When you Google “How much to feed a Maine Coon kitten?” you don’t get answers. What you get is miscellaneous posts of plaintive owners asking the same question. Because the short and accurate answer is “Lots”. Or, as we say in the Coon Verse, a fuck-ton.
As of today, Mingo weighs lbs. I bought a cat scale for several reasons. One, because weight loss is an important early warning sign of trouble in my two NORMAL cats, and two, because I’m fascinated with how fast he’s growing. And how big he’s getting. Maybe a more accurate word would be terrified.
Less than a week ago, he weighed lbs. My Siamese cat weighed He’s not even eight months old. He’s gained a pound in less than a week. Maine Coons can continue to grow until two years old.
I feed my cats canned tuna and dry kibble. The adults get fed tuna morning and evening; the dry kibble, with lots of water back, is out all day. Back in the calm peaceful days Before Kitten, I was going through much less than a 5 oz. can a day — Rainy the Siamese is a picky eater and sometimes ignores the tuna completely. Keeping it unspoiled was a problem, because they don’t like it cold, but leaving it out of the refrigerator once opened is a bad idea.
This is no longer a problem.
Mingo is going through oz of tuna each morning and evening, plus he gets another full meal at midnight because still growing. I add in dry kitten kibble on the vet’s recommendation. Plus he scarfs up whatever Squeaky leaves in his bowl and he’s transitioning to eating the adults dry kibble. It’s disappearing at a much faster rate and I don’t think it’s elves. So that’s two plus cans a day for all three cats, plus dry kibble.
I’ve always bought tuna in packs. Now I’m ordering the packs four at a time via Amazon. Yes, I know I can get cases of tuna, but not so far in the brand and variety Rainy will eat. When I say ‘picky’ I mean picky. I’m working on it.
So that’s how much a Maine Coon kitten eats. Now you know.
Chicken by-product meal, chicken fat, brewers rice, wheat gluten, corn, corn gluten meal, natural flavors, pea fiber, dried plain beet pulp, fish oil, vegetable oil, sodium silico aluminate, potassium chloride, sodium pyrophosphate, choline chloride, salt, monocalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, fructooligosaccharides, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), niacin supplement, L-ascorbylpolyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6),riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], hydrolyzed yeast (source of betaglucans), psyllium seed husk, taurine, L-lysine, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate], glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, carotene, rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid.
This diet contains kilocalories of metabolizable energy (ME) per kilogram or kilocalories ME per cup on an as fed basis (calculated).
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Maine Coon Diet
Maine Coons like all cats are obligate carnivores. This means that they rely on nutrients found only in animal products. Cats evolved as hunters that consume prey that contains high amounts of protein, moderate amounts of fat, and a minimal amount of carbohydrates, and their diet still requires these general proportions today. Cats also require more than a dozen other nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. Their systems are set up to metabolize a natural diet high in moisture, high in protein, and very low in carbohydrates.
What are we feeding?
PURINA ONE Sensitive Stomach is left out at all times (24/7). Kittens will leave eating dry food but we do suggest a daily treat.
We feed kittens a properly balanced raw diet once a day. Alternatively, if you dislike raw then we suggest 1 can of Friskies mixed with 1 cup of dry food. Providing a balanced raw diet is key otherwise raw is not a healthier option. Raw is the healthiest option for your cat. We buy prepackaged “Ground Chicken From HARE-TODAY”. This is a whole diet that you can serve, you can add Friskies canned for picky cats.
Tomlyn Immune Support L-Lysine Powder Cat Supplement is a veterinarian formulated supplement that supports your cat’s immune system, respiratory and eye health. Taste tested and loved by cats and kittens, safe and effective for cats of all ages. Especially good for kittens going to a new home dealing with the stress of relocation. Our vet turned us on to the supplement and we find it fantastic.
Raw Cat Food
We suggest feeding Maine Coons a properly balanced raw diet. Properly balanced raw is the healthiest option for your cat. Providing a ***balanced*** raw diet is key, otherwise raw is not the healthier option. Cats fed a balanced raw diet have a higher muscle mass (weighing more), a healthier coat, lower risk for certain diseases, and have a longer life expectancy. Providing a balanced raw diet is key otherwise raw is not a healthier option. Switching to raw should not upset your cat’s stomach. We buy prepackaged (Ground chicken bones & organs) from HARE TODAY (https://hare-today.com/)
Feeding a properly balanced raw diet is the best species-appropriate diet possible. Raw is the cheapest option per pound but requires the most planning. Kittens should be fed as much raw as they want twice a day till years of age. Adults consume 3%-6% of their body weight in raw but can eat more (Some cats simply burn more energy). If you are concerned your cat is not eating the correct amount please consult your veterinarian, a veterinarian should be able to do a physical exam to assess body condition.
