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Do maine coons get treated different than other cats? Should they not be around other animals, like cats, and people aswell?
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Do maine coons get treated different than other cats? Should they not be around other animals, like cats, and people aswell?
I'm not quite sure I understand your question, but I will try to answer. Maine Coons are very friendly loving cats. They generally love people and other animals too. They are also very intelligent and need a lot of mental stimulation.

Maine Coons always keep their "Kittenish" personalities. They love to play! They also love attention and are very affectionate and love to keep you company.

They are also much bigger than most cats and take between 3 to 5 years to reach their full growth. Twenty to twenty-five pounds. The females get even bigger than the males.

Does this help?
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It has been my experience that generally Maine Coons are great friendly (sometimes dog-like) cats. Now, that doesn't account for personalities and we have all known individual kitties that want to be alone
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I'm not quite sure I understand your question, but I will try to answer. Maine Coons are very friendly loving cats. They generally love people and other animals too. They are also very intelligent and need a lot of mental stimulation.

Maine Coons always keep their "Kittenish" personalities. They love to play! They also love attention and are very affectionate and love to keep you company.

They are also much bigger than most cats and take between 3 to 5 years to reach their full growth. Twenty to twenty-five pounds. The females get even bigger than the males.

Does this help?
A full-grown female typically weighs between 9-12 pounds and males tend to be in the 13 to 18 pound range. 25 pounds is possible, but certainly is not the norm.
This information can be found on the CFA and TICA breed profile for Maine Coons.
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Ok...my friend just got one and she has to wait a little before she can bring it to her place so I am letting her keep it at my place. But she is keeping him in a room by himself and she told me not to let him out or let any people or any of my pets, even my cat, near him. She said the breeder told her to do this because he is shy and it would stress him out and he cant be socilized till after 3 weeks. It doesnt make sense. I do not see the harm in it. I do not agree with him being locked in a room though :S. Apparently Maine coons are "different" and need to be treated different.
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Oh ok, now I understand the situation!

What the breeder is requesting is what is known as a "quarantine". It's for the safety of all parties around. It's generally a good idea to quarantine newbies from other pets until the noob is acclimitized to it's new environment, that's all.

As for Maine Coons being treated differently, absolutely NOT! I have two in my home (I'm an Abyssinian breeder), a multitude of Abys and right now, a visiting Norwegian Forest Cat...(if you go to my website you can see my current show cats). What may be "different" if at all is that Maine Coons require grooming at least twice a week (just like the Norwegians).

Maine Coons are known as the Gentle Giants for good reason..they are extremely gentle, be it with humans or other animals. There's been a lot of posturing in my home (especially in my own bedroom where the show cats are kept) but never any fighting.

Males (depending on bloodlines) tend to grow up to max some 20lbs and females max 14lbs. There are of course bigger cats in the Maine Coons but as Kai Bengals said, not the norm. The two I have in my home now are just under two years and about 17lbs and 6 months, about 9lbs now, maybe a bit more.

I hope this helps alleviate some fears...btw the MCO kitten in my home thinks he's an Aby...not such a good thing I think since he's learned how to dive bomb!
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A full-grown female typically weighs between 9-12 pounds and males tend to be in the 13 to 18 pound range. 25 pounds is possible, but certainly is not the norm.
This information can be found on the CFA and TICA breed profile for Maine Coons.
Wow thanks for that information. I'm rather shocked because my male is 20 lbs and he is only 2 and 1/2 years old and still growing, and he's not overweight, All the Maine Coon breeders I have spoken to all told me that the females get to 25 - 30 lbs in size! And I have seen pictures! In fact I saw a picture of a female that must have been 2 feet long! I'm not exaggerating honest!
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Many years ago I had a Maine Coon. He was the sweetest boy ever and was with me for 16 years. He was extremely intelligent, loving and good with everyone. It was so fun to watch how he used his paws like hands, picking up food and nabbing bugs out of mid flight. Lambert was fairly large growing to about 20lbs at his heaviest.
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A quarantine period of 3 weeks away from other animals is a good idea, and introductions (as with any new cat) need to be done gradually to ensure harmony, and should involve initial separation while scent-swaps are done to acclimatise existing residents to the smell of the new cat and vice versa. It is also best to keep any new cat, especially a kitten, confined to one room at first so that they can adjust to their new surroundings, gradually letting them explore the rest of the house when they are fully settled in.

If he is only spending a short time at your home then it makes no sense to begin an introduction to your other pets, so keeping him confined away from the others is best, both in terms of health and stress for all the pets involved.
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Whatever gave you that idea? A maine coon is no different then any other cat. They get along fine with other cats, dogs, people. They do require 2-3 times a week in grooming tho


Shayanne - MC males are big but not that big - full grown ones average 15-17 lbs. Some might get to 20 but usually not and if they are, then theres a chance they are overweight

And females are SMALLER then males - they may only get to 10-13 lbs when grown. Females in all breeds are smaller then the males.
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Shayanne - MC males are big but not that big - full grown ones average 15-17 lbs. Some might get to 20 but usually not and if they are, then theres a chance they are overweight


At 20lbs my old Maine Coon boy was too "robust" and was put on a diet. He was a large boy with a big bones, but 18lbs would have been a leaner more healthier weight for him. He tended to put weight on very fast. Unfortunately, back then I didn't know any better and fed him Science Diet because that is what the Vet said was the best food.
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My aunt's Maine Coon--at least we think that was what he is; he was a stray kitten, but he grew up to look and act just like the MC's in the book--used to chase coyotes out of the yard.
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