Mountain Fork Mighty Maxx (Black Classic Tabby) -photo by Kelly Sparkman©
How much do your European Maine Coon kittens sell for?
Our kittens are the offspring from European bloodlines directly imported by us, from Europe. Kittens are sold with a purchase agreement as family pets without breeding rights. Prices range from $1800 to $3000 for kittens. Prices are noted on each litters' web page, next to their description & individual photo, when posted at approx. 8 weeks of age.
When do you post kitten photos?
On Saturdays, when kittens are approx. 8 weeks of age. A broad time frame is used due to unpredictability in weather conditions for outdoor photo shoots, and occasional power outages, (photos are taken on a Nikon camera, then transferred onto our home computer). We do not use a cell phone to take kitten photos (they move too fast = blurred photos). Therefore, we cannot randomly text additional kitten photos upon request.
How old are kittens when their photos are posted?
Kittens are typically 8 weeks old when their photos are taken and posted on our website. I have been asked many times why do we not take photos when they are newborn. Reason being, littermates can be hard to tell apart, especially if the litter is all blue tabby or all brown tabbys without any distinguishing white markings. By the time they reach 8 weeks of age, I can easily tell them apart.
How do I reserve a kitten by PayPal?
After posting individual kitten photos, we answer emails in the order they are received. Then we return emails with the purchase agreements attached, stating the pick up dates, when kittens leave for their forever homes, after completion of the weaning process, beginning at 10 weeks of age. The buyer (person who sends/places the PayPal deposit) signs the purchase agreement with an actual signature, scans and emails it back along with their non-refundable $300 PayPal deposit. The deposit is credited towards the purchase price of the kitten. Please visit our "PayPal" page, where buyers send their deposit via the PayPal link.
During Christmas time, as our way of saying a huge "Thank You", repeat buyers have first choice, in the order we receive requests at the time photos are posted @ 8 weeks of age.
What steps are required to reserve a specific kitten out of a litter?
When litter information is posted, buyer sends an email requesting kittens in order of their choice. An example of an email from a buyer would be the following: "I would like to reserve a male kitten from Sydney & Turner's litter. My 1st choice is Leo, second choice is Lincoln, third choice is Lionel". I then email the Purchase Agreement with the tentative pick up date listed (a weekend, Saturday/Sunday after the kitten has turned 10 weeks old and is completely weaned-the same tentative date posted on the litters' webpage). Buyer signs the Purchase Agreement with an actual signature, scans and emails it back to me and places their PayPal deposit as well. A clear cell phone photo of the signed purchase agreement image is acceptable and may be sent in an email as well, (no texts) or by fax: 580-286-2012 Attention: Kelly Sparkman. Approximately 2-4 weeks later, when kitten is 10-12 weeks old and completely weaned, buyer picks up their kitten in person, at Broken Bow, OK.
We do not hold kittens without a deposit once their photos are posted at 8 weeks of age. Please be aware when inquiring on any kitten listed as "Available", we are often times replying to other inquiries on the same kitten. Confirm with us a kitten is available, and we will email the purchase agreement. Once we receive back the purchase agreement, Buyer places their PayPal deposit to hold that specific kitten. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of any kitten. If we do so, the deposit would be promptly refunded.
The remaining balance is due in "Cash Only" (no checks) at the time of kitten pick up. Weekend pick up dates are always posted on the litter's's web page, when made available. Kittens go to their forever homes beginning at 10 weeks of age, once completely weaned.
Should a Buyer place a PayPal deposit with us in turn holding a kitten until the mutually agreed upon pick up date, then Buyer ignores pick up appointment or informs us they are unable to pick up their kitten, the PayPal deposit(s) would be forfeited.
Due to the volume of inquiries we receive on a daily basis, e-mails are my preferred method of contact as I am able to sort through them. I return phone calls M-F from 6PM-9PM, in the order they are received. I accept and return calls during the weekends, 9AM-9PM when available, between meeting with Buyers. If I do not answer my phone, I am more than likely attending to our cats and kittens.
