Are planning to get a cat, specifically a Maine coon cat in Germany very soon? Here are some things you should sort out before you welcome a Maine Coon kitty into your household.
Over half of the Germans share their life with a pet. Germany’s number one pet remains – the cat. Sorry doggo fans! Currently, there are a total of 14.8 million moggies live in 23% of households in Germany.
So no one will raise any brows if you decided to get a Maine Coon cat in Germany. Even though Maine Coons are originally an American cat breed they are quite popular in Germany as well. Some Maine Coon catteries have been around for decades.
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Where to Get a Maine Coon Cat in Germany
If you do not have a Maine Coon yet, but want to get one – read this article. In this post, you could learn how and where you can adopt a cat in Germany. I’ve also added some tips for responsibly buying a cat from breeders in Germany.
What to do Before Buying or Adopting a Maine Coon Cat
Buying or adopting a Maine Coon cat in Germany is pretty much similar to anywhere else in the world. However, before you get a cat in Germany there are some formalities that you should take care of.
Register With Local Vet
It is highly recommended to register your cat at your local vet as soon as you welcome it into your home. You can do this by calling the vet and setting up an appointment.
There’s actually no requirement to do this right away. But sometimes clinics run out of capacity to take new patients. Once you register your cat with your local vet as a patient you can take your kitty the moment he gets sick without a long waiting time.
Cat Health Insurance
This is one is optional but can be quite handy on occasions.
Vaccinations, castrations or sterilisations are not that pricey in Germany and often not covered by the insurance. However, vet bills can get quite expensive in Germany for bigger treatments.
It might be anecdotal but I’ve heard stories by our Maine coon’s breeder, our neighbours of spending 1000s of euros on unplanned medical procedures- one neighbour’s cat jumped off the balcony fracturing a limb, another cat swallowed something inedible and the other had a hip issue due to old age.
In the case of Maine Coons, they have some hereditary health issues. They include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia and spinal muscular atrophy.
Since healthy young cats may not need any sudden medical treatments, you can also do without cat health insurance granted you set aside a reserve for emergencies and save up money for unplanned medical treatment for the kitty.
If you really want to create a safety net, it can be useful to take out just surgery cost insurance to get part of the expensive surgery costs reimbursed. The premiums for such tariffs are lower than the more comprehensive policies.
Cat Transport Box
If you want to travel with your cat, take him to the vet, or on vacation – your cat should only be carried in a suitable cat transport box.
With a transport box for Maine Coon cats, you can make your cat’s journey as pleasant and stress-free as possible. Plus it is safer for EVERYONE if your kitty is restricted in a box while you’re driving.
We knew that our cat will grow up to be a big long boi, so we got an XXL carrier for him especially for Maine Coons. It definitely was too big for him when he was a small kitten. Now that he’s a bit bigger, it paid off whenever we go on a road trip with the cat. He can comfortably stretch and sleep in it for hours.
Our cat’s transport box also doubles up as his bed whenever we take him on a holiday with us.
How to Cat-Proof Your House
After sharing my life with a cat for over a year I have concluded that they are inherently suicidal. When our cat is not destroying plants or laptops or our telly, I will catch him about to do something that could hurt him.
So here are some things I have learned about cat proofing our apartment over the past one year.
Balcony Safety Net for Cats
Do you live in an apartment a few storeys above and want to allow your cat on the balcony? Then please consider getting a balcony safety net. I’ve heard at least two horror stories (one from my own neighbour) of cats jumping off the balcony probably trying to chase a bird.
The result was an injured cat and a very expensive visit to the vet.
All of this hassle can be avoided by buying a simple balcony protection net for just a few euros.
PiuPet® Katzennetz is one of the many balcony nets available in Germany that you can easily install on your balcony and give your indoor cat safe views of birds and bees.
A word of caution: Before ordering a balcony net, review your rental contract to check whether you are allowed to drill on balcony walls to avoid any future problems with your landlord. Our contract states otherwise, so, unfortunately, we could not put a net in our balcony without drilling.
However, there are also balcony nets which can be installed without any drilling. This cat protection net costs only €25 and can be installed without drilling the walls – so you won’t even have to ask your landlord 😉
— vonG (@vonGotham) April 8, 2020
Cable Protectors For Cats
As a first-time cat owner, one of the most shocking revelations was – chewed up mutilated cables. Our cat just wants to bite the cables, all the cables in the world.
For one, a pet chewing electric cables is dangerous for obvious reasons. But it can also get expensive at times.
I had to replace my Macbook charger within two months of bringing Jonesy home. Bloody cat chewed it to the point where it just stopped charging my laptop. Later, he chewed up his water fountain’s cable disrupting his own water supply.
Now your turn to tell me the dumbest thing your cat has ever done! 😉
I tried everything from rubbing hot sauce on the cables to sticking cables under tables with cord organisers. He was just too motivated to chew the wires.
The only thing that protected our cables from Jonsey’s bite of death is using cable protectors. These things are made of pretty hard material and go over the cords like casings. Even if the cat is determined to chew up the wire he just cannot get through the casing.
I use this sturdy transparent wire protector for office electronics like lamps, power cords because our cat spends a lot more time there. This cable wrap has also effectively deterred Jonesy from biting through our longer cables. If you need to protect shorter cables from your cat, you can just cut them to match length.
Maine Coon Cat Tree and Bed
Since our cat is an indoor ‘travelling’ cat, and we have a lot of windows in our apartment, we decided to keep cat trees and window perches in every room. This way Jonesy can have his own space and it doesn’t lead to territorial issues with our sitting area.
Since he’s expected to be a large cat we decided to get cat trees that are suitable for Maine coons.