Feline Nutrition Foundation Quote
“A balanced raw diet includes flesh, organs, a bone or ground bone, and a small amount of vegetation. Most people try to feed meats that are close to what cats would naturally be eating, so meat such as beef, which can cause allergic reactions in some cats, lamb, and pork are used less often. Fish should be avoided except for occasional use for many reasons including heavy metal contamination, vitamin E depletion, and the fact that cats get addicted to it because of its strong taste. Raw cat food diets try to balance the meat to bone ratio to match that of a wild diet, usually mouse or rabbit. This balances the calcium to phosphorus ratio. Cats cannot live on meat alone. Their calcium source is ideally from bone, not a supplement, as bone provides other minerals such as copper and zinc, along with collagen. Rawbone is highly digestible and provides calcium, minerals, and enzymes. The marrow is nutrient-rich. It is only cooked bone that is dangerous.”
DIY Raw Cat Food
The Feline Diet
What do cats really need?
Cats have no dietary need for carbohydrates, carbs are processed and stored as fat. A carb-heavy diet will stress the cat’s digestive system and reduce the efficiency of protein absorption. If the diet does not contain enough animal protein for their daily needs, or they are unable to process an adequate amount of that protein, cats will sabotage the muscles in their own bodies to obtain their daily needs. Additionally, feline satiety is signaled by the ingestion of sufficient amounts of animal protein in their food; lacking it, they will consistently overeat, resulting in yet more carbs being converted to fat.
Cats are unable to synthesize eleven different amino acids; arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, and, taurine. Cats also can not synthesize vitamin A, vitamin D, and the fatty acid arachidonic. Cats can create niacin but insufficient to their needs so they must consume niacin daily.
How to pick a cat food brand?
Seek brands that have an AAFCO-approved nutritional guarantee and adherence to WSAVA guidelines. Avoid canned foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as the main ingredients. Limited grain content is ok this includes corn and rice.
What is the WSAVA?
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association is an international group of over , veterinary professionals. Their mission is to “advance the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through an educated, committed, and collaborative global community of veterinary peers.”
Evidence of scientific formulation
Quality control by manufacturing their own foods.
Research to meet long-term nutritional needs and subject this research to a peer-review process.
What to avoid in cat foods?
Avoid a “BEG” diet (Boutique brands, Exotic ingredients, Grain replaced with pulse).
Boutique brands - A boutique brand is one made by a pet food manufacturer who does not employ an appropriately qualified team of experts to study and formulate their diets. These companies often rely on marketing trends rather than testing and nutritional research.
Exotic ingredients- These are ingredients not classically found in pet foods and consist of animal proteins such as kangaroo, buffalo/bison, ostrich, alligator, duck, lamb, salmon, venison, and rabbit.
Grain replaced with pulse- Traditional grains have been replaced with pulse ingredients (legume seeds such as peas, lentils, various beans, and chickpeas) and it is these pulse ingredients that are currently thought to be a major contributor to the development of NM-DCM. *
FDA WARNING (Stop Grain Free)
What is the FDA DCM Report?
June , The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of feline and canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. DCM is occurring in breeds not genetically prone to the disease. Animals with DCM respond to medication and supplementation regimens. DCM can lead to congestive heart failure.
What is causing DCM?
Nutritional DCM is thought to be caused by a deficiency or malabsorption earlier in the amino acid pathway, where the cat/dog should be accessing the cysteine and methionine in the foods, or it's a leaching/binding of the taurine in the cat or dog's body by the fiber in legumes and pulses, or both. All pet food companies have had low levels of DCM cases, it is the surge in DCM cases that has raised alarm. For example; Diamond is significantly smaller than Hills and Diamond has cases confirmed by the FDA. Hills has 3 cases confirmed limited only to their grain-free diets. Plant protein in legumes (non-grain) is much higher than grains so, it is difficult to know amount of meat protein vs. plant protein in a food. Lower total meat protein alongside the higher FIBER content of the non-grain ingredients could be an interesting area to investigate.
Can I supplement taurine?
Supplementing taurine to a grain free diet will not work because something in the diet is prevent absorption. Taurine is prevalent in hard-working muscle meats like thigh and shoulder meat, tongue and especially heart as well as whole prey and sardines. All powdered taurine is artificial and made in a laboratory. Most taurine is also sourced from China who is not only the number one exporter but also owns 40 manufacturers of taurine. Considering only % of imported items are inspected by the US and China has a history of contaminated product. We STRONGLY advise giving fresh (not frozen) raw hard working muscle meats once a week.
