How to Identify a Maine Coon Kitten?
Maine Coons have become very popular over the last few years, so more and more people want to become the owners of this amazing breed. However, given the high demand, some breeders try to cheat the buyers. Thus, having bought a kitten, the owners may get nervous.
Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to identify a purebred kitten than an adult cat. If you want to be 100% sure, then we recommend asking for parents' certificates or paying for a DNA test. Nevertheless, we have prepared the main features that help determine whether a kitten is purebred after a little examination and observation.
Identifying Your Cat Using Physical Traits
The main feature of this breed is its big size. So if you bought a purebred kitten, then you will notice that it looks larger than its peers. By the way, a kitten needs from 3 to 5 years to reach its real size. But if your pet's size seems to be normal, do not make a hasty decision and read the points below, which may answer your question, "How to tell if a kitten is a Maine Coon cat?"
Your loved pet should have large paws and oval eyes. Perhaps, your cat also has a very long tail and ears with fine hair. As for the head, Maine Coon is known for its oblong shape so check out its profile. Then look at his neck, is there a lot of hair? Your cat should look like a little lion! Hope this information will help identify your pet's breed, but if you still doubt it, read the points below.
The first thing you may notice while looking at your kitten is its body length. Maine Coons has a specific shape of the body that looks like a rectangle. However, the body parts (for example, the legs) have to look proportional. So if you notice that your pet looks strange and not "harmonious," perhaps you have become a victim of fraud. In any case, do not panic and keep reading our article.
Ears & Paws
Many cat lovers adore Maine Coons for their large and round paws. But be careful, as those adorable paws have sharp and curved claws. You should also pay attention to the presence of tufts of hair between the toes, as this characteristic distinguishes this breed from other cats.
How to identify if a kitten from Maine Coon to bobcat? Look at its ears! Your pet may have cute tufts of hair on the ears that make it look like a bobcat. But not every Maine Coot has this feature. In most cases, their ears are simply covered in thick fur.
Tail & Fur
If you are the owner of a purebred kitten of this breed, you will definitely notice its large and long tail! It is also very bushy and fluffy. As for the coat, it has to be long, thick, soft, and even silky, so stroking kittens and cats is a real pleasure. You can also look at the kitten's neck. Even at a young age, they have a large amount of hair in this area, making them look like little lions.
One of the key Maine Coon kitten characteristics is its large eyes with a unique oval shape. So take a moment to stare into your pet's eyes. Do they look unusual? The eye color can be blue only if your pet is white, and in other cases, it is usually gold, amber, or green.
Identifying Your Cat Using Personality Traits
Gentle & Playful
It is one of the most gentle breeds of cats with a wonderful character, and it does not matter whether it is a kitten or an adult cat. So your pet should not be aggressive. This breed is also very playful and is always happy to spend time with the owner. So take a piece of ribbon or sting and try to entertain your kitten.
How to tell if a kitten is a Maine Coon cat? Check if it is smart enough. For example, you can throw a toy, and your pet has to bring it back to you. Kittens of this breed also learn very quickly and can perform different tricks! But the amazing thing is that Maine Coon kittens can even understand the basic commands, such as "no" or "off."
When you buy a kitten, you should pay attention to its behavior. Is it friendly enough? This is a very kind breed, so the Maine Coon may rub around your legs within a few minutes of the first meeting! But if you plan to get a female kitten, it can be quite reserved.
Love Of Water
Is your kitten afraid of water? Or is it fascinated with it and loves to play by patting the water with the paws? This cat breed adores water, so your pet will not mind taking a bath or swimming. But be careful, as the kitten can easily jump into your bathtub or take a shower with you!
|Do All Maine Coons Have Lynx Tips?||Unfortunately not. Not every cat of this breed can have these cute lynx tips. It is more like a genetic trait, so when you buy a kitten, pay attention to its parents' ears.|
|Where Can I Buy a Maine Coon Kitten?||If you are looking for a purebred cat, you should contact a national or local Maine Coon club to find a real and reliable breeder. The main mistake is to go to pet stores while you search for a kitten.|
|Do All Maine Coons Taking a Bath?||Well, Maine Coons love water, but it is better to bath them only when it is necessary. However, be careful if your pet has matted fur, as bathing can make the situation worse. If taking a bath is part of the soothing treatment, then you should use shampoo and scrub to prevent fur tangling.|
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