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The Maine Coon Kitten Guide – Everything You Need To Know

Maine Coons are known for their amazing personality and uncharacteristic size.

A fully grown adult Maine Coon will develop into a gentle giant and become a much loved part of the family.

First, they have some growing to do.

Maine Coon kittens are often mistaken for being fully-grown cats when they’re still quite young because of their sizable stature and physique.

There’s a wide variety of kittens out there to choose from, but let’s delve into what you need to know about taking care of a Maine Coon kitten.

a maine coon kitten close up

A Maine Coon Kitten NEEDS Your Help

Most new owners of a Maine Coon kitten will get them around the 12 week period after birth.

The Maine Coon develops and matures over a longer timeframe than most other breeds.

They will finish growing after 3 to 5 years – not a typo.

During this period it has a lot of growing up to do, learn social norms, and experience to gain.

They will gain much through living their life, but they will need your help to make the most of it.

Maine Coon Kitten Development

Maine Coon kittens are typically sold to their new owners somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks of age.

It is very unlikely you will receive one earlier than 12 weeks, and if you are offered one, you probably shouldn’t pick that seller.

A lot of growing up is done in that 12 weeks, and the kitten needs its mother.

However, in order to understand the kitten journey, here’s what your kitten has gone through so far.

8 Weeks Of Age And Under

The Maine Coon is a cat breed noted for a particularly large size.

Kittens are still vulnerable and unable to survive without their mother before 8 weeks of age.

Kittens are unable to regulate their own body temperature and rely on other kittens in the litter to stay warm.

Early on they will stay huddled to survive.

Kittens are still developing their balance, coordination, and eyesight.

Separation at this early stage from the mother is catastrophic in the wild, and not recommended while in care.

8 To 12 Weeks Of Age

Kittens should stop nursing at 8 weeks old and switch to a specially formulated kitten diet.

Kittens will also start their kitten play.

The ‘ball of string’ phase.

Through play, they are learning the basics of coordination, developing critical skills as they pounce, run, bite, and explore the world around them.

Kittens are naturally curious about their surroundings and need to be kept at a safe distance from any potentially dangerous objects.

12 To 16 Weeks Of Age

The average age range that you’ll receive your Maine Coon kitten from the breeder is twelve to sixteen weeks.

They are healthy enough to change environments, be taken from the care of the mother, and are socially adaptable to take in their new surroundings with relative ease.

Maine Coon kittens are very energetic compared to adult cats.

Maine Coon kittens need to eat a lot to sustain their growth, so make sure they have three or four daily meals with a protein rich diet.

16 To 24 Weeks Of Age

Around the end of this age range, it is recommended to spay or neuter your Maine Coon kitten.

They are heading towards being the equivalent of a teenager so you can imagine what that’s like.

The basics of your Maine Coons individual character will start to develop.

24 Weeks To 12 Months Of Age

During this period Maine Coon kittens will become more comfortable with their surroundings.

They will still have some growing to do, but their development will level out at around 12 months old and they’ll be almost fully grown from here on out – enjoy!

They are among the larger cat breeds when fully grown, so Maine Coon kittens need substantial amounts of food to fuel this growth process.

A growing Maine Coon kitten can eat anywhere between 300-600 calories per day during its first year alone.  

After 12 months they are still considered a kitten, maybe till around 15 months when you can change their diet to adult food.

a maine coon kitten looking at the camera

Maine Coon Kitten Diet

Your kitten’s diet will be different from that of when it grows into an adult.

If you remember one thing, your Maine Coon kitten needs a high protein diet to cement healthy growth.

You should ask the breeder or seller you purchase your Maine Coon kitten from for diet or brands of food they have raised the kitten on.

Changing diets can cause stomach upsets for a few days at the same time they are acclimatizing to their new environment.

The rule of thumb for feeding a 12 week old kitten is small and frequent doses.

Feeding Maine Coon kittens is an all-day event, with food spaced out over the course of a day.

Kittens grow so quickly (some can jump from one pound to two or three in just a few weeks) that they need extra food.

Kitten food is high in protein and contains a larger amount of calories.

Maine Coon kittens have a higher need for protein and amino acids than adult cats, but otherwise, the nutritional needs are the same.

