Taking care of Maine Coon requires commitment, but it'll prove to be very rewarding. Find out what you need to know about feeding, grooming and raising a healthy Maine Coon.
Take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for routine check ups and dental appointments. Also, make sure your cat is up-to-date with its shots and vaccinations.
This breed of cat possesses beautiful and healthy fur. You will have to do some work to preserve it. There are special brushes you can buy for long-haired cats, and using it, you should brush the hair at least three times a week. Beyond making them look good, brushing your cat's hair will also avoid gastric conditions brought about by ingesting hairballs during preening.
Check the outside of its ears for bald spots, and make sure the inner surfaces of its ears are light pink and clean. Check its ear canals by gently folding its ears back. The ear canal should be dirt-free, have a healthy pink color, and have minimal earwax. If your cat’s ears look dirty, then use a damp cloth or cotton ball to wipe away dirt and debris. You can moisten the cloth with an equal parts water and apple-cider vinegar solution for a thorough clean. Never stick anything into your cat’s ears to clean them. If you notice swelling, a large amount of wax, bleeding, pus, or smell an odor, then you should take your cat to the vet to see if it has an ear infection.
Main Coons require large litter boxes that give them enough space to poop and move around while burying their excretions. Make sure its litter box is clean. Check your cat’s litter box twice a day for cleanliness, i.e., once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Make sure to remove any waste and re-fill the litter box with fresh, clean litter.
Proper diet is very important when you have this breed of cat because they love to eat but are also very lazy. This means, they have a high risk of becoming obese, especially when their owners do not control their food intake. They need a balanced, dry feed of good quality that is as low-fat as possible. You should take the time to read the labels and choose the best option for your cat.
Maine Coon cats take 4 years to reach their top weight, which is about 9 kilos for male ones. It is highly important that you take your cat to the vet’s office when they go over this weight. Being obese might lead to serious health conditions in the future.
Provide it with fresh water daily.
Change out your cat’s water bowl at least twice a day. This will guarantee that your cat has fresh water every day.
Before purchasing a brand, make sure to check the ingredients list. The first two or three ingredients listed should be named meats like chicken, beef, salmon, or tuna, to name a few. If not, then choose a different brand.
Because Maine Coons are intelligent, puzzle and teaser toys are a great choice. You can also keep your cat entertained with ping-pong balls, cardboard boxes, and crumpled pieces of paper. Make sure the toys you choose are safe and cat friendly. Avoid toys that contain feathers, cords, strings, and ribbons, and toys that contain small pieces that can be chewed off and ingested. These toys may block the cat's digestive tract and seriously threaten the cat's life. Emergency treatment for swallowed strings can be expensive. Throw away and replace damaged toys.
PLAY WITH YOUR MAINE COON.
Another great form of exercise is through play. Maine Coons are full of enthusiasm when it comes to games. Put aside at least 15 minutes of your day to engage your Maine Coon with interactive toys like laser pointers and wands with tassels.