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What is the difference between a pet shop kitten and one from a breeder? Good question!
Most of us are by now familiar with the horrid practice of puppy mills & pet stores. Puppies are not found in pet stores as much nowadays, because of public awareness.
The same is true of kittens! If you are looking for purebred Maine Coon kittens for sale, gone are the days of buying one from a pet store!
When I was a child, every time we visited the local mall, the highlight of my trip was seeing the cute puppies and especially the cute kittens for sale in the pet store. I even remember the name of that old store, some 30 years later.
We never stopped to think about those poor Maine Coon cats for sale (and other breeds too) back then. We just loved to look at the cute kittens for sale.
Maine Coon cats for sale in a pet store are the same as puppies for sale in a pet shop. The conditions in which they were bred are at best questionable, at worst horrifying.
➤ First, you have no way to meet the parents. You want to evaluate the kitten's mom and dad, to see that they are great examples of the breed.
What kind of health are the parents in? Have they been screened for genetically inherited diseases?
➤ What kind of conditions are the parents kept in? If the breeder/owner was selling kittens to a pet store, they do not love their pets, pure and simple.
The parents were likely kept in small quarters, largely ignored, along side many other lonely, sickly, and sad cats.
Buying a Maine Coon kitten from a pet store supports these conditions. It pays the people who do it, so they can stay in business.
Socialization: This is so important, it can't be stressed enough! How could a kitten in a cage be trained in the ways of being a friendly, social family member?
Maine Coon kittens for sale from breeders are "raised under foot," meaning part of the family. They will be curious, friendly, laid-back, and not skittish!
Taken From Mom Too Early: Maine Coons are slow to mature. They always stay with the breeder until about 12-13 weeks of age. They need this time. It's during this time that they learn the social ways of the Maine Coon cat.
It can be heartbreaking and tempting to see Maine Coon cats for sale in a pet shop. You just want to "rescue" him and give him some love.
But try to remember that by doing so you'd be financing more of the same, not to mention committing the breeding cats to more of that sad life.
Loving, caring devoted Maine Coon Cat breeders have cat as pets, first and foremost. There are so many benefits from finding your Maine Coon kitten this way. It's really the only way.
They take great care to find loving homes for the precious kittens. They are not "in it for money," selling kittens off for profit.
Taking home kittens for adoption is a great choice. You may find a Maine Coon mix, or a Maine Coon look-a-like who steals your heart!
Any purebred kitten will be for sale, though. There is a lot that goes into breeding, and we'll having an upcoming article on the costs of cats and kittens for sale.
If cost is a factor, as it is for so many of us, definitely look into kittens for adoption! Go to your local shelter, and you probably won't leave empty-handed!
Remember: many responsible Maine Coon Cat Breeders do have their own websites.
Don't be shy about visiting them! You can see pictures of and read about the cattery, how they got started, whether they show their cats, and even see pictures of their cats and kittens.
Ready to find Maine Coon cats for sale near you? Great! Hop on over to our newly expanded Maine Coon Cat Breeder Directory! It's a great resource.
A final thought: Many breeders are willing to ship their kittens, too. And visiting their website is a great way to get a feeling for them.
You can call or email them at that point. They may even have updated pictures of their latest litter! And, bingo, you've found Maine Coon cats for sale!