The Maine Coon is one of the largest domestic cats; males can weigh as much as 35 pounds.
As the name suggests, the breed originated in Maine, where it is the official state cat.
These cats are friendly and very active and can be expected to explore every nook and cranny of your house.
They are also known for their fascination with water, so you may want to close the door when you are taking a shower if you don’t want to share it with your cat.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Maine Coon Cat?
Maine Coons are for the most part healthy cats, living on average more than 16 years. The breed is susceptible to three hereditary health problems:
- Feline Spinal Muscular Atrophy: some Maine Coon cats suffer degeneration of the nerves in the lower spinal cord, which results in weakened legs and difficulty walking. The disease normally appears within a kitten’s first 6 months, but is neither painful nor fatal, and affected cats can live normal lives if they are well cared for and kept indoors. A genetic test is now available that can help to screen a kitten’s parents.
- Hip dysplasia: like St. Bernard dogs, these cats may inherit a condition where the hipbone fails to fit correctly into the pelvis. Over time, wear and tear can cause the hip joint to become inflamed, causing pain and restricted movement. The condition can often be reversed with surgery.
- Polycystic kidney disease: this congenital disorder, which affects as much as 16% of some cat breeds, causes cysts to form in one or both kidneys, and normally doesn’t manifest itself until a cat is seven to ten years old. The condition is progressive and irreversible, though surgery may in some cases help to relieve the cat’s discomfort.
Since your Maine Coon is likely to have a long life, it is important to be prepared not only for congenital conditions like these, but also for the inevitable medical issues that arise as a cat ages. Owners who purchase the right pet health insurance plan can rest assured in the knowledge that they will always be able to provide the care that their big cats deserve.