What payment method do you prefer, at the time of kitten pick up?
We accept "Cash Only" at the time of kitten pick up (checks/money orders will not be accepted). Also, we do not accept PayPal at the time of kitten pickup due to lack of cell phone coverage for some, in our rural area.
Do you have a waiting list?
Due to the volume of inquiries we receive on a daily basis, we do not keep a "Waiting List". Please watch our website for updates, posted daily.
Do you have an application to purchase a kitten?
We do not have an application. We realize there are no guarantees that someone will not neglect an animal, or allow others to be cruel to an animal, regardless of social status; nor are we the "Cat Police". We ask that you are willing to provide a loving and caring "indoors only" family home. We are interested in knowing if you have other cats in the home, from shelters or other breeders as there are safegards you need to be aware of. Also, if your other cat(s) is allowed to go outdoors as they can be a carrier of a contagious disease, you may be unaware of. This information is needed in order to put precautions in place, for you to protect the health of your newly vaccinated kitten. It takes a couple of weeks from the time the last vaccination is given, for full efficacy to take effect.
When and where do we meet to pick up our kitten?
Pratt Veterinarian Services located at 2668 South Park Drive, Broken Bow, OK 74728 is where we meet buyers on the weekend during scheduled pick up times, from 9am - 6pm. We are reasonable, and understand that not everyone can meet on weekends. With notice, we can schedule a weekday pickup and James will meet you. All kittens are veterinarian checked in our home, at 9-10 weeks of age, and come with a copy of their "Housecall" vet issued health certificate. The name and address of the buyer who places the PayPal deposit will be the person listed on the veterinarian issued health certificate. Let us know in advance (when you place the PayPal deposit) if this is NOT the same person who will be flying home with the kitten or if you want 2 names on the health certificate, in case one or the other is not available when kitten pick up day arrives! Reason being, some airlines will ask for the health certificate & passenger's ID prior to boarding the airplane. The name (or one of the two names) on the health cert and the passenger ID must match! Also, the health certificate cannot be older than 10 days for the airlines to accept it.
Our home is also our "cattery", we do not carry commercial liability insurance. Therefore, we do not conduct cattery tours, allowing the public onto our property and into our home. Our licensed veterinarian & staff come to our home for annual cattery inspections. They also make monthly veterinarian "house call" health examinations, as we do not expose our newly vaccinated kittens to an animal hospital/vet clinic.
Our hobby requires a significant amount of uninterrupted time for daily attention, cleaning, and preventive measures to properly care and manage their health. During the week, I am a full time Communicable Disease Registered Nurse with Oklahoma State. My husband, James, is retired, a veteran, and manages our rentals in addition to assisting with kitty care.
Do you ship kittens? Can you meet us at DFW airport with our kitten?
We do not offer shipping, due to USDA regulations regarding the purchase of pets, sight unseen. Buyers who do not choose to drive to Broken Bow, OK have the option of flying to DFW Airport in Dallas, Texas (the closest airport to us). Buyers then rent a car to drive the remaining way to us, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to pick up their kitten in person. We are approx. 3.5 hours from DFW one way, via the Sam Rayburn Turnpike in normal traffic conditions.
Southwest and United Airlines allow kitten carry-on in the cabin. American Airlines charge $125 for kitten carry-on. Buyers will need to have their own "Sherpa" type soft-sided carrier (with layered absorbent bedding) for their kitten to be transported onto the airplane.
With advance notice, we can meet Buyers at DFW airport for an additional pre-paid travel fee.
Are females temperaments less affectionate and more reserved than males?
Our European Maine Coon females and males are equally loving and affectionate. We do not breed Alpha female colors; Tortoiseshell (black/red patched) or Torbies (brown/red patched tabbys) as these female only color combinations can be temperamental with other cats when mature.
If someone has a tendency to allergies from cats, is male or female better?
