maine coon breed information

common health issues

Hypokalemic polymyopathy is muscle weakness due to decreased potassium. Potassium levels in affected cats are low due to low potassium intake, excess loss through the gastrointestinal tract or kidney, or because of the use of some types of medications. Clinical signs include a drooping head and neck, generalized weakness and muscle pain.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. In some cats, severe gingivitis occurs due to hypersensitivity to the plaque surrounding the tooth. The cause of this hypersensitivity is unknown, and severe cases can cause tooth decay. Removal of the teeth (including tooth roots) seems to be curative and is recommended due to the discomfort caused in severe cases.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

The largest of the domestic cats is the Maine Coon, and it is native to the United States. There are many different stories about its predecessor’s arrival here, but it is generally accepted by breeders that the earliest versions of the Main Coon came with English seafarers. Over the years, the Maine Coon developed the large bone structure and long coat that we know today. There are only a few states with state cats, and the Maine Coon cat is the only purebred cat that holds that title (for Maine, obviously).

This intelligent breed also has physical adaptations that help it deal with harsh winter climates. Thick fur lines the back of its legs and belly to keep it warm in harsh climates. In addition, its unusually large paws facilitate walking on the snow.

The Maine Coon cat is exceptionally gentle and makes for a great companion for families with children. Its long, fluffy coat needs occasional brushing to prevent matting.

Although well-adapted to deal with Maine’s climate, the Maine Coon is nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect its health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Maine Coon is prone to include dental disease such as gingivitis-periodontitis; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; joint problems such as such as hip dysplasia and patellar luxation; and muscle issues such as hypokalemic polymyopathy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Maine Coon has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad hips or his mother’s weak knees, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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