Everyday people adopt pets. Sadly sometimes they are adopted for all the wrong reasons & without carefully considering. Please, before you decide to adopt a Maine Coon or any pet for that matter, be a responsible pet owner!
One of the overlooked expenses is care for your pet. This includes the obvious things like good nutritious food, daily cat life supplies and veterinarian care & emergency care. Often the initial cost your paid for your Maine Coon, is just the start, of the cost of your pet, over it’s life time. On average, the overall cost and upkeep for your Maine Coon, is about $8k if it lives to fifteen.
Another consideration is that where you are living, that you are allowed to have pets. Some rentals simply do not allow pets. If your considering moving in the future, will you be allowed to have pets? Sadly, many “beloved” pets end up for adoption in shelters because they are “not allowed”.
Consider your lifestyle – how busy is it? Working usually is not the problem, but if your rarely home at all, this can be a problem for your Main Coon cat as they are very sociable animals, requiring your attention and love.
Sometimes owning a Maine Coon cat can be compared with having a “toddler” in the house as they are intelligent and curious and get into things and can make a mess. They may also by accident break something and if these are big deal breakers for you, you might want to think again before adopting any pet.
All babies are adorable and the Maine coon kitten is no exception. But they do grow up to become full grown Maine Coon cats. A cuddly cute kitten is easy to fall in love with but consider will you still want and love a full grown Maine Coon cat that may sit beside you because he has outgrown your lap.
If you travel often, or expect to travel often, this is something that must also be considered. What will you do with your Maine Coon while you are traveling? Sometimes, you will be able to bring it with you, but the chances are good that you won’t always be able to bring your pet along on your trip. Are you prepared?
Do you have small children or babies? Sometimes pets and babies do not get along well. Small children who do not know better can accidentally cause the animal pain – and the animal reacts to that – well – as animals do. This typically means with teeth and claws.
Will you be able to keep your Maine Coon Cat indoors at all times, or only take it outdoors on a leash and harness? If not, don’t adopt one. Many breeders & shelters require you to sign an agreement that states that the kitten/cat will only be an indoor pet. Cats are not dogs – they won’t stay in a fenced in yard without being restrained.
Never adopt a pet on a whim. It is something that requires a great deal of thought, because there is a great deal of responsibility attached to owning a pet. That responsibility lasts as long as the animal lives.