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Main Coon Health Issues

main coon cat albuquerqueThe Main Coon cat practically has a cult following! They are great mousers and their origins date back to the early 19th century as ship cats. What makes them so notable is their size and their fur. They are furry and huge!

The Main Coon weighs 9 to 18 pounds and they don’t get to their full size until they are 3 to 5 years old. So your kitten keeps growing for a while. They are known for having a good natured personality and to be very sweet and affectionate. They are not lap cats but they do like to sit near their people. They are also very smart and love to play games.



As with any breed cat, they have some health issues that are specific to them.

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – this is a form of heart disease. You can get them DNA tested for the disease.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease- this can lead to renal failure.
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy – a genetic disorder that affects the skeletal muscles. DNA testing is available.
  • Hair balls
  • Hair matting

Their coat is one of their biggest issues for regular care. Because they have so much hair they need regular grooming. To reduce their hair balls and matting, you should groom them at least twice a week. It is also good to take them to a groomer a couple times a year for a really thorough grooming. Main Coon’s do need bathing. Depending on the condition of their coat this could be every few weeks or every few months. If his coat is greasy, it is time for a bath.

Make sure to speak with your Los Lunas vet about your Main Coon’s health.



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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.