I guess the way to answer any question about Maine coon price should start by letting you know I paid around £400 (about 700 USD) here in the UK for both my kittens in 2004 and 2006. This is average across the board. Although prices can vary between $400 and $1000 for a pet quality Maine Coon kitten be cautious if you see a Maine Coon advertised for less than $400. Backyard breeders will offer cats for less that the going rate but this is not necessarily a wise investment. It’s unlikely to back yard breeders will follow the healthiest breeding programs and cats will not be pedigrees. Without papers, you have no way of knowing the kitten (and relatives) meets the Maine Coon breed standards. A Maine Coon with no registration, which doesn’t meet certain standards, is simply not a Maine Coon (even if it may look something like a Maine Coon).
Why Are Maine Coons So Expensive?
The cost of a Maine Coon cat is absolutely worth every penny. However, we can look at cost breakdown from a breeder’s perspective who rarely find breeding Maine Coons a profit making venture. While breeders are often keen to find good homes for new kittens, they also need to recoup some of their expenses. For the most part, if they can break even and produce good quality healthy kittens they will be happy. To begin with the cost of show quality Maine Coons with breeding rights can cost upwards of $1000 and much more depend on titles held. By the time a cat bought for breeding reaches its first birthday, the owner will often have already invested several thousands on rights, supplies, insurance, accommodation, vet bills, food, etc. Caring professional breeders make huge personal commitments in terms of time and financial risk. There are no guarantees that cats will be fertile or without complications during birth. Vet fees can mount up when a new litter and mother needs attention. The breeders I have visited have always invested in appropriate facilities including a purpose built runs, pens, play areas, not to mention transportation costs for attending shows. Cheaper ‘versions’ of Maine Coons may be available because breeders have cut corners without the same level of dedication and investment as those who breed and show cats for love, not money.