Female cats generally make less Fel d 1 than do male cats. Light colored cats generally make less than dark colored cats. Long haired cats may give off less allergen into their environment than short haired cats, since the long coat holds the protein closer to their skin. In theory, light colored, long haired female cats would be less allergenic.
How far do Buyers come from, to purchase a Mountain Fork kitten?
Since 2005 we have been placing our kittens in wonderful pet homes. They now reside in almost every state in the USA as well as other countries; Canada, England, Germany, Mexico and Sweeden. We never get tired of hearing Buyers say, they have been following, or as they put it, "stalking" our website ...lol. We feel very blessed and honored that Buyers are willing to fly half way around the world to obtain one of our furbabies!
Who do you sell your kittens to?
We sell our kittens to families wanting to welcome them into their homes (and sometimes businesses). Buyers range from farmers to CEO's. Some of our kittens go to work with their owners in printing shops, tea rooms, wineries and art galleries, to mention a few. Others have appeared in a magazine showcasing high end properties/homes in the Southwest, two are owned by a Hollywood actor/producer, an accomplished tatoo artist, and the list goes on! We do not sell our kittens to other breeders, animal brokers or third parties. We are very proud of our annual growing number of repeat buyers!
What is a CFA "Cattery of Excellence"?
Our home as well as our 3 stud cats' environment (specially designed 2,160 square foot climate controlled shop with covered catios) is veterinarian inspected and we are proud of our certification as a distinguished CFA Cattery of Excellence. Level 4 is judged as "Outstanding" and we receive 4 out of 4 possible points in each and every category! Only catteries which maintain the highest quality of health and environmental quality can achieve this distinction, which is a step above a CFA "Approved Cattery".
Are your cats/kittens allowed outdoors? Do your 3 studs live in your home?
Our cats and kittens have access to the outdoors (protected) onto our large enclosed concrete screened in catios "cash me outside". There, they lounge in the shade on kitty condos or catnap in the sun, eagerly watching blue birds and sparrows raising their young in stratigically placed birdhouses outside the catios. Depending upon the season, there can be found on our property; wild turkeys, hawks, squirrels, rabbits, gophers, raccoons, opossum and winter geese. In our spring fed pond are fish, beavers, river otters, blue cranes and wood ducks. For daily viewing, are our quarter horses grazing & running in the pasture, deer with their fawns eating from the automatic corn feeder; a nature filled environment on the outer bounds of suburbia with a variety of entertainment! Since we live in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains, there is outside prey; coyotes/wolves, fox, black bears, panthers, cougars/mountain lions and bald eagles. Therefore, we do not allow our cats and kittens away from our protected catios. Weather permitting (not too hot/cold/rainy) we take supervised outdoor kitten photos, since the lighting is truer outdoors.
It is common knowledge among experienced veterinarians and breeders; whole, intact, male/stud cats can spray urine once they reach sexual maturity. We are thankful our male cats do not spray urine! They are chill, calm, relaxed and laid way back! Ask a vet, and they will tell you; people who have a minimum of one, indoor only male cat, always neuter him (even when not required by a contract). Reason being, a sexually mature male cat may begin to do what is natural for him, marking his territory; corners of furniture and walls. Cat urine destroys home values not to mention breathing/living with male cat odor in the home. For this reason, our two breeding boys have free run inside our specially designed 2,160 sq ft climate controlled shop. This setting is ideal for us to breed these amazing cats and still enjoy our home sweet home, now and in the future. The boys also have access to go outdoors onto our screened in catios, protected, where they can play outside in the sun or shade, which prevents boredom and also ensures confident, happy and healthy cats. Our big boys never want for attention as my husband, James, visits with them throughout the day in addition to the numerous hours we spend with them each morning and evening. Maslow and Turner do not spray urine even when their girls are calling and placed in their catios with them. Both boys are observant, greet us and expect to be acknowledged in return. This arrangement makes it attainable to properly sanitize and clean as well as preventing stress related health problems from overcrowding. They are very healthy, social, interactive and laid back, as a result. Our vet & staff always have flattering remarks about their clean and spacious environment!
