What’s the difference between a female and male Maine Coon? Maine Coons are one of the most popular cat breeds. They’re known for their size and friendly affectionate personalities. The main obvious reason is the size. Males are bigger. Males tend to be more laid back, needy, and affectionate than females. Females seems to be more active, sassy, and independent, and tend to have their "person" they are most attracted to. I personally think each cat is different and have their own unique personalities. Based on TICA’s standards, males can weigh between 13-18 pounds and females can weigh between 9-13 pounds at full maturity. I get a lot of requests asking for a big cat. Although Maine Coons are known to be the largest breed of domesticated cats, they don’t all grow to be 20+ pounds. Please be realistic and know that size and temperament cannot be determined at such a young age. All cats are different and grow differently at their own pace. I do not breed for size so please do not ask. My main concern is their health and temperament.
What kind of housing for your cats? All my cats are raised indoors. I expect the kittens to be kept indoors only as well when they go to their new homes. This will help prevent catching diseases from other cats, fleas, ticks, and predators. Once a cat is exposed to the outside world, they will get more curious and continue to want to go out and explore. There’s that chance that they may never return home due to someone stealing them, getting hit by a car, or a predator. My cats are raised strictly indoors only. All kittens are handled daily to optimize their social experience throughout their beginning life stages. Our queens and kittens have their own room for birthing, growing up, and for safety. We have small human children in our home, and accidents can happen if kittens are left to run the house unsupervised. We love our cats very much and they’re spoiled daily!
Do you allow in home visits? No, we do not. Due to biosecurity, and the susceptibility young kittens have to germs and outside viruses that could be fatal to them. These types of viruses can be carried on you clothes or shoes, and you may not even realize you had some into contact with a cat that is a carrier/shedder of feline herpes, calicivirus, coronavirus, or anything else that could literally wipe out an entire litter or infect adults. We also live in a rural area, and I have 3 small children at home. Due to past experiences, we no longer allow strangers into our home. I do always keep myself available to send updates and photos. We also are open to video chat calls. I understand it can be hard to add a new furry family member that you haven't met in person, so we leave myself available to do so!
How do I reserve a kitten? Please contact me and let me know which kitten you are interested in. Due to many people showing interests but not actually placing a deposit, I go by first come first serve to approved homes. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your kitten. I hold the rights to have first pick of the litter for my future breeding program and reserve the right to refuse any person I see unfit to care for my kittens.
How do I pay for my Kitten? For deposit, we accept Check, Cash, Venmo, PayPal, and Zelle. The balance for your kitten is due at the time of pick up if you are meeting in person or ONE WEEK prior if your baby is going to be delivered to you. The balance due can be paid with Venmo, Zelle, PayPal (Friends and Family), or CASH. When you pick up your kitten, I will NOT accept a check for the balance unless its received 10 days before scheduled pick up, you must bring CASH or Electronic Payment for the balance.
What do you feed your Kittens? All of our kittens are raised on Royal Canin. They start on a mix of "Mother and Babycat" dry kibble and "Kitten" dry kibble (the pink bag) available to them free choice. We also feed Wet Canned food every evening. If you choose to switch brands or flavor, it needs to be transitioned gradually through a 7 day period to let their sensitive stomach adjust. During this process, the kitten may experience diarrhea and upset stomach. We highly recommend feeding Royal Canin foods for at least the first year.
Do you ship? Yes I do. I have shipped in the past and am experienced with shipping with both Delta, and United Airlines. We typically use a Flight Nanny Service. Cargo shipping is also available. Pricing varies depending on location, starting around $525, through TLC Flight Nanny and other similar services. Kittens need to be health cleared by a certified vet in order to fly. This is done within 10 days of departure date. On the day of departure, I will have to drop them off at least 2-2 1/2 hours before departure time depending on which airline we use. If shipping them Cargo, they will be shipped in an appropriate sized crate, some bedding for comfort and to absorb any possible soiling, a food bowl, a water container, and some food attached to the crate. We will work together on determining the best flight options for the kitten. I will keep in contact with you and let you know when your kitten has been dropped off and provide you with an airway bill number for tracking. The cost is AROUND $450-500 via cargo, at buyers expense. This includes the airfare, crate, health certificate, and my time to go into town to purchase the necessary items for shipping and dropping off the kitten. Courier pricing will vary depending on location.
When do I get to bring home my kitten? Kittens need to stay with me at least they are 12 weeks old and sometimes longer if needed. Not only will this help with their early life on socializing but this will make sure they are fully weaned and strong enough to move to their new home.
Can I pick up my kitten? Absolutely. When possible, I would love to meet new owners in person. We could schedule a time and date that will work with both parties. You can pick up the kitten at my home or I can meet you at the airport if you’re flying in from out of state. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET YOUR NEW KITTEN HOME: Bringing home a new kitten can be one of the most exciting feelings. Keep in mind that it is in a brand new environment with new people, new scent, new furniture, new people, basically new everything. Start with confining your kitten in one room first so he/she may get accustomed to their new home with a clean litter box and food/water bowl. If you have other pets, this is one way to introduce your new kitten by letting them smell their scent through the door. Slowly let your kitten explore the house room by room. All cats are different. Some may take longer than others to adjust and some may take longer to open up to you and trust you. *Password for Application-FELINE (Caps not necessary) Are you a real person? YEP! I am a stay at home mom with 3 children under the age of 5. I am crazy busy always, and I live in a perpetual state of chaos! My life revolves around my kiddos and my animals. This gives me the opportunity to raise and care for kittens around the clock. They are raised in our home and socialized hands on daily around kids, dogs, and cats. I can provide personal references of previous buyers and my vet’s info.
MORE QUESTIONS? I am here for support and am a phone call/ text away. Don’t hesitate to contact me! If it is an emergency, please contact your vet first.