Mountain Fork Mylo -photo courtesy of his owners!
What is the pricing for Mountain Fork European Maine Coon kittens?
Our kittens are the offspring from DNA genetic screened (negative/negative) 100% European cats directly imported by us, from Europe. Kittens are sold with a purchase agreement, as family pets without breeding rights. Prices are noted on each litters' web page, next to their call name, sex and color description.
How old are kittens when their photos are posted as "Available" for reservations?
We do not make kittens available for reservations when they are newborns. Reason being, littermates can be hard to tell apart, especially if the litter is all blue, brown or red tabby without any distinguishing white markings. By the time kittens reach 6 weeks of age, we can easily tell them apart.
How do I reserve/hold a kitten by PayPal?
Please send an email request. I answer emails with the purchase agreement attached; pick up dates noted when kittens go to their forever homes, after completion of the weaning process, beginning at 10 weeks of age. The buyer (person who sends/places the PayPal holding fee) signs the purchase agreement and emails it back as well as their non-refundable $300 PayPal holding fee. The holding fee is credited towards the purchase price of the kitten. Please visit our "PayPal" page, where buyers send their holding fee on a specific kitten, via the PayPal link.
What steps are required to reserve a specific kitten out of a litter?
When litter information is posted, the buyer sends an email requesting kittens in order of their choice. An example of an email from a buyer, would be such as the following: "I would like to reserve a kitten from Biasca & Turner's litter. My 1st choice is Leo, second choice is Lincoln, third choice is Lucy". I then email the Purchase Agreement with the tentative pick up date listed after the kitten has turned 10 weeks old and is completely weaned-the same tentative date posted on the litters' webpage). Buyer emails back the Purchase Agreement and places their PayPal holding fee at that time. A clear cell phone photo of the 3 page signed purchase agreement is acceptable and may be sent via email. When kitten is 10 weeks old, completely weaned and cleared to go with a copy of their vet exam, buyer picks up their kitten in person, at Broken Bow, OK.
We do not hold kittens without a holding fee once they reach 8 weeks old. 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 the signed purchase agreement, I provide our PayPal info, then Buyer places their $300 PayPal holding fee to hold that specific kitten. The remaining balance is due via PayPal or in "Cash Only" (no checks) at the time of kitten pick up. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of any kitten. If we do so, the holding fee would be promptly refunded.
Should a Buyer place a PayPal holding fee 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 holding fee(s) would be forfeited.
Due to the volume of lengthy inquiries we receive on a daily basis, texts and e-mails are my preferred method of contact as I am able to sort through them. I return phone calls in the order they are received and as time permits.
What payment method do you prefer, at the time of kitten pick up?
We accept "Cash Only" at the time of kitten pick up (no checks). Please do not wait until the time of kitten pick up to try and pay by PayPal, due to lack of cell phone coverage for most, in our rural area.
Do you have a Waiting List/Notification List?
Due to the volume of inquiries we receive on a daily basis, we do not keep a "Waiting List". We have been selling kittens since 2005 as well. With 17 years of repeat buyers and their referrals, we have no need to keep a waiting list. Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates.
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 safeguards buyers 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 that does not have full immunity. 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 for scheduled pick ups. Kittens are veterinarian checked in our home @ 9-10 weeks of age, and come with a copy of their vet issued health certificate. The name and address of the buyer who places the PayPal holding fee will be the person listed on the veterinarian issued health certificate. Let us know in advance (when you place the PayPal holding fee) if this is NOT the same person who will be picking up the kitten and/or flying home with the kitten. Also inform us 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 & passengers ID prior to boarding the plane. 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 and are unable to allow Buyers onto our property to purchase a kitten. Therefore, we do not conduct cattery tours, allowing the public onto our property and into our home "just to check out how large our baby kittens are" or "to see XL European Maine Coons for the first time". This would also put our kittens at risk for outside diseases as they are not yet fully immunized. 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 uninterrupted time for daily attention; feeding, cleaning and preventive measures to properly care and manage their health.
Do you offer shipping? Can we meet at DFW or Love Field airports with our kitten?
