Black Maine Coon – Cat Proofing Your Home

Black Maine CoonMaine Coon Cats are very playful.  Unlike other breeds of cats, the Maine Coon continues to remain very playful for its entire life.  They certainly have great personalities & are always seeking or up for a good time.  In light of this, it is probably a good idea to make your home safe for the Maine Coon Cat.

Black Maine Coons learn quickly how to use &  to manipulate items with their big paws. They quickly learn how to open drawers, cabinet doors, how to flush the toilet, how to lift the toilet lid, and even how to turn on water faucets. This can become a very big problem for you – and a very big danger for your Maine Coon Cat.

It’s a good idea to start by putting child-proof locks on any cabinets that you want your Maine Coon to be kept out of. Remember, however, that you are not child-proofing your home, you are Maine Coon Cat proofing your home, so make sure that you also apply child-proof locks to upper cabinets, and drawers as well.

For the cabinets and drawers that you don’t mind your Maine Coon opening, make sure that they are  toxic free. Never assume that if the cap is on a toxic chemical that it cannot harm your cat. It can!  Put these types of items into cabinets that have the child-proof locks. Even though Maine Coons do not climb well, this won’t stop them from investigating those high places at some point.

Take a walk about your home, examining each room for pitfalls.  Indoor cats that are well cared for become extremely relaxed in their surroundings. You probably can’t sneak up on a sleeping cat outdoors, but you could probably bounce all around your well-loved indoor cat and never disturb his nap.  He feels safe, and therefore sleeps very soundly.

While the sleep itself is not a danger, rolling over in his sleep could be. Cats put themselves in the oddest places for a nap. For example, if you have a flat top deep freeze in your kitchen, beside your refrigerator, you probably don’t have much room between the two. The chances are good that the top of the freezer will be a favorite nap spot of your Maine Coon. If he sleeps on the edge, rolls over, and falls down between the two appliances, it could hurt him – simply because there really isn’t enough room for him there.

If your cat wears a collar,(why of why?) use the type of collar that will break away if it snags on something.  This will prevent your cat from being choked to death by his own collar. Of course, you need a main coon cat friendly harness, if you take him outdoors. Otherwise, look around your home for potential ‘snags.’

Cats love plastic bags. They like the noise they make, for the most part, but just as they adore hiding in paper sacks, they will also try to hide in a plastic bag. They could get trapped inside and smother. Keep plastic bags out of their reach.

Maine Coon Cats Terms

The video show’n 50 cute cat & kitten breeds blending into each other along with nice music. The Cat Breeds Morphing in the video : American Curl Cat, American Shorthair Cat, Birman Cat, Black Cat, British Shorthair Cat, Burmese Cat, Egyptian Mau Cat, Exotic Cat, Ginger Cat, Havana Brown Cat, Himalayan Cat, Maine Coon, Norwiegen Forest? Cat , Oriental Cat, Persian Cat, Ragdoll Cat, Ruddy, Abyssinian Cat,
Russian Blue Cat, Russian Siberian Cat,Turkish Van, Scottish Fold (longhair and shorthair),
Siamese Cat, Sphynx Cat, Tabby Cat, Tuxedo Cat and another morphing face domestic & wild cats.

Maine Coon Cat Terms

Once you have a Maine Coon Cat, and you start talking and socializing with other Maine Coon Cat owners, you will find that you need to use a new vocabulary of words, in relation to the beloved cats. Here is a list of common terms and phrases associated with Maine Coons.

Outcross – If a Maine Coon is an outcross, this means that he is a product of mating between two animals of different blood lines. Litters that are outcross litters tend to be healthier and more robust than those who are products of inbreeding or line breeding, after a certain number of generations.

Line Breeding – Line breeding is the breeding of two animals that are members of the same blood line, but not closely related enough to be inbred. Generally, the two animals being mated have common ancestors four or five generations back. After much line breeding, however, the breeder should consider outcross breeding.

Inbreeding – Breeding two animals together that are closely related. The two animals may be mother and son, father and daughter, brother and sister, or half brother and half sister. There are some breeders who like the positive outcomes of inbreeding, and consider the negative outcomes affordable risks. There are also breeders who avoid inbreeding, and use line breeding instead.

Stud – A male Maine Coon that is used for breeding purposes. Ideally, this male will come from titled parents, and have titles of his own as well.

Queen – A female Maine Coon that is used for breeding purposes. Ideally, this female will come from titled parents, and have titles of her own as well. She may also be referred to as a Dam.

Genetic Disorder – Any gene related disorder. Genetic disorders are inherited from one or both parents. This is often a negative result of inbreeding.

Breed Standard – The acceptable characteristics of the Maine Coon, or any other breed. This is a set of standards by which the cats are judged at shows, and those standards are widely agreed upon by breeders and the feline organizations.

Call Name – This is essentially the name that you call your Maine Coon, even though it is a shortened version of his or her registered name, which is typically quite long.

Pedigree – A document that states the blood line of an animal. Pedigrees range from three to five generations, but may go back even further – but certainly never less than three generations.

Pedigreed Cat – This is simply a cat that has a pedigree. This does not mean that the cat is a pure breed, or that he is even registered. It simply means that there is a document for the cat that lists his blood line.

Registered – A cat that has been registered, along with his ancestry, through an accepted registry association. A registered cat may or may not be a pedigreed cat, but usually does have a pedigree.

Hybrid – a cat that results from breeding between two cats of different – pedigreed – breeds. For example, if a Persian is mated with a Maine Coon, the kittens are hybrids.

Show Quality – A Maine Coon that meets the breed standard enough that he can effectively compete in shows.

Pet Quality – A Maine Coon that falls below the breed standard to the point where he cannot compete in shows. An animal that is pet quality is still healthy, and can even still be a pure bred animal. It just means that he or she does not meet the standards in physical characteristics, and therefore, cannot be judged by those standards.

Black Maine Coon "Bing"

Bing snoozing =^.^=



Bing (Mr. Bingley) is pet quality and happy to rule the roost.