Quote: Jean Dodds, DVM Hemopet / NutriScan
“What we suggest you do, if you are concerned, is to have your veterinarian take a blood sample to measure the methionine, cysteine and taurine levels in both whole blood and plasma, and send it to a diagnostic laboratory experienced with the appropriate reference ranges for circulating taurine. If the levels are lower than normal for dogs, please discuss the appropriate next steps with your veterinarian. As well, please send the information on your dog, including the food you are feeding, breed, health regarding CHD and retinal degradation, age and weight to the FDA no matter what the results are. You and your dog would potentially be helping millions of other dogs. We are advocates for home-prepared food. However, we agree that the recipes used may not meet the minimum AAFCO nutrient requirements. If you do choose to go that route, please work with a veterinary or animal nutritionist who has a degree and experience in animal nutrition. As more research is completed, AAFCO may need to adjust their minimum nutrient requirements and add more optimal requirements so that foods can be more appropriately formulated for breed type, size and age. In our view, neither a balanced raw nor cooked diet is inherently “better” than the other. We work with many dogs that thrive on raw food diets, and others that do less well on raw foods but thrive on freshly prepared cooked foods. As we keep coming back to, every dog is an individual, and we believe that individual needs should outweigh a devotion to any one way of feeding.”
Quote: Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN
“The apparent link between BEG diets and DCM may be due to ingredients used to replace grains in grain-free diets, such as lentils or chickpeas, but also may be due to other common ingredients commonly found in BEG diets, such as exotic meats, vegetables, and fruits. In addition, not all pet food manufacturers have the same level of nutritional expertise and quality control, and this variability could introduce potential issues with some products. In our hospital, we currently measure taurine in all dogs with DCM, but more than 90% of our patients with DCM in which taurine has been measured have normal levels (and the majority are eating BEG diets). Yet some of these dogs with DCM and normal taurine levels improve when their diets are changed. This suggests that there’s something else playing a role in most cases – either a deficiency of a different nutrient or even toxicity that may be associated with BEG diets. Giving taurine is unlikely to prevent DCM unless your dog has taurine deficiency.”
Evidence is showing that if caught soon enough animals can be treated with medication and supplementation. Some cases have reported with evidence a partial or full recovery in under a year.
DCM Resource Links
FDA Notice: Potential Link Between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Q/A on FDA Possible Connection Between Diet and DCM
PRO TIP: Overly hungry cats eat too fast throwing up, they can lose weight and more. If feeding only canned cat food be cautious. Leaving out some dry food can help prevent being overly hungry. Raw diets are much more fulfilling and should be considered.
Please provide proper exercise daily for your cat prior to considering a formula for weight gain.
The Maine coon is the largest breed of domestic cat. Fully grown they can grow to be around 10 kg in weight. But how much should you be feeding your Maine coon?
The amount of food you should give your Maine coon depends on four things: their age, their size, the type of food you are providing for them and their level of activity. Kittens have smaller stomachs and higher energy requirements; therefore, they will need to be fed more frequently.This website contains affiliate links. If you click a link, then I may earn a commission. I am also a member of the Amazon affiliate program and I may also make a commission through qualifying purchases.
How Much Dry Food Should I Give my Maine Coon?
The amount of dried food you give your Maine coon will depend on which other foods you are providing for them. If you are providing a diet of solely dried food, then you will need to give them much more than if you include wet food in their diet as well.
It is generally recommended that you give a mixture of both wet and dried foods as cats will get most of their hydration from the wet food they eat. A diet of solely dried food can cause them to become dehydrated which over time can lead to kidney damage.
You will also need to take their activity level into account. Indoor cats generally are less active than cats who can go outdoors. Remember though that Maine coons are excellent mousers and therefore an outdoor Maine coon may also be supplementing their diet with wild prey.
This chart is from Royal Canin with regards to their dried food for Maine coons. It is based on the assumption that you are giving only dried food to your Maine coon. The numbers here represent g/day.
|Cat’s weight||Underweight||Ideal weight||Overweight|
For reader from the US, you can purchase Royal Canin Maine Coon Adult dry food online at Chewy.com by following this link. (Paid link)
UK readers can purchase also purchase this product online through Zooplus by following this link. (Paid link)
If you are also feeding your Maine coon with wet or raw foods throughout the day then you will want to adjust these quantities accordingly (see below in the next section for quantities).
How Much Wet Food Should I Give my Maine Coon?
If you are feeding your Maine coon solely on wet food then the following feeding guidelines will apply:
|Cat’s weight||Daily intake (only wet)|
|5kg||2 + 3/4 pouches|
|6kg||3 + 1/4 pouches|
|7kg||3 + 1/2 pouches|
For UK readers, you can purchase Royal Canin Maine Coon Adult wet food pouches online through Zooplus by following this link. (Paid link)
Reader from the US can purchase Royal Canin Maine Coon canned food for adults at Chewy.com by following this link. (Paid link)
If you are feeding a combination or wet and dry food, then the following feeding guidelines will apply:
|Cat’s weight||Daily intake (wet + dry)|
|5kg||1 pouch + 39g dry|
|6kg||1 pouch + 47g dry|
|7kg||1 pouch + 55g dry|
|8kg||1 pouch + 63g dry|
Please note that the above guidelines relate to adult Maine coons only. For feeding guidelines for kittens please see the kitten section below.
For information on the various foods available for Maine coons please see my guide, What Do Maine Coon Cats Eat? Do They Need a Special Diet?
How Much Raw Food Should I Give my Maine coon?
