Maine Coons

(47 Posts)
DoYaDontYa Tue 05-Feb-13 21:59:21

I took in 2 abandoned kittens recently & after lots of research & my Vet saying he is 90% sure, they are both Maine Coons , I'm just wanting to know from owners of any Maine Coons what they are like & what I can expect etc as I have already noticed the difference in temperament & behavior to my basic moggy , Also do they have any special dietary requirements ?
Thanks in advance

QueenOfCats Tue 05-Feb-13 22:05:08

They get huge!

Lucky you - I'd love a Maine coon!

DoYaDontYa Tue 05-Feb-13 22:07:41

They are very quiet & not playful at all which I'm not use to as I were expecting them to be climbing the walls & instead they watch Tv hmm

TheOneWithTheNameChange Tue 05-Feb-13 22:08:14

Amazing cats. They do get huge!

Very friendly and love climbing, outdoors.

They talk too, little bit like Siamese.

I loved mine. She was adorable and made a very good lap blanket!

DoYaDontYa Tue 05-Feb-13 22:12:59

They are already huge & are only 6 months (i think) but they look deceivingly small until they stretch out .
The Boy loves to go outside as long as the whether is ok & runs around the garden like he is hunting while the girl will sit & watch him grin

gemma4d Thu 07-Feb-13 21:55:16

Just to warn you, they keep growing for years (they reach adult-hood later than other cats). We thought our rescue must be fully grown at 3 years old.... apparently not! Lucky she is small for a MC.

They are also not a pampered, highly strung show breed who are up their own tail - I read somewhere they were bred to be outdoor ratters in some snowy part of America originally (just looked for link and can't find it now, though!) but they also came in the house to keep the farmer's wife warm, or something like that!

Certainly our MC has a good temperament, which fits with what I read about the breed.

AlwaysWashing Thu 07-Feb-13 22:05:16

We have 2, a girl & a boy too. They are both lovely but very different in personality. They both talk a lot & like a great deal of attention, they love being brushed and like having some water to play with (we put their big water bowl in a (clean) litter tray so they can paddle a bit when they fancy it. They both benefit from one of the really big scratch posts otherwise they'd wreck the carpets! They're indoor cats btw. Our boy is a happy lap cat whereas the girly is a bit of a "hostess with the mostest" & prefers to dash back and forth between people and give snippets of attention to everyone! We've always fed them Canin Maine Coon as they both honk up anything else and they both have had him problems which I believe they are prone to.
Hope you really enjoy your big beasties!

AlwaysWashing Thu 07-Feb-13 22:06:20

Gum problems not him problems! Doh

DoYaDontYa Fri 08-Feb-13 01:15:11

I did wonder why they weren't willing to go outside .
My female basically treats my house as a hotel & I swear she only stays for the free food , she doesn't bother with any of us in the slightest & spends her days curled up under the radiator .
They haven't started talking yet so I guess I have that to look forward to grin
Thanks for advice on the gums I will keep an eye on them .
Quick question why is it they don't go outside ?

catladycourtney1 Fri 08-Feb-13 01:40:32

They're beautiful! I wish I could find a couple of Maine Coons (although obviously I don't wish that they be abandoned in the first place).

They get very big and very hairy smile

merlincat Fri 08-Feb-13 13:18:26

We have (had) a brother and sister, the girl lived til 12yrs and the old boy is still going strong at 18 and a half. They are such wonderful cats; gentle, kind and sweet-natured. Ours lives with diva-ish Siamese and an ASBO Burmese but puts up with their antics graciously and even grooms them. He does like to go out but usually just potters around the garden, always has. He is quite vocal but it's only a gentle chirrup, nothing compared to the other two. I suspect that he's not massively bright and I think that may be true of the breed in general, but I don't think you could find a more good-natured cat than a Maine Coon.

DoYaDontYa Fri 08-Feb-13 15:05:29

Thanks they are certainly good natured

babooshkadoll Sat 09-Feb-13 16:35:28

We have massive MC boy.Most loveable cat ever- loves human attention.Is generally being carried around the house by someone baby fashion or lounging on a sofa.

He does have his own beautiful wicker king size basket but will not entertain it.
Loves playing football and loves a bit of catnip.

Also fed on canine cat food as recommended by our vet buy ours online about£60 a month!!

