Geno compared to our spayed domestic short hair cat. She is on the small side, but Geno is very large.
Kitten pricing is $2,250. $300 Deposit is required upon reservation of a kitten. A kitten contract will be emailed to serious buyers. $1,950 cash is due upon receiving the kitten. They can be registered through TICA's purebred registry site.
Responsible breeding is not cheap. Health testing for breeding pairs involves DNA testing, X-rays, ultrasounds, etc. to check for diseases that this breed can be prone to. Veterinarian fees are not cheap, especially now. All my adults and kittens receive regular vet care. A quality breeding cat costs far more than a pet. Blood tests are done for FeLV, FiV, FIP and fecal testing for parasites is done regularly. Sometimes even with all tests done, a cat can develop heart problems even after a clear DNA test and ultrasound is done. If that happens, the cat cannot be used for future breeding. Heart ultrasounds($700 minimum cost per cat) are done yearly on breeding cats. All cats are fed a high quality diet. The queens get supplements, pre-natal exams, and pregnancy X-rays. If something goes wrong, extra costs come up with emergency vet care, c-sections and assisted deliveries. Dental cleaning is done when needed.
Microchips, flea and tick prevention, de-worming, kitten food, cat food, bedding, cat trees, cat toys, extra large litter boxes, litter, cleaning supplies, dishes, grooming supplies, crates, registrations and kitten care packages all add up. Much love and time is invested in these kittens and cats around the clock to make them healthy, happy and well adjusted to home life. I do not rush the weaning of the kittens. They are weaned naturally by the queens when they are ready.
Kittens go to their new homes around 14-16 weeks of age after being spayed and neutered.
A Maine Coon requires coat care and maintenance to prevent knots and matting which is very uncomfortable for a cat. Daily combing a few minutes at a time while spending time with your cat is an easy way to train a kitten/cat to enjoy grooming sessions. Keep a metal pet comb close by where you spend the most time with your cat and they learn that combing is a part of snuggle time. It is only when the tangles and matts form that the cat doesn't enjoy being pulled at and finds it uncomfortable. They learn to accept the combing which must be done ALL over their body. Armpits, bellies, and behind the ears are areas that can matt quickly.
Nail clipping is also very important for any indoor cat. A sturdy set of human nail clippers is sufficient to clip a kitten's or young cat's claws. As they grow bigger over time, a set of large cat nail clippers can be used. These can be ordered from any pet supply site. De-clawing IS NOT AN OPTION. It is a very painful and unacceptable practice. Provide adequate scratching posts and cat trees.