Magical Maine Coon
This magical feline is said to originate from Maine, New England. This breed is one of the largest of the domestic cats and well known for being a gentle giant. They make great companions and are just as happy watching you go about your daily chores. This breed is not typically a lap cat but they do like to be close by. Maine Coons are adept at hunting and will enjoy kittenish bursts of play to keep hunting skills up. They tend not to like climbing too much and prefer to stay on ground level; after all, that’s where most of the rodents are. How lucky if you get to love such a magical cat
Home environment - As with most cats, they can be sociable when introduced to an environment that is peaceful, stimulating and safe. This cat can thrive in a household with children who can treat this quirky beauty politely and respectfully. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.
Hair - The Maine Coon has both short and long fine silk hair which allows for easy care. Shedding can be quite heavy especially in the summer months and combing or brushing can be done quite regularly.
Teeth – The use of small finger toothbrushes can help keep your cat’s teeth and gums healthy. These can be purchased here https://tinyurl.com/ya8udr2p An annual check at the vets will also pick up on anything that might need professional attention.
Nails – Now, be careful with this one. Cat’s nails are live so there is the potential to cause pain especially if the nail is dark and you cannot see clearly to differentiate live areas from ‘safe’ areas to clip. Probably best to schedule a visit to your vets or local shelter where there will be someone trained to carry out this procedure. I clipped my cats nail tips while she sat in the sink about once a fortnight. She would only allow me to clip her front ones and would happily bite her back paw nails at her leisure.
Clean – You can use a soft cloth and wipe the eye area. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you don’t spread any infection. Gently wipe out ears, warm water is fine. An American Curl’s ears should be handled softly when cleaning because rough handling may damage the cartilage. Never poke or use cotton buds (Q-tips) inside the ears. Remember to be gentle when cleaning cat ears.
Litter Box – Keep the trays meticulously clean and have more than one (if possible). Remember to keep trays away from food areas.
Roam or not to roam – It’s a good idea to keep your lovely inside, apart from attacks from other cats or dogs or traffic dangers, such a beauty might be stolen. If you’re going to allow roaming, remember to microchip and use a collar with an ID
Beware! Main Coons are very addictive. Once you have had one, you may find you need more of them!