I love both equally, but I really need to make up my mind.
Is there someone out there who can give me pros and cons of each?
Ragdolls only come in pointed or pointed and white. Maine Coons come in all colors except pointed or the chocolate/lilac colors. IMO Raggys may be easier on the grooming side as they don't mat as much having silkier fur.
Given the choice (cause I won't own any long hair cat) I'd go with the Raggys cause its less grooming.
True, but my regular kitties were also spay/neutered, all shots, FELV tested, wormed, and given a health guarantee for $35 + a voluntary donation.
My girlfriend will be getting a shelter kitty, because that is what she has wanted. But I would rather have a breeder kitten, that's just my preference.
I have two ragdolls and I'd never have any other breed. I also have some basic cats that I love dearly, but there's something very special about my rags. My 'Angel' is the sweetest cat I've ever had or met. She's super affectionate, obedient, clean... just adorable. She comes when I call her name and answers with a little yeow? I've had my rags 8 years now and they've been a total delight. Angels sister from the same litter is Bruinhilda -- Hilda for short. She's a 25 lb baby girl with stunning blue eyes. The two have very different personalities but both are very laid back and groovy. I've never had a Maine Coon but from what owners have told me they're much busier than rags. My rags almost never meow unless they want something and they let you know what they want. I agree too that if you can don't buy, adopt. I never have to adopt. Since I live on a farm, I seem to run my own amateur shelter. People drop cats off at my place. The ones who choose to be outdoor cats live in my tack room and the others are brought in the house. They know who they want to be. Also, as other posters have said. My cat Angel picked me and my son's cat Hilda picked him. It was love at first sight. And lest I sound like a total crazy cat lady. I only have four.
I adopted a 12-yr old Maine Coon who had been mentally abused who lived another 5 yrs. I called him Rumpus
I am also fostering a black with grey Maine Coon mix (no lynx tufts, but loads of hair, short thick legs, big ruff) who is very sweet and lovable but also had been mentally abused (alcoholic mom, and dad who was scared of cats and so constantly threatened the poor cat with his cane wherever he wen to keep the cat out of his way). Patrick is 3 yrs old and scared of everything, hiding behind a daybed, only comes out at night to eat, drink and use litter box. I can reach behind the bed to pet him which he loves and starts to purr but I can' t get him out from behind the bed. It will take some time before he will be ready to be adopted.. As you can see the mixes are as beautiful as the pure-bred.as you can also see this poor black cat is so scared he won't come out, he's just a black blob between the wall and the trundle bed (I pulled the mattress off the the trundle and you can see him through the springs. He has spent time at a cat hotel and then at a vet's in a cage. Now he is with me in a room by himself, no other cats are allowed in that room. Poor baby.
There are many breed-specific rescues and because both Maine Coons and Ragdolls are popular breeds, an unfortunate number of them will find themselves in a rescue or a shelter. Locally, there was someone trying to rehome TWENTY-SIX adult Ragdoll cats which had belonged to her and her mother, as she was getting evicted.