What is the Maine Coon cat lifespan? We all want our Maine Coon cats to live as long as possible! We love our gentle giants, and this is important information.
The “textbook answer” is that the average Maine Coon lifespan is 12-15 years. Naturally, we all want our beloved Coonies to live as long as possible.
It's not uncommon for a Maine Coon to be posted in our Photo Galleries who is 15, 18 or even 20+ years old!
So let's talk about three important factors for a long and healthy life:
Before scouting adorable Maine Coon kittens, even though they are generally a healthy breed, it's a good idea to know about some genetic conditions that can affect a Maine Coon’s lifespan.
They are not overweight, but normally proportioned. As a large cat, there are health issues to be aware of.
The first that comes to mind is hip dysplasia. This genetic disorder results in a poor-fitting ball and socket of the hip joint.
Dogs and large size cats will be more susceptible to the pain associated, since they bear more weight on the joint than a lightweight kitty. It certainly impacts their quality of life.
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is also a genetic disorder. It results in a loss of muscle tone in their hindquarters. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited condition which causes cysts on the kidney, and can ultimately result in kidney failure.
HCM, or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a bit more commonly known to pet owners. This genetic disease causes a thickening of the wall of the heart, gradually over time, tragically resulting in sudden heart failure.
(Visit our page on Maine Coon Cat Health Problems for a more comprehensive look at each of these genetically inherited conditions that can shorten the Maine Coon Cat Lifespan.)
If these health issues have you feeling apprehensive, take heart! Reputable breeders are very conscious of them.
There are genetic (DNA) tests, and screenings that can be done regularly, and are part of the breeding process.
There is no way to completely guarantee a cat won't develop any of these health problems, but by going to ethical and experienced Maine Coon breeders who screen and DNA test for genetic conditions you can rest assured everything possible has been done to lower the chances.
A general health issue that affects many cats, especially older cats, is periodontal disease. Our page on cat oral health and caring for your cat's teeth talks all about what to look for, and what you can do. If left untreated, it can impact a Maine Coon cat's life expectancy.
The biggest factor that Maine Coon owners have control over to extend their Maine Coon's lifespan is keeping them indoors!
Reasons To Keep Your Maine Coon Indoors:
1. So no harm comes to them, reducing the Maine Coon cat lifespan.
2. Because you (probably) agreed in writing with your breeder to do so.
It's really that simple! Our page on keeping cats indoors has more specific info, reasons, tips and more.
You can expect a long lifespan with your indoor Maine Coon(s)! As a large breed of cat they may look tough, but they are sweet, docile and prone to long naps.
"How can I take proper care of an indoor Maine Coon?"
Indoor kitties love a sturdy, big cat tree! Cat trees and toys are all these big cats need for enough exercise. Playing together is one of the best forms of quality time, too.
Also, they can be leash and harness trained for jaunts outside, which is fun!
Many Coonie owners are lucky enough to provide a catio or enclosed area for outdoor excursions as well.
Just bear in mind that this opens the door for tick and fleas, so treatments may be in order.
Most Maine Coon owners will say that their indoor Coonie has an amazing quality of life, plenty of mental stimulation, and of course their Maine Coon's lifespan will as long as it possibly can be.
Maine Coon owners ask about healthy diet and nutrition, especially for these large indoor cats. Dry food is more calorie dense, and sometimes cats end up on a weight loss plan!
Feeding your indoor cat a high protein diet is especially good for the Maine Coon Cat Lifespan, as carbohydrates are harder to digest and cat's are obligate carnivores so they do need the protein.
High protein diet is especially beneficial for senior cats and will help keep them healthier, longer, extending their Maine Coon cat lifespan.
There are so many high quality cat foods on the market now. It's a good idea to ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. Special formulas like senior cat food for elderly cats may help extend a cat's life expectancy.
The Importance of Playing Together:
Regular exercise together with fun cat toys will help keep your indoor kitty fit and healthy for a long life.
But did you know that the mental stimulation it provides also helps avoid elderly cat health problems like senility or dementia? Super important for a long life!
Even though there are no guarantees in life, the Maine Coon cat lifespan can be really long! And it's a good thing, too. With their amazing personalities, it's impossible not to fall completely in love with them.