Are you looking into beginning the beautiful journey of cat ownership?
Or maybe you already have cats, and you are wanting to give your current cats a new friend.
Of course, choosing to get a cat can be an adventure in and of itself, but when you have certain characteristics that you are looking for in a feline, it can be a little bit harder to figure out where to start.
Today, I am going to take you through the ins and outs of buying a specific cat breed.
What Is a Maine Coon?
You may have heard of the Maine Coon before.
You know it is a specific breed of cat, but you are not quite sure what is so special about it.
Before we go into the places that a Maine Coon may be available, we are going to talk about some of the specific characteristics of a Maine Coon cat.
The Maine Coon is originally from Maine. No surprise there! What is interesting is that a Maine Coon is one of the largest housecat breeds!
A Maine Coon can grow to be thirty to forty inches long.
If you choose to get your Maine Coon when they are still a kitten, they probably will not be at their full-grown adult size just yet.
It can take as long as five years for a Maine Coon to grow as much as they possibly can.
Maine Coons are known to be very affectionate towards their family, sometimes even following their owners to different places around the house.
Their ancestors were known to be hunters, so if you have any mouse problems, a Maine Coon would be happy to help take care of that for you.
They may love toys that allow them to practice their hunting skills, so keep that in mind when you are trying to decide which toys you should get for your new cat.
Unfortunately, purebred cats can have health problems that owners are not expecting.
The Maine Coon is susceptible to having polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, spinal muscular atrophy, and hip dysplasia.
Because of this, it will be extremely important to take your Maine Coon to have regular vet visits.
The last thing anyone wants is for their cat to suffer from medical conditions that they do not know about.
Keep in mind if you are looking into getting a Maine Coon that they will need more frequent grooming than another cat might.
To prevent them from getting mats in their beautiful coats, you will want to brush them regularly.
Most Maine Coons will do well as family pets. They are friendly around children as well.
Where Can I Get a Maine Coon?
The exact locations where a Maine Coon is available may depend on where you live.
A Maine Coon rescue is a great place to look for your cat.
If you are willing to go to California for the newest addition to your home, you can visit Maine Coon Adoptions.
Maine Coon Adoptions is a no-kill rescue in California that is dedicated to rescuing Maine Coon cats and finding the perfect homes for them.
Adopt-A-Pet is yet another option for finding a Maine Coon in your area so long as you live in the United States.
If you do not, there is no need to worry. There are plenty of reputable cat breeders that specialize in breeding Maine Coons!
If you want to find registered breeders that will be sure to give you quality bred cats, you can find breeders who are registered through TICA, which stands for The International Cat Association.
When you get on their website (tica.org), you can simply go to the menu bar and find ‘Owners & Breeders’.
In the drop-down menu, select ‘Find a Breeder’. This will take you to a page that lists a variety of different cat breeds.
Select the breed you are interested in, which would be Maine Coon in this case, and you’ll be brought to a page that gives you a list of registered breeders and their location.
When you select the location best for you, the link will take you to a page that will give you the information you need to get into contact with the breeder.
If your location is not listed on this website, that does not mean there are no reputable breeders in your area.
You may just have to research them a little more to make sure they are reliable and a good place to buy your kitten from.
You may not be looking for a kitten. While no-kill rescue organizations are amazing, they might not be in your area.
However, you may be able to find a Maine Coon at your local shelter.
While this is not a guarantee, you can always contact the shelters in your area to see whether they have Maine Coon cats available.
Keep in mind that cats in shelters may not be purebred, and it might not be what you were looking for when you decided you wanted to adopt a Maine Coon cat.
Nevertheless, there is no harm in at least asking to see if the shelter has the kind of cat you are wanting.
Who knows, you may get lucky and be able to rescue a cat that has been waiting to have a home for a while.
Where to Buy a Maine Coon Cat – Caution
As a word of caution, it is always best to research a place before you decide to buy your cat from them.
You may have heard of puppy mills in the past. It is sad, but kitten mills exist too.
While most people never intend to buy their pet from a puppy or a kitten mill, it gives money to people who keep these animals in harsh conditions.
Aside from the many forms of animal abuse that take place in these mills, your cat may end up having a series of health problems that you were not fully prepared for.
Of course, if you do your research, it should be easy to steer clear of these organizations.
Still, no matter where you get your cat from, it would be a good idea to take it to the vet after you have adopted it.
This way, your vet should be able to make sure your feline is happy and healthy.
More About Maine Coon Cats
Before you get your Maine Coon cat, you should know some important information about the care that these cats may require.
Remember that the Maine Coon is a very large cat, and it may need more care than some other cats that are a little more laid back.
First, Maine Coons are full of energy. You will want to make sure that your cat has adequate playtime and good ways to get all of that energy out.
It is recommended to get a climbing structure for your cat.
It is a wonderful way for them to be able to release energy climbing and can rest on it.
While it may seem odd, some owners of Maine Coons will even get them a cat harness and take them on walks!
While cats are not exactly known for going on walks, some Maine Coons just love them.
It can also be important to keep in mind that since Maine Coon cats are bigger than most, they will also need a diet more suited to their size.
You will want a good quality brand of food so you know your cat is getting all the essential nutrients it may need.
Maine Coons can also be just a little bit picky about their litter box. Since the Maine Coon is a relatively large cat, they will need a litter box that they can fit into. Finally, remember that Maine Coons are social! They won't like being left alone for long periods, so it's best if you can give them lots of love and affection.