Maine Coon cats can grow until they are about four years old, and their enormous size makes them popular. Besides that, Maine Coon cats and kittens make really good family pets. Here are five reasons why Maine Coons make ideal pets for families.
1. They are protective and kind.
If you are pregnant and worried about the safety of your newborn around your Maine Coon, worry no more. Just like most dogs, these cats have an incredibly strong instinct to protect.
- They have a strong maternal instinct that makes them different from other cats.
- Maine Coons that share a good bond with a family can be just as kind when a baby arrives.
- Your Maine Coon can be very caring and protective towards your baby if you help them connect with each other.
- Since Maine Coons are quite smart, they can be taught the differences of what they can do and what they cannot, this will help ensure your child’s safety.
- Lastly, it is recommended that you introduce them to your child early to secure a tight bond.
2. These “gentle giants” are naturally gentle.
The “gentle giant” nickname Maine Coons have are perfect to describe them as they are truly gentle. Maine Coon breeders have two categories for the feline’s face type, these are:
- The feral face – this face type is usually described similar to that of a grumpy, furry teacher judging you.
- The sweet face – the face that is rounder and kinder is considered the sweet face.
Maine Coons remain gentle regardless of its face type. With their patient and gentle nature, they are ideal pets for families with kids. They have the willingness to babysit young children and make sure they are entertained; Maine Coons just love the company of people. As long as you teach both the child and the cat how to treat each other, you will be worry-free leaving them together without supervision. Playtime can be good for them both or even for the entire family.
Due to their intelligence and obedience, training Maine Coon cats is a breeze. Clicker training is an easy way to help a Main Coon cats learn to come when called, sit, stay, etc. Maine Coon is the best choice if you are a cat lover and you want your child to know and experience what it is like to take responsibility for a pet. This will help your child practise leadership as well as keep your cat fit and stimulated, which makes it a truly win-win situation.
4. They are very sturdy cats.
Main coon cats are blessed by their wild ancestors with the following:
- Multi-layered coat to help them stay secure and protected from harsh elements.
- Large and well-built body that lowers their risk of injury
- Furred feet or “built-in snowshoes” that would be of big advantage when walking on cold icy terrains.
- Fluffy and most importantly, thick hairy tails which they could use to wrap around their body to keep themselves warm.
Maine Coons are believed to be barely hurt when their tails get stomped on by a child or when a child falls on top of them.
5. They will remain playful until adulthood.
Another reason why Maine Coons make ideal family pets is that they can be great playmates for your children or child. Most cats usually are usually frightened by the presence of a child, and quickly run to a hiding place. However, Maine Coons are different; they enjoy having a good chase with children. Maine Coons are also known for being the dogs in the cat world because of their playful nature. Their friendliness is often compared to that of a Retriever dog breed.
The oldest recorded Maine Coon lived up to the ripe age of twenty-six years. Maine Coons generally live long lives as they can last even beyond twenties. Growing up with a cat or a pet is presumed to mould a child better;
- They can be more sensitive to the needs of others.
- The simple “play time” they have spent with their pets will progress to companionship.
- Kids are likely to be more empathetic and/or caring towards other people as well as animals.
Additionally, a study shows that a family pet will encourage the development of a child. Children from homes with family pets will have better social and communication skills than children who grew up without pets.
Now that you have reached the end of this article, we encourage you to get a pet.
Should you get a Maine Coon? Check out our other article about this breed to find out!