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Well first, bear in mind that a cats natural diet is carnivorous and that type of diet is seldom dried pellets. :) In general, dry and wet food options are, these days, quite on par in terms of nutritional quality. In the past, there could be complications from some varieties of foods containing high quantities of ash that could lead to kidney failure (we ...


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Okay, there are a few points that may be relevant here: Maine coons do have a tendency to grow and mature slower than other breeds. She may not be done growing yet or that may just be her body type/metabolism. Her metabolism will likely change (read: slow down) after being spayed, so that should help. (I'm somewhat curious as to why you want to breed her ...


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I'm not sure how breed affects the range of a cat, but food source (if the cat is provided food by owners, or if the cat has to hunt food) is known to affect how far a cat may travel. A study by in 2011 performed by the University of Illinois using radio collars determined: The mean home range for pet cats in the study was less than two hectares (4.9 acres)....


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Yes, there are things to do. Maine coons have long or semi-long hair and there's three layers of it. Regular grooming done by you helps a long way in reducing the amount of hair the cat swallows when it grooms itself. The cat grooms itself anyway, so there will be hair swallowed even if you try to keep loose hair at minimum. However, small amounts of hair ...


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You already have some good answers here, I just wanted to add a bit more info based on the research I did before getting my first cat. The information I found indicated that a wet food diet was usually more beneficial than a dry food diet. Wet food is generally subjected to less heat during processing and thus suffers less nutrient and protein degradation. ...


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Unfortunately, have no external sources, but my father is a veterinarian and my mother is a pet dietary consultant. At home, we have 7 cats, all of which are fed purely wet food. We used to feed them dry food, but while on such a diet, they seemed to be somewhat prone to diarrhea. When it comes to your average, low quality pet food; dry food and wet food are ...


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I came across a following opinion on one of the cat lover sites (I cannot find the link now. It is in different language, anyway): Cats originally lived in the desert. They were not used to drinking much water (there were no many sources of it). They gained fluid by eating the whole prey, including blood. Now when they live at our houses they are still not ...


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It's definitely possible to train cats, you just have to take a bit more patience with them and try not to use the same methods as you would with a dog. Cats don't have the attention span for training sessions that dogs do, so it's much more effective to passively train them to do things you want. Thinking about it at the basic level, all training is an ...


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The answer occurred to me the other day. No, I still don't know if this cat is too lean or what, but an answer to how I can get her to eat more. It is actually so obvious that I wonder why it took me so long to get to. This shy eater needs to be fed separately. Now I put wet food on a plate and place the plate (bowl) in such a place where only one cat at a ...


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Since we can't know what moves inside a cat's head, it will all be a theory only. And theories there is, several of them. Actually the proper word should be 'speculation'. I believe there is no right answer to this question, and quite possibly there isn't ONE correct explanation either. However, let's try a few: A cat has its ancestry in the wild cats who ...


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In addition to brushing, my vet has suggested I mix in a little cod-liver oil (or any available kind of edible oil) with her (dry) food once in a while. It's supposed to help the cat pass the hair.


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The best advice I can give you is feeding special "kitten" food, because it's designed to have more calories than general "adult" cat food. An alternative is food formulated for "active cats". Dry food tends to have more protein than wet food, so it's better for your kitten. You can soak it in some water to increase the water ...


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I work at an animal shelter and have seen this behavior in several cats. It's not the norm, but I see it in about one cat every few months. Mostly, it's with drinking. The cat sticks his paw in the water bowl and licks the water from its paw. You have definitely tried the right things - shallow bowls or saucers and larger bowls. Have you tried ...


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Cats are hard to train, but not impossible, and a lot of is really tied to their natural interests. While we don't do a whole lot of training with our cats (especially now that they're basically getting old - 17 years), the types of things we focussed on were behaviours that the cats already exhibited an inclination for. For example, one of our cats had a ...


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Cats in the wild spend their days moving though the jungle brush and the like which has a bushing action, removing excess hair. Although you see their hair all over your home, house cats don't receive the same level of environmental hair removal so they need to be brushed or they will consume more hair than they can sometimes accommodate. You should brush ...


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Cat training, like with dogs, depends on temperament and motivation. Some breeds are known for being easier to train, like Bengals or Siamese cats. Food motivation can be promoted by having a strict feeding schedule. It makes it easier to use regular food instead of fattening cat treats as a "treat." Teaching a cat "Sit" If your cat is motivated "sit," is ...


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There are pet-body-weight check pages like this one on Pet MD. The self check descriptions are: Too Thin: Ribs, spine and bony protrusions are easily seen. Cat has lost muscle mass and there is no observable body fat. Bony and starved in appearance. Underweight: Ribs, spine and other bones are easily felt. Cat has an obvious waist when viewed from above ...


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It's fairly common for cats to try to lick at stuff like shampoo and the like. It seems like it's due to the smell, but it's mostly a mystery why these things have such an enticing smell to some cats, but we have some guesses. The first point of course is that cats are very scent driven animals. Not only do they have quite a good sense of smell, they (...


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The only good thing about dry food is that it can help clean the teeth and make relatively less plaque/tartar, otherwise wet food is better for them for all the reasons stated several times so far. Wet food has more water content, which can help if cats choose not to drink as much as they should. Wet food has fewer preservatives, typically fewer fillers, ...


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Maine Coons take 5 years to reach physical maturity. She's still growing. My male is quite lean - he is one and my female is 9 months and she is much bigger than him.It depends what lines they come from.


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I have one Maine Coon but she does not do this behavior. I do have a shorthair black female polydactyl who does. Its a habit that isn't ultra common but isn't terribly rare either. Another black shorthair I had also did it. I don't think it is breed or coat specific. It is just an example of play and / or the way some cats like to drink. It's like ...


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There are a lot of great answers here and I think they have it covered. I just wanted to mention something that might help. I think that with a cat, targeting is probably the easiest thing to teach first. We know that clicker training is a great way to train an animal. We also know that cats can have a pavlovian response as evidenced by every movie, ...


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