Are Maine Coons Good Pets For Seniors

For anyone who has been wondering whether or not they should buy a pet, the answer is finally here! 

Senior citizens have many considerations to take into account before committing on an animal. 

If you are elderly and debating getting a Maine Coon as your next companion then this guide will serve as the ultimate resource for what you need to know when selecting one of these furry bundles of fun.

So, are Maine Coons good for seniors?

Maine Coons make surprisingly good pets for seniors. Despite their larger size they are very good natured cats. They are loyal, will follow you around, be interested in what you do, and they are even talkative with the famous Maine Coon trill. While Maine Coons are very affable in nature they will need daily care.

They have a long double layered coat which needs grooming. If daily care isn’t viable then a Maine Coon, nor any other cat would not be a good idea.

If you are worried about caring for a new Maine Coon then don’t be fooled by the common misconception that they’re low maintenance. 

You’ll need to give them a ton of love and attention every day, which is usually achievable for most seniors.

That’s why Maine Coons are so popular among senior citizens – they don’t require much more than some playtime!

a maine coon close up

Maine Coons Make Great Companions

Maine Coons are a good size for seniors. 

They are big enough to be large, but not so big that they require too much work or attention. 

They have a lot of personality and tend to like people more than other cats. 

A lot of seniors are looking for a companion that is easy to handle. They are also looking for a cat that won’t run away when they need them the most due to mobility issues.

Maine Coons are perfect because they stay close and cuddly, but don’t require constant attention like some other cats do.

Maine Coons are very social and can be quite talkative.

Maine Coons are quite vocal and can talk to their owners. It’s called the Maine Coon trill.

They chirp or they will purr loudly when happy. 

Some Maine Coons have a lot of energy, so seniors with limited mobility may not want one as a pet because they need some exercise every day.

However, if you’re looking for a cat that doesn’t require any more physical activity than petting it occasionally, the Maine Coon might be perfect!

Maine Coons don’t love being left alone either but won’t destroy your house while you are gone since they only scratch furniture at most in order to mark territory. 

This is less likely to happen with an older person living on their own.

Maine Coons like to know what their owner is doing, and will follow most seniors around the house.

a maine coon lying down

Maine Coons Bond With Their Owners

Maine Coons form a bond with their owners. Maine Coons are known for being intelligent, playful, and loyal animals that will form an unbreakable connection with you.

Maine Coons need social interaction, so they are perfect for seniors who want to stay active.

Like other cats, Maine Coons can serve as an excellent companion animal because they enjoy human company and have few health problems.

Maine Coons require grooming due to their long hair but it is easy enough that a senior citizen can take care of them at home with the right equipment.

This might even be a great activity for those interested in pet therapy!

They are also relatively inexpensive pets compared to many others, making them accessible for everyone from single cat owners on up.

It’s worth noting that Maine coons have no odor whatsoever if cared for properly. 

The only downside is their size-they tend to be large animals which may not fit well into smaller living spaces.

Maine Coons will follow their owners around the house and provide plenty of amusement as they explore every nook and cranny-perfect for someone who needs something to keep themselves busy during retirement years or live alone most days.

Alita the maine coon outside on a handrail

Maine Coons Will Need Daily Care

Although the daily care of Maine Coons is not overly strenuous, they require a moderate amount of exercise each day.

This is also true for seniors, and it can be easier to provide Maine Coons with the care that they need when living on their own.

Maine Coons are also very good cats to take on a walk and don’t have a tendency to run away.

The first task is Maine Coons need their environment cleaned daily.

They are naturally clean animals and they will groom themselves, but you should still keep their litter box clean and make sure that it is a big enough size for them.

The second task is Maine Coons need fresh food and clean water every day to help them stay healthy.

The Maine Coon diet consists of high-quality dry cat food, or wet food as a supplement rich in protein. Freshwater should be available to your Maine Coon at all times and replaced everyday.

The third task is Maine Coons need social interaction. They need to be the social center of attention.

This is something that seniors can do with their Maine Coon, but it’s important for them not to over-do it and exhaust themselves or make the cat feel neglected by always leaving them alone.

You want a balance between human time and pet time when you have a senior  living at home

Alita the Maine Coon outside on a lead


The Maine Coon is a great pet for seniors because they are loyal, easy to get on with, affable and friendly. 

They also need daily care which can be difficult for some seniors but it’s important that the cat gets this attention. 

It’s not uncommon for Maine Coons to show affection by rubbing against their owners or sitting next to them while they watch TV or read. 

Dogs may often express themselves in ways that are more obvious than cats do so if you have trouble reading your furry friend’s signals then consider getting a Maine Coon as an alternative!

About the Author


My name is Ann and I have been looking after and breeding cats since 2013. I am currently the proud ownder of Alita, a female Maine Coon to whom I've dedicated this site. She has had 2 litters and is around 3 years old. We share adventures and stories together.

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