Maine Coon Care
Bigfoot Butterscotch Ripple (aka Bebop)
Basic Cat Care
Cat care is much the same for any cat. Specifically, be sure
to provide your Maine Coon with food, water, sanitary facilities,
time to play, and lots of love.
Remember that an important aspect of cat care is keeping your cat
healthy and safe. See our Health page
for more recommendations.
Below are our recommendations for some of the basic necessities for
a happy Maine Coon life. Your cats may like these too.
We recommend a high-quality pet food such as Nutro, Iams
or similar, with a meat (not cereal) first ingredient. Avoid ground
yellow corn and unspecified "meat by-products". Buy food that
uses Vitamin E rather than chemical
preservatives; some preservatives are toxic!
Nutro Max Cat
(canned), about 1-quarter can each twice a day.
Our cats have free access to crunchies all day -
Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Adult
(All natural with vitamins and minerals. Less
shedding, fewer hairballs. Cleans teeth, freshens breath. Easy to digest
for sensitive stomachs. Guaranteed to improve skin and coat. Wow.
All that, and they like the way it tastes too :-)
Serve food in glass or ceramic food bowls to help prevent feline
acne. We've found that pyrex bowls with flat bottoms and vertical
sides work better than "sloped" dishes. Wash bowls between feedings.
Don't allow leftover wet (canned) food to sit.
For storing dry food, we recommend the
Vittles Vault to keep food
fresh, bug free (and away from inquisitive paws and teeth).
The 30-lb size holds nearly two large bags of crunchies, yet is
compact enough to fit under a counter in our kitchen.
Provide plenty of fresh water.
Maine Coons like to play in their
water bowls. Clean and refill the bowl if water is "played with"
Many Maine Coons like running water. We recommend the
Drinkwell Fresh Water
Fountain and Reservoir.
- Sanitary facilities
Be sure to provide a large-enough litter box
to accomodate the larger Maine Coon size.
Ours is the entire bottom of an otherwise-unused shower stall.
felinefuture.com for ideas on building your own super litter box!
Use a litter both you
and your cat can agree on; if the cats like it, you might want to try
It's a shape that's too
big to track, it changes shape when wetted (so it's easy to scoop),
and it's biodegradable.
Other organic recommendations include
Swheat scoop or
World's Best Cat Litter.
If you prefer a clumping clay litter, try
Precious Cat, a truly
hard clumping (don't flush!), low tracking, dust-free scoopable
that really works... but don't use clumping clay with very young kittens,
Be sure the litter box isn't in a noisy or busy part of your
home; cats like some privacy. And keep the litter box away from the
food and water - would you want to take your meals in the bathroom?
Maine Coons are generally fairly low maintenance cats, but
with their longer coats and poofy tails they
do have some special needs.
We recommend that you maintain a
regular grooming kit,
optimized for grooming a Maine Coon.
All cats like treats. We prefer
Nature's Recipe Optimum Tartar
treats. The cats love the taste; the humans love
the ingredients. Our guys start asking for their bedtime snack at about
10pm. (Never try to tell me Maine Coons can't tell time).
Cats like to munch grass; be sure to use a cat-safe
blend, such as
Cosmic Kitty Herbs.
Our cats like grass so much we built them a
Many cats also like catnip. You can
grow your own fresh, or buy high-quality organic dried leaves.
Play with your Maine Coon. Interactive toys are especially
good, for example, feathers on a string or a stick. Many Maine Coons
will play "fetch" with a fuzzy ball or a soft mouse toy.
catnip blowing bubbles
and interactive toys such as the
Interchangeable Cat Activity
Toy System and the
We also love the
Wooly Bully Mouse.
Be sure to provide plenty of
for climbing and scratching posts or
pads for scratching.
Examine all toys as you would for a child; discard worn or broken toys,
remove small parts that could be swallowed, and put away toys with strings,
feathers, streamers, or dangly parts when play isn't supervised.
Maine Coons, like all cats, flourish on love. They will
gladly share a nap, settle in for some lap time, watch t.v. with you,
help you with your daily activities. Talk to them and many will talk
to you. Maine Coons are feline teddy bears and your best buddies.
If you have dry skin (who doesn't in the winter) and want a truly
fragrance-free moisturizing cream that won't make your cats wrinkle their
noses and leave the room, try the
line of creams, lotions, and soaps, e.g. Aveeno daily
moisturizing lotion for dry skin;
Aveeno moisturizing lotion, itch relief with natural colloidal oatmeal. No
alcohol. No animal testing. Actually fragrance free (as opposed to smells
like something other than flowers). And not only that, it works.
Available at stores both physical and online. Try
www.medichest.com if you can't
find it anywhere else.
- Cat Secrets -
How to keep your cat happy, healthy, and disease free.
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or to tell us about your wonderful trusted Maine Coon breeder so we can
add them to this site, please
contact: Vicki Brown
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