One of the things that people find so charming about Maine Coon cats is their luscious fur. Maine Coon cats are huge cats. And their thick fur adds to their regal appearance. When you look at a Maine Coon cat, it’s almost as if it’s wearing a luxurious winter coat. And technically, it is. Maine Coon cats are New England natives. Their dense coats are like so, because they need that bulk to protect them from harsh New England winters.
Because of their majestic look, Maine Coon cats have become one of the most beloved and popular breed of domestic cats. When it comes to appearance, we can’t deny that Maine Coon cats are one of the most stunning breeds. However, if you think about such lush coats, it can be quite intimidating if you are worrying about the upkeep. Fortunately, unlike other long-haired breeds like the Persian cat, Maine Coon cats are relatively easier to groom.
Grooming a Maine Coon Cat
Even though it’s not as difficult to groom Maine Coon cats compared to other long-haired cat breeds, it’s still necessary. This is to ensure that the health of their coats will be maintained. Unhealthy coats can possibly cause other issues like excessive shedding or hair loss. These issues are easier to prevent than to solve. While daily grooming is wonderful, at least a weekly grooming routine is advised if something more frequent is not possible. Most cats don’t exactly love these routines. However, you’ll find that cats enjoy grooming more if they started getting used to it while still young.
How do I groom a Maine Coon Cat?
As with any other long-haired breeds, a Maine Coon cat’s fur is prone to matting. Daily brushing is a great way to avoid this. A soft bristle brush is the best tool for this job. You don’t want to accidentally scratch the cat’s skin with a hard bristle brush. This may possible turn your cat off of grooming and future sessions might be harder to accomplish. Sometimes, you might notice that the fur on their paws get too long. You can clip them with scissors and keep them at a good length.
Cats do self-groom and they are generally very clean pets. But for a long-haired cats like the Maine Coon, bathing is actually a great idea. Cats do not typically love bathing. But Maine Coon cats are one of those breeds that can tolerate and possibly even enjoy water. If you start them young, it will be easier and they can get used to it faster. For other options, there are cat wipes and sprays available when bathing is just not for your cat.
Grooming is not just about the fur
It’s not just your Maine Coon cat’s fur that you need to groom.
- Always make sure that you regularly trim your cat’s claws. Use nail clippers to maintain a good length. Not only will it prevent your Maine Coon cat to accidentally scratch itself, it can also ensure that they don’t damage your linens and furniture.
- Brush your Maine Coon cat’s teeth regularly to maintain excellent dental health.
As responsible Maine Coon cat owners, grooming is one of the most important aspects of cat care. A well-groomed Maine Coon cat is definitely a happy and healthy feline.
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.