obese, especially when their owners do not control their food intake. They need a balanced, dry feed of good quality that is as low-fat as possible. You should take the time to read the labels and choose the best option for your cat.

Maine Coon cats take 4 years to reach their top weight, which is about 11 kilos for male ones. It is highly important that you take your cat to the vet’s office when they go over this weight. Being obese might lead to serious health conditions in the future.

  1. Enjoying Life With A Maine Coon Cat

Enjoying Life With A Maine Coon Cat

If you are looking for a great pet for you and your family, the Maine Coon is a great choice. It likes to be independent and at the same, family-oriented. They love to play and also be at the center of attention. They love having some commotion around them, but they do not like being stroked and touched too much.

Moreover, they also get along well with other animals and will be okay living in an apartment because it is not a very active breed of cat. However, they would appreciate living in a small garden where they can still hunt occasionally.

Maine Coon cats are a great addition to your home. Compared to other cats, they are not as needy or require as much care, so long as you specifically control what they eat. Beyond that, they are much like other cats who should visit the vet regularly and be brushed often. In return, you can enjoy their cuddles and purrs reserved for their beloved humans.

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