TO COON OR NOT TO COON?

If you are trying to decide if a Maine Coon would be a good fit for you, there are several things you should know...  Coons are big cats with an even bigger personality!  But contrary to the internet there are no Maine Coons the size of Volkswagens.  However they are muscular and large boned with females being slightly smaller weighing from 10-15lbs and males 15-25lbs. Having very large tufted paws which are used like scoops or hands, some having extra digits (polydactyl), lynx tipped ears, round eyes, strong square muzzle, longer hair on the ruff, stomach and britches, shorter on back and neck.  Friendly and intelligent. Clownlike playful personalities, loving, curious and social.  Easily taught tricks and to walk on leashes, they socialize well with other animals and settle easily into "part of the family".  Which make them great family pets, they are the dog of the cat world.  Not known to be pesky but prefers to just "hang out" with it's family never content to be "the cat".  They have an affinity to water and can be found scooping the top of the water bowls before drinking or laying in the bathroom sink. Probably the most unique characteristic of the breed is their form of communication, soft chirps and trills, along with meows form their extended vocabulary.   

 

      Salvador at 13mths

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Scammers

They're everywhere!  Buyer beware!  If you see a Maine Coon advertised in Craigslist for $500-$700, 99% of the time it is a scam.  Check multiple Craigslist locations and you will find the identical add in almost every state.  These scammers use Zell for their money exchange.  It's expensive to raise Maine Coons.  The initial investments, cattery expenses, vet costs, testing, premium feeds, these are just daily expenses.  The breeders that show have show and travel expenses as well.  All of these costs ensure that the kittens you receive are exactly what you expect with health guarantees that extend past the sale.  There are always ways to adopt a MC without paying kitten prices.  Ask about a retired Queen or King, even your local shelters may have a mixed breed.  If you have your heart set on a purebred MC ask you breeder about a payment plan.  Kittens stay with a breeder for 12-16wks, payments can be made in this time.  There is always a way to achieve your hearts desire!