Will 'shout' on you if he's not seen you for a while or come looking for you.
Great with the DCs
We inherited our boy but has converted us to MCs.

Maine Coons are the BEST!
I have a 22 pound (neutered) boy and he is the most affectionate, soppy, talkative cat I have ever known. I have always had cats and adore them but he is my babysmile

Downside.. he's a greedy sod and prone to bolting down his food, then if he can push the other cat out of the way, HER food, then he comes back for more.. then he pukes! He has a very sensitive tum and tends to the squits no matter what food, dry or wet, he eats. And he goes out but always comes in to use his litter tray!

He potters around but never goes far from the garden, and he actually hugs..paws round my neck and kisses me. I don't think he is very bright tho.. aged 11 now and has only just worked out how to scratch at the door!!!

DoYaDontYa Mon 11-Feb-13 00:40:12

My 2 seem to have extremely sensitive stomachs as they constantly have the squits .
Can anybody recommend a food for them & also how often do you feed your kitties

We have girl Maine coon, she's nearly 6, and is the loudest cat in the world. She's not overly affectionate, and doesn't like to sit on your lap and be petted, but she does love company, and prefers to hang out in ds2s bedroom, because he's in there on his Xbox or with his friends, but he doesn't keep trying to cuddle her like I do
We had a rescue boy too, he lived til he was 18 and was the best cat ever. Ruled the street and weighed 2 stone in his prime. I cried like a baby when he had to be pts sad. And he did like to be cuddled!

rockinhippy Mon 11-Feb-13 01:22:44

IME they are wonderful, affectionate, strikingly intelligent, fun, chatty, huge, beautiful & fiercely protective of their humans & will take on anything in the process smile

I've been lucky enough to have been owned by 2smile - both had beautiful lush fur, but neither ever needed grooming until much older, they always kept their own fur in good nick, unlike my chinchilla persian who had to be brushed daily of he was a big matted mess, generally very easy cats to keep.

my last old girl lived to be over 20 & was enormous, along with my moggy tom, she actually saw off burglars & fought to protect me clamping herself on the head of the guy climbing through my window, ripping him to shreds - another time she also attacked a neighbours dog who tried to attack me - my other MC also attacked a man who got a bit aggressive with my mother whilst she was looking after her.

They are playful in a different way, not so much toys & chasing things, as playing tricks & being magpies, I've found stashes of money behind pipes & had one knock on the door & hide - this went on for months & left us very puzzled as to who was playing tricks, until I came home & caught her stretching over from the fence & banging the letterbox & then jumping down behind the fence to hidesmile both loved TV, both were a bit too good at hunting & bringing gifts - for example 3 squirrels in bits under my bed wasn't uncommon.

I agree with gum problems too, though I had no clue that is a breed thing, but both of mine suffered in later life.

Still miss my old Polly & its been 3 years since she died at almost 21, that was despite being epileptic too.

I love the 2 morgues I now have, but very envious of your new MCs - enjoy smile

ProtegeMoi Mon 11-Feb-13 01:27:24

Maine Coons are pedigree cats and expensive. It's highly unlikely that you have acquired a pair without realising.

I would assume you have a large tabby moggy.

If you would like to upload a photo I am happy to check for you.

rockinhippy Mon 11-Feb-13 01:27:38

and he actually hugs..paws round my neck and kisses me

medusa my old girls used to do that too, I've a lovely photo somewhere of her doing it with DD too - I should have added, she was amazing with DD too, even when newborn, she used to watch over & guard hersmile

rockinhippy Mon 11-Feb-13 01:32:28


Cats homes are often as full of abandoned pedigrees as they are moggies these days, its heartbreaking

ProtegeMoi Mon 11-Feb-13 01:34:18

I am well aware of that but these are young cats. The sort of person likely to abandon them would sell them if they could. I bet you will be hard pressed to find a young healthy Maine coon in a rescue never mind a pair.

rockinhippy Mon 11-Feb-13 01:38:27

Not true, I've seen several & many bengals, Persians, Siamese & so on when I've helped out at a large national cat rescue centre, like I say, it's sadly a sign of the times, recession & all that, people lose there homes & have to give up there beloved pets, so are brought in feral - it's not new, but definitely more common,

rockinhippy Mon 11-Feb-13 01:39:05

Some are brought in feral - iPad fail

ProtegeMoi Mon 11-Feb-13 01:45:37

I work in cat rescue. I am well aware like I said.

