Maine Coon cats are extremely popular and as an owner, I understand exactly why this is. These large long-haired cats with tufted ears, extra-long tails, and fluffy paws leave everyone who sets eyes on them hopelessly bewitched and yearning to own one themselves. Does this sound like you?
Before you dash out to buy a Maine Coon, read what we have to say. Let’s make this clear: we adore Maine Coon cats and have owned several. We think they are utterly beautiful, adorable, comical, and have the best personalities.
This article highlights why buying cats from breeders is exacerbating the huge problems cat shelters are having rehoming millions of abandoned cats – some Maine Coons. Could you rescue a cat instead of buying from a breeder?
And when you reach the end of this article, there are details of a special offer that’s too good to refuse.
1. Don’t Buy – Adopt Instead
Before you buy a Maine Coon (or any cat) from a breeder please seriously consider adopting one from a rescue center instead.
Here are a few facts:
- Approximately 3.4 million cats are given up to shelters in the US every year – some of these are Maine Coons or Maine Coon crossbreeds. The others are cats equally worthy of loving homes.
- 33 to 40% of the cats that enter shelters every year are eventually euthanized as they can’t be found new homes – that’s between 1.1 and 1.3 million healthy cats put to sleep. Heartbreaking!
- Every cat purchased from a breeder means one less cat in a shelter is rehomed.
- There is no such thing as a responsible breeder – responsible people surely wouldn’t keep producing new kittens when there are so many sad cats literally dying because of the lack of good homes. Put it this way – breeders profit at the expense of the lives of shelter cats.
2. They Are Beautiful Kittens
Surely you agree? I mean, just look at those innocent expressions, not to mention those fabulous pointed ears. Beware, they are trying to trick you into falling in love with them by pretending to be cute. Don’t fall for it they are masters of deceit!
If this photo doesn’t prove how beautiful they are, I don’t know what else will.
If you buy a Maine Coon kitten you will need a set of starter toys. With a tunnel, a cat dancer and a whole variety of smaller toys, this kitten toy assortment is great value for money.
3. They Grow Into Amazing Adults
Their looks improve with age. If anything they grow more beautiful by the day.
Because of their stunning appearance, many people fear that Maine Coons will be stolen if they are allowed outside. If you feel your neighborhood is not safe for a Maine Coon to roam in, make sure your home is suitable for a large indoor cat to expend its energy.
Adult Maine Coons require regular grooming to keep their coats free of knots. Their fur also picks up all sorts of things, especially if you allow them outside. This slicker brush works really wells for us.
4. They Are Rather Noisy
You will not find a noisier cat. If they are not purring, they are trilling, meowing and making other noises that they presume you will find cute and irresistible – and you will. It will take all your powers of resistance not to want to own one.
They can certainly make some strange sounds. Check out the below short video from our YouTube channel to see what we mean! Our YouTube channel is quite new – so we’ve absolutely love it if you’d consider subscribing!
5. They Have Ridiculously Amazing Tails
What is the point of a Maine Coons tail? It is far too long and just makes more work for you when it comes to grooming. Their tails get under your feet, they stick them out to try to trip you up and dangle them in your food and drink whenever they get the chance. If you tread on a tail you will feel absolutely awful!
So, you will need to take extra care when you own a Maine Coon not to step on its tail. The other thing about their tails is they think they are hiding but often you will see a piece of tail protruding. They seem blissfully unaware of this! Very amusing.
6. They Have Fancy Neck Ruffs
This is another feature of Maine Coons which is very fancy. What is it for? Do they think they are mini lions?
A Maine Coon’s neck ruff is just another thing to get matted and knotted which spoils their appearance, especially if they also get food stuck in it. This area needs particular attention when grooming a Maine Coon.
7. They Have Crazy Ear Tufts and Tips
Why do Maine Coons have ear tufts and tips? They are strange, aren’t they? Most people find them endearing though and they do look cute. Not all Maine Coons have these Lynx-like tips on their ears. So don’t be disappointed if you get a Maine Coon and it turns out to be lacking somewhat in the ear department.
8. They Have Weird Fluff Between Their Toes
Maine Coons have tufts of fur sprouting from between their toes and these are adorable but if your Maine Coon goes outside it will also track in a lot of wet and dirt. This is obviously soon cleaned off by your carpets or your crisp white bed linen … convenient for your Maine Coon, not so convenient for you if you’re house proud.
9. They Wear Mad Furry Britches
Just look at that furry rear view! it really does look like an old-fashioned pair of britches. Owners often need to intervene with keeping all this fur in order and it isn’t always easy. A regular grooming regime is a must and is best started when the cat is young or it may not ever let you do this.
9. Their Eyes Are Bewitching
They will mesmerize you with their eyes. Some have odd eyes that are even more hypnotic. Be careful or you will find yourself doing exactly what a Maine Coon wants you to with no control over your actions. Here’s a complete guide to Maine Coon eyes.
Could you trust a cat that looks at you like this?
11. They Love Children
Maine Coons are patient cats and show a great tolerance of babies and children. However, you should supervise kids and cats at all times. Most problems with Maine Coons and children arise when children are too rough with them. If you were pulled around or tormented relentlessly you would probably lash out eventually.
