If your considering adopting a Maine Coon cat, there are a few things you should be aware of, as this is NO ordinary cat. Your first clue, will probably be the cost of your cat, if you are purchasing your Maine Coon Cat from a reputable breeder.
The Maine coon cats personality is playful, which unlike some other breeds of cats, remains playful for their entire life. It is important that you have a selection of toys available for them to play with. Some that you would play together with and some that they can play on their own with.
Bing is a really curious playful cat, that is up for playful interactions and if he’s not getting enough, will certainly let me know. Sometimes he will bring his ball, to play with or another toy, if he is in the mood to share.
It’s important, as they are very intelligent, fun spirited cats that are very sociable. Not only with you, but with other family members, pets and visitors are thoroughly inspected as well!
Sometimes with other breeds of cats, they expect you to “drop everything” and serve them humbly, when they fancy.
The Maine Coon isn’t like that at all.
Instead, the Maine Coon wants to be near you. He most likely will not sit in your lap for any length of time. Many experts believe that this is because with their large size, lap sitting is uncomfortable for them. But you can expect your Maine Coon to not only be in the same room with you at all times, but also to curl up next to you when you are sitting down – provided that there is room for him.
Bing, is a bit different in that he loves to be cuddled and although he his too big to fit into my lap, he always finds the best fitting position that he is comfortable and able to get hugs. He also follows me around the house, curious. Sometimes, he really likes to wrap himself around the back of my neck or hop on my shoulder if I’m moving about.
Your Maine Coon will want to sleep in the same room with you at night – and he will most likely expect to sleep on your bed with you. If you share a bed with someone else, such as your spouse, you can expect this new member of your family to snuggle right between the two of you. This is where he expects to sleep for the rest of his life.
When Bing first came home, after adoption, I started off from day 1, giving him his own place to curl up and snooze and he knows when it’s bedtime, when I go into my room and close the door, that he won’t see much of me until the morning.
He has grown accustomed to this, so they can be trained! When I wake up in the morning and he hears me moving about, he’s at the door waiting to say good morning!
Free feeding is not recommended for Maine Coon Cats. This means that you will need to put fresh food down for them three to four times each day. The Maine Coon, being a sociable cat, does not like to eat alone. Being an owner of two cats, they seem to enjoy each others company while eating.
Another idea is to put his food down for him, near your dining table, and feed him only when you are eating as well. This way, he has company for his breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, when you get a snack for yourself, don’t be surprised if your cat is there wanting a snack too!
Bing loves to play and the best part is most “toys” that entertain him aren’t expensive. One of his favorites is the Cat Dancer, which he never seems to tire of. He’s not shy to remind me of play time and is known to drag and drop it right beside you, as if to say, here it is, let’s play NOW!
They are also know how to express themselves through talking and chirping. When Bing is looking out the window and sees a bird he too does that chirping thing.