Your new kitten's care

Caring for your kitten

 

Maine Coons are the largest of the domestic cats.  They are not fully grown until they are at least 3 years old and grow to weigh around 16-20lbs.  Males are generally larger than females.  They are an active breed of cat and retain their kitten qualities and behaviour well into adulthood.  They are fun loving and outgoing but enjoy human company.   Many are not lap cats (most people don’t have a lap big enough anyway!) but prefer to curl up next to you on the sofa or by your feet.  They are very loyal and may select one human as their ‘favourite’.

Behaviour

Generally they are known as the cat clown and like to attract attention to themselves.  They are energetic and may spend time racing from one room to another or up and down stairs.  They are also highly intelligent and display behaviour highly superior to their feline counterparts.  Many people refer to them as the dog of the cat world as they can easily be trained to sit/fetch etc.  Unlike most cats many also like water so don’t be surprised to find them in your sink or bath tub.  We have one in particular who sits for ages with her head under a running tap until she is completely soaked!  It may also mean that they play with the water in their water bowls.  In terms of other behaviour it is not unusual for them to open doors and carry various items from place to place.  Maine coons also like to have a routine and will quickly recognise and let you know when their usual meal time is etc.

Feeding

We feed our cats on a mixture of wet and dry food.  At the moment they are eating Whiskas/Gourmet wet food and have Royal Canin 36 kitten biscuits.  It is of course up to you how you continue to feed your kitten but we recommend considering similar.  Dry food is good for teeth and is nutritionally balanced to suit the cat, they also need to eat less per gram than wet food as more is packed in.  Wet food provides a balance.  At the moment if you feed a mixture then they will probably need one pouch a day and then the rest in dry food.  We generally feed our adult cats wet food in the morning and at night and then they have bowls of dry food to continuously graze on.

Litter training

Your kitten is fully litter trained.  It is best to use non clumping light weight litter.  Clumping cat litter can be very dangerous especially to kittens who eat it (kittens eat everything!) as it can form a cement like consistency in their stomachs.  Some people choose to use wood pellet litter which is fine also but does turn to sawdust and so can be a bit messy. 

Health

Your kitten has been wormed and flea treated as a precaution.  Maine coons are generally healthy.  They are a hardy cat and have few problems.  Because of their size and large bone structure in older age they can sometimes suffer with hip issues.  There are no known genetic issues in the this line of cats.

Keeping their coats nice

Maine Coons are classified as semi long haired.  They have long fur over their bodies and legs and a long bushy racoon like tail.  They are easy maintenance in terms of their coats and require little care.  Unlike Persians they have a double thickness coat (from when they were a wild cat for insulation).  This means that over their bodies although very long the coat lies flat and is silky rather than fluffy.  They also have large tufted ears.  The only place you may notice fur balls if not groomed is their tails.  Maine Coon females also have a number of scent glands located in their tails which can make their tails feel greasy in places and not as fluffy for some once they reach sexual maturity around 8-12 months.  However once neutered their tails will become normal again.

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