How old are kittens when they are weaned and can be picked up?
Kittens begin to eat baby cat wet and dry food around 4-5 weeks of age in addition to nursing. The mommy kitty weans her kittens beginning at around 8 weeks of age, sometimes longer. We leave this entirely up to her and she decides when it is time. Kittens are ready to go to their forever homes after they are weaned, have received their 2 sets of core vaccinations and preventive dewormings after 10 weeks of age. The exception to the rule is if a kitten is still nursing. Then, we keep the kitten until it is completely weaned, around 11-12 weeks of age. All kittens come with a "Housecall" veterinarian issued health certificate prior to leaving for their new homes. Please confirm your kitten is ready to leave us, prior to making airline reservations, weeks in advance.
Which hotels/motels do you recommend in the area?
Lakeview Lodge located at 678 Lakeview Lane, Broken Bow. It is 12 miles North of Broken Bow, overlooking scenic Broken Bow Lake. Call 580.494.6179 for reservations.
Hochatown Country Lodge located at 6613 North US Hwy 259, Broken Bow. It is 8 miles North of Broken Bow. Call 580.494.6099 for reservations.
HiWay Inn Express located at 1699 South Park Drive, Broken Bow. Call 580.584.7400 for reservations.
How long does the socialization period take for kittens?
The window of socialization only lasts from 2 to 7 weeks of age. The following quote is from Robert Tabor’s Cat Behavior: A complete guide to understanding how your cat works: “Eileen Karsh established that the window of the sensitive period for habituating kittens to people is from two weeks to seven weeks. Cats handled regularly during this time were prepared, when older, to stay on someone’s lap longer and approach people more readily. Cats that were handled after this period, that is from weaning onwards, behaved no differently from cats that had not been handled at all.
Our kittens are handled from birth until they leave us for their forever homes, from 10-12 weeks of age. The reason why some breeders do not allow their kittens to leave until 12 weeks of age is not due to socialization. It is because this is the minimum age a vet performs a spay or neuter. Some breeders will ensure their kittens have been "fixed" before leaving their cattery, therefore controlling their bloodlines and preventing a buyer from "backyard breeding". Since neutering the Maine Coon breed at an earlier age may result in stunted growth, Buyers agree to spay/neuter at 6-9 months of age as outlined in our Purchase Agreement. We feel this will benefit the cat above our interests.
Do you DNA test your cats? Do you offer a Health Guarantee?
Our breeding cats are all DNA tested for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCMMYBPC3 Mutation) by the Cardiac Genetics Lab at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. We are in the process of DNA testing all our breeding cats for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by the University of California, Davis.
We guarantee our kittens have not been exposed to Feline Leukemia (FeLV) or Feline AIDS (FIV), are FeLV and FIV negative at the time of purchase and come with a limited 1 year Health Warranty. A 72 hr testing restriction applies when a kitten leaves our home and enters yours, in order for this warranty to be valid. We e-mail the Health Warranty/Purchase Agreement/Contract for Buyers to read prior to placing their PayPal deposit.
What are the advantages of purchasing 2 kittens together?
You can double your love & your fun. Maine Coons trill back and forth to find each other in the home and this is pretty unique....but you need 2 of them for this to take place! Maine Coons are smart and grow bored when they are left alone while their family is away at work. They will also assist in grooming each other. When you have 2 or more, it seems like a herd of small elephants are coming to welcome you home!
Any recommendations for getting two males or two females, or is mixing genders ok? Litter-mates recommended?
The gender does not matter since they will be spayed/neutered/fixed by the time they are old enough to reproduce and will not be influenced by hormones or competing for mating hierarchy.
Littermates are great, but doesn't have to be littermates so long as they are close in age. Otherwise, you can have an older cat that is bothered by a very active kitten.
With 12 years of breeding experience, we have learned patterns. That being said, we no longer breed female red tabbys, black with red patched tabbys "tortoiseshell" or female brown with red patched tabbys "torbies" as they tend to be Alpha females; bossy/cranky/hissy/aloof. Cream, cream tabby, patched cream is a dilute red, therefore, we do not breed that coloring as well. These females love their humans but do not like to share with male or female cat, dogs and prefer to be an only kitty.
