Helpful Advice To Purchase A Maine Coon Kitten

August 27, 2009

in Cats

Finding a Maine Coon cat breeder is not difficult since Maine Coon cats are one of the most popular breeds in the United States. However, a perspective cat owner needs to find a reputable breeder from which to purchase a Maine Coon kitten.

Due to the popularity of the Maine Coon cat breed, some animal breeders who do not have significant knowledge of Maine Coons have chosen to breed Maine Coon cats in an attempt to cash in on the breeds popularity. Therefore, people interested in purchasing a Maine Coon kitten need to be careful to find a conscientious breeder who cares for the cat breed and is dedicated to producing kittens that are examples of the characteristics set forth by the Maine Coon cat breed standards.

Knowledge does not benefit the cat breed if it is not applied correctly. Breeders of Maine Coon cats need to be using their knowledge about the breed to produce healthy kittens that meet the standard for the breed.

The prospective Maine Coon kitten owner needs to know if they are looking for a show quality cat or one of pet quality. If the cat owner may want to participate in Shows, the cat owner needs to look for a kitten that has been labeled as show quality by the cat breeder.

One recommended source for finding a reputable Maine Coon cat breeder is to attend a cat show. Someone looking to purchase a Maine Coon cat will not see available kittens out the cat show, but cat breeders who are members of the sponsoring association of the cat show are may be available to answer questions about the breed and availability of Maine Coon kittens.

One of the first questions that a person wanting to purchase a Maine Coon kitten should ask a breeder is if the breeder’s cattery is registered and if so, with what organization. A person looking for a reputable breeder can also check breeder listings for cat associations like the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA).

The health and socialization of available maintaining kittens is a concern for the prospective cat owner. The kittens should be handled regularly to avoid socialization problems and have plenty of space to get exercise.

People should feel free to ask questions about cat diseases to a cat breeder. Someone looking to purchase a kittens should ask about any veterinary testing for diseases that affect Maine Coon cats.

Checking the pedigree of the available kittens can provide information on the cattery’s breeding practice. A breeder who has practiced inbreeding may be reluctant to show the pedigree. Occasional, accidental inbreeding does occur at reputable catteries, but these incidences should be few and far between.

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