Pros and Cons of Maine Coon Cats as Pets.
From independent and high-maintenance, to friendly and easy-going, cats come in a variety of breeds – each with a unique set of personality and physical characteristics. One of the most popular breeds is the Maine Coon cat, which is known worldwide for a loving and gentle demeanor. If you think you may want to introduce a Maine Coon Cat to your family, consider the pros and cons about this feline breed:
1. The Gentle Giant
Perhaps the best-known quality of Maine Coon cats is their large size. Weighing up to 25 pounds, these popular cats are one of the larger, more muscular breeds of domestic felines. They are affectionately known as, “gentle giants,” as their large size is often complemented by a sweet and calm personality. While these felines grow large in size, they often do not require much more living space than other cats – making them a suitable option for small apartments or larger homes.
2. Kid & Pet Friendly
Maine Coon cats often thrive in homes with small children and/or other pets. When properly introduced to the other members of the family, a Maine Coon should feel comfortable living harmoniously with kids, cats or dogs. Maine Coon cats are great family pets that offer gentle affection without necessarily getting too attached to their human companions, and they are typically not known to be aggressive. A Maine Coon cat probably won’t mind being gently cuddled by a child or sharing his cat tower with another feline friend. It is important to keep in mind, however, this breed may not do well with rodent pets, like hamsters or mice.
3. Beautiful and Unique Appearance
Aside from physical size, another notable quality of the Maine Coon cat is long, gorgeous fur with a lion-like appearance. Maine Coon cats can feature a variety of colors and patterns in their stunning fur, such as solid gray, vibrant tabby or many multicolor combinations.
1. Grooming Requirements
The downside of the Maine Coon cat’s beautiful fur is the demanding grooming requirements. They tend to shed heavily, which can be reduced by frequent brushing and even trips to the groomers. Because these cats have a vast amount of fur, parasite prevention is especially critical. Maine Coon cat owners should frequently check for pests like fleas and ticks, and talk with their veterinarians about preventative care from common parasites.
2. Health Risks
All breeds of cats may be associated with certain health risks, and because of the Maine Coon’s large size, they may develop hip, back or leg issues throughout their lives. More common conditions that affect these cats include hip dysplasia and spinal muscle atrophy. Just like any other breed or pet, the Maine Coon cat should be on a regular schedule with a veterinarian to promote lifelong health and detect any possible issues.
For those who don’t mind frequent shedding and annual trips to the veterinarian, this special cat breed can make a perfectly suitable and rewarding pet. Peace.