Are you planning to welcome a Maine Coon cat to your fur-family soon? Or have you just bought or adopted one recently? Then, you have come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll share Oyen’s experience in caring for a Maine Coon cat, what to look out for and how best to feed and groom such this beautiful cat breed in Malaysia.
Keep reading to learn more about:
- How much does a Maine Coon cat cost?
- Where to buy/adopt a Maine Coon?
- Are Maine Coons good house pets?
- Do Maine Coon cats shed a lot?
- Are Maine Coon cats rare?
- Are Maine Coons high maintenance?
- Are Maine Coons worth the money?
How much does a Maine Coon cat cost?
The price of a Maine Coon varies depending on its age, health, colour and pattern, pedigree status and platform you choose to buy from. A healthy Maine Coon will have beautiful, luscious fur and the price will be higher.
Maine Coon kittens are usually sold at a lower price. If you want a cheaper option, you can opt to buy a Maine Coon kitten instead.
A Maine Coon kitten can cost RM3,000 and above and if it is a pure Maine Coon breed, the cost can even go up to RM7,000.
Where to buy/adopt a Maine Coon?
If you are planning to buy or adopt a Maine Coon in Malaysia, here are some places you can check out.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is true at the time of writing, and although we suggest these platforms to aid in your buying/adopting process, we highly advise you to take extra precautions when dealing with online sellers to avoid getting scammed. Oyen is not affiliated with any of the businesses mentioned below and will not be liable for any losses or inconveniences that happen from dealings with them.
- SPCA Selangor
- Second Chance Animal Shelter Malaysia
- Furry Friends Farm
- Paws Animal Welfare Society
Here are some questions you can ask the seller or breeder before buying a Maine Coon (in which will affect the pricing of the Maine Coon cat):
- Does the breeder have an official family tree?
- Have they been checked for health issues?
- Are there documents that prove they have been checked?
- Has the cat been vaccinated?
- Is the cat microchipped?
- Does the cat show the common features of the Maine Coon Breed?
Are Maine Coons good house cats?
You may think this breed looks intimidating because of their luscious coat but in fact, this breed is easier to groom than any other long-haired cats.
They are relatively healthy and enjoy hunting and chasing which makes them excellent mousers. Here are the characteristics of a Maine Coon cat:
1. Loyal & affectionate
Maine Coon cats are a great choice as house pets because they are considered a loyal feline. They like to be with their owners and are very affectionate.
This breed will greet their owners once they are home and apart from that, they will also greet other guests as well.
2. Great House Pets
They are good house pets and will treat everyone living in the household as their family. Maine Coon cats also have a nickname called “dogs of the cat world” due to their loyal and friendly nature.
3. Kids Friendly
Maine Coons are very good and patient with kids. They are curious and playful which matches up well with kids!
4. Outgoing & Mischievous
Females Maine Coons are said to be more reserved as compared to males but once they are comfortable and familiar with their surroundings, they can actually be very outgoing.
What about the males? They are the life of the party as they enjoy being silly and tend to be mischievous at home but this doesn’t mean they are always running around the house playing and being naughty.
Male Coons love spending quality time with their owners and when it’s time for quiet and peace, they would always snuggle.
Maine Coons are also known as intelligent cats. Due to their naturally curious trait, some owners may even go the extra mile to train their Maine Coons to perform tricks.
Do Maine Coon cats shed a lot?
Maine Coon cats actually do not shed a lot. Some may think otherwise because of the length of their fur but in reality, they don’t.
They shed normally just like the other cat breeds do.
You do not need to invest too much time in grooming them. Nevertheless, it is always recommended to groom them professionally from time to time.
Brushing a Maine Coon cat (and untangling the tangled fur)
Maine Coon breeds don't require frequent brushing as they don’t have a lot of undercoat. You only need to brush them once you start seeing their fur tangling up.
In general, it is recommended to brush a Maine Coon cat every 2 to 3 days.
Although Maine Coon cats don’t need frequent brushing, using a good quality brush will in the long run help reduce the amount of fur they shed.
Here is a simple guide for you when brushing a Maine Coon cat:
- Prepare 2 types of brushes: a coarse brush and a fine brush
- First, use the coarse brush to untangle the cat’s fur
- Then switch to a fine brush to remove the shedding fur
If you’re willing to spend more, you can also get a furminator brush to easily remove loose fur in the most convenient way.