However I stand by the fact that you will seriously struggle to fund a young healthy Maine coon in rescue, feel free to link and prove me wrong.

Feral yes, old yes, ill or with behavioural issues yes. These are a pair of 6 month old friendly kittens. Highly unlikely.

rockinhippy Mon 11-Feb-13 07:57:30

I do understand what you are saying & Highly unlikely, yes, but impossible, no - my old girl was one if a pair of 8 month old MC kittens I adopted via CPL many years ago, sadly one died very young & I was left with just the one who lived to be nearly 21, but she was definitely MC

Our boy was found with his brother in a wheelie bin, just a few weeks old. Vet confirmed he was, indeed, a Maine Coon. Perhaps whoever dumped him was too thick to realise they could've made a quick buck hmm

ProtegeMoi Mon 11-Feb-13 14:11:01

It's worth pointing out that vets have no training in identifying breeds. A lot think that any large cat is a Maine coon which is not true.

Most vets could not distinguish between a Birman and a Ragdoll and will have never even heard of breeds such as the Scottish fold.

My vet however often judges at shows, and has pedigree rag dolls herself. Take your point though.

DoYaDontYa Mon 11-Feb-13 16:16:34

protegemoi They are most certainly Maine Coon , There are pictures on my profile , I know the difference between a Moggy & a Maine Coon & have had it verified .

DoYaDontYa Mon 11-Feb-13 16:25:44

protegemoi my two were found abandoned in an alley at 6 weeks old , the woman didn't have a clue what they were and just wanted rid so I took them in as I didn't want them bn sold to the highest bidder .
I later found out after much digging around that the mother had killed one & the old lady didn't know what to do with my 2 so put them out back in hope they would be found & thank god they were sad

DoYaDontYa Mon 11-Feb-13 16:28:14

Oh and because you say it can't possibly happen because people would rather sell them , well of course it happens , you can't possibly account for every cat owner in the UK hmm

ProtegeMoi Mon 11-Feb-13 20:54:13

Your saying the breeder had no idea what they were? How can you breed a pedigree Maine coon without knowing. Half Maine coon at the best as these sort of people let their females out to mate with any old Tom. What are the chances of a pedigree Maine coon roaming the streets in heat just so happening to bump into another pedigree Maine coon?

You say you are certain they are Maine coon? When you started this post you said the vet was 90% that has soon changed. You also say you took them in so they were not sold to the highest bidder but when you started this post you had just found out they were Maine coons?

Look if you want to believe your cats are pedigree Maine coons worth several hundreds of pounds and are some sort of amazing miracle then fine, it's not harming anyone (unless you decide to breed them) but like i said it is very very unlikely.

By the way your profile does not appear to be clickable.

discrete Mon 11-Feb-13 21:04:12

poster rockinhippy Mon 11-Feb-13 01:22:44
IME they are wonderful, affectionate, strikingly intelligent, fun, chatty, huge, beautiful & fiercely protective of their humans & will take on anything in the process

Totally agree with this! They are a wonderful breed.

Mine spend loads of time outdoors, but prefer to be with us rather than on their own in general. They are not at all indoor cats though.

DoYaDontYa Mon 11-Feb-13 22:37:07

They are not from a breeder , why on earth have you hijacked this post & I found out over a month ago that they are Maine Coon as I've had them since they were about 8 weeks , I don't give a crap what they are worth I only decided to find out whether they were Maine Coon because of how ill they were on wet food .
90% is good enough for me to believe they are Maine Coon .
They have no Moggy attributes at all .

ProtegeMoi Tue 12-Feb-13 01:57:10

I mean breeder in the sense that they bred the parents, accidental or not. Like I said believe what you will.
Without a picture to identify I stand by the fact it's highly unlikely. Why not email a Maine coon breed club? I am sure the true experts are happy to confirm or deny for you.
By the way ALL cats are bred from moggies, pedigree cats are created by selectively breeding desired attributes into a cat over time. A cat that has absolutely NO moggy attributes at all is proberly a dog smile

ProtegeMoi Tue 12-Feb-13 02:01:41

And as an after note. Take your cats to the vet f they are so ill on wet food. While some brands do make breed specific food it is certainly not essential. What would lead you to believe that there dietary issues are a result of breeding as opposed to a health issue? Have any investigations been done?

