<< Are your MCs as high maintenance as a persian would be in the grooming department?>>
Oh, no, I donâ€™t think so! From what Iâ€™ve read about Persians, they need to be groomed every day without fail. But these guys will mat after a few days without brushing. We brought Shachar home from a breeder who had just poofed and puffed him for a show. He looked great! Seeing as he was new, I didnâ€™t want to start brushing him right away until heâ€™d gotten used to everything and I waited about five days before I brushed him. Well, sure enough, he had a few mats under his belly near his hind legs. I havenâ€™t noticed the top of the â€˜coons needing to be groomed much, but the underside gets curly and can mat quickly, from what Iâ€™ve experienced. Apparently, every MC can be different, though, because I did speak to one breeder who told me that she has a MC who almost never needs brushing - but I donâ€™t think this is typical.
<<I think the original poster mentioned she had persians, so it probably won't be a big deal to her anyway.>>
Oh, yes, I missed that in her signature.
<<Did you get your cats from a breeder? They sound like maybe they weren't very well socialized as kittens. How old are they?>>
We got Arek from a shelter, heâ€™s 3 years old and not only do I think he wasnâ€™t socialized very well, I also think he was abused in his former home. The people who had him DUMPED him in the drop box, with a note attached saying that he was â€œdumber than a pile of rocks.â€ How smart did they need their cat to be???!!!
Needless to say, he is very leery of people. Weâ€™ve spoken to a breeder who does behavioral work with cats and she gave us some suggestions and weâ€™re working with him on this. He does let me pet him in the mornings, now. Weâ€™ll get there eventually.
Shachar was bought from a breeder. Weâ€™ve only had him here for a little over a week - he is NOT timid at all (heâ€™s into EVERYTHING) but for some reason I donâ€™t understand, he hasnâ€™t liked a lot of attention since he got here, either. I KNOW he wasnâ€™t like this in his old home, so I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s wrong. Iâ€™m starting to think that there is something wrong with me. Is it possible for cats to simply NOT like certain people? NONE of my cats are very friendly, except Pipsi. Shachar will get up and walk away when I pet him, too. Iâ€™m trying not to handle him very much in hopes that he just needs time to get used to things around here. The weird thing is that the first two days he was here, he was crawling all over me. And then for some reason, he just stopped and now heâ€™ll walk away when I pet him and I have NO IDEA what Iâ€™ve done!
<<Are all maine coons that shy when first brought into a new home? At what age did you get your Rina. Worries me slightly as i've never ever had an issue with shy cats/kittens->>
Arek was 3 when we got him, and Shachar is 2. Please, if you know of anything I could do differently, please tell me. My husband has come home to find me in tears a few timesâ€¦ I love these cats, and I feel like such a failure!
Iâ€™m sorry this has been so long!