If you want to buy a Maine Coon cat, you may think about searching pet shops. This is not a good place to buy your cat. Legitimate breeders never sell from a pet shop, which are considered the equivalent to dog “puppy mills”. If wanting to buy cats from pet shops, you won’t be able to see the environment where the kitten was born, the pedigree of the parents, nor find out about any illnesses from the breeder. Prices for these cats are usually at least equal or higher than those from a breeder. Maine Coon cats range in price from $400-$1000.
Other places that sell cats are from individuals and known as backyard breeders (BYB). Usually living in someone’s personal house, the owner has bred their cat with other cats but does not follow industry standards or follow breeder regulations. It doesn’t mean the person is terrible; the owners may truly love their pets and enjoy breeding the cats with others. However, maine coon kittens for sale the problems arise because they don’t register their cats, show them in cat shows, nor have contact with breeders or associations. They lack the same level of professional involvement and health of the breed that legitimate breeders uphold. The cost of these cats may be comparable to legitimate breeders. The problem remains that you would be buying an expensive cat without truly knowing the cat’s heritage or health.
So where’s the best place to buy a Maine Coon cat?
Attend a local cat show and talk to a Maine Coon cat breeder. The kittens themselves won’t be there, but this is your first step in finding a legitimate breeder and someone you can trust. There are several places you can look to find cat shows in your area. Besides an upcoming event section in the newspaper, you can search for area show schedules in Cat Fancy magazine.
You can also contact the Fanciers Association for shows and breeders in your area. The Central Office phone number is (732) 528-9797. For their referral service, you can send an e-mail to Cat Breeders Referral Service (CBRS).
Another referral source is Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association. While they won’t recommend specific breeders, you can get a list of breeders by state. Most of the breeders listed are reliable, but you still need to do your homework and ask questions.
Cats are often advertised for sale in magazines such as Cat Fancy, Cats, USA Cats, and local newspapers. Not all the cats advertised are from breeders though. Some may be backyard breeders, so be sure to ask questions when you call.