The Maine Coon is companionable, but not dependent.
They seem to enjoy your company as much as you will enjoy theirs, but a lap cat they are not! They will remain very playful
and kittenish all their lives, as big, gently, good-natured goofs.
Many people train them to fetch and to walk on a leash.
They like water, and some will play in it. They have a distinctive chirp more than a meow. For the most part they get along
well with other cats, with dogs, and with children.
Even though they are a long haired cat, they do well
with a minimum of a weekly grooming, and usually a good combing is all the need and seem to enjoy.
I began raising the Maine Coons about 12 years ago when
I lived in Niwot, Colo. where we raised a herd of nationally known Champion Nubian Goats. Visit our site
at http://goldthwaite-nubians.tripod.com. We lived at various sites in the Boulder/Longmont
area until I retired in 2010. I still have a few of the cats and way too many goats on a large ranch near Lingle, Wyoming.
I do make frequent trips to Colorado to visit family, and am happy to deliver kittens to the Northern Colo. region when
they are ready. I now offer only a few litters each year. Our kittens are started on goats milk
at about 4 weeks of age until they are sold. We do not like to sell our kittens until they are almost 3 months or older,
as both their personalities and their colors are really beginning to develope. They are a long term investment - and
we want to be sure they are ready to go to their new homes and their new families are much more sure of what they are getting.
All of our cats came from a Breeder back east who
had been raising extremely typy and healthy animals for many years, and noticed the lack of breeders in the Rocky
Mountain area. They have never had any of the heart or hip problems noted with some of the breed, and we have stayed within
these comfortable bloodlines for several years now, and have been careful not to introduce weaker strains into
our breeding program. We particularily breed for temperament along with type!
Although these are the same wonderful quality of purebred Maine
Coons as ever, I have decided to only sell as family pets and cut their price in half by no longer offering any CFA
papers. All kittens are now only $300, and come with their first shots.