The Amazing Maine Coon: What You Need to Know

The Amazing Maine Coon: What You Need to Know

Seeing as this is my favorite cat breed, I thought I’d have some fun and  write a little blog about them. These amazing cats are set for snowy weather like we’ve been having this February!

Maine Coon ancestors arrived on ships with the vikings. They developed into large, long haired cats over generations that were faced with harsh winter conditions. The survivors were the largest, hairiest cats which makes this breed very hearty in cold climates. They are extremely good natured and that’s a plus due to their large size.

If you want a cat that’s a little more like a dog, get a Maine Coon. They are extremely playful and love to interact with people. This makes them easy to train and travel with. They are beautiful cats that will steal your heart.

Health-wise, here are a few things you need to know:

  1. Due to their large size, Maine Coon kittens grow rapidly. If they are fed improperly during their growth periods, they can develop hip dysplasia just like a giant breed dog. Ensure correct growth with a raw food diet with plenty of appropriately sized raw meaty bones and extra vitamin C.

  2. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart condition in Maine Coons. Another inherited disease is spinal muscular atrophy. There are DNA tests that can determine if an individual carries the genes that result in this diseases. When look for breeders, ensure that they have done this testing before purchasing a kitten from them.

  3. Polycystic kidney disease is a third issue that can result in kidney failure.

Taking care of your Maine Coon:

There preventive measures you can take to start your Maine Coon kitten off right.

  1. Species-appropriate nutrition is essential for healthy development and maintenance. Don’t be cheap with food and you will save on vet bills!

  2. Co-enzyme Q-10 is a great supplement for promoting a healthy heart. It is also found in raw heart meat. Raw heart and co-Q10 supplementation can be given.

  3. Good quality protein. Keep the kidneys healthy by offering a raw food diet which includes high quality lean protein and hydrates your cat properly. It’s essential for long term kidney health.

  4. Find holistic veterinarian to give you as many alternatives for health care as possible. The more options, the better.

  5. Take your cat for yearly health exams and bloodwork. Teach your cat about being handled and restrained when they are small so that vet trips are not stressful.

Maine Coons are one of the most striking breeds. If you choose to adopt one into your family, give them the very best!

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