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Kitten Care

All of the information provided is based on my personal experience and knowledge as a pet owner and breeder. My suggestions are in no way intended to replace those of your veterinarian.


Nutrition:

Maine Coon kittens and cats require high protein food and a constant supply of clean fresh water. A well fed kitten will have a much healthier appearance: shinny coat, bright eyes, and energetic demeanor. Maine Coon Kittens should be fed 2-3 times a day for the first year. At Mainely Manor our kittens receive Nutro Max dry kitten food 2 times a day and Nutro wet food once a day. This can be picked up at most pet supply stores in your area. It is important that you provide your new kitten with high quality food containing DHA and ARA. These are essential vitamins found in their mothers milk that help with brain development. Treats may be given to reward desired behavior as a daily snack. Although kittens love milk and this seems to be a good treat for your new kitten, it can cause an upset tummy.  Try to administer  no more than 2 tablespoons of milk a day. Milk is not an essential source of nutrition for a 12 week old kitten or adult cat. If your kitten is receiving nutritional meals daily, it is not necessary to provide mineral supplements. Please speak with your vet before adding any vitamins to your kittens diet because too many vitamins can lead to serious health disorders and possible death.

Grooming:

Most Maine Coon kittens are meticulous about grooming themselves. This is a trait learned by their mother from birth. However, Maine Coons and their long coats require weekly help from their owners.  Grooming your Maine Coon as a kitten will make it much easier for the both of you as he or she grows. Maine Coons are good natured and enjoy the prolonged attention from grooming.  You will need a brush and a comb to remove excess hair and mattes. Most cats do not require wet baths, and there are products that can be purchased at your local pet supply store such as wet wipes or dry bath powders. Neglect by an owner to groom their long-haired cat can lead to deterioration of your pets coat and painful matted hair.

Health:

The best thing you can do for your new kitten's health is to establish a good relationship with a reputable veterinarian. You should take your Maine Coon yearly for their vaccines, fecal test, and examinations. You should also have your kitten neutered or spayed. Some vets will do this as early as 16 weeks once the kitten is stronger and received all of their vaccines. Maine Coons reach puberty between 6-12 months of age. There are many reasons why you should sterilize your kitten before puberty is reached. An unspayed female is at high risk for mammary cancer and inflamed or infected uterus. An unnueterd male could exhibit aggressive behavior or begin spraying. Spaying or neutering your new kitten is a fairly easy and uncomplicated procedure. Keeping your new kitten inside now and throughout the duration of its life can help control parasites, disease, and limit the risk of injury. Controlling fleas and ticks is important for your kitten as well. Fleas and ticks have the ability to transmit disease. You can purchase flea and tick control products from your vet or local pet store. Always use flea and tick products according to the label and pay attention to the age specifications and weight guidelines. Heart Worm medication is also important and should be given once a month. Making and keeping regular yearly appointments with your kitten's vet can lead to a prolonged and happy healthy life for your furry companion.

Scratch Post and Toys:

If you want to protect your furniture, provide your cat with a scratch post. The younger the kitten is the easier it will be to train them to use a post. It is in the cats natural instinct to sharpen their claws. Providing a post is a safe way to promote this normal behavior without sacrificing your personal belongings. Playing is vital for a kitten's physical and emotional development. At Mainely Manor, our kittens enjoy catnip mice, bouncy balls, feathers, string and hide and seek bags. It is important that you spend at least 30 minutes twice a day playing with your new kitten.

Litter Box:

Because there are so many different types of litter boxes making a choice can be overwhelming. Choosing the wrong litter box can lead to accidents. Size of the litter box should start small to accommodate a little kitten. For an adult Maine Coon a large litter box is needed. Cats need enough litter to cover their urine and feces. It is also very important to clean the litter box daily because a dirty litter box can lead to unwanted odors and un happy kitties. Most cats do not like the hooded litter boxes because they are in closed in their own odor. Our personal preference is a self cleaning liter box. It is more of an expense but it is purrrfect in every way. It is worth the extra expense to eliminate odor and maintenance that comes with typical litter pans. Litter box placement should be in an accessible area that is low traffic. 
 
Safety:

A house can be full of harmful hazards for a kitten. Cats are naturally curious animals. Washing machines, dryers, and ovens should never be left open. Kittens like to chew, make sure your electrical cords are covered. Also, cats often will chew on household plants some of which may be toxic. Open fires should be protected and dangerous cleaners and chemicals should not be left out. All windows should have a screen when opened to prevent your kitten from escaping or injury. A pet collar with a pet tag is essential in the event your kitten accidentally escapes. Maine Coons are very large cats and do not fit in average size pet carriers. Purchasing a harnesses and a leash will help protect your gentle giant in a vets office or on an afternoon walk. Kitten proofing your home and purchasing the proper accessories can save you heartache and expensive veterinarian bills.


MAINELY MANOR

Allyson and Daniel Muck
Loganville GA 30052
Cell: 678-906-9529
Home: 770-466-4361
Email: aliemuck@aol.com

 

 

 

 

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