The Main Coon is a popular indoor cat breed all around the world. They are often described as gentle giants because of their large bodies but relaxed personalities. Main Coons can make good indoor cats, but they have some unique needs you will need to deal with and may create problems with your normal home life. If you are looking to have a big affectionate lap cat, the Maine Coon is your go to breed of choice.
We have gone over the traits that make Main Coons good or bad indoor cats so you can educate yourself and arrive at your own decision. Everybody’s needs and schedules are different, what may seem as a positive for somebody could be a negative for somebody else. Cat behaviours and traits are generally distinctive between breeds, but all cats are different. Keep this in mind if you decide to adopt or raise a Main Coon for yourself.
What makes Maine Coons good indoor cats?
Main Coons generally have a relaxed attitude. They may be a little more tolerant compared to the standard domestic short hair cat. They also tend to love cuddling up with their owners and other humans in the house. In our opinion, this is one of the best things about having a Maine Coon or any cat. Their temperament means that they are less likely to develop some of the bad behaviours that indoor cats have such as destruction of property and aggression. They are also normally quite tolerant to being picked up, carried, and pet by loving owners.
The Main Coons’ laid-back attitude can be beneficial if your schedule isn’t always consistent. Cats generally don’t like change to your daily schedule and will expect set times of food, play, and just hanging around the house to be content. Main Coons may be tolerant to your schedule being a bit more chaotic to a degree. This could be useful if you occasionally are away from the house at night. This isn’t an excuse for you to leave your cat to themselves though. All indoor cats need regular play with their humans to be happy with their lives.
Playful and intelligent
Main Coons are curious cats and will always seek out things to entertain themselves with. They would normally prefer this to be their owners which makes them fun to be around. It is normally rare for a cat to be constantly interest in play with their humans so this can be a big unappreciated bonus for many Maine Coon lovers. Cats that get to regularly play are happy and make for great entertainment for humans.
Their intelligence also means that they are easy to train. Training is not just for dogs. Cats an learn all sorts of tricks that that can be fun or useful. Even with short sessions during the day, you can start training a Maine Coon basic tricks through positive reinforcement with treats. Popular tricks involve coming when they are called for, sitting, and giving high fives. The real limit on how well you can train your Maine Coon is your patience with them. Training your cat is a good way to spend time with them and mentally stimulate them at the same time.
Main Coons have a surprisingly soft meow, especially for their size. This is especially useful if you live in an apartment or shared housing as your neighbours will be saved from hearing your cat’s meowing. They are still quite vocal and will probably meow at you for attention and play, but the volume will be low enough that it won’t be difficult to live with. A softer meow is also less distracting if you need to work from home or sleep lightly.
Gets along with other humans and animals
Maine Coons are normally comfortable with living with other humans and animals. They are considered to be good cats to have around children and dogs. You will still need to give a Maine Coon a proper introduction to the house when they first come home so they start off on a good foot.
What makes Maine Coons bad indoor cats?
They need more exercise and mental stimulation
Main Coons have athletic bodies and curious minds, they need regular physical exercise and mental stimulation to keep healthy. Large Maine Coons can grow up to 18lbs (8.2kgs) in weight, their bodies can get up to 40 inches in length. Males typically grow to be considerably larger than females.
Main Coons also take longer to grow into their large bodies. Unlike most cats which are considered to be mature at about 2 years of age, Maine Coons reach maturity at about 4 or 5 years. This means that Maine Coons will demonstrate kitten-like behaviours for a longer period of time than most cats. This can be adorable at first but keeping up with a kitten can become tiring after a while and will require you to dedicate a lot of time to play.
Bigger cats also need more food to stay healthy. Make sure that you are able to keep up with the monthly expenses of cat food for your Maine Coon. Its generally advised that you give your indoor cat the best quality food that you can afford.
They shed a lot
Maine Coons are famous for their majestic long coats of fur on their chest and tail. This extra fur needs some additional care through daily brushing. Even with this, you can expect any fabrics in your house to get a coating of cat hair which will need additional cleaning. Depending on the temperature of your home, your Maine Coon may go through shedding seasons or shed year-round.
Minor Genetic health problems
As with most purebred cats, Maine Coons are more susceptible to a selection of health problems. These problems are more likely to appear the older your cat gets and on average Main Coons live to 15 years of age. Common health risks for Maine Coons include hip dysplasia, heart problems, and kidney diseases. This, and their pedigree status, means that Maine Coons are normally quite a bit more expensive to insure than your average domestic short hair cat.
Maine Coons, like all cats, can live complete lives indoors and make great companions. Maine Coons are the biggest breed of house cat and stay kitten-like in behaviour for an extended period of time. This means that it can be challenging to give them exercise and entertainment through their lives. If you can be around the house to satisfy their needs of social interaction, physical health care, and mental stimulation you will reap the benefits of a fun-loving cuddly cat in your house.