The Life Of Maine Coon Kittens
Maine Coon Kittens come to our world with deafblindness. As soon as all the kittens are born, the cat will lie on its side, surrounding the kittens with its body, and will stay with them literally every minute of the first day after birth.
Even after she carefully rinses them, she will continue to lick them and poke at them with a muzzle, encouraging them to suck. On average, newborn kittens weigh only 100 g. Although newborns are almost completely helpless, they are still much better developed than newborn babies of many other mammals.
For example, they are already covered with hair, while mice and rats are born hairless. With normal nutrition, the kitten daily adds in weight from 10 to 20 g. It doubles its mass at birth in one week.
Heat and food for Maine Coon Kittens are the most important factors of the well-being of the first days of life. The first few days the kittens do almost nothing else but feeding and sleep.
Newborn kittens cannot maintain a constant body temperature on their own, and this is one of the reasons why it is so important that they lie for the first few days, huddled against the warm belly of their mother. When a cat leaves the kittens for a very short time, they try to sleep in a heap. This helps them to store heat more efficiently.
If for some reason, the kitten is supercooled, it should be warmed not with a hot water bottle, but with your own body, since too rapid a rise in temperature can only damage the baby.
You can not feed a frozen baby, because the stomach and intestines do not function, and the food will not be digested. In this case, the kitten can be given a 5-10% percentage solution of glucose (4 ml every hour), honey solution, or sent water (1 teaspoon per 3 ml). The solution should be slightly warm.
If the cat is nervous when you touch the kittens, then try to inspect the nest in its absence and do it in case of emergency, otherwise, the jealous mother can pull the kittens to find the most secluded corner inaccessible to the annoying hosts.
In the first week, Maine Coon Kittens are able to move a little, “rowing” their forepaws (they develop faster than the rear ones). This mode of travel is enough to allow the kittens to reach the mother’s belly if they are accidentally pushed off, for example, during a particularly energetic cat attempt to lick their hair.
Newborn kittens are very weakly able to perceive the world in which they are. Their eyelids are tightly closed, their ears are clogged with folds of skin.
However, their sense of smell and touch are already fully developed, and in this period is all they need to find a mother and suck on her milk. On the 5th day of life, the ears of the kittens begin to hear normally, and they have the first elementary reactions to loud enough sounds.
Despite their limited opportunities, Maine Coon Kittens begin to accumulate information about the outside world, starting from the second day. Sucking at first is purely an instinctive action, but now it is associated with the smell of a cat.
Maine Coon Kittens also recognize the smell of the nest, which they can begin to sniff out to find their way home if they are pushed out or drop out of the nest. If the kitten was left alone, frozen, or bruised, he calls for help, issuing a surprisingly loud alarm signal, causing an immediate reaction in the cat.
Tiny kittens are able to recognize the touch of other people’s hands. By the end of the first week, the kitten can crawl up to half a meter. He will also try to stand on the feet if his body is carefully supported from below with the palm of his hand.
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Maine Coon cats have grown exponentially in popularity within the last decade. One very unfortunate side effect of this has been the proliferation of BYB (backyard breeders) presenting kittens for sale as “Maine Coons” when they are anything but pure bred or even mixed.
There are certain traits that are associated with this breed that can help you to know whether you are looking at the real thing or not.
At one point in time these naturally bred cats were pretty rampant in Maine, but times have changed and the reality is Maine Coon cats are not very likely to be running around feral. They are being bred by breeders today as pets and as show cats.
Unless you know the parents are certified Maine Coons then there is no way to tell for sure whether your cat is a Coon as well.
A Maine Coon cat is large. They are large as kittens and large as adults. They have rectangular bodies and they take about 4 years to reach full maturity. They have a “ruff” around the neck that is discernible, and they have large paws as well.
A telltale sign of the Maine Coon cat is their fur. It is very thick and medium to long. They evolved to survive the harsh Maine winters so they have tufts of fur on their paws as well as that long silky coat with the thick under coat.
Their ears are “lynx” like with tufts of fur on the ends. The ears are largely where the bobcat/Maine Coon folklore come from. They have ears that look very much like a bobcat’s, and again they are built for warmth so their ears are covered in thick fur that ends in a wisp at the point.
They have large, intelligent eyes that are slightly rounded.
When you combine all of the above and you come up with a cat that has a personality that is simply amazing, that is how you might know you have a Maine Coon cat. They are super friendly and outgoing and really work hard at relationships!
Their size is one key factor but their personality is the most important. These cats are a happy breed that are easily approachable.
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Last time, we started a four-post series about life with a Maine Coon. In the pilot post, we talked about how to introduce a Maine Coon cat into your home once you’ve already had a baby. Since cats familiarize themselves with the different scents present in their new home, the scents that come with having a baby will be part of those.
However, there are many people who started with pets first before a family. There are Maine Coon owners who are single. And there are couples too. Any cat owner would admit that when you have a cat, sometimes, it’s not you who’s the boss. Cats really make their presence known in a house. Most cats have a favorite spot to hang out and would never budge. Sometimes it’s the couch; a lot of times, it’s your place on the bed. For this second post, we will be talking about introducing a new baby to your Maine Coon cat who has already established territory in your home.
Maine Coon in the house!
Just imagine having a very lively Maine Coon cat in your home. They are giant balls of personality. When you have welcomed a Maine Coon into your home, it won’t take long and he (or she) will be settled in! Your Maine Coon cat will take over your house and your heart in no time. And he will be taking over in the most adorable way. Soon, your Maine Coon cat will blend in right into your routine. Certain areas in the house (actually your whole house) will be your coon’s territory. It will be definitely be home sweet home.
When you have a Maine Coon cat who’s been part of your life for some time, it will be very exciting but a bit concerning to introduce your new baby. For your Maine Coon cat, and for you, a lot of changes will start to happen. Once your baby arrives, there will be a myriad of new scents that your Maine Coon cat would have to deal with at first. It may take some time to familiarize himself with all the new scents, changes in the home and new activities. Your Maine Coon cat will also have to deal with all the crying. And at least for a few weeks, he might find you, his owner, too busy. But don’t worry! Soon, your Maine Coon cat will get used to all the changes and they will become part of his new routine.
Preparing your Maine Coon for the baby’s arrival
It will be great if you can prepare your Maine Coon cat beforehand. Try preparing him in stages before the actual arrival of your baby at home. Most parents like to shop for baby items early. You can start introducing your cat to the baby’s new stuff. If you are setting up a nursery, let your Maine Coon cat get familiar with the room. Allow him to check out the new furniture and get to know the smells. Introduce him to the scent of toiletries like baby shampoo, baby wash, baby powder, lotion and all the things you might be using.
How should I introduce our new baby to our Maine Coon cat?
My sister prepared her cat for my baby by letting him smell my baby’s used blanket. This can be a good way to introduce your baby’s smell to your Maine Coon cat. Before your baby goes home from the hospital, you can bring home a blanket that your Maine Coon can smell. Once baby is at home, give your Maine Coon cat time to “check the baby out” without forcing him. When he’s ready, allow him to sniff the baby in your arms. Talk to your Maine Coon cat and don’t be too nervous or jumpy. Your demeanor might be what your Maine Coon cat associates with the baby and it has to be good.
Try your best to make time to bond with your Maine Coon cat during the day. Do some of the things you normally do and keep his routine, This will help him not feel left out with the arrival of the baby. Play with him or groom him; just bond with him. In time, your Maine Coon cat will learn that the new baby is part of the family. And it will be such a joy to see your baby and your Maine Coon cat develop a wonderful relationship.
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