Are males preferred over females?
Buyers in the USA have been programmed to expect the American Maine Coon males to be much larger than the American Maine Coon females when they are grown. That generalization still holds true with the American Maine Coon bloodlines. However, our European bred female Maine Coons have been recorded upwards of 27 pounds. With 12 years of breeding experience, knowing what qualifies/to look for in a breeding female, to be matched with our exceptional breeding males, there is not a drastic size difference between Mountain Fork Maine Coon sexes.
The other reason, is what I mentioned above; some females' coloring predicts how well they play with others. Based upon our experiences, our females are selected for the largest size as well as the coloring genetics, which produce the best dispositions and chill personalities.
Breeding males have distinct "jowls" once they reach maturity. Their heads also tend to be broader.
What colors do your cats produce? What colors do you stay away from?
Please see our webpage "Our Kitten Colors". We concentrate on the most popular and requested colors with the colorings associated with wonderful temperments as mentioned above. Some have white bibs & mittens referred to as "low white". We do not breed silvers due to their predisposition to food allergies when they get older. Nor do we breed brown with red patched or black with red patched females as they are Alpha females and typically do not get along well with others.
What is the average lifespan of the Maine Coon breed?
We receive emails often, from Maine Coon cat owners, wanting to replace their elderly cat that recently passed away, with one of our kittens. Older ages range from 16-22 years, although 22 years is not your typical.
Per the Maine Coon Cat Nation: The "technical" answer is 12 - 15 years, which is pretty good in feline years. There are a variety of health concerns that can come up around this time, or not. Taking great care of a cat up until they reach their golden years is vital. There are also many, many, cats who live beyond this range. Some go into their high teens and a few enter the twenty range. This is partly thanks to the great care that Maine Coon owners take of their cats. Just keeping cats indoors extends their life expectancy significantly. That, along with regular vet visits, and top quality cat food, increases the life span of a cat. Generally speaking, Maine Coon cats are hearty, healthy cats. See more at: http://www.maine-coon-cat-nation.com/average-life-span-of-a-maine-coon.html#sthash.2j1tRP01.dpuf
Are kittens already spayed/neutered? Do I get registration papers and officially name my kitten?
If a kitten is not sterilized between 6-9 months of age, they can begin to reproduce (females-due to their weight). Males can begin to spray urine, around 10-12 months of age, marking their environment. Maine Coons mature slower than other domestic cats, so they should not endure anethesia for spay/neuter prior to 6 months of age. Female kittens typically go into heat when they reach 5.5 pounds, which is from 4-6 months of age. Our Purchase Contract requires all kittens to be spayed/neutered by 9 months of age. It is the Buyer's responsibility to have their pet kitten neutered/spayed and we do not reimburse for this expense.
Buyers receive their kitten's CFA registration papers once we receive documentation from their vet, of their sterilization; neuter/spay. We mail the registration paper to the Buyer's address on the vet receipt.
Buyers choose the kitten's official name, when they register their kitten with CFA. We give each kitten a temporary "call" name since they are with us for a minimum of 10 weeks, before leaving for their forever homes. Each kitten has a file for our records, so PLEASE do not ask us to call a kitten by another name, as people tend to change their mind numerous times on the permanent name, before they even get their kitten home. Also, for our records, we do not need to be notified each time of the newest chosen name(s) once you get home with kitty. No offense intended if we do not respond to this notification; it is simply way too time consuming to acknowledge and keep pulling files, noting kittens' soon to be official name.
What will my kitten/cat weigh when full grown?
We cannot guarantee how extreme your kitten will look when it reaches full type at 5 years of age or how much a kitten will weigh when it reaches it's adult size at around 3 years of age. Genetics play a large role, but equally important is exceptional nutrition and preventive care; which can contribute to a "Super" adult European Maine Coon.
