Maine Coon cats are extremely popular and as an owner of four beauties, 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.
1. Don’t Buy – Adopt Instead!
Before you buy a Maine Coon (or any cat), please seriously consider trying to adopt one from a rescue center instead. If not, do ensure you use a responsible breeder who sells healthy, registered kittens.
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 elsewhere might mean one less cat in a shelter is rehomed.
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!
Buy a Maine Coon kitten and you will not get anything done as you’ll be too distracted.
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 -they grow more beautiful by the day. You will not be able to concentrate on anything else in your life – be warned.
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 more vocal cat. If they are not purring, they are trilling, meowing, and making other noises that they know 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 this short video from our YouTube channel to see what we mean!
5. They Have Amazingly Long Fluffy Tails
What is the point of a Maine Coon’s tail? It is so long which makes it tricky to groom.
Their tails also get under your feet; they stick them out to try to trip you up.
They are a health hazard because they dangle them in your food and drink whenever they get the chance.
One more thing, if you tread on a Maine Coon’s tail, you will feel absolutely awful! So, you will need to take extra care if you ever 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. People Might Think You Own a Lynx!
Why do Maine Coons have ear tufts and Lynx 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 fur 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 end! 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.
The majority of 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 often see a Maine Coon cuddling 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. I’m sure they have all carefully read a Cat’s Guide to Owning a Pet Human.
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.
Sleeping 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. They’re Not Always Lap Cats
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 last 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. Like all cats, they love boxes.
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’re Expert Hunters
Maine Coons are often accomplished hunters. This is actually normal not naughty cat behavior. 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 a Maine Coon. Can you cope with having an accomplished hunter in your home?
22. They Sleep Quite A Lot
This cat is not asleep, he is having a long blink.
Many people wonder why Maine Coons sleeps so much and if it’s normal behavior.
As Maine Coons get older they can become quite lazy and seem 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,
If a young Maine Coon sleeps a lot, this is a sign of boredom – entertain it more!
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 taking over your home: many toys, scratching posts, a fabulous cat condo indoor tree, and so on.
So decide if you can live with cat clutter, because if you can’t maybe you should rethink buying a Maine Coon!
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
They often announce their arrival in a room with a trill. They almost sulk when you go out and will show you how much they have missed you when you return.
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 be prepared and be absolutely sure they are ready to be good Maine Coon owners.
If you own a Maine Coon or any other pet, don’t forget to consider pet insurance to cover any unexpected vet bills which can soon mount up.
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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