For kittens, they should be allowed to eat until they are full. For adult Maine coons a good guide for raw food is to give them between 3 and 5% of their body weight daily. The usual ratio is 75/15/10, this means 75% muscle meat, 15% edible bone and 10% organs. Heart can be given and would count as a muscle meat rather than an organ. You can also buy premade raw food mixes online.
How Much Should I Feed my Maine Coon Kitten?
Kittens have a lot of growing to reach their full lion-like potential and therefore it is common practice to feed on demand. Kittens should be allowed to eat until they are full. It is good idea to feed them wet food several times a day and then have dry food and fresh water available to them throughout the day.
How much and what you feed them will depend on their age. Initially they will by fed by their mother. You will need to make sure that the mother cat has access to as much food and water as she wants. She’ll need plenty of energy and hydration to produce all the milk that the kittens require.
Kittens will then be weaned onto solid foods, which will need to be watered down in the first instance so that they are easily able to swallow and digest it.
|Weeks||Every hours||Mother’s milk||Specialised formula for hand rearing if issues with mother|
|weeks||Meals a day plus dried food around the house all day||Wet/raw/dried food mixed with kitten formula||Form a slush which is easy to swallow and digest|
|weeks||Meals a day plus dried food around the house all day||Wet/raw food or moistened dried food||Use water to moisten dried food and make it easier to swallow|
|6 weeks – 6 months||Meals a day||Your choice of dry/wet/raw foods||Allow kitten to eat until full|
|6 – 10 Months||Meals a day||Your choice of dry/wet/raw foods||Allow kitten to eat until full|
|10 Months +||Taper down to twice a day||Your choice of dry/wet/raw foods||Good option to try wet/raw food twice a day with dry food available all the time|
With regards to quantities of food, remember that kittens have much smaller stomachs than adult cats. In addition, Maine coons mature much slower than other breeds of domestic cat, therefore they require a diet designed for kittens up until the age of 15 months before transitioning onto adult foods.
This table has been provided as a guide by Royal canin with regards to their Maine coon kitten dried food. The numbers here related to g/day and are based on the expected adult cat weight.
|Age (months)||Adult weight|
|as needed||as needed||as needed|
For readers from the US, you can find Royal Canin Maine Coon Kitten dry food online at Chewy.com by following this link. (Paid link)
UK readers can purchase Royal Canin Maine Coon Kitten dry food online through Zooplus by following this link. (Paid link)
With regards to wet foods, please see the following guidelines:
|Cat’s age||Cat’s weight||Pouches per day|
|9 – 12 months||–||3|
|pregnant cats||3kg||2 1/2 – 3 1/2|
|pregnant cats||5kg||4 – 6|
The following guideline relates to wet food being given in combination with dry food:
|Cat’s age||Cat’s weight||Daily serving|
|4 months||–||1 pouch + 45g|
|6 months||–||1 pouch + 45g|
|9 – 12 months||–||1 pouch + 45g|
|pregnant cats||3kg||1 pouch + g|
|pregnant cats||5kg||1 pouch + g|
For information on the various foods available for Maine coon kittens please see my guide, What Do Maine Coon Cats Eat? Do They Need a Special Diet?
How Much Should my Maine Coon be Drinking?
Maine coons, like other breeds of cat, are not fantastic at drinking. They do not readily search for water when they are thirsty. Instead, as I mentioned earlier, they will get most of their hydration from wet foods. They will also seek out running water to drink. This is likely because of the survival instinct that running water is going to harbour less bacteria than running water.
Maine coons have some really funny habits when it comes to water, you can read about them in my article, How to Manage Your Maine Coon’s Water Obsession. A great way to provide constant access to running water, without having to leave the tap on, is to invest in a cat water fountain. Our two kittens absolutely love theirs. Click here to read my guide to the Best Water Fountains for Cats or, if you are in a rush then just click here to see a great option available on Amazon. (Paid link)
Chart feeding maine kitten coon
Maine Coon cats are glorious creatures. From their sheer size to their majestic coat, this is an animal to be admired. And after you meet a Maine Coon, you understand how they get their reputation as “gentle giants.” It’s impossible to meet a Maine Coon and not fall in love with their goofy personalities and gentle demeanors. But a cat of this size has to be fed correctly. So, how much do Maine Coon cats eat?
A Maine Coon should eat between 3 ounces of dry food or 9 ounces of wet food per day. Maine Coon cats are large and eat more than most domestic cat breeds. Based on age and weight, some cats will need more or less. Younger Maine Coon cats will require more food than older cats.
How Much Should A Maine Coon Eat Every Day
This answer will vary based on each cat. There are general guidelines on the back of cat food bags, so owners have a general idea. But that doesn’t apply to every cat. Older cats or less energetic cats need less food. Just like people, they don’t burn as many calories, so they can’t consume as many calories.
Younger Maine Coons or those with high energy levels need more food. You can go with the recommended guidelines on your chosen food container and flex up or down from there. Always partner with your vet for more information.