We have a ceiling height cat tree for the living room. It’s still sturdy even though Jonesy is now over 7 kilos. We wanted a minimalist looking cat tree with enough perches and a little cave for the kitty. And I have to say it has been a good combination of value for money and quality.
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We also got a medium-sized cat tree for my home office, where Jonesy likes to spend most time snoring on the window next to me. He has outgrown the top perch but still just loves to sleep on it.
But our Maine Coon’s favourite bed is this cat heater hammock. It’s compact and foldable and can be hung on a surface like a radiator. We even take it when we go on holiday with Jonesy. This way he always has one of his favourite cosy places even when he’s not home – that’s when he’s not looking out of windows from one of these window sill perches.
How to Prepare Your Home for a Maine Coon Cat in Germany
Maine coons are not very high maintenance kitty. However, their large size and temperament call for some special attention to their day to day needs. Here are some essential supplies for any Maine coon cat owner.
Maine Coon Cat Litter
Maine coons don’t need any special cat litter. I have tried 4-5 different brands and types of cat litters.
Initially, we started out with Cat’s Best Öko Plus/Original because that’s what our cat’s breeder used with her cats. We decided to keep the same litter to make the transition easier for our kitten. Unfortunately, it didn’t clump too well, and I had to spend a long time to scoop up the small chunks of cat poops and pee in the box. Plus the tiny wooden pellets would get stuck in our cat’s long fur and eventually end up ALL over the house.
Next, we tried a scented clumping litter by Karlie. This was by far the best clumping, the most odour controlling and the easiest to scoop cat litter we used till date. Unfortunately, I must be allergic to something in it because every time I started cleaning I would end up with a bout of sneezes and sniffles.
Whenever he leaves a particularly stinky mess for us, we just add a cat litter deodorant like Biokat’s Active Pearls with the regular litter, and it clears up the funk very quickly.
Maine Coon Cat Litter Box
Before coming to us, our kitten had only ever used large open litter trays. When we were preparing our home for Jonesy I read many blogs recommend that open litter pans are the best for the cat. So we got two and placed them in separate rooms.
It worked well, for a while. Jonesy stopped using one of the litter trays after a few months simply because he grew too large for it. As for the second litter tray, we kept having clean up issues with it.
You see sometimes our cat kicks back to cover up his poop and in the process flings all of the litter box contents including his poop outside the tray.
He also has a habit of sitting in the litter tray one moment and then suddenly bolting off the next- leaving a trail of poop or pee smudges in his wake. It’s almost as if he suddenly remembered he left the oven on in the kitchen.
Every day we had to spend a long time just cleaning up after him. If you already live with a cat you would agree that smears of poop and pee everywhere in the house is NOT fun.
Eventually, it got too tedious to wipe and disinfect the entire house daily and reluctantly ordered Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Box, an XXL litter box with a lid and flap. Its size is also perfect for a Maine Coon cat.
And boy has this been a life saviour.
Initially, I was worried that Jonesy will hate it and it would lead to even more toilet issues. But it took just one evening of training him with treats. It worked like a charm and he has been using the litter box without any accidents.
We still have occasional grains of cat litter sticking in his thick long fur, but it’s hardly a mess. He has never tried to sprint in the middle of using this litter box so no more poop trails for us to clean up.
Tip: You can also place the old litter tray inside the new hooded litter box AND leave the lid open for first few days to make the transition easier for the cat.
Maine Coon Cat Food in Germany
Thankfully our cat is not a picky eater when it comes to dry food. We have tried and tested various dry food for cats and he devours everything. Talk about low maintenance!
We do not ration dry food for our Maine Coon. It is available to him throughout the day. He does not have a diet problem and never seems to overeat.
He is, however, picky with wet food. We have tried several brands, and now we know that there are some specific brands that he seems to prefer. Just like dry food, we order wet food in bulk as well. Our Main coons favourite wet food is Whiska assorted collection. We just pick the pack without any fish because Jonesy seems to have tummy issues every time.
We have also had success with Purina Fancy Feast whenever we were out of Whiskas.
You may have heard that Maine Coons are very trainable cats. So much so that you can take them on walks and holidays.
Other Maine Coon Cat Accessories
Cat water fountains are not necessary but recommended for cats since they like to drink fresh water.
Cute fountains such as this are very convenient because they are low maintenance and need a change of filters once a few months. They are also sturdy, as long as you protect the cable (in case your cat is a chewer like ours) you can keep him supplied with water 24/7.
As for the cat toys, I feel like all cats toys will go unused or ignored after a while. We have bought elaborate toys sets for our cat. Well, in the beginning, he loves everything. But after a while, he gets bored and hardly plays with anything. We found that hiding toys and only using a few at a time keeps him curious and attentive.
He has some favourites though that we always pack along whenever we go on a holiday together.
This cat tunnel keeps him busy and entertained. We totally expect that he will ignore it like most of his toys but we pleasantly surprised when he immediately took a liking to it. He also loves to play hide and seek and attacks our feet whenever we walk past him.
Another toy that keeps our Maine Coon busy and happy are these bouncy sponge balls. They are really awesome for getting his energy out whenever he gets serious zoomies.
Besides lots of toys, Maine Coon cats need weekly grooming. They are big shedders, especially in the summer. If left unbrushed for too long you will very soon find your house – table, couch, clothes, food everything else covered in cat hair. A deshedding tool like Furminator works wonders and reaches through Maine Coon’s topcoat and safely (and easily) removes loose hair and undercoat.
So now you have successfully catified your home! Read here how you can leash and harness train your kitty and take him on walks or holidays with you.
So here was a list of all essential for a Maine Coon cat in Germany (or anywhere else!). Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments below.