DoYaDontYa Tue 12-Feb-13 07:22:19

They have been to the vets & I have had it confirmed by a Maine Coon breeder that has Bennett. feeding them for years

ColG Mon 18-Feb-13 15:57:47

I have 2 and they are just lovely - very vocal and friendly. I've read that they keep their kitten nature until about 5-6 years old. They've both learned to come when their names are called, and know the sound of their treats bag.
I feed mine in Iams and they seem happy. They also get tinned tuna every now and then or a tin of whiska's, but that does make their poo honk a bit.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 18-Feb-13 20:07:17

My Maine Coon came from a cat rescue place. He was a year old when we got him. They also had several Siamese cats and a British Blue there.

Or of course, he could just be any old large tabby moggy, according to ProtegeMoi. hmm But his history sheet said he was bought to breed but it didn't work out (he was probably too thick to know what to do - he is not the brightest cat).

He is lovely - likes human company, but not a lap cat (sadly), but always comes and sits next to you. He chats away (chirping) as well.

I have 3 Maine Coons (a just 3 year old male, a 6 year old girl and a 7 month old boy kitten who we have only had for 2 weeks) and I do find their temperaments quite distinct from cats I have had before.

They are all very affectionate. My husband took a photo last night of me lying on the sofa - all 3 were on there with me, 2 of them actually lying on me. They are also very gentle with my daughter (and any other small people), quite easy about strangers etc too.

They can be quite vocal - the girl is a noisy wee critter and the kitten is starting to be quite burbly and has a charming meow.

They're quite playful. Not huge climbers really, although they do like their tall scratch post. But I don't tend to find them on high shelves or wardrobes. You can also train them - we had a girl who sadly died at New Year and she played fetch.

They can get BIG. VERY BIG. Our adult boy is around the 2 stone mark. Not fat, just immensely big. The "kitten" is the size of a relatively large full grown moggy.

Mine eat Royal Canin Maine Coon food - the girl we lost had a very sensitive tummy and this suited her, but it has agreed with all of them and the bigger kibble stops them just inhaling their food.

merlincat Tue 19-Feb-13 00:00:54

A further example of Coon loveliness; I bought two Bengal kittens last week ,our Siamese treats them with haughty contempt, our Burmese hisses and swipes (slowly getting better though) but our ancient MC just thoroughly grooms them- washes their ears, even licks their tails. They are seriously mental kittens but nothing fazes my old boy.

Wow what a mix you have Merlin (jealous...maybe!) Our two have already accepted Colossus (the kitten, blame DH for the name) and the big guy was sitting grooming him earlier and goes running if he hears him crying. All of mine seem to quite like having other cats around. The girl doens't "play" but she will happily share her space and cuddle up with them

scrumpkin Tue 19-Feb-13 00:15:45

I have 3 Maine coon's and they are absolutely beautiful creatures.

Although semi long haired, they don't moult much. Very vocal and have an array if noises which mean different things. Very serene and dignified yet in your face the moment you sit still. Lick me like a dog and play fetch with a knotted straw!

DoYaDontYa Tue 19-Feb-13 00:31:58

Mrsschaudenfraude grin I somehow doubt protegemoi is right either , if she is then I have the strangest Moggys ever

DoYaDontYa Tue 19-Feb-13 00:39:15

Still waiting for mine to find there voice .
There fur is so odd , you can see water just run straight off them instead of soaking in .
My 2 have started fighting & my older cat smacks them & then they sulk off to bed grin
They both know there names and come running.when called a bit like a dog or child .
They also have different tastes my boy likes crisps & my girl will drink tea/coffee if your not paying attention hmm

I have a chip eater and a cheese lover.

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 19-Feb-13 21:54:29

Mine likes to sit next to me and suck my thumb. confused He just sits there with it held very gently in his mouth, sucking and licking it.

He also likes water and playing in the shower.

He has bonkers paws with huge tufts of fur poking through the pads.

He sleeps on his back with his legs in the air and likes having his tummy tickled.

He can't have wet food either. Cleaning the arse of a very furry Maine Coon is not a fun job...

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