Adopting, Characteristics

To Coon or Not To Coon: Pros and Cons of Having a Maine Coon

Well-loved Cats

Maine Coon cats continue to be one of the most popular and well loved breed of domesticated cats. Its popularity is not just in the US but all over the world. The breed has consistently made it to the Top 3 most popular breeds. For a lot of Maine Coon cat owners and enthusiasts, it’s easy to see why. Although their size remains as their most noticeable quality, it’s not just the Maine Coon’s size that cat lovers are raving about.

Another awesome quality of Maine Coon cats are their magnificent coats. Because of their luscious coat, Maine Coon cats have this regal look that makes them distinguishable. Add the mane of fur around the neck area and you have one totally charming cat. Their thick coat keeps them warm during the winter. But it also gives them their majestic appearance.

Favorite Pet

Because of its beautiful appearance and endearing personality, the Maine Coon cat has become one of the most favorite breeds for a family cat. Maine Coon cats have earned the nickname “dogs of the cat world” due to their friendly and loyal personality. They love interacting with their owners and even other household pets. They have this playful nature that captivates the people around them. That’s why even though Maine Coon cats may get expensive, they are still top choice for a lot of cat lovers.

 

What are the pros and cons of having a Maine Coon cat as a pet?

Choosing a breed of cat for a pet is also about finding the perfect match for you and your lifestyle. If you are considering adopting or buying a Maine Coon, it is best to know more about them. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a Maine Coon cat? Will a Maine Coon cat fit in your lifestyle? One thing is sure though; the advantages are definitely convincing.

Pro Maine Coon cats

Maine Coon cats are an intelligent breed of cats. They are naturally curious. Because of this, some owners have successfully taught their Maine Coon to do tricksIf you want a loyal cat, then a Maine Coon is a great choice. They treat everyone in their household as their family. Maine Coon cats are also wonderful with children and other pets.

Don’t let their luscious coat intimidate you. Maine Coon cats are typically easier to groom than other long-haired cats. They are also relatively healthy cats. They are active and playful. Maine Coon cats are excellent mousers. They enjoy hunting and chasing. There will be lots of fun times with a Maine Coon cat!

Cons?

As mentioned, Maine Coon cats are a strong and healthy breed. However, there are some possible hereditary or genetic health issues. It is important to be cautious about whom you buy or adopt your Maine Coon from. Make sure to find a reputable breeder. Being aware of these possible health issues would help you with your buying choices and on how you would care your Maine Coon. Some of these health concerns are hip dysplasia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The Maine Coon cat’s size may be a factor for the predisposition to hip dysplasia. Male Maine Coon cats can grow up to 15-25lbs. HCM or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, on the other hand, is the most common form of heart disease and may affect middle to old age Maine Coon cats.

While there may be some areas of concern, Maine Coon cats are surely lovable. There will be so many owners and enthusiasts that can tell you that it’s worth it to welcome this gentle giant into your home.

Jenny is an ESL teacher and freelance writer. She is a work-at-home mom of two boys and a girl. She loves watching cat videos when she is on break from teaching, writing, and homeschooling her two older kids.

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