30 to 40% of a kitten’s needs should come through protein – animal products like chicken, turkey, duck, beef, fish, or lamb.

Grain based foods, like ‘tuna and rice’ are typically lower in protein.

Making high quality wet food a major part of your kitten’s diet is recommended early on.

Dry food is often higher in carbohydrates than protein, so wet food should be preferred early on.

Most cat food manufacturers have wet foods for cats in the stage of their lives when they are growing quickly.

These would provide them with the right nutrients to grow healthily.

Some owners feed a raw food diet to Maine Coon kittens but feeding them raw foods can be rejected by their digestive system if they aren’t prepared.

a maine coon kitten chewing grass

How To Prepare For A Maine Coon Kitten

The Maine Coon kitten gear can include food, cat litter box, cat toys and bedding should you decide to get them one of those.

If you have another Maine Coon or other mature cats in the house they’ll need time to get acquainted with each other too!

Along with getting all the required gear and bracing yourself, the first thing you need to do is kitten proof your new home.

If you want to ensure the safety of your Maine Coon, you’ll need to eliminate any dangerous items and prepare a safe environment where they can play.

Electrical wires and outlets can be difficult to manage on their own, but ground-based ones are especially troublesome.

To avoid accidents, keep electrical cords out of reach of small children and cats.

They are very chewy for a kitten.

All knives should be removed, and choking hazards like potpourri should be removed from easy access.

Think like an exploring kitten and where it might get trapped.

Even if you do a thorough job, most likely it will find somewhere.

I’d remove all breakables from shelves and mantelpieces as well.

That’s just too ‘Tom and Jerry’ tempting.

Clear the area of any traps you may have set for rodents or pests.

2 maine coon kittens together

Training Your Maine Coon Kitten

If you want a well-behaved Maine Coon then begin the training process when they’re still kittens.

You can acclimatize them early when they’re most adaptable.

Teaching kittens what they should and shouldn’t do early on in life will lead to positive habits for the long term.

Training is all very well, but in what areas, and how?

Well, here are a few areas where a Maine Coon kitten might need some instruction.

Litter Box Training

By the time you get the kitten from a breeder, they should be litter box trained, but sometimes they might need a little more tutoring.

Kittens will often instinctively use their litter box, but you should help encourage them to do so if they are reluctant.

A Maine Coon kitten should be placed in the litter box following mealtimes and play periods.

Feeling the litter under their feet will ground them in where their toilet duties lie.

Make sure it’s always available and clean for use by removing things that can discourage its usage.

Don’t place it far away, so a kitten can get to it easily, but slightly away from areas where they eat.

You can move it to a more convenient location once the kitten has got used to the need to use the litter box.

Grooming

When they are young kittens this is an ideal time to get them used to handling and grooming.

Don’t pick them up and hold them so they can’t escape – that produces the opposite effect as they feel trapped.

Always let a cat down if it wants to go.

However, getting the kitten used to being held for a brush is easier when they are young, and associate the activity with play.

It’s worth doing this quite regularly, certainly a few times a week, even if it’s only a quick brush.

Leash Or Carrier Training

At some point, especially if you plan on having an indoor Maine Coon, you will want to travel with your cat.

Whether it’s the vet, to visit family, or taking them somewhere to give them a change of scenery.

Regularly putting them on a leash, and using a carrier to transport them somewhere will get them used to the activity so it isn’t strange when they do it.

Getting accustomed to wearing a leash will mean if you want to take them for a walk when they grow a little bigger it will be a lot easier.

Scratching Post

Without a scratching post, your Maine Coon will find somewhere to sharpen those claws.

Cats need to scratch something sometimes to keep their claws healthy, so why not train them to use a scratching post rather than the furniture and carpet?

Claw marks on an expensive table leg aren’t a good look.

Scratching is a natural action for cats so provide them with an appropriate scratching post and reward them when they use it.

Tricks And Commands

Although you can certainly teach a kitten to sit for food, most people don’t and there’s very little gain.

Teaching them to come when called is much more useful.

If they’re lost or escape then teaching them a command or a reward based upon a sound, like tin being opened, is a useful skill.

Some people use clickers and rewards with treats for appearing when they’re summoned.

a maine coon kitten on a wooden branch

Maine Coon Kitten Socialization

Maine Coon kittens are quickly maturing both physically and cognitively.

