Maine Coon Cats – Their View of the Outside World

August 14, 2013

in Cats

When you first take possession of your new Maine Coon cat the person who sold it to you may ask you to sign an agreement saying that you will keep the cat indoors and the reason for this is that it is believed that indoor cats actually live longer and healthier lives.

However not everybody agrees with this and some people believe that it takes away that sense of freedom cats have to roam and climb and chase. Nevertheless the thinking behind keeping your cat indoors is very strong and so I’m glad to say that there is a compromise. You simply need to bring some of the great outdoors, indoors, for the benefit of your cat.

Start with your cats view of the outside world. Hopefully, you have a window with a nice view, where your cat can perch. If you do, he will spend hours in this location, simply watching what is going on. If you dont feel like this is enough, and you still feel that you are depriving your cat, there is still another option.

Another possibility is to have a screened porch or a screen fixed around your porch. This is great because it will allow your cat to have a good view of the world and to enjoy the sun and fresh air without actually letting them out into the backyard or front yard. The only word of caution is to make sure that they cannot jump over the screening.

Use a harness and leash, and let your cats paws touch the grass often! Being outdoors isnt harmful. Being outdoors unattended and unrestrained is harmful. Get a good harness and leash, and train your cat to it.

Do expect your maine coon to be a bit unhappy at first when he puts on a harness and leash but don’t give up on that because very soon he will start to associate these with having a good time outdoors. And also do remember that when he goes out he may just want to sit and stare or roll around on the grass, it’s his time after all!

The last thing that we want is your maine coon to feel bored by being indoors. We all know that cats big and small have a natural instinct to go hunting so make sure he has the opportunity to do so. Pop along to your local pet store and see if there are any toys that you can buy which will enable him to use his natural abilities to the full.

Finally, make sure that you are providing the same nutrition and exercise opportunities indoors that are available outdoors. Select food that is specifically for indoor cats or food that is specific for Maine Coons. Purchase or build a cat tree. Maine Coons dont climb straight up very often, but are happy to work their way up at an angle, and this is good exercise for them.

Now let me just say as we finish that keeping your maine coon indoors is not being unkind to them. Your cat was almost certainly born indoors and doesn’t know the difference between indoors and outdoors, and as long as you work at bringing the outdoors indoors, you’ll find your cat is extremely happy and still able to enjoy all the indoor benefits.

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