Maine Coon FAQ in 2022

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can maine coon cats go outside

YES! (provided they are socialized) However, it is important that they do not remain outside for more than about 3 or 4 hours at a time. This is because during the daylight hours, they will want to hunt for food and kill small animals for their own nourishment. If they are not provided with sufficient food, they will eventually become sick and possibly even die. And what if your cat gets sick or injured while you are away from home? Who will take care of him/her?

can maine coon cats be orange colored

NO! Although orange is the color most often associated with domestic cats, it is not a “cat” color. Orange is the color of a healthy cat’s coat when it has been exposed to the sun for too long and its pigment (color producing chemical) has changed. If you search on the Internet, you will find many stories about people who have adopted orange cats only to have them turn out to be “Siberian Tigers” (really!) within a few months. What should you do if you find an abandoned cat in your area?

can maine coon cats be black colored

YES! In fact, about one-third of all domestic felines in the U.S. are black. This is especially true of the Siamese twins (also known as “conjoined felines”) and certain other breeds. However, not all black cats are the same. Some are the color of soot and others are a rich, dark mahogany brown. Whatever the color, all black cats have three things in common:

can maine coon cats have short hair

YES! However, it should be noted that some breeds have very short hair while others, like the Persian, have long, flowing coats. can maine coon cats have long hair NO! Although most domestic felines have long hair, the hair on some breeds is so thick and long that it can wrap around the body several times. can maine coon cats meow at night NO! Although this is a common myth, it is not true. Domestic felines are nocturnal hunters and they “meow” only when they are hungry or in distress.

can maine coon cats be small

NO! In fact, most domestic felines are larger than average. In fact, the average weight of a domestic cat is 11-1/2 to 12 pounds. can maine coon cats be fat NO! Although it is true that overweight cats are more prone to certain health problems, most domestic felines are in perfect shape. And even if they are overweight, they will still have an excellent metabolism and will burn off any extra calories very quickly.

can maine coon cats meow loudly

NO! Although some breeds do have louder-than-normal meows, this is not true of all domestic felines. In fact, most domestic felines have extremely soft meows. can maine coon cats purr YES! This is one of the ways domestic felines communicate with each other. It is believed by some scientists that purring has a calming effect and promotes bonding between the cat and its human companion.

can maine coon cats live outside

YES! Although it is true that some domestic felines are more suited to living in a house than others, this does not mean that all of them cannot live outside. However, it is important to provide your outdoor-living cat with certain things: can maine coon cats like to play YES! In fact, playing is one of the main reasons why domestic felines choose to live indoors. They like to chase after shiny objects, run around the room, and wrestle with their toys.

can maine coon cats be outdoor cats

NO! Although it is true that some domestic felines are “indoor/outdoor” cats and can live both inside and outside a home, this does not mean that all of them can or should be allowed to do so. Outdoor cats must be protected from the dangers of the outdoors. can maine coon cats get fleas and ticks YES! Although this is true, it is also true of indoor-only cats. The only difference is that an indoor-only cat will have fewer opportunities to get rid of these pests.

can maine coon cats be left alone

NO! This is true of almost all domestic felines. Even an “indoor-only” cat will still need some human companionship every day. And if you are never around your cat, it will feel abandoned and lonely. The bottom line: All black cats are NOT the same and it is important to know the characteristics of the breed you are thinking about adopting.

are maine coon cats hypoallergenic

NO! Although most domestic felines are not allergic to each other, this does not mean that all black cats are hypoallergenic. Some individuals (usually children) who are allergic to cats may be allergic to black cats. can maine coon cats shed hair NO! Although a black coat does have a slightly rougher texture than a white or red one, this is only on the outside. Underneath the coat, a black cat’s hair is just as soft as the rest of his coat.

are maine coon cats good pets

YES! Although it is true that some cats are more loving than others, all domestic felines can be trained and socialized to become an excellent pet. And if you choose the right breed, your cat will give you years of loyal companionship. can maine coon cats like to play YES! Although it is true that most cats prefer to spend their time sleeping, playing is one of the main reasons why most of them choose to live indoors. They like to chase after shiny objects, run around the room, and wrestle with their toys.

