Why choose a Maine Coon kitten?
When thinking about a new addition to the household, why not Maine coon kittens? Maine Coon’s aren’t just one of the cutest in the cat world, they have a pretty interesting history. It is believed that they began as a native New Englander, working as a mouser. These farm cats and, most likely, ship’s cats, can be traced at least as far back as the early 19th century. Since then these cats have grown in popularity. Despite starting as a mouser they now have their own breeders associations and a devout following worldwide.
This means they are a natural breed with not too much known about their exact origin. Sure, you get some stories that border on myths when it comes to the origin of Maine Coon kittens. Some say the Vikings brought him to North America, centuries before Columbus. Others think about a more royal approach. Such as Marie Antoinette, sending some Maine coon kittens to America before she hoped to escape there. Or maybe the classic sea tale is true. Some believe that sea captains may have brought back longhaired cats that then mated with local shorthaired cats. You get the idea, so choose the one that you find most exciting for these cute balls of fur.
We know that one thing is for sure: the Maine Coon is not the result of a mating between a cat and a raccoon. Yeah, strange I know but some speculate that the bushy tale is somehow a result of this. DNA and biology say it is impossible, however.. Their resemblance is, however. That’s how these cats got their name. Consider that Maine Coons that didn’t have the brown tabby coat were called Maine Shags. Growing up in the harsh Maine climate, these cats are well suited to such terrain. Your Maine coon kittens have this heritage within them. Expect your little guy (or girl) to grow up to be large, rugged and have a shaggy coat.
This creates a really striking and beautiful cat that is built for a full day of chasing mice on the farm. Maybe the cutest feature for any Maine coon kittens are the large, round paws, well tufted with fur, to serve as “snowshoes” during winter. And you guessed it, these cute cats are of course, the official state cat of Maine.
A brief mention, size wise
A Maine Coon kitten starts small but grows large. Make no mistake this is a large cat. Many Maine Coons grow to weigh nine to eighteen pounds. Keep in mind that males will grow larger. The larger boys can even tip the scales at twenty or more pounds. They don’t reach their full size until they are three to five years old. Please keep that in mind, especially if you have a small apartment.
A great fit with the family
Maine coon kittens are good-natured and pretty affable. The Maine Coon adapts well to many lifestyles of their owners so they are a pretty chilled kitty. They like being with people (gregarious, check!) and have the habit of following them around. Still, they’re not needy so don’t worry, you won’t have constant screaming for attention. Think of it this way, with Maine coon kittens, they’re happy to receive attention but also content. So when you direct it their way that’s fine but also when you’re busy they can just chill and supervise your doings. Close a door on the little guy and he will wait patiently for you to realize that you need him back. Bare in mind they are not typically a lap cat, but they does like to be near you. Think friendly but not overly fawning for attention.
So we discussed that your Maine coon kittens retain their skills as a mouser. This means that no rodents will be safe in a home where a Maine Coon resides. Even if you don’t have any mice for him to chase, they still love play time. He’ll happily keep his skills sharp by chasing toys and grabbing them with his big paws. A Maine Coon also enjoys playing fetch (yup, like a dog). While he may not bring back large tree branches, he will retrieve small balls, toys or wadded-up pieces of paper. Maine coon kittens grow fast and can climb as well as any cat. Despite this, they he or she will usually prefer to stay on ground level. That’s where the mouse work is, after all. Maine coon kittens are also very smart and will happily learn tricks or play with puzzle toys that challenge his brain.
Maine Coons usually enjoy a kittenish love of play well into adulthood. Males, especially, are prone to silly behaviour. Think of having a big slob who loves to be spoilt and play. Females are more dignified, but they aren’t above a good game of chase. Females are not especially vocal; they make any requests in a soft chirp or trill. It’s cute and a nice surprise from such a large cat.
A note for kids and dogs
The laidback, friendly, nature of a Maine Coon kitten is a perfect choice for families with children. In addition, if your dog is truly cat friendly, they can be a great addition, too. They love kids who treat them gently. Bare in mind very small children have little concept of how rough they are being and may not be suitable, regardless. So basically, treat him politely and with respect, and he doesn’t mind playing with you and the family. All good things in moderation. Despite this remember, Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.
Some hygiene considerations
One thing to consider is the length of the Maine Coon’s coat. Although it has a silky texture that doesn’t mat easily it needs regularly groomed. This can be easily cared for with twice weekly combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. Remember that building trust and being gentle is key. When using a brush, be gentle, especially in the stomach area and on the tail. Maine Coons are patient, but they don’t like having their hair pulled any more than you do. You may need to bathe your Maine coon kittens as needed. This can range from every few weeks to every few months. If their coat feels greasy or their fur looks stringy.