If you’re thinking seriously about Maine Coon kittens, adoption is definitely a cheaper and caring option. Providing a loving home to a kitten whether adopting or purchasing from a breeder is an exciting and special time.
How to decide between Maine Coon adoption or buying a Maine Coon kitten depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a specific color and physical characteristics like a big Maine Coon, you may have to be patient and cast your net as wide as possible. This may ultimately lead you to a breeder with the kind of kitten you’re looking for.
If you are more flexible about searching for Maine Coon kittens, adoption could be the right option. In almost every case there are things you must consider before making a commitment.
- Reality check – Maine Coons can live up to 20 years old and some of the largest Maine Coon boys can be over 20lbs by the time they have reached adulthood. It takes 4 years on average for a Maine Coon to mature, so although you can expect a rather large kitten, don’t expect a full-blown gentle giant right away. If you’re like the idea of a big Maine Coon (who doesn’t ?) remember girls are always much smaller. Anyway, make sure you know what you really want and what you are able to offer for the long term. You won’t have much choice anyway – remember Maine Coons tend to ‘own’ their humans – be ready for a new boss!
- Maine Coon Cats/Kittens? Do you want a kitten or perhaps you would be happy to give a home to an adult Maine Coon who needs a new place to stay? Kittens need a lot of attention and I distinctly remember a lot of disturbance during the nights when our first MC came home. If no one can be in the house for long periods due to work commitments this can lead to anxiety for kitten and human too. There are a lot of positives about getting two kittens at once especially if they are from the same litter or already know each other.
- A Pedigree Maine Coon with papers – If you want a genuine Maine Coon with the potential to become a show cat it’s almost certain you will need to buy a kitten from a reputable breeder. It’s unlikely you’ll find pedigree Maine Coon kittens for adoption (with papers) because of the commercial value and demand. You may want to see pictures (at least) of the parents and this is more likely via the breeder route. Although you may be able to adopt a purebred Maine Coon kitten its unlikely you will get papers to verify the pedigree which basically means it wouldn’t qualify as a Maine Coon in a cat show. This may or may not be important but worth pointing out.
- Meeting ‘New Owner’ Requirements – Adopting Maine Coon cats/kittens (or buying from a breeder) is a two-way exchange. There will always be (or should be) certain requirements you’ll need to meet before you are accepted as a potential adopter. You may need to prove you have adequate space, resources to look after a new family member. Any good Maine Coon rescue organization should be checking you have living conditions which will enable the cat to thrive and feel safe in new surroundings. You may be asked to provide references. There will also be some kind of fee and/or donation involved.