The Maine Coon is a “natural” cat breed originating in the state of Maine. They are large, friendly, and easy to groom. They make good mousers, and are an outgoing, affectionate companion animal.
Despite the fact that a Maine Coon has long fur, they are generally considered a “low maintenance” cat. Their long silky fur sheds very little in comparison to dense coated short-haired cats or cats such as Persians that have a thick double coat. It is, however, important to keep long haired cats brushed, and pay attention to bits of litter or debris that may cling around their tail – small matts or debris might need to be occasionally removed from their back ends, and under their chins. A comb or pet rake may be just the tool to get your Maine Coon used to when they are young.
As with any breed, Maine Coons may have genetic orthopedic, heart, or kidney issues. These problems may be discussed with your breeder, and there is a DNA test for the cardiomyopathy to which they are predisposed. Ask if the parents and kittens have been tested.
The Maine Coon is the largest breed of cat, weighing up to 20 pounds. The record setter for a pet cat was a four foot long Maine Coon. They enjoy being around people and are eminently trainable, if not necessarily fond of your lap.
If you wish to bring a Maine Coon into your life, contact a reputable breeder or rescue. And when that cat needs to go to the vet, contact www.torontoams.com to get you there.
Toronto AMS is operated by Registered Veterinary Technicians and Animal Care Attendants and is here to take care of your pets’ clinical transport needs. Call: 416-449-7387 or book at www.torontoams.com.
Amanda G. is an RVT and a valued member of the Toronto AMS team.