Maine Coon Cats for Sale in Scotland
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The large domesticated Maine Coon is an older breed of cat that is native to New England. He hardy enough to survive the tough North-East American winters and he is actually known as the official cat in the US state of Maine! He became a show-cat back in the 1800s, but fell out of popularity in 1900 at the arrival of the posher Persian cat.
From the 1950’s, however, cat fanciers began to take more notice of them again and to breed and show them and now the Maine Coon is a popular pedigree breed the world over for his affectionate nature and easy to groom coat.
As a large and handsome breed of cat, the Maine Coon is thought to have been developed over a century ago when seamen travelling to the New England took long-haired (Angora-type) cats with them which then bred with short-haired domestic cats.
The name Maine Coon comes from a theory that these large cats with their thick, bushy tails also had also bred sometime along the way with raccoons – though as an entirely different species, this would have been biologically impossible!
If you’re looking for a Maine Coon for sale in Scotland, then you should know that this is a cat that likes to hang-out with his owner. Though he is not a likely lap-cat, he will most definitely be your buddy and sit by your side. He’ll also follow you from room-to-room and wait for you when you’re at the other side of a closed door. He likes human company and doesn’t like to be left alone for long periods.
The rugged-looking Maine Coon is a relaxed cat by nature; easy going, kittenish and playful throughout his life. He was once a professional mouser on farms and ships – and he can now be trained to play fetch! This big cat also prefers to play on the ground rather than viewing life from a height like other cats and he can even be trained to walk on a leash like a dog!
Males of the species can be rather clown-like, while females are a bit more reserved, however, both males and females like to get involved with their owner’s activities, which can be amusing as they like to be seen to help.
The Maine Coon is an intelligent breed that gets on well with children, though as with all pets, children should be taught to respect the cat’s boundaries and that he probably won’t want to be lifted. He also gets on well with other cats and dogs.
He has a rather endearing and quiet voice for a big cat and does not meow. Instead, he will use his distinctive chirping vocals at times to get his owners to play with him and to entice other cats to mate.
Description of the Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is a pretty cool character. He’s a rather large feline specimen; handsome and rugged – he’s a bit of a Hugh Jackman on the cat scene!
The Maine Coon is a well-built, rectangular-shaped cat, with a proud head that is slightly longer than it is wide, though owners should note that he will not grow to his full-size until he is 3-5 years old.
Facially, he has high cheekbones and large ears that are well-tufted on the inside and on the tips. He also has large, round and expressive eyes. The Maine Coon’s neck is quite long and he also has a long torso and a broad chest. His raccoon-like thick and bushy tail is as long as his body and he would use this in the harsh winters in New England to wrap around himself for warmth. He also has heavily furred paw bootees and these would act as snow-shoes!
Historically, there have never been any restrictions on the colour-ways of a Maine Coon and this means that he comes in just about every colour of coat and eyes through green and gold to blue and even dual coloured-eyes – even one blue and one gold in white coloured cats.
The Maine Coon’s shaggy, layered coat is like that of no other cat breed you might pet. It is heavy, glossy and waterproof and perfectly suited to a harsher climate. His coat is longer on the ruff, stomach and legs and shorter on his back and neck to prevent tangling in the undergrowth.
The Maine Coon is the largest of the domestic cat breeds and weighs in between 5.5 – 8 kgs for a male and 4-5 kgs for a female. This cat can also average around 25-40 cm in height and be around 1 metre in length!
If you’re looking for a Maine Coon kitten for sale in Scotland, it’s worth knowing that they can live between 12 and 16 years old. This a fair commitment to any cat, but he will make an affectionate and loyal family companion.
If you’re looking for a Maine Coon kitten for sale in Scotland, then you should know that he’s a high-energy feline! Hunting is in his blood and the Maine Coon loves to be able to roam as he did when he was a mouser. As such may be a better pet for country-dwellers who can provide a safer environment for him to roam around in.
If kept as an indoor pet, the Maine Coon needs to be given lots to do and plenty of places to hide. He will also need lots of little places to nap as he loves to cat-nap during the day too.
Owners need only brush the Maine Coon’s coat once or per week to keep it looking good. He will shed more in Spring and Autumn months when owners may need to brush him more regularly. The Maine Coon also needs to have his ears cleaned on a regular basis so that wax doesn’t build up and cause infection. Cats are also prone to ear mites and prevention is easier than cure simply by looking after their ears.
The adult Maine Coon should be fed small meals several times per day and drinking water should always be available.
Cost of Keeping a Maine Coon
If you’re looking for a Maine Coon cat for sale in Scotland, you should expect to pay in the region of £300 to £500 for a kitten from a reputable breeder. Owners should do their homework before buying one.
To keep a marvellous Maine Coon in your life will cost an average of £30 to £60 per month. This allows for all grooming, insurance, feeding, spaying/neutering and vaccination costs.