Bathing a Maine Coon cat
Cats generally don’t need frequent showers because they can clean themselves. But one interesting fact about Maine Coon cats is that they love water. This makes it easier to bathe them as compared to other cat breeds.
Bathing Maine Coon cats can be fun but definitely do not force it on them if they refuse it.
Simply clean them with a wet cloth while applying a little bit of cat shampoo, or you may choose to use rinse-free cat shampoo!
Protip: When bathing a Maine Coon cat, make sure the water is not too cold or else, they will easily get sick.
Are Maine Coon cats rare?
This breed was pretty rare in the 1950s and wasn’t popular among cat lovers. However, once the Maine Coon breed became the official state cat for Maine, their popularity rose and made a comeback in 1985.
As of today, Maine Coons are so popular that they are not considered rare anymore.
Maine Coons also have gorgeous long fur where their ears look tufted with the iconic mane around their neck. These distinctive features cannot be found in other cat breeds is another reason you think this breed is rare.
You may hardly come across stray Maine Coon cats on a daily basis but they are far more common than you might think. Another reason is because they are house cats and their owners will not likely let this breed play further than home or without supervision.
They can weigh as much as 11 kilograms which is double the average weight of a regular house cat.
Although Maine Coon breed is not rare, this breed has a few rare colours. Overall, Maine Coon cats can come in 75 different colours.
Two rarest colours for this breed are Shaded Silver Maine Coon and Golden Maine Coon. Both colours are gorgeous and as a result, their price is very expensive.
Are Maine Coons high maintenance?
Maine Coon cats are not any higher maintenance than other long-haired cats.
They do need slightly more grooming than those with short hair due to their large size and long, thick fur. They need more space as well than the other cat breeds but their laidback and affectionate personality makes them easy to live with.
This breed may be needy and clingy but they are also independent in that they are rarely needy but at the same time still affectionate to their owners.
When comparing between male and female Maine Coon, both genders have the same maintenance requirements for diet and grooming but male Maine Coons are slightly more active than female Main Coons that they might need more toys or playtime.
Here are some of items to prepare if you plan to invite a Maine Coon to your home:
- A large cat tree - Maine Coons love to climb. A large cat tree will allow them to jump and scratch aside from providing a safe space for them to retreat if they want alone time.
- Heavy duty cat toys - This breed is quite rough when playing. Due to their unusual size, regular toys will easily wear and tear. Tip: Maine Coons love toys that can move on their own because of their great hunting instinct. They can feel like they are hunting real prey while playing.
- A large scratching post - As the largest domesticated cat breed in the world, they need a larger than average scratching post to match their size.
- A large litter tray - A large litter tray for your Maine Coon so that they can comfortably sit and turn around while using it.
- A large cat bed - Like humans, cats need a bed that can occupy their size for them to rest comfortably throughout the day.
- Extra large cat carrier - As Maine Coon’s size is larger than usual domestic cats, you will need to have a large, hard-case carrier to transport them, especially to the vet.
- Food and water dishes - Apart from providing your pet with a constant supply of freshwater and fresh food twice a day, the dishes used are important. Running water from a fountain and a wide and shallow dish made of ceramic or stainless steel are ideal for this breed.
- Space - This breed needs plenty of space for them to be able to stretch their legs and a space to call their own. See if your living space has enough space or room for them.
- First aid kit - First aid kit is a must if something happens to your cat. The kit should have all the basic necessities to aid your pet including the medication that has been prescribed to the cat.
- Grooming supplies - Prepare a set of grooming supplies suitable for Maine Coon breed such as nail clippers and a variety of brushes.
Other maintenance cost you need to consider which are not a one-time purchases are as below:
Are Maine Coons worth the money?
This breed is worth every penny!
Maine Coon is a cat breed that will offer you faithful companionships its whole life.They are also known for being a healthy and long-lived breed.
The average lifespan of a Maine Coon is around 12 to 15 years and if you take good care of them, they might even live longer.
Having a Maine Coon cat as a pet will definitely spark joy into your life. It is like a good investment to your happiness as you have a companion in your living space which is very mischievous and affectionate.
Lastly, providing pet insurance will be one of the best decisions you will make as the pet’s owner because your pet’s safety, health and wellbeing will be covered by Oyen.