DO YOUR RESEARCH!

 

The best way to find a Maine Coon kitten is by attending a cat show in your area or contacting a reputable breeder whose cattery is registered with one or more of the official registries. The most important thing is finding a breeder that you trust and enjoy working with. In some ways this is more important than the kitten that you pick.

You can find cat shows and registered breeders in your area by contacting the Cat Fanciers Federation (CFF), The International Cat Association (TICA), and the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) through their websites.

Another referral source is the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association, MCBFA. While they will not recommend specific breeders, but you can find a list of breeders in your area that belong to MCBFA. That doesn't mean that only MCBFA breeders members are reputable but it is a good place to start.

Do not consider pet shops for a minute. Kittens offered in pet shops should come from legitimate rescue groups only. Sadly, purebred kittens in pet shops come from overseas brokers and breeders that would be considered kitten mills. No reputable breeder would ever consider selling an animal to a pet shop. Pet shop prices will always equal or exceed what a reputable breeder would charge. It is a huge mistake to "rescue" a supposed Maine Coon from a pet shop. In reality, you will be enabling them to remain in business.

Another source to avoid are the backyard breeders. They may truly love their animals, but many are breeding cats sold as pets. They are not breeding their cats to the accepted Standard established for this breed, which demonstrates they have no intention of improving the breed. As a result, the kittens may or may not resemble a purebred Maine Coon. Many do not feel the need to register their kittens or are unable to do so because they do not have breeding rights. They are not part of the breeding community at large, so they have no network to learn from or to provide help when problems arise.  Their pricing may still be the same as those of reputable breeders. Whatever the price, the kitten will have a questionable heritage, coming from a breeder with no knowledge of the health issues that may be lurking in the ancestry of the cat.  Make sure you are dealing with a reputable breeder.

 

 

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