Young Maine Coon With a Biting Problem
14 Month Neutered Male Maine Coon Bites Constantly
Our MC is 14 months old. Breeder released him at 8 weeks and we suspect too early and she did not socialize.
He bites when you pick him up, pet him, try and comb or clip nails. He rarely allows head scratching. Insanely active at times.
All lamps are now removed, hutch is empty. Breeder says just his personality. Says 8 weeks is ok to go to home. Has been to vet several times and no health issues.
We have had 3 prior MCs and never like this. All were friendly. No biting. No scratching and loved to be cuddled. We would not give him away as not fair to a new owner to deal with him.
We feed him and generally have to ignore him to avoid being bitten. Will sit in empty shower for hours. Basically is totally reclusive. No other pets or children in a quiet home. What can we do???????
At 14 months old none of his behaviors has modified. We are getting desperate and really don’t want to feed him tranquilizers.Respnose:
I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. As you know based on your past Maine Coons, this is highly unusual and doesn't sound like a happy, content cat. I haven't had a cat like this, and this is the kind of question I usually recommend taking to a vet, which you've done.
I agree with your suspicion that he was taken from his mom too early, sold too young and didn't receive a proper start with lots of handling and socialization. However, every cat is unique. Perhaps others have done all right with their method.
Two things that come to mind are thorough, professional cat behavior training and calming pheromones like Feliway.
Hopefully others in our community here will comment and share their experiences and input, and help you find a way to move forward with your boy.
I hope you find a way to have a long and loving relationship with him.