Any Maine Coon owners out there? Tell me what I need to know.

(37 Posts)
mummyplonk Sun 02-Dec-12 16:39:47

Hi, DH and I have been looking at getting a pet for the last few years. I have had numerous cats in my life, moggies, short haired exotic. But I have always dreamt of a Maine coon once the children where a bit bigger. Their personalities seem amazing. Could anyone please give me any first hand advice? Do you keep yours indoors? Are Males more affectionate? etc.

bishboschone Mon 03-Dec-12 13:31:17

Why are Maine coons indoor cats?

I have a red tabby Maine Coon but she is small and not big (runt of a very large litter). She is now 16 and still going despite being diagnosed years ago with cardiomyopathy. She is not very friendly and never has been, but I think that is just her. She has always been an indoor and outdoor cat with no problems.

Given they are specially evolved to deal with the harsh Maine winters (lovely waterproof coat, fur in ears and between the paws pads etc) I think it would be wrong to keep them in (Just my opinion)

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 03-Dec-12 15:22:10

I dont have a Maine coon, but I do have an active breed of cat which I believe coons fall under.

What they dont tell you with active cats is that they dont give up, if he wants something he will miaow for an hour before he concedes you are not giving in.

We went to a coon show and they were gorgeous, DH knows someone who lives in the country and has one and says he's a huge lump of a cat who rules the roost over the dogs.

CleansLate Mon 03-Dec-12 15:29:09

ILs have two maine coons. Brothers.

One is almost feral, you barely see him, he kills rabbits and squirrels and doesn't like to be touched. The other is a lap-sitter and very affectionate. Litter-mates, same socialisation, just different personalities.

bish I don't think any cat is an indoor cat actually, but lots of people who own pedigree cats do tend to keep them inside for fear of them being lost, stolen, or run over. Not just pedigrees in fairness, but I think the risk of theft is higher if you have a lovely looking breed like a Maine Coon.
I personally don't think it's very fair on the cat, and mine is off through the catflap whenever she wants (v cold here today so she is snuggled in on armchair in my bedroom), and often returns with gifts - but I understand why some people don't let them out.

haggisaggis Mon 03-Dec-12 16:42:09

My Coonie gets out - and catches lots - but seems to be a trend among breeders not to sell to people who will let their cats out in case they get lost /' stolen / run over. Mine is a nightmare if kept in - objects loudly and has been known to pee on the bed to express his disgust.

kiwigirl42 Mon 03-Dec-12 16:59:07

we have 2 Ragdolls and adore them - one is a big seal point boy aged 8, he is very placid until he wants food or cuddles then he blatt, blatt, blatts until he gets what he wants. The other is an 18 mth lilac point - naughty, delinquent creature who DS loves to bits (we all do really - he is just a ratbag).

I think girl cats are more affectionate. Its only our 13 yr old feral cat who sleeps in my arms when I have a migraine, not the boys. But boys definitely have more personality!

Our Rags do go outside but mainly only into ours and next doors fenced off gardens. We got Flea (the ratbag) castrated probably too soon reading above thread but he was starting to stay out all night and go a long way away. He is cross eyed too (!!) which adds to his charm.

The kids sing 'He's a pointy, squinty squirrel with a wandering eye .....'

I'd never have another breed of cat again now as long as I can afford them but will get a cuddly girl next time

bishboschone Mon 03-Dec-12 17:12:48

Oh I see .. Our neighbours have an indoor cat and he sits in the window and watches mine outside .. It makes me sad .. I adore my cats but I think quality of life is important for them and I would rather they enjoyed life than were shut inside .

kiwigirl42 Mon 03-Dec-12 17:31:02

We got our seal point Ragdoll as a 2 yr old (no longer wanted sad) and he'd never been outside.
I didn 't have the heart to keep him in so he tootles off outdoors every day. In the summer he lies down under the apple trees all afternoon and they both socialise with the bunny (in fact, take naps in poor bunny's hutch in the summer. Luckily Buns has a big outdoor run as well).
We have a labrador too and the pets all get on well together (well, when Mr Flea is not being an arse, that is!)

3littlewomen Mon 03-Dec-12 19:00:14

Our big red boy used to be transported sat in a child's carseat! He would sit beautifully and not move a muscle! If you tried to put him in a cage you would end up seriously damaged with a cat howling the whole way!

MrsGrumps Tue 11-Dec-12 14:14:28

I've got 3 mc siblings of 4 years and they are rescues that I got 2 years ago. All are lovely but the boy is the most affectionate whilst the two girls will come for a fuss but are also happy sleeping the day away. They do go out at weekends but I'm on tenderhooks until they come back in. I've also got two kitten brothers who have different fathers, one is part Ragdoll and he is the most placid and affectionate of them all. To the point where he sleeps tucked into my chest/chin every night, and should I roll over he moves to that side too.

The kittens so far have not experienced the outside world and I'm in no rush for them too, maybe by next summer I will let them explore but I live in a busy part of town and to loose any of them would break me.

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