Maine Coons are gentle cats but they are not saints and do have a limit to what they will tolerate. it is important to teach children to be gentle with them and treat them lovingly.
12. They Love Other Cats
You’ll always see a Maine Coon cozying up to another Maine Coon.
You’ll often see genuine affection between two.
And mixing with another breed? … anytime.
13. They Adore Dogs
Maine Coons tolerate dogs who understand their place. They will be in charge of any dog and will only like one if it does at it’s told.
14. They Think They Own You
It’s funny how you think you are going to be a Maine Coon owner. Let’s get this straight – a Maine Coon will own you. You will be a slave to one from the moment it moves in and takes over your house. “Other human in the house, bring her more wine … she is not allowed to move from this spot until I decide to move.”
15. They Steal Your Bed
Your bed will no longer be your own. A Maine Coon generally wants to sleep with you or keep you awake. It will lay on your legs and you will be stuck in an uncomfortable position because you don’t want to disturb the cat. Laying in on your day off will become a distant memory … Maine Coons like to breakfast early.
An excellent way to ensure you get a lie-in is to invest in an automatic feeder. This will also come in handy if you occasionally spend a night away.
16. They Take The Best Seats In The House
There’s a well known saying among cat owners: “If you want the best seat in the house you’ll have to move the cat.” You will find this is true if you own a Maine Coon. You probably shouldn’t waste your money on an expensive cat bed but if you can’t resist buying one, here are our favorite cat beds reviewed.
17. You Might Get One To Sit On Your Lap
As it happens some Maine Coons are lap cats and some aren’t. If you want a cat that is always on your lap you may be disappointed. On the other hand, you might be lucky and find yours is a cuddly cat. Our two didn’t sit on our laps for over a year but our patience paid off and eventually, they chose to sit on our laps once we stopped trying to persuade them.
18. They Might Never Leave You Alone
Some Maine Coons love to cuddle. You’ll be pinned down all evening and will be forced to watch TV whilst everyone else in the house runs around doing things for you such as fetching you wine, tea, coffee, and snacks. So annoying! You’ll be surprised at how long you can hold on when you need to go to the bathroom!
19. They Always Want To Play
You will be worn out if you get a Maine Coon. They never tire of playing, even in their senior years. There will be no more lounging around doing nothing for you. Oh no, you will be on all fours with a piece of string, rolling balls and teaching your Maine Coon how to use a scratching post.
If you want an idea for a toy to entertain your Maine Coon, there’s one that has worked consistently over the years for us and that’s a Cat Dancer. It is inexpensive and easy to use – you can even stay in your chair!
20. They Think Your Boxes Are Their Boxes
If you ever have to unpack a box, a Maine Coon will be there waiting to claim it the moment it is empty. And you will not be allowed to have it back even if you need to return the item. That box will no longer be available for your use. Don’t ever expect to have it back.
21. They Can Be Quite Naughty
Maine Coons do seem to possess a naughty gene. Well, actually, this one is doing what comes naturally – hunting. This is actually normal not naughty cat behavior and Maine Coons are particularly good hunters. You can’t really stop it and you shouldn’t punish one for doing it.
Of course, indoor cats don’t get to hunt unless your house happens to be full of mice. So bear in mind this particular skill before buying one. Can you cope with an accomplished hunter in your home?
22. They Never Sleep
This cat is not asleep, he is having a long blink. As Maine Coons get older they can become quite lazy and content to sleep all day long. It will be your job to keep your cat active and therefore healthy. If you don’t see yourself doing this,
23. Their Stuff Will Clutter Up Your Home
Maine Coons have lots of energy and if you are planning to keep one as an indoor cat you will need to provide it with plenty to keep it entertained. The end result is a lot of extra cat stuff in your home: many toys, scratching posts, a fabulous cat condo indoor tree and so on.
24. They Are Often Funny
They are funny, so if you want a ‘normal’ cat a Maine Coon is not for you. Maine Coons will have you in stitches so if you don’t have a sense of humor you may not appreciate one of these comical cats.
25. They Have Amazing Personalities!
They have huge personalities. You may have heard people say Maine Coons are almost dog-like. This is true. They display many characteristics usually associated with dogs. Some play
26. Bonus Reason – They Are Always Around You
Maine Coons are always in the way. They will sit on your keyboard (computer or piano). They love to sleep in basins which creates a problem when you want to wash your hands.
We adore Maine Coons. We treat ours like children. They are extremely rewarding cats to own. We just want everyone who wants a Maine Coon to consider adopting not buying and to be prepared and be absolutely sure they are ready to be good Maine Coon owners.
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And … exciting news
As you love Maine Coons, we’ve created a book just for you. As you no-doubt love this breed, included within it is information you won’t get elsewhere – do check it out if you want to know the stuff that most people don’t!
This book is crammed full of answers to common Maine Coon questions – knowledge we’ve accumulated over 25 years of living with these beautiful cats. We’re 100% certain you’ll find it invaluable.
The contents of this book have been used to create articles that can be found at petskb.com