The exciting journey of bringing home a Maine Street Coon begins by completing an online application to adopt.
After we review your application, we'll reach out to let you know if we are interested in moving forward with a conversation. Depending on how soon we are expecting kittens, and how busy we are with work and caring for cats and kittens, this can realistically take anywhere from a week to two weeks. Please don't worry if it takes us a bit to get back to you!
The next step is to have a phone conversation, the go being for us to to get to know each other better so we can both decide if we feel like it's a great fit.
We want to learn more about your home and the people and pets that live there. We'll work hard to understand what you’re looking for in a Maine Coon and what you can offer them in return. We are looking for the best homes possible.
Provided we both feel comfortable working together, we'll try our best to give you a reasonable idea when you might expect a kitten, based on your criteria. If you're willing to wait, you'll be placed on our Approved Guardians waiting list.
A deposit is NOT DUE at this time, as we never collect money until the right kitten comes along and and it's time for you to make it official.
Once on the list, you'll receive detailed texts and/or emails from us announcing planned pairings, followed by confirmed pregnancies. We will let you know what colors are possible in each litter and, as the time to deliver draws close, we will let you know approximately how many kittens are expected. And, of course, you'll receive birth announcements with genders and colors within a few days post-arrival!
All kittens are placed "under evaluation" from birth to ten weeks. During this time, we are sorting out who we may need to keep for the breeding program and who we can place.
Try to keep an open mind throughout this important development period.
Don't hone in on one particular kitten too early. Sad as it is to say, some kittens may not survive, while the looks and personalities of the thriving kittens will develop and change tremendously from Day 1 to Day 63. A kitten you loved at first sight may turn out to be an ugly duckling, whereas the kitten you thought was a toad may turn into a prince! The more flexible you are, particularly about color and gender, the better your chances are of finding your perfect Maine Coon kitten sooner vs. later!
Kitten Selection Process
At ten weeks, we will begin reaching out to help folks choose their perfect kitten. We work our way down the waiting list in this order:
When we get in touch, we'll tell you everything you want to know about the available kittens. We're happy to do a video chat to introduce you to the kitten and its parents, talk more about their temperament and probable adult appearance, and address any other questions or concerns you have. We apply no pressure, as our only goal is to make sure you are excited and feel confident in your decision!
Once you've found your perfect companion, we will go over the kitten reservation process with you, execute your reservation agreement, and collect your $1,000 non-refundable deposit. Verbal commitments are honored for twelve hours, pending return of the document and deposit.
Please note: Prior to making the non-refundable deposit, you are never obligated to accept a kitten that is offered to you. You can always pass and remain on the approved adopter's list for consideration of future litters. However, once you make a deposit, it is non-refundable under all circumstances.
When your kitten turns 12 weeks old, we will reach out to schedule your pick-up appointment for weeks 13-14.
At this appointment, you will:
Maine Coon cats are often called the dogs of the cat world. Like small lap dogs, they require much time and attention from their guardians and don't do well left alone. These large pedigreed cats also need more space than other cat breeds and are not inexpensive to care for properly. In other words, as adorable as they are, Maine Coon cats just don't suit the teen or college student lifestyle very well. It's best to wait until you have the time and financial means to make a lifetime commitment.
The average lifespan of a Maine Coon is 15 years. Should extenuating circumstances arise, your Maine Coon cat will always have a home here at Maine Street Coons. But our first, and best, choice is to choose owners that can make and keep a lifetime commitment. Maine Coon cats become extremely attached to their families (With and without fur) and they grieve the loss of people and other pet family members in a very profound way.
Providing your Maine Coon cat with the proper living conditions, insurance and veterinary care, nutrition, litterbox, pest prevention, grooming, toys, scratching posts, pet-sitting or boarding, and other miscellaneous expenses will run you between $1,000 and $2,000 a year, on average. While we wish money grew on trees, it doesn't. There are long-term expenses involved in caring for a Maine Coon cat that are not suitable for every financial situation.
Domesticated cats are not the same as their wild counterparts, and the great outdoors poses far more danger and threats to your Maine Coon than it's worth. If you believe that cats are happiest when allowed the freedom to roam, we respect your decision, but we are not the breeder for you. Exposure to infectious diseases, parasites, dogs and other predators, snake bites, cars, and mean people are just a few of the reasons we require our cats be kept indoors or in a secured "catio" 100% of the time.
During declawing, sensory and motor nerves in the cat's paw are cut, damaged, and destroyed. Removing claws is just like amputating the first knuckle of your fingers--it is permanently disfiguring and incredibly painful. This unnecessary procedure forever changes the way a cat's foot meets the ground and how the cat walks, leading to lameness, back troubles, and more. Many cats' personalities change as a result of living in chronic pain. We have multiple cats at Maine Street Coons and are able to keep all our belongings intact by trimming nails often, providing scratching posts, and training the right behaviors early.
Because an intact (unspayed or unneutered) cat is subject to health and behavioral issues, we only place kittens in homes that agree to spay or neuter their kitten by seven months, and we never sell our cats with breeding rights.
We promise there is nothing cruel or harmful about spaying or neutering a Maine Coon kitten that is between five and seven months of age. It will not stunt their growth or negatively alter their personality and will save you a ton of heartache and hassle. Sexually mature Maine Coons will mark their territory, attempt to run out the door to pursue a romance, and loudly vocalize their desire to find a mate. Trust us; you won't enjoy any of those things!
When choosing an ethical Maine Coon breeder in Alabama, be sure to consider the health testing, health guarantee, and health insurance offered with your beautiful Maine Coon kitten. At Maine Street Coons, we send every Maine Coon kitten we raise home covered by Trupanion for 30 days at no cost. There are no waiting periods, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and all genetic disorders are covered, too! Once the deductible is met, Trupanion pays 90% of all condition-related expenses, including prescription food. It's pretty amazing coverage, and we strongly encourage our pet owners to consider maintaining it throughout their Maine Coon cat's lifetime.