Maine Coons Outside
Hi Carrie and MC devoted slaves,
Having read about Molly's (S.Africa) Pet Loc8tor,
I'm curious if anyone in England/UK allows their MC (with loc8tor) freedom ? And, how it worked, if it had to?
Glad to hear the gadget has been updated. Has anyone in my area bought one recently?
JUDY, South England
Hi, haven't seen my male Maine Coon for five days now and just wondered if they were prone to going off hunting or something for a few days.
He is one year old neutered nocturnal cat. Sleeps inside all day and goes out every night always the same routine.
We live in a very secluded location and he would have to travel one and a half kilometers to get to the nearest road which is a quiet one. Thanks
Wanderlust & Microchipping
by: Gail (Quincy, MA, USA)
I'm hoping your precious little one also comes back home, but I am hoping (for kitty's sake) that he/she has been microchipped.
In the event the cat is found by someone with a scanner(animal control, vet, shelters, etc.), they will scan the cat looking for the microchip. They will then call the owner to let them know they've got the cat. In the event of theft, if the cat's chipped and the thief tries to pass the cat off as their own, they will be caught or at the very least, will be investigated as to why the chip belongs to someone else.
Try hanging stuff around your yard that has your scent on them. Perhaps your cat will pick it up.
Thanks, stilll no sign
Thanks for all your comments. Still no sign. Contacted all local vets and rescue centres a couple days after he went off. Yes he is microchipped. To me personally cats should not be kept inside. A lot of owners seem to make excuses and saying that their cats have lots of toys and stuff but to me its wrong. I would rather let my cats out knowing that harm may come to them than keeping them trapped in. We may fool ourselves into believing that our pets are people and just want to be with us and watch tele and stuff but this is wrong. I believe that if any cat is given the choice it will go outside. I thinks it's awful how people keep birds like parrots e.g. in cages. This is wrong and they make the excuse that they have toys like mirrors. To me keeeping a cat side is practicaly the same. Would love to know how others feel about this. Sorry for the spelling. Still praying to see him again and am more than happy with the life I provided. Would do it again. Thanks. Please comment.
by: Gail (Quincy, MA, USA)
Here is where we disagree. Although most cats love to roam, people have domesticated them to the point where they evolved enough that they are dependent on us - feral cats notwithstanding.
As previously mentioned, rural areas have their own dangers - wild animals like hawks, bear, fox...any number of predators. Aside from rural areas, a cat could also fall victim to eating/drinking something poisonous like antifreeze, poison vegetation, traps, being run over or even cruelty from sick people.
I don't understand what almost sounds like a callous attitude: "..I would rather let my cats out knowing that harm may come to them than keeping them trapped in.." If your area is rural, a 'catio' could be constructed so the cat can roam freely but within protected boundaries. If you'd rather harm come to your cat, please do not get another one, for the safety of future cats. Try getting a dog instead - at least they come when called. (Don't let them roam unchecked either.)
I live in a suburban area, so different dangers exist. My cat is indoor only; however, she loves being on a cat harness/retractable leash and we go outside together. When I'm on the back porch with the door wide open, she has no desire to go outside. She just watches what I'm doing and follows me everywhere inside the house. We spend quality time together, be it brushing that gorgeous fur, playing together, watching TV together or even napping together. She just loves being around me. She's got loads of room inside and toys and could care less about going out. She originally came from our no-kill shelter and I adopted her when she was returned twice before. She knows what it's like being on her own outside and chooses me instead.
I pray that your cat comes back, but if he never does, you may want to re-think your stance on allowing a cat to roam unchecked outside.
Snap! Lily does this too!
I have just posted about this very thing on the comments section of my page about my cat called Snuffleupagus.
(You should be able to find the page by going to the Maybe Maine Coon? link, from the navigation bar and then scroll down to the list of visitors pages AFTER the invitation).
But if not, Lily (Snuffleupagus' daughter) disappears for about 4 or 5 days on a regular basis and she always comes back. She never seems to be overly hungry or stressed so I think she must have another family that she spends that time with.
I would LOVE to know where she goes, it's certainly a mystery, but as long as she continues to come home then I just have to accept it's part of who she is.
It's a while since you posted this, so I can only hope that your kitty has returned to you safe and sound :)
I have a male rescue kitten of 10 months old, and he's getting huge! Because he's a rescue and was from an abandoned litter, they didn't know what type of cat he was.
He has all the traits of a Maine Coon and physical characteristics, so we're pretty sure he is one. He's about 3 1/2 feet long when fully stretched out, and he's already bigger than all of the full grown male cats on our street!
I wanted to know if I could walk him on a leash around the neighborhood. I've never seen any loose animals besides a cat hiding in the bushes from time to time, and there are usually a couple other people walking their dogs, but it's easy to avoid a run in with another animal.
He's getting too big to spend all his time indoors, and I don't want to put him in the backyard because a mommy cat and her 3 kittens are living back there until we can get them to a rescue center. My kitten plays too rough with them because he doesn't realize how huge he is.
If I can walk him, also, what kind of leash should I use? And for how long and how frequently? He really wants to get outside, but I can't just let him roam free. I don't want him to get hit by a car or get lost.
