I remember being so pleased with myself when I eventually found a reputable breeder with genuine pedigree Maine Coon kitten. I thought that was the end of the search when really it should have been the beginning. Back in 2002 I actually found information and advice quite hard to come by so was totally reliant on what information my breeder offered. Having made a few mistakes and learned along the way here’s a few more questions you may want to ask if you’re about to buy a Maine Coon and you’ve found a breeder with a kitten for sale that meets your requirements …
1. Will I get a health warranty and a contract?
This is definitely something you should expect, although this works both ways and you are advised to read through the paperwork carefully. Usually, there will be a time period when kittens can be returned to the event your vet finds a problem. Contracts may also specify whether the cat can be kept indoors or outdoors. I realized when corresponding to my websites with many new Maine Coon owners that people often want their cats to roam outside freely. It is pretty standard for the contract to stipulate that neutering must take place within a certain period of time and transference of ownership is not permitted. This is all about protecting the integrity of the breed and the reputation of the breeder selling the kittens.
2. What vaccinations will you/I have to take care of?
This will vary country to country, from state to state. I know that different vets have varying opinions on what shots are necessary and healthy for a young kitten to have. The best advice is to simply make sure the kitten has a clean bill of health verified by a vet before you take the kitten. Make sure to get a vaccination record so you can then consult with your own vet as soon as you become the new owner.
3. What registration requirements?
In my experience, this is left to the new owner to send off the appropriate documentation to the governing body along with a small registration fee. The registration papers should be provided to you by the breeder so make sure you ask for them if not provided. Registration is essential for showing cats but is recommended in any case. If you’re going to invest and buy a Maine Coon it seems sensible to register your new cat – I think of it like registering a new baby’s birth.
4. When can I take my new kitten home?
A responsible breeder should not separate a new kitten from its mother for at least 10 weeks. A new kitten’s immune system is not developed until this stage and the early weeks can be when any health problems first become apparent. Maine Coons are slow developers taking up to 4 years to mature fully and it is generally accepted that its ok for kittens to go to their new homes when 12 weeks old. With both of our MCs, we had to wait about 3 months. It can seem a long time but always worth the wait and gives you plenty of time to get prepared for your new arrival.