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What’s The Best Diet For Your Maine Coon Cat

What sets apart Maine Coons from all other cat breeds is their zeal for life. Maine Coons remain kittens at heart well into their adulthood. Every moment is lively and exciting with a Maine Coon.

With proper dietary habits, care and attention, a Maine Coon cat can live a healthy life for as long as 18 years.

A healthy Maine Coon is a package of absolute bliss with its playful, endearing and goofy tricks. For your furry friend to stay healthy, it is important that they get the best diet.

So in a nutshell, what is the best diet for a Maine Coon?

Maine Coons need a balanced diet rich in proteins. Animal proteins are the most important part of a diet for a Maine Coon so chicken, fish, and other meats are preferable to plant based diets. Mixing wet food and dry food with a high calorie content will keep your Maine Coon healthy and looking fantastic.

The diet of your Maine Coon takes into account many important factors.

How active your Maine Coon is and their own individual preferences. Most good quality food manufacturers now produce food that incorporates all the needed vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.

Alita the Maine Coon eating a plate of chicken
Yes, Maine Coons love cooked chicken

Why Is Diet Important?

Genetic Predisposition

Maine Coon cats are genetically prone to certain diseases. Improper diet might accelerate such conditions if they are present in the dormant state.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is one of the serious diseases your Maine Coon could fall victim to.

In HCM, the walls of the cat’s heart gradually thicken reducing the ability to pump.

A serious implication might lead to deposition of fluid around heart and lungs. A food rich in carbohydrates can cause complications if your cat is suffering from HCM since it can increase fluid deposition.

Another genetic condition your Maine Coon might have is polycystic kidney disease or PKD.

This condition causes the formation of cysts in the cat’s kidney.

As the condition progresses, these cysts start to replace the kidney tissue ending in renal failure.

In such condition, any food with phosphorus content can be harmful since the breakdown of phosphorus will put extra load on the kidneys and weaken them.

Hip dysplasia is a common occurrence in Maine Coon cats.

This means abnormal growth of hip joint. It causes degeneration of the bones over time since the movement causes friction.

If no proper measures are taken to control the weight, it puts more load on the foot thus causing great discomfort to the cat.

a close up of a grey maine coon

Feline Diabetes

As the Maine Coons reach their middle age, they run a huge risk of developing diabetes. A well-balanced diet from the beginning reduces this risk to a great extent.

Cats diagnosed with diabetes are prescribed for diet low on proteins and fats. They also need to take special care to maintain weight.

Indoor/ Outdoor Nature

The diet of your Maine Coon also depends on the fact whether they spend most of their time inside the house or outside.

If your cat comes home in evening after a day’s endeavour outside, they indulge in a lot of physical activity and hence, need that much food to replenish their energy.

However, if your cat prefers to spend all of their days inside, you might want to cut a little on the diet to avoid them getting overweight.

a maine coon outdoors on a rock

Obesity

Unlike other cat breeds, Maine Coons take time to grow into adulthood. Many pet owners are unaware about this fact.

As Maine Coons are known to be large, many owners feed them huge amounts of food in order to achieve that fluffy look.

Mostly, this results in obesity and many complications related to it.

What Constitutes A Healthy Diet?

Protein

Proteins form an important part of the diet since they provide large amounts of energy and play a key role in growth.

For Maine Coon cats, meat-based protein like chicken and fish are recommended.

It is estimated that Maine Coon kittens should get a daily protein intake of 30 to 50 percent and adults should get a daily protein intake of about 25 to 40 percent.

Carbohydrates

Although cats usually prefer protein-based food, a limited intake of carbohydrates is necessary for healthy growth.

Healthy Fat

A limited amount of healthy fat is also important for the health of your feline. Fatty acids help maintain the shine of the coat.

a maine coon profile photo

Vitamins And Minerals

Like us, cats need all kinds of vitamins.

Regular intake of vitamins A, B, K, niacin, taurine etc. is necessary for healthy growth. Monitored intake of supplements would do the trick.

What To Avoid

Large fish

Large fish might contain more concentration of harmful components like mercury. It is better to restrict your cat’s diet to small fish and tried and tested pet food.

