ABOUT US, KITTEN & CATTERY INFO

 

Buyer 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: Declawing What You Need To Know: written by Dr. Christianne Schelling D.V.M.
http://www.declawing.com
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/11/15/declawing-torture-cats.aspx

Outdoor risks: http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-becker/why-my-cats-live-outdoors-but-yours-should-stay-in
http://www.petplace.com/cats/the-great-debate-indoor-versus-outdoor-cats/page1.aspx
http://www.thedailycat.com/health/safety/outdoor_cat_dangers/index.html#axzz2ONXn8Wvv

Health Information: 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
"Vaccinations for Cats: Helpful or Harmful?" by Dr. Don Hamilton - http://www.holisticat.com/vaccinations.html

 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 guarantee.

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.

Visits: 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.

Timing:  Kittens can go to their new homes at 14-16 weeks of age.
Shipping:  We do not ship pet kittens, but are willing to help buyers coordinate optimal travel arrangements for our kittens.
Pricing:  Our pet kittens are $900. 

Deposits: 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 future litters.

Preparing for Your New Kitten
Cat Trees:  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. http://www.arubacat.com/

Nutrition:  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.


Kitten Pick-up:
Buyers must provide a carrier for your kitten's travel to his/her new home.

Toys:  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.

Finding the 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. http://www.fanciers.com/breed-faqs/maine-coon-faq.html
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. http://www.mcbfa.org/breedcats.html

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.

Appearance of 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 red, cream, brown, black, and blue, with or without tortoiseshell variations, and with or without white markings.
 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 size.

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 right 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. 

 Links to Feline Health Information:
Feline Mouth & Gum Disease:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2121&aid=368
http://www.dentalvet.com/vets/cats/LPGS.htm

 Feline Heart Disease:HCM 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. http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/cliented/hcm.asp

Hip Dysplasia: http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/health/hip-dysplasia.html

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Photos on this site by Helmi Flick & Chanan