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Adopting, Characteristics

What to Expect about Having a Maine Coon at Home

Any cat owner would say how wonderful it is to have a pet cat at home. Cats are, by nature, independent creatures. Having one as a pet certainly feels like an honor for feline lovers. They are not too demanding but they definitely appreciate their owner’s love and affection. And my, do they have unique ways of showing it!

Cats have quite a reputation online. And cat owners will probably tell you, with a laugh, that most of what you read is true. Cats do seem to love the good life. They love to eat, and laze around the home, and sleep on top of your paperwork or your own pillow. They don’t always need to do something with their owners but cats enjoy just sitting beside them or nearby when they’re busy or watching TV.

It does feel sometimes, with their strange actions and weird looks, that they are scheming against their owners. It’s like they are actually aliens from some sophisticated planet trying to plot against the human race by being too adorable. All of these things just make them favorite pets for a lot of people.

‘Dogs’ of the Cat World

And then there are the Maine Coon cats, who are one of the most adored cat breeds all over the world. The Maine Coon has continued to be among the top 3 of the most popular cat breeds and it’s not difficult to see why. They are known as the ‘dogs’ of the cat world. With their enormous size, some even bigger that actual dogs, this moniker is easy to understand. However, it’s not just their size that earned them this nickname.

What’s it like having a Maine Coon cat as a pet?

Maine Coons are all of these characteristics and more! Maine Coon cats are very loyal felines. They enjoy being in the company of their owners. They are very affectionate and love receiving affection as well. It is not uncommon for a Maine Coon cat to greet the owner upon arriving home. They would even greet guests but the special attention would always be for their owners.

Maine Coons are great family pets. They are very good and patient with children. They are naturally very curious and playful. The children will surely love playing with these charming cats. Although females are said to be more reserved than males, a female Maine Coon can actually be very outgoing once they get comfortable and familiar.

As with male coons, boy, they are just the life of the party! Male coons enjoy being silly and can get into a lot of comical “mischief” around the house. They love having a good time with their family, and even their guests. But it doesn’t mean that male Maine Coons are always running around playing. They would not resist lap time as well. When it’s time for peace and quiet, he would always be game for snuggle time.

Care

Maine Coons do not require any special care. But to ensure they live long, healthy happy lives, owners should provide them with a good balanced diet that’s high in protein and low in carbs. They need lots of opportunities for play and exercise and cat toys will be great to help keep them healthy and happy.

Maine Coon cats have luscious fur and brushing should be part of their care. It’s not overly tasking to groom Maine Coon cats but maintenance of their coat should not be taken for granted. Bathing them will also help since their coats are so thick. Maine Coon cats don’t necessarily love getting a bath but they can tolerate it especially as they get used to it.

Highly intelligent

Maine Coon cats are highly intelligent felines. They are easy to train and some even teach their Maine Coon cats some tricks! Other cats can be very stubborn when being told what to do. This is another one of their allure. Cats love their owners but they seem to have a mind of their own most of the time. However, Maine Coon cats can be more agreeable to learning tricks. As with any other pet, teaching tricks will require a lot of patience and it has to be worth their while.

Vocal

Don’t be surprised to hear a Maine Coon cat chirping. Maine Coons are known to be vocal cats. Aside from purring, Maine Coons also express themselves by chirping and trilling. It can be such a joy to hear them as though telling their owners about their day or the bird they have noticed from the window.

Having a Maine Coon at home does entail some responsibilities. But these wonderful cats will surely give their families an amazing time each and every day!

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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