MAINE COON MYTHS
There is no secret that Maine Coons are the largest domestic cat breed. A lot of people rightly love these animals, but there are also those who draw conclusions about Coons, guided by certain prejudices, and to be more precise, by trivial misconceptions. And here are the fallacies we are talking about:
The Maine Coon Cat, that’s a tongueIn order to keep a Maine Coon Cat, you need at least 1 kg of meat per day. But how is it really like? We no longer live in the Stone Age. Nowadays modern food, especially super-premium and premium, contains nutrients in such an amount that easily covers the needs of the body as a small kitten, and adults. And usually the cost of food determines its quality, ability to be absorbed effectively, and the required daily dose. Say, for a 4-pound cat will be enough food 60 grams. a day, provided that it is a high-quality food. And you should look for this kind of food in specialized pet stores, because it will be difficult to find it in chain supermarkets. Of course, your favorite cat is still a live cat, and he should eat natural products, including meat. Well, by the way, you should not take the other extreme – to keep the cat only on meat, it can lead to health problems, there should be a balanced meat mix. And in any case you must not forget to change the water, and the cat must have an adequate supply of fresh water at any time of the day.
City apartment is too small for a Maine Coon. In reality this is certainly not true. Cats know how to feel comfortable and find entertainment for themselves in virtually any apartment. The main condition for this – just do not interfere with the animal to get used to. For example, you do not need to think “God, she’s going to be bored” to fill the apartment with a set of any devices. Just give the kitten quietly get used to the new surroundings, and he will quickly find shelter for himself. And there (without unhealthy fanaticism) you can arrange them a bit. What is meant here is that each cat needs several things, conventionally speaking: “hole” and “mountain”. That is some place where he can hide and nobody will touch him, and something like observation point, which will give him good sight, and something higher. And it is not obligatory to buy expensive play houses and stuff. You will be very disappointed to buy a house for your cat, and then you find out that your cat did not like it, and all he wanted was to be able to sometimes hide behind the back of the couch. And here’s what should be in the apartment in order – a scratching post.
Maine Coons are harsh and unsociable. This is also a myth. Coons only sometimes seem severe, but it is only an external manifestation. And by its nature – it is very balanced cats, they combine kindness with calmness. Maine Coons are able to quickly absorb information, especially when it comes to the rules of conduct. The main thing here is for the owner to be consistent, and not to break the previously set limits. If the cat is forbidden to climb up on the table from the beginning – then this restriction must be strictly adhered to, and then the coon will strictly follow it. At first you should give time to get used to the rule, maybe you will have to take the cat off the table for some time. But in general, this is a very smart breed, so you get used to it pretty quickly. By the way, many people do not know, but if from the beginning of communication with your pet you will not use the well-known “kitty-kitty”, and call the cat by name only, then he will learn to respond only to his name. Maine Coons are quite different from most of the cats we are used to in the context of how they communicate with people. For example, the cats of this breed is almost inherently meow, they purr. But despite this, among them there are very different characters – more reserved or, conversely, sociable, but they communicate it in their own way. In most cases, the Maine Coon pet over time and as they become accustomed to the house and its inhabitants, will choose someone from the people with whom they will communicate more often and closer than with others. Coons become attached to people, not places, for this reason this breed tolerates moving well when it happens with “their” owner.
Dogs and kittens don’t get along well with other animals and children. This is not true. Maine Coons absolutely no problems can coexist with children, and with other animals, and with large animals as well. And what they nevertheless do not want to live with (because of possible awakening of “hunter” instincts in coon) are hamsters and other “small animals”. And also in the risk group wavy parrots. In communication with children Maine Coons also have no problems, but in this case it all depends on the behavior of the child. If parents accustomed him to respect the cat, and do not allow any attempts to pull the tail or grasp the hands at any moment, the coon will be happy to get on with the child. Especially if the familiar things to the cat are used, such as toys and wags. In general, the child can become the best companion for the coon, because the child has a lot of interesting toys for the cat, and they can be very friendly and fun to spend time together. For example, Maine Coon cat can “steal” the toys and run away while the baby will be looking for it, and they will have a lot of fun, or vice versa the baby will throw the toy and the coon will bring it, so that they can run away again and get the new portion of emotions. By the way, Coons love it when everything is in its place, and it can be an additional incentive for the baby to learn not to scatter toys anywhere.
Maine Coons have poor health. And this statement is also wrong, because the health of not only the cat but of everybody depends on many external factors, and not on the breed. In this case, we are talking about the conditions of housing, quality of food, stress, how carefully the periodic examinations are conducted (and whether they are conducted at all), whether the animals are vaccinated in time, whether they get the necessary vitamins and nutrients in full and so on. If we talk about genetic diseases, a competent breeder will never allow the breeding of such animals, necessarily checking the health of the future parents of kittens. Of course, a good breeder is always not just agree, but will be interested to help the new owners of a kitten from his cattery with tips on caring for the baby.
Maine Coons grow to 15-20 pounds. But concerning this myth there is an interesting story. When the first translation of the detailed information about this breed into Russian, the translator’s omission was mixed up pounds and kilograms. The average weight of the Coon is 15-20 pounds (not kilograms), which is about 7 kilograms, and they come to their adult weight in 4 years. Of course, there are larger cats, but certainly not 15 and certainly not 20 kilos.
Here we have debunked only the most common myths and misconceptions concerning Maine Coons. But in reality there are many more, so follow our articles, we will gradually tell the truth about this wonderful breed of cat.