Grain-Based Food

Grains are not a part of a cat’s dietary habits. Although not specifically harmful, a regular intake of grains might lead to obesity. It is best to avoid them in large quantities.

Gluten

A wheat based meal is high in gluten content. It sticks to the teeth and might cause deposition of tartar. It is also not good for digestive health.

Factors To Consider While Deciding Your Maine Coon’s Diet

Variety

No one likes to have same food every day.

Your Maine Coon is no exception to this. Maintain variety in your cat’s diet.

A set menu for a week is one way to do it.

Include a diet of meat, supplements, cat food, a meal of wet food twice every week etc.

Also, since Maine Coons are tolerant to almost all kind of food, give them normal home food once in a while. Do not forget to indulge them in some treats occasionally.

I’m sure your Maine Coon won’t let you forget.

Alita the Maine Coon eating dry food

Portions

Maine Coons are active in nature for the most part of their life.

They indulge in enough physical exercise compared to most cats.

Hence, giving them free feed is preferable.

However, if your cat is not so active, it is better to opt for a smaller bowl size. The cat usually asks for food whenever they need it. Cats usually take 20 small meals daily. Small and often can be a good way to control the calorie intake.

Exercise

Maine Coons require nutrition in direct proportion to the physical activity done by them.

No matter the age or gender.

Maine Coons require some exercise daily to stay fit. If your Maine Coon is not keen on exercising, they should be given a diet not so rich in fats and proteins.

Age

In their early years, Maine Coons are very lively and energetic. They perform enough physical activity on their own. Hence, minimum special care on diet is required.

You just have to make sure that you don’t overfeed them.

As they reach middle age, however, they become less enthusiastic to play. During this time, they need encouragement to exercise. It is the time to regulate their diet to prevent obesity.

As the Maine Coon’s age, many health issues like HCM, PKD etc. start to crop up. During this time, it is essential to give due attention to their diet.

Alita the Maine Coon eyeing a chicken flake

Chewing

Maine Coon cats come from a family of wild cats accustomed to hunting.

They have broad jaws which need exercise to stay strong.

A diet of dry food requires vigorous chewing and in the process keeps their jaws strong and teeth sharp.

Choosing dry food over wet also maintains dental health as unlike wet food, it doesn’t have too much moisture and deposition which might damage the teeth.

Consult A Vet

Never undermine the importance of consulting the vet while setting up your pet’s diet schedule.

A vet can alert you to any allergies or infections your pet might have. They can also give better advice on how to reduce the risk of diseases.

For new owners, what to feed their pet could be a huge concern.

This article should put you at ease about the diet of your Maine Coon. While owning a pet is a big responsibility, it is a great joy as well.

We wish you many years of happy companionship!

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.

3 thoughts on “What’s The Best Diet For Your Maine Coon Cat

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      Hello, my Maine coon is 15 months old and still weighs 5.2 kg, has normal health but by race he should be much bigger, he ate royal cannin but we changed to Premier, should I give moist ration too or some supplement?

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        I am not a huge fan of royal canin. I recommend a high quality grain free food like taste of the wild, natural balance, 4health [tractor supply company exclusive] all of those arent made with the fillers that cause most issues and are heavy in natural protein derived directly from meat and not plant matter like most pet foods. I also feed my cats a raw whole prey model 2x per day and we do wet food as a treat or training tool [I read labels carefully on all food/treats for my kitties] we also do freeze dried minnows for treats or I slice chicken hearts up lay them on parchment paper and lay them flat in my freezer until they dry out then I bag and store them in the freezer and use that for a training tool. Which is great because heart muscles are high in taurine which is a nutrient cats cannot make on their own.

    • Author gravatar

      hello!

      thanks to your site, there are so many good info here on taking care of the Maine Coons!

      my maine coon is currently 3.5 months old, i follow the exact food from the breeder , free feeding of Orijen cat and kitten, and my cat is having soft poop ever since got here, hes here only for a week, is there something i can do?

      hes been sleeping , eating and playing well though, should i be alert ?

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