Maine Coon kittens: how to raise and care, educate
Maine Coons are becoming increasingly popular among cat lovers. So, it is important to know how to choose the Maine Coon kitten, how to raise and care for the baby.
On the photo: Maine Coon kitten at the age of 5 weeks. Photo: flickr.com
How to choose a Maine Coon kitten?
The demand for Maine Coon kittens is quite high, and you can see many ads for the sale of babies. But, unfortunately, not all sellers are conscientious and responsible breeders, which means that there is a great risk of buying a not too healthy kitten or mestizo. How to choose a Maine Coon kitten so as not to regret it later?
Before you go to choose a Maine Coon kitten, study as much information as possible about the breed, visit exhibitions, talk with breeders and already established owners. So you will understand whether this breed is suitable for you, and more likely to determine whether a thoroughbred kitten is offered to you.
Rules for choosing a Maine Coon kitten:
- Check out the breed standard.
- Do not take a kitten by the first ad that appears, even if the price is attractive. Contact an experienced breeder with a proven track record.
- If the breeder does not agree that you visit the nursery and get acquainted with the parents of the kitten, this is an occasion to think about whether to trust such a seller.
- Please note whether the Maine Coon kitten has signs indicating belonging to this breed: a long tail, tassels on the ears, the characteristic shape of the muzzle.
- Be sure to conclude a sales contract with the breeder.
- Answer the questions of the breeder honestly - this will give him the opportunity to help you choose a Maine Coon kitten that is right for you. And feel free to ask questions yourself.
- Check if the nursery has a registration in the felinological system, and if so, find out which one.
- Pay attention to the appearance of the kitten, activity, grooming, playfulness. These are important health indicators.
- It is better to choose a Maine Coon kitten who is 3 to 3.5 months old. At this age, the kitten already has the necessary vaccinations, he ate a lot of mother's milk for a long time and adapted to the outside world. At the same time, the baby is already ready to part with his mother, sisters and brothers.
On the photo: Maine Coon kitten. Photo: flickr.com
How to distinguish a Maine Coon kitten from other cats?
Unfortunately, under the guise of a Maine Coon kitten, they may try to sell you a kitten of a different breed or crossbreed. How to distinguish a Maine Coon kitten from other cats?
At 3 months, the Maine Coon kitten should already have characteristic tassels on the ears. If they are not, then you are not Maine Coon.
Another distinctive feature of the Maine Coon kitten from kittens of other breeds is its tail, long and powerful.
Maine Coon kittens have furry and massive paws.
Maine Coon wool, even in childhood, is already half-long and thick, and between fingers there are tufts of wool.
Study the pedigree - it must be issued by the feline club.
Estimate the size of the parents. If a cat mom weighs less than 6 - 7 kg, then she is not Maine Coon.
If you are not sure that you yourself can distinguish a Maine Coon kitten from a kitten of a different breed or mixed breed, it is better to seek the advice of an expert.
What to do before the appearance of a Maine Coon kitten in the house
Before bringing the baby to the family, you need to prepare everything you need for the appearance of the Maine Coon kitten in the house.
- Set up a secluded place to relax and play.
- Take a rag with the smell of your home from the breeder - this way the baby quickly and easily adapts to your home.
- Give the Maine Coon kitten a place to eat. Prepare 3 bowls: for wet, dry food and for water. It is better if the bowls are not plastic, but ceramic or steel.
- Make sure the apartment is safe for such a curious and playful creature as a Maine Coon kitten.Hide unprotected wires, as well as objects that the baby can break and hurt or swallow.
- Buy safe and varied toys for your kitten.
- Close the windows with a special cat net.
- Get a carry. For Maine Coons, it is better to take a large plastic carrier.
- Prepare a tray that is large enough.
- Buy a scratching post, or rather a few different ones, to give the Maine Coon kitten a choice.
Maine Coon kitten care
To keep the Maine Coon kitten healthy and cheerful, it is important to take proper care of it. Pay special attention to the care of the coat, ears, eyes and teeth of Maine Coon.
Maine Coon kitten hair care will require your efforts. The pet must be combed regularly (at least twice a week). During molting, Maine Coons are combed three times a week. First, the tail is combed, then the back and sides, after which the chest, and finally the stomach is usually left. Maine Coon is not worth bathing without emergency.
It is enough to clean your ears once a week. However, if you notice that a Maine Coon kitten shakes its head, scratches its ears or is worried, immediately contact your veterinarian.
Feed your Maine Coon kitten a special feed that strengthens your teeth and removes tartar.
Prepare everything you need to care for a Maine Coon kitten in advance: lotions for cleaning your ears and eyes, combs, cotton swabs, claw cutter.
Maine Coon kitten care procedures must be taught from an early age and gradually.
Maine Coon kitten
To make life with a pet pleasant and cloudless, efforts must be made to raise a Maine Coon kitten.
Define the rules of living in the house: where the cat can be, where she can’t, because there are places that pose a danger to the pet.
If a Maine Coon kitten does something wrong, you can make a sharp sound. Maine Coon kitten is absolutely impossible to beat!
In principle, raising a Maine Coon kitten is not too complicated, because these cats are very affectionate and friendly, they are well trained. In raising a Maine Coon kitten, it is important to be patient and to encourage proper behavior on time.
On the photo: Maine Coon kittens. Photo: pixabay.com
Training a Maine Coon kitten to the toilet, tray
As a rule, a Maine Coon kitten understands without any problems for what purpose a tray is needed. If the baby missed, do not yell at him to just blot a puddle with a napkin and put the smelling napkin in the tray. So the baby will find the right place by smell.
It is important that the Maine Coon kitten tray is spacious enough. The size of the Maine Coon tray is determined as follows: the pet should be able to calmly turn around there.
The Maine Coon kitten tray should be washed regularly and the filler must be changed in a timely manner.
If there are problems with the training of the Maine Coon kitten on the tray, the baby probably does not like the place where the toilet is located, the smell of the tray or filler. You can experiment to find an option that suits your pet.
Vaccinations for the Maine Coon kitten
Do not forget about vaccination (vaccinations) for a Maine Coon kitten! This is very important, as it is the key to the health of the pet.
Many believe that if Maine Coon does not walk on the street, it is not necessary to vaccinate him. It's a delusion. You can bring the infection home on your clothes or shoes.
Before vaccination (vaccination) of a Maine Coon kitten, it is necessary to carry out treatment from fleas and give anthelmintic. This is done at least 14 days before vaccination.