Now, I don’t claim to be the best in cat knowledge but given that I have spent the majority of my life around them I do know a few things about them.
The one thing I know a lot about happens to by the breed Mainecoon, my Loki who is now 10 years old is a mainecoon and has been in my care for 10 years since he was a ten week old kitten. he came to me from a lovely breeder who I am thankfully still friendly with, and now thanks to them, the internet and other wonderful mainecoon owner on facebook I have learnt how to care for them..
and now I am going to share that with you.
- Invest in a longhaired brush – Mainecoon cats are notorious for their beautiful long fur that can get knotted badly if you do not brush every day, however mainecoons fur doesn’t need as much care as you think and does have the ability to sort itself out when and needed
- A pet fountain – Mainecoons love moving or running water, be careful with your toilet!!, so investing in a pretty good water fountain is also a must, Britt over on Shed Happens shares the importance of why they are a good thing to get and their benefits.
- Insurance – this one is standard and you should have pet insurance regardless of breed, mainecoons are a pure breed and therefor their care can be expensive, getting insurance is something you should always do.
- Go big or go home – mainecoons are the largest breed of domestic cats in the world, so therefor everything you get for them has to be bigger, going by my mainecoon Loki he is currently weighing in at 17lbs and whenever I get a pet bed I have to make sure the weight is okay, same with pet carriers, having to squeeze him into a tiny carrier is both not fun for me or him.
- Pet Groomers – sometimes having someone else groom and clipper the fur is much better than you attempting it yourself, having done it myself with a friend I can safely say, dont do it!! get a professional.
- Expect cling ons – with the fact that mainecoons have long fur, a lot of it around their bottom area expect them to occasionally get lumps of poo stuck to their fur, I have bathed Loki many times now when he’s got cling ons, you can of course request when they go for their grooming to have their ‘trousers’ trimmed to prevent such.
the one thing you will find when you do get a mainecoon is just how wonderful they are, they are a delightful breed to have in the family and are of course considered gentle giants, Loki will wake me up with a little meow in the mornings, he will chirp back whenever I talk to him or meow at him myself and I have considered when I finally move and when I can afford it to add a new mainecoon into my family.
.. I just cant resist their amazing personalities and long bushy tails.