You've made a good, responsible decision to keep your boy indoors! I'm sure he wants to go outside. Our cats still try to make a break for it from time to time, but nothing like when they were younger.
A few of our Maine Coon Cat Nation friends have posted about their cats enjoying a walk on a leash. I walked Alice and Leo when they were young, just in the yard, though I didn't take pictures at the time. They style I used was actually made for rabbits. It was flexible and designed so they couldn't wriggle their front legs out. I think an adult Maine Coon would be too large for this, though.
There are a couple of nice harnesses made just for cats available through Amazon. I've had success ordering pet supplies through them. Here are two you might like to check out:
Come With Me Kitty Harness
Smartcat Non-Pinching Cat Harness and Leash
Both have good reviews. The first has around 81 reviews in the medium size, but I figured you would go for the large ;)
As for his needing to go out because of his size and the fact that he's begging, you certainly can, and he'll love it, but it's not essential. There are huge Maine Coon cats stay indoors all the time and live full happy lives, too.
Hope this helps! Maybe some others will chime in with their experiences, too!
All The Best,
We started leash training all three of our boys shortly after they came home from the breeder and the process was seamless, they all took to it right away. We simply started by putting the harness on for a few minutes each day so they could get used to it. Once they were used to it then we tried the leash. It might take a little longer for your 10 month old, but be patient.
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.
Good luck, and post a picture when you get the chance!
The cat Lupine Harnesses are too small for most coons. We use the one for small dogs.
Can I walk my Maine Coon kitten?
I would never walk a cat on a leash. First off, what seems a short distance to you, due to your long legs and matabolism, is an extremely long and enduring walk to a cat. Also, cats probably do not enjoy being forced to walk long distances. Lastly, if your cat is sick, even if it doesn't show it, this can be an agonizing stress on your cat.
Yes, this all really has helped a lot! And I would never take my kitten for a walk if he didn't want to go! He just really wants to be outside, but it can be dangerous. He runs so much faster than me, so I don't want to have to be chasing him around the block. But, thank you all, very much, for this great information!
We have a 18 week old silver tabby male maine coon called Buddy and wonder if letting him outside briefly - on a harness and lead would be a good thing? We want to enrich his life, not put his health in danger. We will remain in our house most of the time. In the summer we want to design and build an enclosure, sooooooooo until then ????
Has anyone designed and built their own? What are the pitfalls? I wish ANY one of the cat mags would feature them.
We have a bird feeders in the front & back garden about 35 feet from our windows. A fox used to wander in but haven't seen much evidence lately. A semi feral cat wanders through, plus a young deer sometimes(the type with white spots). Incidentally, Buddy has had his vaccinations etc.
He's rambunctious, very bold, greedy and persistant. While waiting at the vets - for his 2nd vaccination, a pitbull was sniffed in his direction. What did Buddy do? He stood up and pawed the grill and sniff in the dog's direction :)lol.
Has anyone tips on persuading him from scratching the doors? New paintwork has gone for a burton :(
It is wonderful to be able to contact like minded m.c. people.
I think it is fine to try Buddy on a leash! Many cats enjoy it, and the best time to start is when they are young.
Just be prepared for him to love it so much he makes a break for it every time you open the back door! Our cats have all but forgotten about going out. Alice sometimes tries to sneak over if it's left open, but that's it. In the dead of winter, we let them on the back deck in the snow (it's covered)! They sniff around, don't dare to get their paws wet, and come back to the warmth of the hearth pretty soon! I think it's good for them, though!
As for the enclosures, there are a couple of companies out there. They can be expensive. Making your own is a great idea!
By the way, you also have a few comments on this subject over on our Facebook page...
The Maine Coon is one of the breeds I am considering getting. I adore cats, and I like what I read about this breed.
But, I am not much of a fan of letting my cat outdoors for different reasons. I really need to know if this will be harmful to this breed in any way.
It's great that you ask this! I applaud you for thinking ahead of your future cats safety and lifestyle. So, here is your answer:
Your Maine Coon Cat does not need to go outside. On the contrary, he will live a longer, healthier live in the house with you. Nearly all veterinarians and Maine Coon cat breeders are taking this position, too!
It's a myth that these cats (though they are robust!) are more "wild" or "hunters" etc, and need to go outdoors due to their breed being big and evolving outdoors many generations ago.
If you get a kitten from a breeder, he will ask for your word, perhaps in writing, that you will not let your Maine Coon outdoors, and that you will not declaw your Maine Coon.
I hope that puts your mind at rest! If you do get a Maine Coon, he should be an indoor cat!
Good luck with whatever breed you choose!
Getting a Maine Coon
Hi, there just want to say i have two maine coons that live happily in doors as long as you keep them active i invested in a floor to ceiling cat tower and plenty of interactive toys and plenty or tlc.they are a cat that think their a dog and interested in everything you do please do you home work on the breeder as there is a recognised promblem hypertrophic cardiomyopathy(HCM)we sadly lost our first just before his 2nd birthday and will never get over this it was such a shock. my breeder was fantastic had the parents tested and we now have a brother and sister from two negatives just had thier yearly test and jabs and all A ok hope this as helped and not scared you they really are a wonder and add great value to all the family. all the best