are maine coon cats friendly

YES! Although it is true that some cats are more affectionate than others, all domestic felines can become extremely friendly and affectionate once they know you are there to stay. And if you are patient (and consistent), your cat will come to love you as much as you love him. can maine coon cats meow loudly NO! Although it is true that some domestic felines have louder-than-normal meows, this is not true of all breeds. In fact, most domestic felines have extremely soft meows. do maine coon cats like mice NO!

are maine coon cats expensive

NO! The cost of adopting a cat from a shelter is far less than the cost of buying one from a breeder or from an “off the street” source. Buying a cat from a breeder is comparable to buying a car from a dealer. You get what you pay for: A low-cost, poorly socialized cat from a breeder. Adopting a cat from a shelter is more like adopting a child from a poor family. can maine coon cats are independent YES!

are maine coon cats aggressive

NO! Although it is true that some cats are more independent than others, all domestic felines are very affectionate and do not pose a threat to humans. In fact, many people who have owned black cats for years say that they are among the most affectionate and friendly pets they have ever had. should i get a male or female maine coon cat This depends on your personal situation. If you are in a stable relationship, it probably doesn’t matter too much.

are maine coon cats good with dogs

YES! Although it is true that some cats are more tolerant of other animals than others, almost all domestic felines get along famously with dogs. They may hiss and spit occasionally when they first meet a new dog, but that is only because they are trying to establish their territory. can maine coon cats get rabies NO! Although a cat can get rabies (just like a dog), this disease is never passed from a cat to a human. do maine coon cats have fleas NO!

how much maine coon cat cost

The actual price of your cat depends on many factors: The age, health, and personality of the cat, the color of the cat, whether it is a male or female, and (in the case of purebred cats) the quality of the bloodline. All of these things will influence the price you are willing to pay for the cat. can i buy a cat online YES! There are many reputable breeders who sell their cats through Internet ads or bulletin boards.

how much maine coon kittens for sale

 YES! Although it is true that some breeders charge exorbitant prices for their kittens, this is not true of all breeders. And many of the lower-priced breeders offer the same (or better) quality of life and care as the higher-priced breeders. are maine coon cat litters raised under dim lighting NO! Although it is true that some breeders use very poor or inadequate conditions for breeding their cats, this is not true of most breeders.

how large is maine coon

The size of your cat depends on its breed. The height and weight charts above apply only to the Maine Coon breed. Of course, all domestic felines are significantly smaller than their wild ancestors, but the difference is even more dramatic with the larger breeds like the Bengal. can i get a free cat if i buy another animal YES! Almost all shelters will let you bring another animal to the shelter, at no charge. do maine coon cats have good eyesight NO!

what do maine coon cats eat

All domestic felines are carnivores, but the Maine Coon is an especially avid hunter. They are extremely hard-wired to catch and eat mice and other small animals. Do not worry if your cat seems to be “starving” during the day. Mice and other small animals are often very active during the night when the cat is sleeping, and therefore, the cat is getting its fill. do maine coon cats shed hair regularly YES! Just like dogs, cats must shed their dead hair and other waste materials.

what do maine coon cats cost

Again, this is all dependent on the color of the cat, whether it is a male or female, the quality of the bloodline, and many other factors. All of these things will influence the price you are willing to pay for the cat. The only thing I can say with certainty is that, as a general rule, Maine Coons are much more expensive than other domestic felines.

what do maine coon kittens cost

 YES! Although it is true that some breeders charge exorbitant prices for their kittens, this is not true of all breeders. And many of the lower-priced breeders offer the same (or better) quality of life and care as the higher-priced breeders. how old do maine coon cats have to be to get rabies NO! Although it is true that some cats (usually young ones) become infected with this disease, it is never passed from a cat to a human.

where do maine coon cats come from

The exact origin of the Maine Coon is unknown. It is thought to be a mix of several other breeds that were crossed together over a long period of time. The main purpose of this breeding was to create a very low-pitched, mellow sound (like a “woof”) when the cat meows. can a male and female maine coon get together YES! Although it is true that some breeders refuse to allow their cats to mingle with others, this is not true of most breeders.

where to adopt a maine coon kitten

 YES! Although it is true that some shelters will not allow you to bring a pet to the shelter with you, this is not true of most shelters. Almost all shelters will allow you to adopt your new best friend, at no charge. what color are maine coon cats NO! All domestic felines come in a wide variety of colors, including solid colors, patterned colors, and various shades of those colors. what color are maine coon kittens  The exact origin of the Maine Coon is unknown.