Life with a Maine Coon can be an intense 24 hour per day experience – just wait.

Maine Coons are famous for their sociable temperament, but this is a trait that should continue to be encouraged.

Kittenhood can be a time of great adjustment for Maine Coons, as they seek to learn which types of people and animals are the most trustworthy and how to interact with them.

Uncomfortable experiences like being forcibly held, or picked up uncomfortably can help stoke an idea that transitions into adulthood.

Get Your Maine Coon Kitten Used To Being Handled Frequently

You should get your new kitten used to being touched by petting them often.

Holding and carrying your kitten will help them feel safe.

It acclimatizes them to be picked up without producing nervousness or fear.

That being said, Maine Coons still enjoy petting so it is appropriate to offer pats and scratches every now and then, but you should avoid handling them excessively to the point where they squirm and twist.

If they want to get down, you should always put them down – trust grows this way.

Play With Them Often

Young kittens will have a natural curiosity and like to play, which can help them develop physically.

Getting toys and engaging with your kitten helps develop their motor coordination.

They should learn to tell apart toys they can play with and items that are not toys, with electrical cables being high on the list.

The distinction is necessary so your Maine Coon grows knowing there are boundaries.

Expose Your Kitten To Other Pets

Socialization for your Maine Coon kitten doesn’t mean just you, but all animals in the household and that they may come across.

A kitten may never have seen a dog before, so might need a slow introduction the first time they see them.

The first thing you can do to help your Maine Coon kitten get socialized is find some other pets for them to hang out with.

Be Patient

A kitten is full of enthusiasm and its nature may take away from lessons you are trying to teach them.

Spending a lot of time with your new Maine Coon kitten will help it adopt good behavior and habits.

It’s always better to reward good behavior than it is to punish bad behavior.

Avoid reprimanding the Maine Coon kitten when they are being bad, and instead, simply ignore or interact with them in a different manner.

Deflecting their attention works – and it’s quite easy with a cat toy.

The Maine Coon cat is attentive and independent.

The kitten should be able to be distracted easily though.

Patience and consistent behavior so they can learn social norms are recommended.

a maine coon kitten playing with tap water

What You Need To Know About Preventative Care

Since the Maine Coon is a naturally tame and friendly breed of cat, they seem to do alright with just standard care of common illnesses.

Keeping them well-groomed and taking them to a veterinarian for regular checkups are good preventative measures.

Prevention is the best medicine, and the same applies to your Maine Coon kitten.

There’s a lot you can do to ensure they stay healthy and have everything they need to grow up strong and healthy.

Register With A Vet

You should schedule an introductory check-up with the vet within the first few weeks of bringing home your Maine Coon.

Before your vet determines the exact needs of your kitten, they will conduct examinations to establish a knowledge of your kitten’s health.

They will likely message you for checkups, vaccinations, and other health related matters.

Keep Vaccinations Up To Date

This is one of the benefits of registering with a vet.

When you purchase your Maine Coon kitten or Maine Coon kitten mix from a breeder, they’ll be able to provide you with the necessary information of previous vaccinations.

This will help prevent disease and the spread of sickness from infecting all pets in your home.

Make sure your Maine Coon’s vaccinations are up to date before allowing them to interact with other cats and animals.

Vaccines for feline distemper (panleukopenia), feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and rabies are required.

Kittens should receive their first set of shots at 8 weeks while they are with the seller, but will need booster shots until they are 16 weeks old when you should have ownership of the kitten.

Your vet can advise you further.

Intestinal Parasites, Fleas, And Heartworm

It’s a good idea to become familiar with the symptoms of a few diseases that cats can catch, especially if they are outdoor cats.

This way, you will be aware of the signs.

Fleas can still infect an indoor cat which carries a great deal of disease, so you need to be vigilant and knowledgeable.

Your vet will conduct regular checks for certain parasites and provide prescriptions as necessary.

Regular flea treatment is a must for Maine Coon kitten to ensure they do not form an allergy.

Heartworm, another type of parasite, can be caught in Maine Coon kittens, and cat diseases can be spread by mosquitoes, ticks, or fleas.

To prevent your kitten from catching fleas, it is important to regularly apply a flea prevention product.

