Routine Care: Maine Coons need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl, try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: They have long hair that will need brushing daily.
Dental: Maine Coons have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check their ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Maine Coons are easygoing and affectionate gentle giants.
Gentle-mannered and easy to get along with
Large, strong, and athletic
Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks
Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids
May purr when they are content
Whether you are considering adding a new Maine Coon to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Maine Coon will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Maine Coon you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Maine Coon could encounter:
The Maine Coon is known for its large size and thick double coat of long hair, which is well suited for the harsh winters in Maine, the state from which they originated. Relaxed and laid-back, Maine Coons are not overly dependent, but they are people-oriented. They are happy to follow their owners from room to room, coming when called, and playing fetch. Some Maine Coons are attracted to water and may even enjoy the occasional swim.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Maine Coon shows signs of the following:
Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing
Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)
Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss
Lack of response to noises