Written by Josephine Lategan
Maine Coon cats are the gentle giants of the domestic cat kingdom. These “little” lions can weigh up to 10kgs, that is roughly three average housecats. Their size might freak you out at first glance, but once you get to know them, you’ll fall in love with their charming personality.
Compared to most other cats, the personality of a Maine Coon cat is truly unique. They are sweet-tempered, very gentle and incredibly affectionate. They love their human companions to bits and get along with almost every other pet.
Maine Coon cats are special felines, not only because of their extra fluff but also because they can sense your mood and cheer you up with their playful nature and cosy cuddles. They are highly intelligent and very friendly. They will jump at every opportunity for your attention and even join you for a swim as they are water worshipers.
Good thinking! Main Coon cats make the perfect ‘pawtners’. Here are a few things to consider before you take a Maine Coon cat home:
You need to brush their beautiful coat at least three times per week. By regularly removing the dead hair you prevent your cat from ingesting it during preening, which would have otherwise caused dangerous hairballs and gastric problems.
Maine Coons have healthy appetites, so they are quite prone to obesity, especially if owners overfeed them. Here are some feeding guidelines: The Maine Coon diet.
Maine Coons are attention seekers. They enjoy the company of their human parents and yearn for love. Don’t adopt a Main Coon if you don’t have time for bonding or taking care of their personal needs. They’ll get grumpy and leave you with a nasty scar.
If you are ready to become a Maine Coon mom (or dad), we encourage you to adopt a giant fur-kid from your local rescue shelter. If they don’t have any available, you can visit Kernes Maine Coons, which is based in Edenvale, Gauteng. They are one of only two breeders of Maine Coon cats in South Africa.
“Once you’ve owned a Maine Coon cat, you will never want another breed of cat! They ARE extraordinary”- Maine Coon breeder, Marianne Kernes.
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