The Maine Coon can live in the house very well, and this happens all the time. The Maine Coon must have enough toys to play with. Otherwise, the Maine Coon will get bored quickly, because a Maine Coon likes to run around in his time. A Maine Coon certainly needs a BIG and STEVIG scratching post.
Why does a Maine Coon need a large and sturdy scratching post?
A Maine Coon is a big cat that weighs quite a few pounds. If you buy a cheap and small scratching post, there is a very good chance that the scratching post will be broken within a week. The Maine Coon will quickly get bored. If a Maine Coon doesn’t have enough play possibilities and if you don’t give the Maine Coon enough attention or something to do, the Maine Coon will play and demolish with the furniture in the house. The Maine Coon does this purely out of boredom.
Examples of fun toys are:
- A piece of aluminum foil.
- Ball of wool.
- Pingpong ball.
- A piece of rope.
- Stuff of paper.
- A box.
- Cardboard bag or box.
- Toy mice.
- Feather sticks.
Particular brands make unique, large, and sturdy scratching posts for large cat breeds, such as the Maine Coon. Some breeders have built a whole outdoor run in their garden for their Maine Coon so that the Maine Coon can walk not only around inside but also outside. This is different for every owner and every breeder.
The housing for a pregnant Maine Coon cat
First of all, a special farrowing room has to be made in advance where the mother can give birth and then stay with the kittens. It is best to make a separate room for this so that diseases have as little chance as possible of spreading when several cats or other pets are living in the house. Every breeder has his farrowing room in his own way. There is no such thing as a perfect farrowing room.
There are different types of whelping boxes available. The best thing to do is to make a separate room available as a farrowing area because the mother with the kittens should be able to get enough rest. This is also useful when you have several cats. In that room, you need a whelping box or a cage. This is an essential part of the farrowing room because the mother will always be lying here with the kittens.
Furthermore, it’s up to you to choose natural materials for the litter room. It’s also up to you to choose the colors of the throwing area and whether you put a cupboard in the throwing area to store useful things you need for the delivery. This makes no further difference.
Maine Coons with other animals
A pregnant Maine Coon cat can live with other cats in the house or in another environment. Some breeders have made a particular outdoor run in the garden for their Maine Coons. Also, here a pregnant Maine Coon cat can live very well. But you have to make sure that when it is icy outside, the female cat can go inside. This should always be possible, but when the female is pregnant, this is extra important. The Maine Coon can live in a large villa, but the Maine Coon could also live in a small apartment. This also has to do with the character of the Maine Coon. The Maine Coon is an adorable, accessible, caring, and intelligent cat, so you will soon see that the Maine Coon will feel at home anywhere.
When the female is a couple of weeks pregnant, the pregnant female must already met the room where she will give birth and where she will stay with the kittens for a couple of weeks. It’s crucial that at least once a day, the female can go to the ”throwing room”, so she knows the room when she is going to give birth and will feel safe in it. This provides less stress.
Housing during labor.
A few days to a week before the delivery and during the birth of the Maine Coon female, she must stay in the farrowing room, where she has already been introduced to, as mentioned above (also here every breeder has her own way of working! This is just what you like and like working!).
The housing during the period when the kittens drink milk with the mother.
As mentioned above, in this period, the Maine Coon mother must stay with the kittens all the time, because she is the one who has to deliver the milk to the kittens and because the kittens need to drink milk regularly from the mother to get enough nutrients. The kittens should, of course, be able to grow well. So it’s best to let the mother stay with the kittens in the house farrowing room.
The mother usually lies down in the farrowing cage on her own. The whelping pen has to be on the floor because if you have the whelping cage high up, there is a big chance the kittens can fall down, because they don’t know a difference in height in the first weeks and then this can have nasty consequences. What is useful is that the door of the cage stays open so that the mother cat can stretch her legs a bit in the delivery room, but still be with the kittens.
The housing of the offspring
The kittens stay with their mother all the time until they are allowed to live with the new owner. After about 4/5 weeks, the mother wants to distance herself more and more from the kittens. This also differs per litter. This can be earlier, but also later. You will notice when the mother has had enough of the kittens. It is important that the kittens can still go to their old familiar place (in this case, the farrowing room), but that the kittens will also discover several rooms in the house, for example, the living room. Of course, every breeder also has his own space and his own way of breeding and housing Maine Coons.
Most breeders often let the kittens get used to the other cats and the rest of the house after about five weeks, so the kittens will know this when they are allowed to live with their new owner because they will undoubtedly also be allowed in the living room. If you don’t let them get used to that, the kittens will get very scared. They must go back to sleep in the mother’s room in the evening with the door closed because then the kittens will be safe.
Keep an eye out for the kittens
After all, when you sleep, you can’t see what happens to the kittens. You can also let the kittens walk in the garden or in the cat run when you have them, so the kittens can get used to the outside and know the impressions as well, because with one new owner the kittens may be allowed outside and with the other owner they may not.
However, the kittens must be watched continuously. So you always have to look where the kittens are and what they are doing, so nothing can happen. What’s very important is that the kittens still have a small scratching post and some toys at their disposal, like, for example, toy mice or balls with bells and feather sticks.