Why Do Maine Coon Cats Eat So Much
Compared to an average house cat, Maine Coons seem to eat a lot more. Regular size cats may eat 1//4 of dry kibble a day. Those cats also weigh between pounds. That is not the case with a Maine Coon. A Maine Coon cat can range anywhere from pounds. However, it’s not uncommon to see a Maine Coon male push the pound mark. A cat of that size will eat far more than an 8-pound domestic shorthair.
Maine Coons are also active cats. They have high energy and a fast metabolism. Males aren’t fully developed and grown until years old. Most other domestic breeds are done by a year, at the latest, two years old. Until they are fully grown, it is possible that your Maine Coon could have an appetite similar to a kitten. Remember how much kittens eat? You may have to feed your Maine Coon that equivalent for the first several years of their life.
However, you don’t want to free feed your Maine Coon and just let them eat whatever and whenever. That could lead to feline obesity problems.
You will want to get your cat on rhythm and schedule for mealtimes. Work with your vet to determine the best food for your cat, and then break that up into meals. You may also want to feed your cat a combination of wet and dry food. Like I said, consult with your vet for your best options. Just make sure the diet is high in protein. That is an essential component of a Maine Coon’s diet.
How Much Should A Twenty Pound Maine Coon Cat Eat
The key to feeding a cat is to make sure you don’t overfeed him or her. After that, the quantities listed by food companies are merely guidelines. Like I already mentioned, Maine Coons are highly active cats with fast metabolisms. They aren’t fully grown until years old. And on average, they are much larger than most cats. They have to eat more food, and that food must be of a higher quality and protein level.
How much a twenty-pound Maine Coon eats will depend upon the type of diet they have, their metabolism, and their age. Older cats will have a drop in energy levels, so they don’t need as much food as a younger cat. The quantity will depend on whether your cat is eating dry food, wet food only, or a combination diet. Then there are those cats that eat a raw diet. Those metrics are entirely different.
To give you a ballpark idea of how much to feed a twenty-pound Maine Coon, I referenced the guidelines on a bag of Royal Canin Maine Coon dry food. This food is formulated especially for purebred Maine Coons that are 15 months and older.
Their instructions are from 3/4 cup to 1 1/8 cups based on the energy level of your cat. Those guidelines aren’t set in stone. For starters, those numbers are based on their brand and the nutritional value of their food. Partner with your vet to make the best determination for your cat.
How Much Does It Cost To Feed A Maine Coon
This will depend on what kind of food you feed your cat. Maine Coons should always be fed high-quality cat food. The dry kibble found in your local grocery store lacks the proper level of protein and nutrients for your Maine Coon. You will have to purchase premium cat food brands. Premium cat food brands can cost anywhere from $$70 per bag of food. Wet cat food that is a premium brand can cost $ or more per can and $$50 for a case.
It’s hard to give a solid figure on how much it will cost to your feed your Maine Coon, but it is possible to get a ballpark figure. If you use the rough estimates of feeding one cup of dry per day and a five-pound bag of food costing $25, you will buy around one and a half bags per month.
Factor in any wet food, and you will spend at least $50 a month in food for your Maine Coon. If you have your cat on a raw diet, the figure depends on if you are buying commercial raw food or making it yourself. Research finds wildly different costs for a raw food diet, from cents per day to $ per day. That puts the price at anywhere from $$
These are all guesstimates, and your figures will depend upon your cat and their needs.
How To Pick The Best Food For Your Maine Coon
There are so many options on the market, so it’s hard to choose. Your vet can be helpful, but many will try to get you to buy the food products they sell in their office. Those aren’t always the best fit for your cat. Some of these points have already been addressed, but it’s worth mentioning again. Here are some points to consider when selecting food for your Maine Coon.
• High in protein to support energy levels
• Low in carbohydrates because cats can’t process carbs
• Healthy fats to promote a shiny, healthy coat
• Supplements to support their health like probiotics and an appropriate amount of vitamins
Each cat is an individual, but these are great tips for sorting through the dozens of food brands that are on the market.
A Quick Recap
Maine Coons need a diet that matches their specific needs. It would be best if you had lots of proteins so they can keep growing and keep their energy levels up. Since their food needs are different than a classic house cat, the cost of their food is likely higher than usual. It’s hard to calculate an exact figure because each cat is an individual.
But $50+ is a good starting figure. While it will take a while to figure out how much to feed your particular Maine Coon each day, use the guides on their food containers to start. You can adjust this in partnership with your vet to what meets your Maine Coon’s size, energy level, metabolic needs, etc.
We know you love your Maine Coon Cat (Maybe more than your kids? Don’t worry, we won’t judge!). You want him looking and feeling his best throughout his life. Diet is essential to your cat’s health. You could spend a small fortune feeding him the highest quality, locally-sourced, raw fish, but don’t worry – you don’t have to! Many choices are nutritionally balanced and wont break the bank.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a diet.
What’s Unique About the Maine Coon Cat?
Your cat is special! Heres why:
• Largest of all cat breeds most weigh 9 to 18 pounds!
