Tattle Tails: Maine Coon Newsletter
Welcome to our April edition of Tattle Tails! The year is off to a purrrfect start!
"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
~ Sigmund Freud
The Care & Keeping Of Your Maine Coon Cat: It's hard to describe the love between a Maine Coon and their family. I know you understand! With such special family members often come special, breed-specific questions and concerns. Your loving Maine Coon is very unique, both physically and in purrsonality.
Photo Album Updates:
17 month old Ludo from Ryhill, West Yorkshire, UK, is making news in a big way! If this lovable big boy continues growing on pace, he may become the UK's largest cat.
Ludo is already three times the size of the average moggy, at 24.5 pounds (11kg). His owner, Kelsey Gill, shares: "We've had Maine Coon's for a while, but never one this big. The other two Maine Coon's that we have at the moment are much smaller than Ludo and they're about four years old. He overtook them in weight and size when he was five months old and he was 18 pounds at nine months. 'Even though he's huge, he's so friendly and lovable. He'll often come over and lay on the bed or flop out on the floor to be stroked. 'He doesn't cost us anymore than the other two as he doesn't eat that much - the smallest one eats the most."
This time of year spring fever hits the cats just as hard as it hits the people! One can hardly blame them - How they love the feeling of the wind blowing through their fur. And the feeling of the warm sunshine as they lounge on the ground. And did you know there are birds out there?!?
Just the simple act of pouncing on a cricket or trying to catch a fly actually brightens up a cats day. It adds to their overall health. They get exercise, and they feel like those instincts are being satisfied.
Having indoor cats presents a challenge in the springtime. There are a few options though!
For those of us without an enclosed yard, walled garden or screened porch, outdoor cat enclosures provide a way for cats to go outside and enjoy all it's benefits. They are safe and accounted for, and get to enjoy being outside. Some handy folks even build their own enclosures!
Have you ever considered or tried leash-training your cat? It's true - Maine Coons can be leash-trained. You'll want to use not a collar (if kitty pulls or gets caught around something she can choke) but a special cat harness. These fit around the body, and most Maine Coons tolerate them well. Some even really enjoy their harnessed walks!
Of course, most cats won't be interested in an old-fashioned jaunt down the sidewalk (although a few will!) Leash-training a Maine Coon usually means safely exploring the yard together.
And when these options don't work, even opening a window brings such enjoyment to our furry friends! The breeze, the view, the scents and sounds of spring - what a treat!
Over time, Coonie lovers have sent in lots of tips and advice! Here are some pearls of wisdom following our "cats outside" theme for today:
Cat Fence-In System:
We walk our boys around the yard and have taught them their boundaries beyond which thy are not allowed to go. This has helped when they occasionally bolt out the door. They run to the boundary and stop. We travel with them on vacation sometimes and being leash trained helps alot. This way they can get outside when there is a safe place to do so.
We use Lupine brand harnesses with great success. (The cat Lupine Harnesses are too small for most coons. We use the one for small dogs.)"
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