Regular worming tablets are also needed.

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What Items Do You Need For A Maine Coon Kitten

Maine Coon kittens need a lot of room to move around and play.

You should provide them with a large, safe place they can’t easily escape from.

Eventually, it should have access to an outdoor space too, so you can give it the exercise it needs.

The Maine Coon kitten needs a food and water dish large enough to avoid spills when they are playing in it.

They need space for toys, scratching posts, and any other necessities.

If you intend on switching your Maine Coon kitten between different indoor spaces, you will probably require moving or transportation carriers.

Here’s a list;

  • Food/Water bowls (stainless steel is cleaner than plastic)
  • Scratching post
  • Toys
  • Cat bed
  • Cat carrier
  • Grooming Brush/Kit
  • Microchip
  • Litter box
  • Treats
  • Collar with a name tag

The food bowl should be made of ceramic or a smooth metal like stainless steel as plastic ones will incubate bacteria much easier.

Maine Coons love to play, so you should ensure that the bowls are easy for them to access but difficult for them to claw at or move around on their own.

Maine Coon kittens have large physiques, which means your kitten will need a larger than normal litter box too if you want an indoor cat.

a ginger Maine Coon Persian mix kitten

When Will A Maine Coon Kitten Become An Adult Cat

A Maine Coon kitten becomes an adult cat after 12 to 15 months.

Food manufacturers of kitten food that are designed for the Maine Coon breed list servings on their data sheets as up to 15 months.

In the 12 to 15 month period, you should switch your Maine Coon kitten over to adult food.

Maine Coons mature slowly and will need a high protein diet after leaving kittenhood, but fewer calories per 100g of food.

What’s The Personality Of A Maine Coon Kitten

Maine Coon kittens are affectionate, playful pets.

Maine Coon cats can also be extremely vocal and demand attention from their owners.

If you don’t want a Maine Coon kitten that demands your interaction from the second it wakes up until it goes to bed, you need to find an active Maine Coon feline friend.

They love playing with people as much as they like playing with cat toys and interacting with cats, dogs, and humans.

They develop social interaction quite quickly.

Maine Coon kittens are very intelligent and can be mischievous.

The personality you will see develop will come from generations of passed on genetics.

A list of personality traits might include

  • Social
  • Affable
  • Gentle
  • Affectionate
  • Calm
  • Playful
  • Loyal
  • Talkative
  • Intelligent

Maine Coons are a vocal breed and can be talkative – communicative in fact.

Maine Coon kittens love company and crave human interaction and Maine Coon cats are a popular breed for this reason.

Maine Coons are very playful, which means that kittens love to play with people and other animals as well as toys.

Maine Coons also have loads of energy!

A Maine Coon kitten wants you to be their friend, so they’re going to talk and try to get your attention at every turn.

a maine cooon kitten tilting

How Much Is A Maine Coon Kitten

Maine Coon kittens will cost upwards of $450.

The lower end of the spectrum

Rare color purebreds, like Silver, can be advertised for multiple thousands.

The Maine Coon is a relatively new breed, since 1975 in the US, so breeders have only recently started to place prices on kittens.

Maine Coon Breeders may charge more for Maine Coon kittens with more striking markings or rarer colors like the chocolate Maine Coons which are often sought after by owners and therefore fetch a higher price than a normal Maine Coon kitten.

A normal range would be somewhere between $800 to $1500.

How Much Are Purebred Maine Coon Kittens

Purebreds are in smaller supply, being only 2% of the Maine Coon kitten market.

Purebreds will go for a higher price than a mixed breed kitten.

You can expect a Maine Coon kitten to want around $1200 to $1500 from a breeder, which may include any shipping and accessories.

Maine Coons have been popular pets in the United States since 1985 when they were first listed as Maine’s State cat.

A Maine Coon kitten will cost upwards of $1200, but you may be able to find them cheaper if you shop around and keep your eyes peeled on sales sites like Craigslist.

Beware of purebred kittens that are too cheap – it could be a scam.

Avoid Western Union or irreversible transaction payment systems with anonymity.

a maine coon kitten lying on a chair

Where To Buy Maine Coon Kittens

There are plenty of places to buy this popular breed of cat.