• Doesn’t reach maturity until years old, unlike most cats who are full-grown by their first year
• Prone to hip dysplasia because of its size
It is important to think about these unique characteristics when choosing a diet for your cat. The protein content of his food and how much your feed will be the most important thing to make sure he grows at a healthy rate.
All cats need certain elements in their diet, including:
• Fats and fatty acids such as arachidonic acid
• Amino Acids such as taurine and arginine
• Vitamins and Minerals such as Vitamin A and Niacin
All foods specifically designed for cats will contain an adequate mix of these elements. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has determined minimum requirements. Check for their stamp on food labels.
Some brands market foods specifically for Maine Coon Cats, but research suggests these foods don’t make a significant difference in your pet’s health.
If you thought that the political race was fraught with arguments, get ready for the debate on cat food ingredients!
The good news:all food must meet certain standards. When choosing food, consider your values, your budget, your cat’s preference, and the advice of your vet.
Protein is the most important ingredient, especially for a large breed like the Maine Coon Cat. Most vets agree that animal proteins such as meat, chicken, and fish are preferable to plant proteins.
Budget allowing, you should opt for food that includes real protein sources over those that contain “meal” or “by-products. Many pet owners like to feed their pet a grain or gluten free diet, believing that these ingredients are bad for a cat’s digestion. Don’t worry, Garfield this isn’t necessary if your pet doesn’t have a grain or gluten allergy.
And don’t forget taste! Even the highest quality foods aren’t worth it if your cat won’t eat it.
Wet Vs Dry Food
Whether you feed your cat wet or dry food is also a matter of preference.
- Dry foods are easier to prepare than wet foods and allow a cat to use his teeth.
- Wet foods have a higher moisture content. This is important for cats that don’t drink as much on their own and to maintain proper kidney function as your cat ages.
- A mix of wet and dry food will ensure a right balance for your cat.
Stage of Life
Just like humans, cats require different nutrition at various stages of life. Your sweet baby needs different food than your seasoned feline in his golden years.
- You should feed your kitten a formula designed specifically for kittens. This will meet all the nutritional needs for your growing friend.
- Because Maine Coon Cats reach maturity later than other breeds, you may want to keep your cat on kitten food longer. Most cats make the switch around 4 to 5 months, but some vets suggest keeping Maine Coons on kitten food up until 9 months. Discuss this with your vet.
- Senior cats also have different needs. Many companies make food specially designed for older cats which you might consider depending on your cat’s health.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Cat
Indoor cats will typically not get as much exercise as outdoor cats and will need fewer calories per day to keep those love handles at bay. Many companies market food especially for indoor cats, but these foods can contain fillers and lower-quality proteins.
Regardless of what you chose, make sure your cat is getting the proper amount of food to encourage a healthy weight. Refer to the package instructions or ask your vet how much you should be feeding your pet.
While there are many options for feeding your pet, the choice doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The most important factor is choosing a nutritionally balanced food that fits your budget and your cat’s taste. Your vet can help you decide what food is best for your cat’s specific needs.
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Maine Coon cats dont come cheap, costing an average of $ (£) each. With this in mind, you probably wont be too surprised to hear that their diet will also feel like an investment too!
How much to feed my Maine Coon cat is obviously a question you will be asking yourself when you consider the final size of your adorable new kitten.
Find out how to feed your Maine Coon correctly, without overspending on the latest designer cat food, which often tends not to offer much more nutritional benefit than other cat food.
Average male Maine Coons weighs between kg (15 25 lbs), so require a diet high in protein to ensure they grow in a healthy manner. Their diet should include carbohydrates, vitamins, fats, and fatty acids. It is important not to overfeed your Maine Coon. Humans wrongly overfeed this breed, thinking they require far more food than the average cat.
What Do Maine Coon Cats Eat?
This playful stunning cat breed will remain playful all the way through from being a small kitten, well into their adult life. They are known for being the life and soul of the party and continue to grow in size until age years, whereupon they reach full size.
It is therefore important to give them the energy they require to live a fit and healthy life, by providing them with a diet that suits both the physical and mental needs.
Maine Coon cats are obligate carnivores, who require meat in their diet to thrive. This means that protein makes up a key part of their dietary requirements, and must not be excluded. For a list of foods that you should avoid feeding your Maine Coon, click here to skip to this section.
The following table summarises the key Maine Coons dietary requirements, to help your Maine Coon live for as long as possible:
|Protein||Provides energy for this playful breed. Protein plays a key role in Maine Coon achieving full growth.||Chicken, Fish|
|Carbohydrates||Required for healthy growth||Wet / Dry Cat Food|
|Fats and Fatty Acids||A small level of healthy fatty acids helps to maintain the shiny Maine Coons fur e.g. arachidonic acid, and amino acids such as taurine and arginine||Wet / Dry Cat Food|
|Vitamins||Cats require Vitamins in their diet, to ensure healthy growth patterns||Vitamins A, B, K, Niachin|
Maine Coon Cat Dietary Requirements
All cats require a healthy well-balanced diet, including:
- Protein (high levels)
- Vitamins (A,B,K, Niacin)
- Fats and Fatty Acids (arachidonic acid, and amino acids e.g. taurine and arginine).