What supplies will we need for our trip home, with our kitten?
A small litterbox with "World's best Cat Litter", a litter scooper, zip-loc baggies and a "Sherpa" type soft-sided carrier (kitten dry food is provided at the time of kitten pick up, but is not intended for the kitten to eat during travel as they can experience motion sickness). A kitten not confined to a carrier can get out of your vehicle when you/kids make a stop, open the door or get hurt from the door closing on them. A catnip infused cat bed works wonders in calming and soothing a kitten during travel. Some Buyers have had cats all their lives and know these concepts already; but for others, it is a new experience!
Are there recommendations for introducing the kitten to our resident dog/cat?
Please see our webpage: Proper Pet Introductions
The day you bring your kitten to their new home, it's best to keep the kitten in one room of the house where they have immediate access to their carrier (safe place), litterbox, food and water. Choose a smaller, quiet room in your house where your kitten will feel most comfortable; a guest bathroom or utility room. Show your kitten the litter box by placing them in it. This is typically all it takes to familarize them to use their litter box in a new surrounding. After a few hours they should be ready to explore their new home. Food and water bowls should be spaced as far from the litter box as possible, to prevent cross contamination. Also, cats do not like to have their food & water bowls placed right next to each other.
To prevent the kitten from feeling threatened in a new environment with new noises and scents, exchanging each other pets' scented bedding for the first few days, until the time of face to face introduction, will go a long ways towards the transition progress. Keep in mind, even though the kitten is familiar with our cat scents and our dog scents, your cat's/dog's scent will be different and a kitten may feel threatened.
What brand of food and how often do you feed kittens?
We have a page dedicated to proper nutrition. Click on the tab "Cat Food".
Nutrition is an extremely important part of caring for your Mountain Fork Maine Coon kitten and plays a large role in developing an "OMG" adult cat. We feed Life's Abundance All Stages grain free dry kibble . We start our 4 week old kittens on Blue Buffalo Kitten Healthy Growth holistic grain-free dry kibble and Wellness grain-free canned kitten food.
We feed and rotate both wet and dry food twice daily. Daily feeding Recommendations are located on the back of the complimentary 3 pound food bag. We recommend giving half of the recommended portion in the morning and the other half in the evening. They prefer their food fresh, twice daily, as they will rarely eat stale food that has been left out (open to air) all day.
We also supplement with a nutritional milk product and powder vitamins which gives them added bulk and weight for an outstanding start in the weaning process (we share product information with our Buyers at the time of kitten pick up). If you want to switch to a different premium brand, make sure to transition gradually to avoid stomach upset. Offer both the new brand and the current brand of Blue Buffalo for about one week, gradually increasing the new and decreasing the previous food until the transition is complete.
Buyers are provided a kitten kit at the time of kitten pick up; kitten's health records, vaccination schedule, copy of the veterinarian issued health check/health certificate, Blue Buffalo Kitten Healthy Growth holistic dry kibble, grain-free wet/canned food, all fish canned food item, toys and our Mountain Fork Maine Coon Kitten Care & Training Tips.
What type of scratching post do kittens prefer?
They scratch and lounge on the Whisker Kitty® Cozy Inn cat tree/furniture from Petsmart that sells for $99.99. The dimensions are: 20 in L x 20 in W x 49 in H.
Do you breed Polys (kittens with extra toes)?
We do not breed polydactyls. Polydactylism is a genectic mutation oddity/anomaly that can bring joint problems with it. Issues can occur with a multi-toed cat if extra toes grow in differently than their normal toes. Toes that are at awkward angles to the rest of the foot aren't all that common, although they can cause difficulty in walking. Another issue are toes that are shorter than the rest or ones that are visible and jointed, but don't have any muscles or tendons connected to them. There is one more serious form of polydactyly that can cause a serious deformity in kittens. In addition to extra toes with extra joints, this type of polydactyly hinders a kitten's fore legs from forming correctly, twisting the limb and making it difficult for the kitten to walk as they mature. It isn't easy to tell if a polydactyl kitten will grow up to have this more severe condition. The only way to be sure is for the kitten to be X-rayed so that the vet can see possible bone and joint abnormalities from the inside. Depending on how the toe joints of the extra toes are angled, problems with the claws can develop, causing them to grow into the toe pad or other toes. Additionally, claws on polydactyl kittens can grow extra thick, especially if two toes and their nail beds are fused together. These types of concerns make it necessary to make a standing appointment with your kitten for a pedicure at least every two weeks.....ain't nobody got time for that!