The more you want to ensure a purebred the more you should focus on professional or private breeders.

These breeders will provide provenance and guarantee parentage with many of them being registered with recognized status by TICA or the CFA.

  • Professional breeders
  • Private breeders
  • Craigslist
  • Online
  • Rescue centers
  • Adoption centers

Breeders will often advertise Maine Coon kittens on their website and then provide a phone number for you to call.

Large pet shop nationwide stores often have an adoption service within the store, and can often find you a Maine Coon.

Best Maine Coon Kitten Food

Maine Coon kittens are high energy and will grow to be a physically large cat – or they have the potential to,

Maine Coon kitten food needs to be high calorie with a high protein content.

Check your cat food for these factors.

Many brands will specifically make food for a Maine Coon which requires this diet.

Wet food should be used initially until they develop the jaw power and digestive system to cope with dry food.

Dry food can be soaked in liquid to soften the pellets up initially to help your kitten.

a tuxedo maine coon kitten

How Big Are Maine Coon Kittens

Maine Coon kittens weigh an average of 115g when they are born compared to the cat average of 90g.

These cats can easily put on 1lb of weight per month for the first year.

Maine Coons are kittens for longer than normal breeds and at 12 months of age will likely be bigger than most other adult breeds.

When Can A Maine Coon Kitten Leave Its Mother

Maine Coon kittens are allowed to leave the mother at 8 weeks old.

At eight weeks they should be on solid food, albeit wet solid food.

They are physically ready to leave their mothers but they are still socializing and working out the world around them.

Most kittens should be bought when they are 12 weeks old and still with their mother and siblings.

At the 6-8 week stage, Maine Coon kittens will start eating solid food and can be taken away from their mother as long as they have been introduced to a solely meat based diet because of their high protein diet requirements.

How Long Do Maine Coon Kittens Sleep A Day

Maine coon kittens sleep for around 16 hours a day when they’re initially born.

By 10 weeks of age this drops down to 14 hours with an increase in playtime.

Maine Coon Kitten Vs Normal Kitten

Maine Coon kittens are slightly bigger than the average kitten when they are born and this continues throughout their life.

By 4 weeks Maine Coon kittens can be twice as big as a normal kitten of the same age.

In terms of height, Maine Coons remain slightly larger than normal cats with males and females continuing to grow until around 3 to 5 years old.

maine coon kittens in a tree

How Fast Do Maine Coon Kittens Grow

Maine Coon kittens grow at a rate of 1 pound per month for a year, and when the growth slows but they won’t fully mature until the 3 to 5 year period.

To measure Maine Coon growth accurately, you need to get kitten tape and measure frequently.

During the first 15 months of life, they will consume a high amount of calories in order to fuel growth.

How Much Does A Maine Coon Kitten Eat

An adult Maine Coon will need around 30 calories per pound of body weight, but a Maine Coon kitten will require twice that.

So, the short answer is lots.

As much as they are able to eat without being ill.

The diet should be balanced with plenty of protein based meats for consumption.

An eight week old kitten, weighing 2 pounds might require 120 calories a day and more to sustain its growing needs.

A 12 month old kitten weighing 12 pounds should need around 360 calories a day, and more if it’s still growing.

How Much Does A Maine Coon Kitten Weigh

At birth, a newborn Maine Coon kitten will weigh 115 grams on average.

They will put on about a pound a month, but potentially more.

On their first birthday a Maine Coon, just leaving kittenhood can easily be 12 to 15 lbs in weight.

How Big Is A 8 Week Old Maine Coon Kitten

They’re bigger than average when born, but an 8 week old Maine Coon kitten should weigh around 2 to 3 lbs in weight, depending upon size.

Males will grow slightly faster, and eventually, be bigger cats than females.

2 maine coon kittens in a sack

How Big Is A 12 Week Old Maine Coon Kitten

A Maine Coon kitten at the stage when most are sold will be between 3 and 5 lbs in weight.

Assuming that they are healthy, have been fed a well balanced controlled diet then they will put on about a pound per month from this weight.

How Big Is A 4 Month Old Maine Coon Kitten

At this stage of life the kitten has typically been in a new home for 3 to 4 weeks.

They will be in the weight range of 4 to 6 pounds in weight and be growing at a pound per month.