Due to USDA APHIS regulations regarding the purchase of pets, sight unseen (applies to a cattery with at least 4 active females) we are unable to offer shipping. Buyers who do not choose to drive to Broken Bow, OK have the option of flying to DFW or Love Field airports in Dallas, Texas (the closest airports to us that allow kitten carry on). 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 ideal traffic conditions.
When we last checked; Southwest Airlines allow kitten carry-on in the cabin. American Airlines as well as United Airlines charge $125 or more 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, our courier meets Buyers at DFW or Love Field airport for an additional 7-8 hour travel fee of $500.
What is a CFA "Cattery of Excellence"?
Our home as well as our stud cats' environment (specially designed 2,160 sq ft climate controlled shop with enclosed catios) is veterinarian inspected and we are proud of our annual certification as a distinguished CFA "Cattery of Excellence". 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".
If someone has a tendency to allergies from cats, is male or female better?
According to research, 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.
Are your cats/kittens allowed outdoors? Do your male stud cats live in your home?
Our cats and kittens have access to the outdoors (protected) onto their enclosed catios. There, they lounge in the shade on kitty condos or catnap in the sun, watching birds raise their young in nearby birdhouses. 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, cranes and wood ducks. For daily viewing; deer eating from the automatic corn feeder; a nature filled environment on the outer bounds of suburbia with a variety of calm 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 outside their protected catios.
It is common knowledge among veterinarians and experienced 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 both chill 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 poor air quality, breathing/living with male cat odor in the home. For this reason, our male cats 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. The boys also have access to go outdoors onto their screened in protected catios, where they can nap 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 we are semi-retired and visit with them throughout the day. This arrangement makes it attainable to properly sanitize & clean as well as preventing stress related health problems from overcrowding. They are healthy, social, interactive and laid back, as a result. Our vet & staff have flattering remarks about their clean and very spacious environment!
How old are kittens before they can be picked up? Why do I have to wait to bond?
Kittens begin to eat baby cat wet food (mush) at 4 weeks of age in addition to nursing. The mommy kitty weans her kittens beginning at around 8 weeks of age and we leave this entirely up to her. We abide by the CFA code of ethics; kittens go to their forever homes after 10 weeks of age; once they have received a minimum of 2 sets of core vaccinations/inoculations (as well as preventive dewormings, and are completely weaned -you do not want a "wool sucker" kitten/cat). The exception to the rule is if a kitten is still nursing. Then, we keep the kitten until it is completely weaned, around 12 weeks of age. All kittens come with a 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/cabins are in the nearby area?
James & I own Mountain Fork Cabin Rentals which are located within minutes of the city limits of Broken Bow and a few miles from Broken Bow Lake/Beavers Bend Resort and lower Mountain Fork River. Creative Escapes is the cabin management company that manages our 3 bed/ 2 bath cabins (2 night minimum is their requirement) on private acreages outside Broken Bow city limits. We do not have cabins in Hochatown. If you are only needing to stay for 1 night, below is a list of local motels in our 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?
Our kittens are handled from birth until they leave us for their forever homes, at 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 will performs a spay/neuter. Most vets will not sterilize a purebred kitten until 6 months of age. Some breeders will ensure their kittens have been "fixed" before leaving their cattery, therefore controlling their bloodlines and preventing a buyer from "backyard breeding". Many studies indicate that early neutering the Maine Coon breed, which is a S L O W to mature breed, can stunt a kittens' growth and cause other problems as well. Our priority is to our kittens, over our personal interest. Therefore, we do not spay/neuter before kittens leave us. Buyers agree to spay/neuter by/near 12 months of age as outlined in our Purchase Agreement.
It can take a kitten up to 3 months to decompress and adjust to their new home. Please be patient with them during this transition.
Do you offer a Health Guarantee?
Our direct imported adult breeding cats are all DNA tested with our kittens cleared by parentage; (Neg/Neg -No Carriers) by UC Davis/The University of California, Davis for all 7 genetic diseases that can affect the Maine Coon breed; including the 3 main ones: HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy HCMMYBPC3 Mutation) SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease).
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/two females, mixing genders/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.
What is the average lifespan of the Maine Coon breed?