At what age do kittens lose their baby teeth?
Kitten baby teeth also referred to as "milk teeth" begin to fall out indiscriminately and their permanent teeth start to emerge, beginning anytime after 16 weeks of age and can last up to 9 months of age.
What type of litter & litter boxes do your cats & kittens use? How often do you scoop?
We use premium, all natural litter, made from ground corn. As far as all litters go, WORLD'S BEST CAT LITTER® (red & black bag) is our favorite and one of the best selling brand of biodegradable, earth friendly, natural litters. We feel it is safer than clay litter, since kittens/cats can ingest litter from licking themselves. Clumping clay litters can contain sodium bentonite & silica which is toxic if ingested and also "clumps" in the kittens digestive tract. Premium, natural litter has a light and pleasant aroma and is virtually dust free!
Maine Coons require a large size litter box, due to their size, when fully grown. We scoop our litter boxes and sanitize scoopers daily. We sanitize litterboxes weekly, complete with new litter, preventing litterbox issues. Litter box liners are discouraged due to the possibility that cats/kittens can shred it with their claws, the plastic tears off and then poses a choking hazard. Maine Coons love to carry objects around in their mouths, so you must think about what objects pose a danger in order to prevent CATastrophes. Also, google info on how to kitten-proof your home.
Are kittens already litter-box trained?
Kittens are taught to start using their litter boxes by their mommy cat's example, beginning at 4 weeks of age. Kitten are well trained, by the time they leave us from 10 weeks of age or older. Please refer to our kitten tip sheet (provided at the time of kitten pick up), regarding getting them acclimated to their litterbox in their new home.
Will my kitten need additional vaccinations and preventive dewor mings?
Vaccinations and dewormings are standard practice. Kittens receive 2 sets of Nobivac core vaccinations (formerly known as Eclipse4 Modified Live) at 6 weeks & 9 weeks of age. The third vaccination will be due @ 12 weeks for a total of three core vaccinations. Thereafter, only 1 core vaccination is due annually. This vaccine covers Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calci, Panleukopenia, and Chlamydia. Kittens do not receive the Leukemia vaccine since our cats & kittens are not allowed to roam outdoors around other cats. Once a Leukemia vaccine is administered, a kitten will test positive for Leukemia antibodies thereafter. Also, we do not administer the FIP or FIV vaccines, since research has shown it can contribute to causing those diseases.
What type of heartworm control do you use?
Monthly, during mosquito season, we apply topical Revolution® to our adults. It prevents ear mites, roundworms, hookworms and heartworm disease as well as fleas & ticks. Kittens can start on this prevention @ 16 weeks of age. We recommend it if they will be exposed to dogs in the home, who go outdoors to potty. Heartworms result from mosquitos who carry the disease, bites your kitten, subsequently transferring the disease. Mosquitos can come into your home whenever you open your exterior doors.
What influenced you to raise Maine Coon kittens?
I became intrigued by cats after receiving my first domestic long haired, black male kitten "Coaly", as a birthday gift, at 6 yrs of age. My aunt & uncle's property contained catfish ponds and a railroad box car, resident to their big cats, where they stored fish food. I was intrigued with Morris, their large and shaggy coated red male tabby. No cat had ever compared to his size, and I would not relent until I was promised a kitten sired by that giant of a cat. That fascination has continued throughout my life and I became interested in the Maine Coon breed while attending a weekend cat show, while living near Oklahoma City. I was amazed by the gentle and large size of the Maine Coons and wanted to know what they were like. I had found that giant of a cat again! I listened to numerous experienced breeders and learned as much as possible about Maine Coon cats. I began tracking down relevant info on the internet and reading books & magazines on Maine Coons history, traits and breeding. I attended other cat shows in the Dallas/Fort Worth areas, and the Maine Coons displayed intellectual curiosity far and beyond the other breeds of cats. I love animals with character and individuality and the Maine Coon certainly fit the bill! I came to the conclusion that they are wonderful cats and decided I needed one or two, which led to a few.