How Long Do I Feed My Maine Coon Kitten Food

You should feed your Maine Coon kitten food specifically designed for kittens until they are around 12 to 15 months of age.

A combination of wet and dry food is best and work around 60 calories per pound of body weight.

Most kitten food is calorie dense to assist a growing kitten but Maine Coons require a protein rich diet as well.

What To Look For When Buying A Maine Coon Kitten

The two main factors are physical health and personality.

At 12 weeks of age, they are ready to be sold.

Health

Coat and skin – You should be able to stroke the cat’s fur without it feeling rough or getting bald patches. Check the fur for fleas and ticks.

Healthy weight – The kittens should have a balanced physique being neither too fat nor too skinny.

Eyes, ears, and nose – Check the eyes for clarity, the ears for dirt, and the nose for signs of discharge.

Teeth and gums – the teeth should be very white and like needles with healthy pink gums.

Rear end – The rear end should be clean with no signs of diarrhea not muck in the hair.

Personality

A Maine Coon kitten should be well socialized and be curious without being afraid. 

They should be playing with their brothers and sisters and interacting without hesitation.

They should be accustomed to being handled. If you pick them up do they squirm and aren’t sure what is happening.

Do they express alarm as you stretch your hand so as to stroke them?

A kitten should be more curious than hesitant.

Are they playing with their brethren?

If they are interacting well with their fellow kittens then you are more likely to have a well. 

If they don’t appear afraid of humans then they will likely connect well with your own family and pets.

2 maine coon kittens close up

Are Maine Coon Kittens Expensive

They can be.

How much you pay depends upon the breeder, the area, and other factors.

Maine Coons bred by experienced people are more expensive because they will cost more to feed, care for and look after.

Breeders will also have higher vet bills as Maine Coon kittens require regular health checks from around six weeks of age to ensure that they’re growing well and developing at a healthy rate.

Some colors are rare, with females being more desirable by future breeders.

Why Maine Coons Are Good Pets

Maine Coon’s are sociable, intelligent, and quite easy to look after.

Maine Coon’s will readily interact with humans both children and adults alike, without getting intimidated or frightened.

Maine Coon’s are loyal cats that take well to training making them good for petting when you’re stressed out at the office!

Maine Coons also get along well with other pets such as dogs.

Maine Coon kittens learn commands quickly making it a good family pet for children if they are raised from an early age.

Are Maine Coon Kittens Small

Yes, Maine Coon kittens can be small but most Maine Coon kittens over 8 weeks old will be at least 3 lbs in weight.

A Maine Coon kitten of under 8 weeks may be stunted, however, this is a sign that the kitten has not been cared for properly.

The Maine Coon is an exceptionally large cat and many Maine Coons reach between 16 and 25 pounds by adulthood.

Maine Coons are capable of growing to even larger sizes than this!

Maine Coons grow rapidly from infancy to adulthood so if you’re not prepared to provide enough food or space as they grow then a Maine coon kitten isn’t right for you.

a maine coon kitten in a cat basket

Are Maine Coon Kittens Large

Maine Coon kittens are large.

Certainly by comparison to other breeds.

Maine Coons are a very large breed of cats and Maine Coon kittens grow up to be Maine coon adult cats that can be over 20 lbs in weight.

Maine Coons have big paws, large teeth, long legs, and tails making them quite hefty.

Are Maine Coon Kittens Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic means they won’t cause an allergic reaction in people who are prone to cat allergies.

Maine Coon kittens are not hypoallergenic.

If you own a Maine Coon kitten then it can produce reactions in people with reactions to cat fur.

Are Maine Coon Kittens Aggressive

Maine Coons kittens are not aggressive.

They’re not docile or lazy either, but they aren’t quick to anger.

They’re known as ‘gentle giants’ for a reason.

Aggression in a Maine Coon is usually due to external factors rather than being an inherent quality of the breed.

Are Maine Coon Kittens Cuddly

Maine Coons can be quite cuddly

They are not aggressive, affable, social, and interact well with family members.

They aren’t particularly lap cats, but they respond well to interaction.

They get on well with other pets and people alike,

Maine Coons love to share your bed, although they require a lot of space.

