Fantastic Maine Coon

Fantastic Maine Coon

by Sharyn
(Essex UK)

We first decided to get a Maine Coon in 2006. We did some research on the breed and thought it sounded amazing.

We bought our baby boy home at Christmas 2006 he was so cute and small, but boy did he grow fast and what a incredible cat he is; so smart, handsome and very entertaining. This breed is fantastic. Why get a dog when you can have a Maine Coon?!

Can you please give me some advice? Our Maine Coon’s fur gets in terrible matts. We have to brush him every day his tongue looks like it has glue on it and his fur just matts and knots up and advice would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

My Answer: Thanks for your Fantastic Maine Coon submission. Do you have a picture of him? Cats naturally groom themselves. This will usually keep mating at bay unless the hair is very long. If a cat is overweight they cannot groom inaccessible places such as their rump (backside). That said, if he is of correct weight and not grooming properly it may be due to health issues but assuming for the moment he is well you’ll need a grooming tool not just a brush. This will be a form of comb such as this device: Furminator deShedding Tool for Dogs & Cats – Medium 2.65″/6.8cm Edge. You will also need to use this device at least daily. Sometimes it is easier to maintain a non-matted coat if the grooming is done quickly but more regularly (
for example twice a day).

As his tongue looks abnormal this may indicate a health issue affecting grooming. A visit to the vet may be advisable.

Hope this helps. If anyone else would like to add to this please leave a comment by clicking on the link below – thanks. Michael

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Nov 21, 2009 TOO MUCH AHIR!
by: Anonymous

I RETURNED MY FURMINATOR…..IT PRODUCES MORE FUR ENDLESSLY THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. CLOUDS OF FUR…THE MORE YOU GROOM, THE MORE IT FLIES. I GROOM WITH A STEEL COMB…AND THEY ARE USUALLY FINE. SOMETIMES I SING, PROBABLY SO THAT I SOOTHE MYSELF…HOWEVER, THEY ONCE GOT MATS I COULDN’T GET OUT, SO THEY GOT THE “LION CUT”…NOT BEAUTIFUL, AND ONE WAS EXTREMELY UPSET BY THE EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER, WHAT A PLEASURE TO NOT HAVE CAT HAIR IN MY EYES AND NOSE AND ON MY CLOTHES…I WOULD SACRIFICE THEIR BEAUTY FOR THE TRIM, BUT WON’T DO IT AGAIN, AS THE REACTION OF ONE OF THEM WAS NOT GOOD. I’M AFRAID THE ANSWER IS GROOM, GROOM, GROOM,..THEY AR AHIR FACTORISE!


Jan 08, 2009 Fantastic Maine Coon
by: Lea Schorr

Oh my, your boy Maine Coon sounds beautiful and I can certainly relate to the grooming issue.

I was owned for 8 years by a female Maine Coon + Siamese and learned in a hurry about the fact she seemed to have three coats of hair: top coat, undercoat, and the baby-fine coat where mats seemed to begin to form if I didn’t comb and brush her at least each second day.
We started young so Miss Tigre thought it was normal for me to comb her head, neck, spine, sides, top of tail before turning her onto her spine.
Then it would be time to use the long-and-fine-toothed steel comb on her legs: I started with her front legs, held her paw gently, combed downward toward her body. If a snag or mat showed up I stopped immediately to either ease out the snag or scissor trim it away. SHARP scissors. Lots of cats learn to fear having their fur cut with scissors because the scissors are dull and pull the fur (OW!) instead of just snipping right through.

Then the chest and belly fur was usually easy; on Tigre most mats didn’t appear much beyond the backs of her hind legs and around her lower belly. Again it’s a matter of going slowly, talking to Cat soothingly while you comb, and being very careful not to frighten him by ouching his hair.

The new Furminator mentioned by the other replier sounds like a great idea; wish I’d had one when Miss T was here!



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