The Maine Coon cat is pretty unique, and different from a normal cat though. Their very large physique alone sets them apart from other cats since many can grow bigger than small dogs!
This breed is particularly playful, with high energy levels that continue well into adulthood. The food you feed your majestic Maine Coon cat, therefore, needs to be tailored to ensure that your cat grows into a healthy, happy cat.
Dont worry though, there are ample food choices available for your feline companion, that wont break the bank.
Maine Coon Dietary Needs
If you scroll the internet you will quickly see that the dietary requirements of a Maine Coon cat are hotly debated, amongst professionals.
If you are concerned about feeding your expensive Maine Coon cat the wrong food, take a look at their key dietary requirements below:
Maine Coons require high levels of protein in their diet, to ensure they grow at a healthy rate.
Their bodies need extra protein to ensure that they have enough strength and energy, to support their large frame.
2. Wet Food V Dry Food
Whether you prefer to feed your cat wet or dry food, is completely down to personal preference. However, it is important to be aware that a Maine Coons diet should mainly comprise of high-quality dry food since this supports their teeth and jaw health.
This is not to say that you should avoid giving your Maine Coon cat wet food. On the contrary, it is absolutely fine to include wet food in your cats dietary plan, so long as it is no more than times a week.
Wet food might be beneficial for your Maine Coon cat due to its moisture levels. Moisture is particularly important for cats that do not drink much water because the moisture helps keep their kidneys healthy.
3. Varied Diet
Can you imagine only ever eating the same food every day? This probably sounds like a horrendous idea to you, and its no different for your cat, either.
Make sure your Maine Coons diet is varied. Switch between different high-quality dry foods, wet foods, and treats on a regular basis, to ensure that the food remains appealing for your Maine Coon.
If you notice that your Maine Coon is eating less than normal, try feeding them a different brand of cat food to see if this spikes their interest levels.
If you dont see an immediate change in their interest levels, make sure that you speak to a veterinary professional asap, to rule out any underlying health issues.
4. Maine Coon Diet According To Age
The table below shows the different dietary requirements of the Maine Coon cat, through their different life cycle stages:
|Months||Feed your Maine Coon a specially formulated kitten diet for a minimum of months, to ensure your kitten is getting the protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, and fatty acids they need.|
|Months||Maine Coons grow at a slower rate than normal cats, not reaching full size until years, whereas normal cats usually stop growing at 2 years. Some vets recommend you continue feeding your Maine Coon cat kitten food until Maine Coons are 9 months old. Speak to your veterinary professional for advice.|
|9 Months Onwards||Feed your Maine Coon high-quality dry Food/kibble. Your cat will start to exercise less, as the years go on. Make sure to monitor their diet, to avoid obesity. Find ways to encourage your Maine Coon to exercise more.|
|Senior Cats||Senior Maine Coons have different dietary requirements. Make sure you change to high-quality dry food suited for senior Maine Coons. Cats of this age are likely to be far less active than their younger selves, so make sure you dont overfeed them since this breed is prone to obesity.|
When considering how much to feed my Maine Coon cat, it is imperative that you take their age into consideration. Whilst Maine Coon kittens might be known for being energetic, and very active, senior Maine Coons are not!
You will find varying opinions on what diet Maine Coons require. As with everything, review the varying advice and determine what seems reasonable. For instance, if your Maine Coon is always hungry, this may be a sign that they need to move onto Maine Coon adult food.
If you have any further questions, ask a veterinary professional for advice.
a) Maine Coon Kittens Diet
Maine Coon kittens require a different diet than Maine Coon adults. Their nutritional needs change as they grow, so you will need to ensure they are eating the diet most suited to their particular stage of life.
During the kitten stage, your Maine Coon will be very energetic and lively. They are getting enough exercise naturally, so free feeding, where you allow them to eat as much as they chose, is recommended.
b) Maine Coon Middle Age
As your kitten grows into a full grown adult, you can expect their high levels of activity to decrease.
Although Maine Coons are known for staying energetic and lively for many years, there will obviously be a point in time when they are opting to exercise less. At this point, you need to monitor their diet intake, to ensure their food portions reflect their exercise levels.
It is important to not overfeed your cat at this stage.
c) Maine Coon Senior Age
Practise portion control for your Maine Coon, who is likely to be far less active now they are a senior.
In order to keep them fit and healthy, only feed them high-quality dry food, containing the protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, fat and fatty acids that their older bodies need to function at optimal levels.
High-quality dry food will help limit the development of health issues known to be common for this breed i.e. hip dysplasia.
