ABOUT US, KITTEN & CATTERY INFO
Restrictions: We do not allow our kittens to be
declawed or let outdoors. Those who are unfamiliar with the risks
associated with these practices are encouraged to review the ample
evidence supporting these restrictions.
Declawing What You Need To Know:
written by Dr. Christianne Schelling D.V.M.
Your Maine Coon
kitten comes with our Coonificent Kitten Contract, with health
guarantee, vaccination certification, and veterinary health record. All
litters receive the recommended 'best practice' veterinary healthcare
based on AAFP & AFM guidelines.
Feline Vaccination Links -http://www.catvaccines.com/feline_vaccination_guidelines.htm
for Cats: Helpful or Harmful?" by Dr. Don Hamilton -
We guarantee our kittens are FeLV and FIV negative, and
are in sound health when they leave our home. All kittens are placed
with a written health record and our standard contract includes a health
All of our breeding cats have been screened to ensure
that they don't carry the MyBPC3 genetic mutation believed to be linked
to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in Maine Coons . They also have
routine echocardiograms starting at 1-2 yrs of age to screen for HCM.
While this routine testing ensures that they don't have HCM at the time
of the screening, unfortunately there is no way at present to determine
whether any cat will develop HCM in the future.
Kitten buyers who meet our adoption criteria are encouraged to come
visit our cattery to learn more about the breed and see how our furry
family members are cared for and how our kittens are raised. Our kittens
can have visitors once they have had their initial physical exams and
immunizations. This is typically when the kittens are approximately 10
weeks of age.
Kittens can go to their new homes at 14-16 weeks of age.
We do not ship pet kittens, but are willing to help buyers
coordinate optimal travel arrangements for our kittens.
Our pet kittens are $900.
If you are interested in a kitten and want us to hold it for you, we
require a $100 deposit. Although a rare occurrence, sometimes it is
necessary to keep a kitten with a deposit on it because we determine
that the kitten is needed in our show/breeding program to insure that we
retain a certain pedigree to ensure the survival of specific Maine Coon
heritage. In that unlikely event, your deposit will either be refunded
in full <or>, if requested, applied toward the cost of the next
available kitten of your choice. We do not maintain a waiting list for
Preparing for Your New Kitten
Maine Coons love to perch atop cat trees, so we strongly
recommend that you purchase one. We can provide guidance with choosing
the right cat tree to meet your needs. Our favorite trees are made by
Arty Mitchell, owner of Arubacats.
Just as with human diets, nutrition is critical to your
cat's health. Prior to picking up your kitten, we will provide you with
nutritional guidance. We use premium cat food, along with daily vitamin
& probiotic supplements. We will send your kitten home with a supply of
food to support his/her transition. You will want to mix this with the
food you choose to feed to avoid issues with your kitten's digestion
through the transition period.
Buyers must provide a carrier for your kitten's travel to
his/her new home.
Your kitten will be provided with a few favorite toys
upon adoption. Cat shows are ideal events to find special & unusual cat
toys. Maine Coons particularly love to chase laser lights, teasers and
toys constructed of feathers or fur.
Right Maine Coon Breeder:
An excellent source of information is the Maine Coon FAQ
Sheet. Also, contact MCBFA, the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers
Association. Cat Fancier's Association also has a good discussion of the
breed at their site on the Maine Coon Breed Council page.
Here's another good link that is a source of information
about the importance of working with a reputable breeder & for anyone
who is considering becoming a breeder.
Breeder/Show Kitten or Stud Inquiries:
We occasionally sell kittens with show or breeding rights
to established catteries. Interested catteries must provide:
references from 3 reputable breeders
historical test records of their breeding cats that demonstrate
screening for known health risks including FIV/FELV, HCM
(including cardiac ultrasounds, echocardiograms and MyBPC3 genetic
testing), hip dysplasia & gum disease.
Digital images of your home and cattery. It is our philosophy that
breeding cats must not be kept caged and must live in your household as
part of the family.
Stud Services:With the exception for a small group of breeders whom we
currently work with, we do not provide outside stud service.
our Cats and Kittens: While
health and temperament are our first priorities & paramount to our
program (as described above), there is nothing more stunning than a
Maine Coon cat, or cuter than a Maine Coon kitten. Our lines reflect a 'typey'
feral appearance, including large ears, set high on the head, with
generous lynx tips and tufting; the signature MC profile; strong, square
muzzles when viewed head on, good length and alignment of muzzle in the
profile view; strong boning & musculature, good size, long bushy tails
and excellent coat quality.
Our cats include lots of variations in color, pattern &
shading. Check out the pictures of our girls, boys & kittens to get an
idea of our lines.
Colors: our litters typically include many color
variations such as
brown, black, and blue, with or without
tortoiseshell variations, and with or without white
Patterns: classic & ticked tabbies and torbies
(tortoiseshell tabbies), solids and torties (tortoiseshell solids)
Shading: silver tabbies and smoke solids
Size: the average weight for full-grown male Maine Coons is 16-22
pounds & for full-grown female Maine Coons is 12-16 pounds. While size
is highlighted in this breed, our program is careful to avoid size being
the main criteria for any breeding cat. While it is very important to
evaluate a cat's boning and musculature as a components of their overall
Locating Maine Coon Cats or Kittens:In
your quest for your pure breed cat, it is important that you do your
homework and find the
breed & breeder.
Read as much as you can about the breed's strengths and risks, to ensure
that you are making the right choice for you & your family. Reach out
to several breeders to ensure the right fit for you. Visit several local
cat shows and Maine Coon catteries as you explore your options.
The relationship between you and your breeder is a long term commitment
on both sides.
There are many Maine Coon Cat breeders in the North
America and most are very responsible and committed to the preservation
and protection of this very special and beloved breed. We welcome your
inquiries to assist you with the process. We place many of our kittens
locally in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. We believe it is best
for prospective owners to actually visit the cattery before purchasing a
kitten, in order to be comfortable with the way the cats are maintained
and how the kittens are being raised.
We are proud of our Maine Coons and our cattery and would
be happy to have you visit if you are seriously considering a Maine Coon
companion. We welcome inquiries from serious, responsible pet owners who
will keep their kittens and cats safely indoors, protected from harm and
undue stress, will provide regular veterinary care, will not de-claw
their kittens and who agree to spay or neuter their pet kittens prior to
nine months of age.
to Feline Health Information:
Mouth & Gum Disease:
is the most common cause of sudden death in felines regardless of breed
or age. HCM is hereditary and can be detected by performing an
ultrasound or echo cardiogram of the heart. If detected early and
treated with medication, a cat with HCM can survive, but will likely
have a shorter than expected life span.