Typical ages range from 16-22 years. Per the Maine Coon Cat Nation: The "technical" answer is 12 - 15 years. Taking great care of a cat up until they reach their golden years is vital. There are also many cats who live beyond this 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. Proper hydration plays a vital role as well, preventing dehydration which can lead to renal/kidney failure. Along with regular vet visits, and top quality cat food, without artificail ingredients, artificial colors, etc increases the life span of a cat.
Are kittens already spayed/neutered? Do I get registration papers and officially name my kitten?
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 anesthesia 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 1 year of age. It is the Buyer's responsibility to have their pet kitten neutered/spayed and we do not reimburse for this expense.
Most vets will not spay/neuter a purebred kitten until they are 6 months old!
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. Kittens get a temporary "call" name since they are with us for a minimum of 10 weeks, before going to their forever homes. Kittens have a file for our records, 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 get their kitten home.
What will my kitten/cat look like/weigh when full grown?
We cannot guarantee how extreme facial features will become when full type is reached at around 5 years of age, nor can we predict adult size/weight from 3-5 years of age. Genetics play a large role, but equally important is proper nutrition and preventive care; which can contribute to a "Super" quality adult European Maine Coon.
What supplies will we need for our trip home, with our kitten?
A small litterbox with "World's Best" corn litter, a litter scooper, zip-loc baggies and a "Sherpa" type soft-sided carrier (a starter kit complete with their current 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.
Are there recommendations for introducing the kitten to our resident dog/cat?
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 familiarize 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 Maine Coon kitten and plays a large role in developing an "OMG" adult cat. Depending upon availability; we feed Royal Canin Maine Coon kitten, Royal Canin Kitten or Royal Canin Mom & Baby Cat dry kibble. We start our 4 week old kittens on dry kibble as well as (mush) wet/canned food.
We feed and rotate both wet and dry food twice daily. Daily feeding Recommendations are located on the back of the complimentary food bag. Kittens prefer their food fresh, twice daily, as they will rarely eat stale food that has been left out (open to air) all day.
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 for about one week, gradually increasing the new and decreasing the previous food until the transition is complete.
Buyers are provided a kitten starter kit at the time of kitten pick up; kitten's health record, vaccination schedule, copy of the veterinarian issued health check/health certificate, Royal Canin Kitten dry kibble, wet/canned food, toys and our Mountain Fork European Maine Coon Kitten Care & Training Tips.
Do you breed Polys (kittens with extra toes)?
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. Due to problems that can exist with this anomaly, we do not breed polys.
What type of litter & litter boxes do your cats & kittens use? How often do you scoop?
We use "World's Best" corn litter (black & red bag). Some clumping clay litters can contain sodium bentonite & silica which can be toxic if ingested and can also "clump" and harden like cement in the kittens digestive tract, creating an obstruction.
We scoop our litter boxes daily. When we have kittens, their litterboxes get scooped twice daily. We sanitize litterboxes & pooper scoopers 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 core vaccinations at 6 weeks & 9 weeks of age. The third vaccination will be due @ 12 weeks and again @ 16 weeks for a total of four 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 kind of personality do Maine Coon cats have?
Please see our webpage "Maine Coon Personality". 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 notably 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?
Unhealthy, fat diabetic cats or cats with hypothyroidism will weigh much more than a healthy cat!!!
A 5 yr old male Maine Coon cat, 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
Our current breeding (non-sterilized) European males typical weights range from 16-24 pounds. Our current breeding (non-sterilized) females typical weights range from 16-21 pounds. Maine Coons reach maturity/size at around 3 years and reach their full type/looks/facial features around 5 years of age. Cats tend to typically weigh more, once they are sterilized. We cannot predict/guarantee how long/large your kitten will be or how much it will weigh/size when fully mature. The parents are a good guide to go by, with genetics playing a large role. Equally important, is preventive care and proper nutrition.
Quotes from CFA and TICA, two of the largest world wide 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".
Raising European Maine Coon kittens is our greatest reward. Breeding European Maine Coons remains our greatest responsibility. Once you have been owned by our XL European FeLions, to have any other would be a compromise!