You’ve just brought your Maine Coon Kitten home. Isn’t he adorable? Hopefully, he is running here and there, checking out his new digs. Hopefully, he is being curious about everything around him – and hopefully, he is talking to you and you are listening.
It is important to remember that you’ve just taken this little kitten away from everything that it knows – including its mother, and the human being that it recognizes as it’s ‘second mother’ (the breeder). This isn’t said to make you feel bad. It is said so that you work harder to make your new kitten feel at home. Remember that Maine Coons are very social animals, and the mother, the siblings, and the human that they have just left behind meant something to them.
Let’s start with his sleeping arrangements. Remember that he has been sleeping near his mother for all of his life. He has also been able to pile up with the other kittens in the litter for comfort and warmth. If you pay attention to a litter, you will notice that certain members of the litter are always on the top of the pile, while others are always at the bottom. Which pile position did your new kitten hold? Try to arrange his sleeping quarters so that he gets the sense that he is still in or on that pile.
Just as a warm water bottle and a tick-tock clock wrapped in a towel soothe a new puppy, they will also soothe your new kitten. Make sure that the water bottle is also wrapped up, so that it doesn’t develop a hole in the middle of the night.
Did you make it through the first night? Great! Now, your new kitten needs to visit his new veterinarian. He will need to be spayed or neutered, have a general checkup, have genetic testing if this has not already been performed, have vaccinations, and be treated for fleas and ticks – even though he probably doesn’t have any yet. Be sure to ask questions concerning your Maine Coon Kittens health and general care while you are there.
Ask your breeder what type of food the kitten has been eating, and make sure that you supply the same food, even if you plan to change it later. Again, let him get used to his new life before you start making those small changes. Also, pay attention to the toys that were provided to the litter by the breeder, and try to purchase similar toys. Also, look at the litter box and the type of litter being used, and again, provide the same thing if you can.
Hold your kitten a lot, and talk to him. Pet him, scratch his ears, and play with him. All of these things combined will make it much easier for him to transition from his birth home to your home.