When you mention the word “social”, which cat comes first to your mind?
Yup, Maine Coon.
They are truly the social butterfly among other cat breeds.
Maine Coon is thought to be the result of breeding between domestic shorthair cats and overseas longhair cats.
Nowadays, Maine Coons are the largest domestic cat breed known for their sheer size. They are big boned and muscular with males weighting up to an average weight of eighteen pounds. Their length can go up to forty inches long.
Originally, they are categorized as wild animals.
They were raised out there in the nature generations ago but were soon preserved, protected, and taken in by families.
Contradicting from their physical appearance and origin, Maine Coon cats are actually social animals by nature. They are friendlier and more outgoing compared to other cat breeds.
Maine Coons cats personality let them adapt quite quick to their new environment. They can get a little shy at strangers at first but after getting to know them, they will be able to make friends rather easily.
That is why your company becomes essential at their earlier days of being adopted.
Being one of the largest cat breeds, they make their presence known in the most charming way. They take up so much more space on the couch compared to other cats.
Even though Coons are huge, they are still famous for hiding in the corner and squeezing themselves through paths. Lovely, aren’t they?
Maybe it is their intelligent brain or their ability to be trained or it could be an entirely different reason.
One thing for sure, there is definitely something about the Maine Coon’s personality trait that makes Maine Coons more sociable than other cats.
Long history of friendship
Just like how dogs are known as the man’s best friend since long time ago, Maine Coon cats also have written history for being a great companion to people.
Back when the farmers had to worry about rodents getting into the grains and other crops, Maine Coons were the one getting rid of them since they were born as exceptionally excellent hunters. This made them valuable family members to farmers. They are also best friends with sailors.
Our great grandfather said that Maine Coons helped them keep the wharfs free of vermin. Anytime some pests are disturbing their workflow, Maine Coons will be there to handle them.
Maine Coon history goes back to right around 300 years of giving companionship to the general population of Maine and the states all around.
They are “Gentle Giants”
You’ve probably heard of this term a few times but don’t get fooled with the word “gentle”. In fact, Coons are amazing hunters, full of energy, and always ready to play. On top of all that, they are affectionate and sweet inside. This breed enjoys the company of people and will always stay near them for the chance to be cuddled.
They love cuddling and interaction.
Whether it’s the long history of friendship Maine Coon has with human, or based on other certain reasons, but this cat actively seeks the companion of people.
They take initiative to make friends with people and when they become friends, they thrive to become an integrated family member.
As it is mentioned above, their dog-like loyalty and love for human are something you can only see in the Maine Coons personality traits.
That’s all for the “gentle” part of their name. The “giant” part is, well, all about the size.
Because of their size, you don’t have to worry about other animals trampling all over them. Maine Coons’ considerable sheer size pretty much guarantees that they are exceptionally noticeable and can undoubtedly withstand a potential “occurrence” of being stumbled over.
Are they “Lap Cats?”
Despite all their love for their owners, not all Maine Coons are lap cats. Most of them actually prefer to stay anywhere near you so that you can cuddle them anytime you want. Just like they fell happy and safe by staying near their loved ones.
There are still some if none Maine Coons that are “Lap Cats” but your laps won’t be big enough to hold them, right? So they don’t have to be lap cats to feel loved. You just have to pet and cuddle them often to make sure you are there with them.
Maine Coons in a cat and dog world
Maine Coons may be extremely social beings, but living in a cat world with other cats and animals, may not be so easy.
This Maine Coon personality is created from their genes and previous experience with other animals. It determines how well one can get along with other pets in their surroundings.
Ideally, you as the owner should bring home socialized cat that has been exposed well to other animals.
If you are bringing home a Maine Coon kitten, then it is important for you to invest time in training them and making them social beings.
Hence, before you adopt or bring home a Maine Coon, it is important to think of their new surroundings. While Maine Coons may adjust easily into the household with children and other animals, their surroundings may not.
#1. Consider your other pets
Not all breeders are sufficiently mindful to put time in preparing and socializing kittens before putting them up for adoption or sale. In the end, despite Maine Coon’s personality, it is up to you to introduce your new cat to the others at home.
Remember! Not all pets are as friendly and social as Maine Coons. You know your dogs and cats’ characteristics and temperament the most (it is not impossible for dogs and cats to coexist together).
It is normal for your other pets to feel threatened because of Maine Coon’s size. It may seem initially hard at first, but it will not be if you just understand the importance of first impression.
If you will just invest energy and effort in making the introduction between your pets as smooth as allowed, your new Maine Coon will be a built as a portion of the family before you know it.
#2. Separate Males and Females
When you let your Male Maine Coon enter your front door, the first thing you should do is to separate it from female cats unless they are neutered.
When unneutered, your male Coons will come after the kitty of the opposite sex so, separating them would keep the peace.
Same goes for female Maine Coons except the term is not “neuter” but “spay”.
This is why it is important to neuter or spay your Maine Coons before bringing them home.
#3. Create their own territory
In a household full of different animals, it is important to make sure they have their own space. Some are excessively dominant, some are excessively submissive, while some are just neutral.
Maintaining the perpetual balance is more important than you think. Without maintaining this balance, fights will break out. One cat won’t like it when some dog enter their territory while one dog won’t like it when some cat uses their litter box.
If the balance is maintained, the only fights that will break out will be the harmless ones which is normal in a household full of pets.
Yet, to achieve that condition of peace, your pets ought to be given plentiful chances to check how they feel about the new expansion, while your Maine Coon should be offered time to get settled with living in a household full of different animals.
So make sure your Maine Coon cat will have their own room that will be off limits to your other pets. Remember to put their necessities in their room such as litter box, comfortable bed, etc.
#4. Choose a room with windows
Confine your other pets before entering the house with your new Maine Coon. Let your Maine Coon explore the house as much as possible before taking them to their designated room. Allow them to familiarize themselves with their new territory.
Take some of your pets’ toys that smells like them and put it inside your Maine Coon’s territory.This is proven to be the successful way of introducing your new Coons to other resident pets. Let them build their character and don’t let them see each other for a week. The key to a relationship is commitment and time so take things slow.
#5. Establish relationship with meal times
After setting them up in their own spaces, the next step is to establish meal times. Like all animals, cats and dogs are always engaged to the task of getting food.
During meal times, feed your pets and new Maine Coon resident on both sides of a closed door. Make sure the gap under the door accessible for them to reach for the food. Engage someone to help you set up their meals by putting down their food bowls about six feet away from the door.
With their keen senses, they will be able to detect an unfamiliar smell. If they get closer to the bowl easily day after day, you can tell that they are closer to meeting their housemates.
#6. The final step
Once your Maine Coons have passed all the previous steps, you can let them out and let them mingle with the other pet residents. Always remember to respect each pet’s territory and take things slow.