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Selecting a Maine Coon Cat

White maine coonYour selection of a Maine Coon Cat depends largely on your future plans. If you just want one to love and to be a part of your family, but you have no intention of showing the cat, you really don’t have to pick one – it will pick you. If you will be showing the cat, however, there are certain things that you will look for.

In either case, it is vital that you work with a top breeder, as opposed to a backyard breeder. You want to be certain that the environment that the kitten has been raised in is conducive not only to good health, but also to the development of a good personality.

You should have lots of questions for the breeder – and the breeder, in turn, should also have lots of questions for you. A good breeder doesn’t allow their kittens to go to people that the breeder doesn’t think is suitable.

A good breeder will also guarantee the cat’s good health. This is because top breeders have their kittens checked by a veterinarian before they are sold. They will have had the kitten tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). They will also know that the queen and stud were devoid of any genetic disorders that may have been passed onto the kittens.

You should check the kitten for good muscle tone by picking it up and holding it. Maine Coon Cats are considered to be hearty, healthy animals. If the kitten feels ‘weak’ or ‘frail’ it typically means that it does not have good muscle tone, and that it may not be very healthy. Also look for obvious signs of ill health, such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and ears that appear to be full of dirt.

The kitten’s fur should have a shaggy appearance, but the fur itself will feel smooth. There should be no signs of any bald patches. Look down to its skin, and make sure that the skin isn’t dry either. Also be on the lookout for fleas. If fleas exist, the breeder probably isn’t taking good care of the cats. The breeder should not only guarantee the kitten’s good health – they should also put it in writing in their agreement with you.

Maine Coon "Bing"The kitten should be playful and sociable, but not all kittens are. Therefore, look at the personalities of the adult cats in the breeder’s possession. Are these cats sociable? If not, you may want to work with another breeder.

Maine Coon Cats should stay with the breeder and their mother until they are between ten and twelve weeks old. Most top breeders keep the kittens for twelve weeks. In the agreement, the breeder will most likely require that you have the kitten spayed or neutered within a certain time frame, and may even require you to agree that you will keep the kitten indoors. Top breeders typically stipulate that if you are unable to keep the cat for any reason, that you return it to them. You will not, however, be refunded.

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Cats Litter Box Habits

Until that order wafts though the house is often when humans become aware of the litter box. But to your black Maine coon, it is of great importance! First priorities being good food and fresh water, then the condition of his litter box. The ideal litter box is one that doesn’t stink up the house but your Maine coon has litter box requirements.

Try to picture it from your Maine coon’s perspective when considering the litter box. As they tend to be bigger cats, a box that has plenty of room to move about and dig is preferred. Thankfully, litter-boxes come in many different sizes and consider gearing the size to the age of your cat. A smaller litter box if your cat is a kitten, that he can easily get in and out of. This box however will be far too small when full grown. It’s a good idea to start out with a smaller cheaper one and then purchase a larger one that will accommodate his size.

On the market there are many types of litter boxes available from plain pan to hooded more private to fully automated and self cleaning. Often cats prefer the luxury of two litter boxes, and the will choose one for urinating and the other for bowel movements. As cats generally like to mark their territory by urinating, the bowel movement will temporarily cover up the smell and this is why preference is two boxes. And even more ideally, not located side by side.

When your Maine coon is full grown you might want to consider investing in a litter box that is automated. An interesting invention that attempts to keep your home smelling litter box free.

The automated box is designed to detect when the box is “in use” and after allowing adequate time for your cat to do his business and exit, it then starts up. By raking through the litter and then removing the “waste” from the box. Some automated boxes completely remove waste right out of the main portion into a storage compartment. Some the are attached directly to the toilet, then the “waste” is directly delivered into the toilet, but are quite expensive.

A clumping cat litter is often the best choice in a regular litter box. There are many brands and types available and it’s probably best to test a few brands and stick with the one that your Maine coon cat prefers. I prefer to avoid flushing any type of cat litter down the toilet, even if it says flush-able.

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