They seemingly like to lie on you as they like high vantage points.

a maine coon kitten on a cat tree

Are Maine Coon Kittens Playful

A Maine Coon kitten has a natural inclination towards playfulness.

Maine Coon kittens are playful by nature and Maine Coons can be quite active so they need to keep themselves busy with toys or other activities in order to avoid getting into trouble!

When Maine coon kittens become bored it’s not uncommon for them to find ways of entertaining themselves by chewing your favorite shoes or playing with drawstrings on clothing items.

Like most kittens.

They need stimulation and interaction during their early kitten years.

Do Maine Coon Kittens Shed

Yes, a Maine Coon kitten will shed.

Maine Coon kittens are known for their thick double coats.

Maine Coon cats can have short and curly fur or longer fluffy coats that resemble woolen jumpers.

Their long hair is full of a natural oil called sebum that helps keep the Maine cat’s coat in good condition without getting dry and frizzy.

Maine Coon kitten shedding is a natural process of your kitten growing into an adult Maine Coon cat.

It’s simply part of life.

Do Maine Coon Kittens Have Big Paws

Maine Coon kittens have big paws, well, bigger than other breeds for sure.

It’s one of the Maine Coons most prominent features along with its long body, large tail, and thick double coats.

Maine Coon cats have large feet which contribute to their bulkiness.

A Maine coon kitten has paws that will grow to be up to 2 inches in size (5 cm).

Do Maine Coon Kittens Meow

Like all cats, the Maine Coon kitten can meow just as well as the rest of them.

Sometimes they’re quiet with their meow, and sometimes they use the rest of their vocal talents.

Maine Coon kittens will learn to meow, trill, chirp, and make all sorts of noises.

Sometimes inventing whole new ones.

a maine coon kitten outdoors in sunlight

Do Maine Coon Kittens Have Fluffy Tails

The Maine Coon kitten has a fluffy tail, and it’s about the same size as the Maine kitten itself!

It’s big and full of fluff.

There are often noticeable tufts of hair at the end too.

Maine Coons’ tails are an important extension of their body language.

Maine Coons use their tails much like us humans do to send messages to other Maine Coon cats in addition to using them for balance while walking up or downstairs.

Maine coon kittens primarily use their tails when playing with other cats or people.

Do Maine Coon Kittens Change Colour

A Maine Coon kitten can be black, brown, silver, ginger, calico, and white.

They typically have a solid color coat when they’re born that develops stripes as they grow older.

The agouti hairs on Maine coon kittens are where the patterns develop so you should see slightly more stripe-like markings there rather than anywhere else on their body.

This takes some time to establish itself fully though – around 6 months old you’ll start to get an idea of what your Maine Coon will look like as an adult Maine Coon cat!

Do Maine Coon Kittens Bite

Ouch, Maine Coon kittens can bite, oh yes.

They are not as aggressive as Maine Coon adult cats so they’re unlikely to hurt you when they play and nibble with their teeth.

At least on purpose, but they are stronger cats than most with needle sharp teeth.

A Maine Coon kitten might also scratch and really mean it too!

When Do Maine Coon Kittens Get Fluffy

Maine Coon kittens are about one year old when they become more fully grown Maine Coons.

The Maine coon kitten can be born looking like a Maine Coon with thick, long fur or it may take up to a couple of years for their pedigree Maine Coon coat to develop.

During this time you need to give your Maine Coon kitten plenty of grooming attention by brushing them with soft brushes and using the right cat shampoo so their coat can look its best!

It’s possible to get a partially developed mane in the first year but it will develop more in the coming years.

a maine coon kitten playing

Best Age To Neuter Maine Coon Kitten

Most breeders recommend neutering a Maine Coon at around 6 months of age.

This is a Maine Coon kitten age that will aid in preventing medical issues like cancer and aids in their development to be a Maine Coon adult cat.

Conclusion

Maine Coon kittens are adorable and bring joy to people’s lives.

Maine Coon kitten care is something that an owner will want to learn so they know how to properly take care of their Maine Coon kitten for a long and happy life.

Maine Coons also tend to be larger cats than your average cat which means that their kitten food requirements are different.

The Maine Coon Kitten guide explains what all this means and breaks down every factor into simple terms so you understand it fully!

Hopefully!

About the Author

MaineCoon

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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