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    How to keep your Maine Coon cat happy?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceTuesday 20 September 2011
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    Maine Coons are one of the oldest cat breeds. Those large and muscular felines are characteristic for their large legs, long ears and green (or golden) eyes. Maine Coons have beautiful long-haired fur and so they might result difficult to maintain. They are descended from the American wild cats. Although general care requirements are similar to any other domestic cat, this breed needs special treatments and regular grooming and bathing. One should not neglect daily brushing or combing in order to prevent several problems, such as hairballs, shedding or matting. Below you can find some useful tips on how to keep your Maine Coon cat happy.

    Brushing your cat every day will definitely make it feel better. It is not onlyyou’re your cat appearance but also for its health. Regular brushing can prevent the hairballs in cats. This health issue might result dangerous problem as amount of hair that cat swallows when grooming itself get stuck in its digestive system. You can use a wire brush to clear fur down to the skin to avoid matted areas. Learn more on how to prevent the hairballs here. 

    Regular grooming is a must when owning long-haired cats. Maine Coons have a double coat, soft nearest the skin and a weatherproof top coat to repel water. That is why grooming is more efficient with a special double coat brush, though you might use a standard cat brush as well. Both types of brush help to get rid of loose fur reducing the risk of hairballs. Keep your cat fit by playing with your feline everyday. Maine Coons have playful nature and enjoy spending time with other cats or people. There are several games you can play with your kitten, such as throw a ball of string, a piece of paper or fluffly cat toy. Your cat will definitely enjoy it and will have fun chasing it around a room or backyard. Remember to always reward your cat for good behaviour instead of only disciplining bad behaviour. Cats are very intelligent animals and learn quickly. By giving your cat a treat when it behaves well, they will remember that and respond to your commands in the future. Choose healthy treats that are low in salt and fat. Treats can be tasty, healthy and beneficial to your cats well-being if you choose a variety with added vitamins.

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