What kind of personality do Maine Coon cats have?
Maine Coons typically have dog-like personalities. They will follow us around wherever we go and LOVE to play fetch! They can sit on their back paws and beg for treats (we provide our exclusive Mountain Fork kitten training tips at the time of kitten pick-up). We once changed our lever door handles since our adult cats were able to lean down on the handle, opening the doors. They love to hide toys/paper money/straws/ under rugs, inside shoes and the laundry basket! Once you have owned a Maine Coon, there is no comparison....we hear this from Maine Coon owners all the time. Cat experts say their popularity is due to their dog-like antics, intelligence, hardy disposition, their love and loyalty to their human family, and most notibly the breed's large size. Maine Coons get along well with dogs when introduced at kitten age. Even as mature cats, Maine Coons are playful and some have an affinity to water.
How large do European Maine Coons get, compared to American Maine Coons?
A 5 yr old male american bred Maine Coon cat, named Stewie, broke the Guinness World record of being the longest domestic cat, measuring in at four feet long! Owner, Robin Henderson from Reno, Nevada, said she decided to enter him into the Guinness World record after hearing so many remarks on his length. The average household cat usually spans around 18 inches.The cat coming in at 2nd place was also a Maine Coon: usaliveheadlines.com/1403/worlds-longest-cat-measured-in-at-4-feet.htm
Through direct importing from Europe and selective breeding with these larger bloodlines, our Mountain Fork Maine Coon cats can and have exceeded the American Maine Coon cat standard. We have received reports of our European, adult neutered males as well as females reaching 27-30 pounds. Our current two breeding (non-neutered) males weights range from 19-22 pounds. Our current breeding (non-spayed) females typical weights range from 16-22 pounds. Our breeding cats are not obese, they are long and lean. If they were older, neutered/spayed and obese, they would likely weigh much more! We recently retired one of our 3 year old breeding females with European bloodlines, and she weighed 27 pounds at the time of her spay. Maine Coons reach maturity/size at around 3 years and reach their full type/looks around 5 years of age. We cannot predict/guarantee how large your kitten will be or how much it will weigh when fully mature. The parents are a good guide to go by, with genetics playing a large role. Equally important, is preventive care and exceptional nutrition to prevent obesity.
Quotes from CFA and TICA, two of the largest cat associations:
Per CFA website: "The males average around 12 to 15 pounds, with some going 20 pounds or more. The females are smaller, averaging 9 to 12 pounds".
Per TICA website: "Maine Coon male cats, at maturity, can average 13-18 lbs. Maine Coon female cats average 9-13 lbs". hh
Which type of toys do you recommend?
We start off training kittens to play fetch with soft glitter balls. For entertainment, (ours and theirs) kittens love catnip filled feather toys, laser pens and tug-of-war with mouse on a rope...we let them win because it builds confidence! Our kittens spend lots of time playing with their "Chase Play Station", and kitty tunnels. Kitty condos give them a high place to sleep when they are vulnerable, which allows them to feel safe and relaxed. They also love the lambswool cat beds filled with catnip.
Will baby kittens eyes remain blue?
Maine Coons have blue eyes when they are baby kittens. Gradually, their eyes change color to shades of green, gold or copper (orange) as they mature. Their eyes are typically at their permanent color by the time they reach 4 months of age.
Raising European Maine Coon kittens is our greatest reward. Breeding European Maine Coons remains our greatest responsibility. Once you have been owned by our feLions, to have any other would be a compromise!