6. Outdoor Maine Coons
Maine Coon cats are primarily outdoor cats, with a reputation for impressive hunting skills. If you are lucky enough to live in a more remote location and let your Coon outside the home to roam, your cat will naturally supplement their diet by hunting live prey i.e. mice. This is a great exercise for them and makes them less prone to obesity.
Outdoor Maine Coons will eat more food than indoor Maine Coons, because they require more calories to lead their active lives.
7. Indoor Maine Coons
Not all owners feel able to let their pricey Coon wander outside the boundaries of their own home though, due to the following reasons:
- Location they live
- Fear that harm may come to their cat
- Risk of traffic
- Some undesirable humans target Maine Coons, knowing they command a high resale price.
An indoor Maine Coons diet should be monitored carefully since this breed is prone to obesity. Cats are naturally lazy beasts, and indoor Maine Coons will be exercising less than they require.
If you plan on keeping your Maine Coon as an indoor pet, make sure to exercise them regularly, to help keep their bodies and mind active. Purchasing a cat tower, and plenty of play toys to keep the Maine Coon active would be advisable.
Maine Coons are known for being great hunters. It is therefore important that they keep their broad jaw strong and healthy, and their teeth nice and sharp.
In order to achieve this, you should feed your Maine Coon cat with high-quality dry food, designed to make your cat chew their food vigorously. Regular vigorous chewing helps to strengthen your cats jaw.
Your Maine Coons diet should not be primarily filled with wet food, since the moisture and deposition might damage the health of their teeth. It also doesnt encourage chewing to the same degree as high-quality, dry food.
9. Exercise Levels
Every cat is different and unique. Whilst most younger cats enjoy exercising, there will likely be other cats that prefer to be lazy. Keep an eye on your cats daily exercise habits, to see what sort of Maine Coon you have!
When considering how much to feed my Maine Coon cat, it is important that you take your Coons activity levels into consideration.
Put simply, the Maine Coons dietary requirements should directly reflect the amount of exercise that they do each day.
Maine Coons need a small level of exercise each day, to stay fit and healthy. If they are prone to laziness, try to find ways to encourage more movement i.e. cat tower or cat toys. Until movement levels increase, make sure that their diet is lower in rich fats, and protein.
Veterinary Check Ups
To keep your prized Maine Coon in great health, make sure you give your cat regular checkups at your chosen veterinary professionals practice.
Vets are best placed to advise if you need to make any alterations to your Maine Coons dietary requirements.
Maine Coon Cat Treats
All cats love to be fed treats, but it is important that you do not overfeed your Maine Coon cat, especially if they are a little bit lazy in nature!
Avoid Feeding Your Maine Coon These Foods
Not all foods are good for your treasured furry friend. Take a look at this table, to make sure you are not including these foods as part of your Maine Coon cats daily diet.
|Foods To Avoid||Reason|
|Gluten||Gluten is common in wheat-based diets and should be avoided because it can stick to your cats teeth, possibly causing the deposition of tartar. Gluten does not promote good digestive health, either.|
|Grain Based Food||Grains are unlikely to cause actual harm to your cat, though it is recommended that you avoid them, to prevent your cat from becoming obese.|
|Large Fish||Larger fish, such as tuna is not advisable. This is because large fish may contain higher levels of mercury, not beneficial to your Maine Coon. If you are keen to feed your Maine Coon fish, stick to smaller fish, such as sardines since they are likely to contain less mercury.|
Cat Food Regulation
Are you worried that your prized Maine Coons food might not be of great quality?
If so, dont be because various different pet food supply regulatory authorities have been set up across the world to ensure that our loved feline friends are always eating a diet suited to their physical needs.
Pet food regulatory authorities are bodies that ensure that all cat food is produced to a certain standard. Every country is different, but here is a brief look at two countries pet food regulators:
1. United States
Each country has their own particular pet food regulations. The United States is no different.
In the United States, The Association Of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) have produced guidelines for manufacturers and suppliers on what all cat food must contain.
This organization stamps pet food supplies that meet these requirements. Before purchasing any cat food for your precious Maine Coon, check for this stamp mark first since it guarantees that your feline companion is receiving a well-balanced, nutritious diet (source1).
2. United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, the Pet Food Manufacturing Association (PFMA) is the leading trade body for the UK pet industry. It claims to have 85 members, which account for 90% of the pet food market (source1).
If you are interested in the United Kingdom cat food guidelines that businesses are required to follow click here.
How much to feed my Maine Coon cat, is a commonly asked question. Most potential owners are not too sure, because they see this massive cat breed and expect the cat to eat far more than the standard-sized cat.
In reality, you do not need to feed your Maine Coon substantially more food than that of a normal cat, though food portions will be very much dependent upon their age, level of activity, and general levels of health.
In order to limit the chance of your Maine Coon developing future health issues, make sure you feed your cat with high-quality dry food. It is also important that you dont give your cat too many treats, especially later in life when their exercise levels naturally decrease.
I hope this has been a comprehensive guide for you, but if you still have any questions regarding how much to feed my Maine Coon cat, please contact your veterinary practice for additional guidance.