Maine Coons are known as an American breed of cat, originating from the State of Maine in the United States.
Their history is somewhat open to interpretation but seafarers from Western Europe possibly used them for ship cats because of their excellent mousing skills.
These cats could have bred with local cats to produce what’s now known as the Maine Coon.
So have Maine Coons been isolated on the American continent or have they made their way back to Europe?
If you want one, can you get a Maine Coon cat in the UK?
Maine Coons are easily available in the UK. They are very popular in the US and the UK, as well as other parts of the world. They are for sale in many counties and there are several UK breeders specializing in the breed.
If you are in the UK and want a Maine Coon, then you won’t have a problem finding one.
They are quite prevalent, but let’s run through a few other things you might want to know.
It’s difficult to give a straight answer to this question as Maine Coons come in many different colors, patterns, and the price between a purebred vs a mixed Maine coon differs.
Purebred Maine Coon kittens are on average priced at around £1000-£1300.
Quite frankly the range is quite wide so you can pay anywhere between £400 to £1500 for a kitten with Maine Coon features.
A mixed breed can be cheaper, as can a slightly older cat.
If you want to buy an adult Maine Coon, then prices will vary depending on age and health, although you can expect to pay less for a Maine Coon if it’s well beyond the kitten stage.
Yes, Maine Coons can go outside.
Maine Coons love the outdoors and are very active cats.
Maine Coons are great at climbing trees and certainly have no fear of heights.
The climate in the UK is temperate and well within the tolerances of a Maine Coons ability to stay warm.
In the colder months, November through to March, the North of the UK can experience quite drastic colds, so it’s best to keep an eye on them during that time.
Cat’s are experts at finding warm places, but ‘cat flaps’ – big ones – might be a solution so your Maine Coon can always find its way indoors to warmth.
The Maine Coon survived in the heavy winters of Maine so the legends go, so the just about freezing temperatures of the UK should be OK.
At least for short periods, their coats are designed for staying warm.
They also need their exercise so getting them outdoors is really important.
A Maine Coon from the UK will still keep those Maine Coon looks and display their legendary personality.
Individual cats aside the breed will be identical, so I wouldn’t worry about personality traits not being there.
Your Maine Coon will still have those very distinctive looks, while acting and behaving in many ways like a dog.
It will have an affable and friendly nature way beyond anything you expect, so it’s not really an issue.
Maine Coons are the same throughout the world in temperament.
Well, for a start I’ve compiled my very own list of breeders in the UK, which you can check out here.
There’s also a website called pets4homes which you can go to here.
They are a website specializing in pet advertising where you can specify the breed of cat and search.
There will be hundreds of Maine Coons on there at any one time, so you should see something you like.
There are also many RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) shelters and cat trusts where you can inquire.
There you have it, Maine Coons in the UK.
If you want one and are from the UK then buying a Maine Coon in the UK is relatively straightforward.
There are plenty of sellers, from mixed breed, to amateur and professional breeders.
You might just need to do a little research before getting one.
They’re great cats and worth the effort!
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