Our Maine Coon boy died very suddenly in January just under 5 years old the cause was found to be cardiomyopathy We where not aware of any problems with the breed until it was too late. Thanks to lots of info on the internet.
We are not really prepared to take the chance with another Maine Coon it would be to heart breaking if it happened again although we are not ready for another cat we have talked about Norwegians and Siberians is anybody aware of any problems with these breeds ?
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Our Maine Coon boy died very suddenly in January just under 5 years old the cause was found to be ... for another cat we have talked about Norwegians and Siberians is anybody aware of any problems with these breeds ?

If you want to avoid getting your heart broken by the early death of your cat, why not forget about "pure bred" cats and adopt one of the lovely long-haired (etc.) cats currently in your local no-kill shelters or on death row at your local SPCA? Get a young adult that has been in a no-kill shelter for several months and you have a cat that is guaranteed to have good bathroom habits and to be wonderfully socialized by the volunteers who love them up every day.

Heartbreak is watching these cats die every day while people PAY for in-bred cats that die young.
Our Maine Coon boy died very suddenly in January just under 5 years old the cause was found to be ... for another cat we have talked about Norwegians and Siberians is anybody aware of any problems with these breeds ?

Just wondering...
Why not adopt a mixed breed kitty from a rescue group or shelter? There are so many who need homes.
All cats can have problems. Certain breeds might be prone to them, but any kitty you get could end up with a genetic problem. My Mom has a cat that kinda looks like a small MC that she adopted. He's the sweetest guy. Maybe adopting a cat that has the body type and personality you're looking for is an option?

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Sorry for your loss Emotion: sad
As to breeds, why not adopt a nice moggy?
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Just wondering... Why not adopt a mixed breed kitty from a rescue group or shelter? There are so many who ... the sweetest guy. Maybe adopting a cat that has the body type and personality you're looking for is an option?

I'm sorry to throw this off course, but it reminded me of a recent episode of People's Court. A woman had purchased a Main Coon kitten that she did not believe was a Main Coon. She paid $600 or so for it and was suing for a refund. That cat, sweet as it was, was nowhere near a main coon. It was a short hair buff tabby. The guys insisted that Main Coons come in short-haired varieties, but the plaintiff had brought in cat breed books that showed Main Coons.

In the end, Judge Milian found in favor of the woman and asked if the woman wanted to give the cat back! She said no and the judge award the money minus $50 for the cat. The guys said, "We want the cat back then." The judge then laid down the law, so to speak, saying that she would never trust them with the cat, but if she had awarded a full refund only then would they have the rights to the cat. But, since she gave them $50, what she felt was the value of the cat, they get nada.

Interesting case.
Heartbreak is watching these cats die every day while people PAY for in-bred cats that die young.

Excellent post. I won't be getting another cat for awhile. I have 3, and they'd kill me if I got another. But I plan to get most, if not all, of my future cats and dogs at shelters.
Both my first and current shelties came from rescue. The first was probably a year old and considered a problem in the neighborhood. Bored shelties will get into trouble. She was an awesome dog, and while she did go blind at age 9, she was a wonderful dog, and I had her til she was 14. My current sheltie was rescued from an abusive home. It was a backyard breeder who saved her for breeding. If she was the best puppy, then I don't know what they had. She is a sweet, wonderful, and smart dog, but she would never do well in the conformation ring. Nice dog, but not the best physical example of a sheltie. I got her when she was 4, and she will be 12 in May.

I went to the shelter with a friend of mine last week, and she is on the waiting list for a particular cat. He's a big boy, 14 lbs, not a Maine Coon, but a nice looking shorthair black and white cat. Very regal looking. Somebody else has him reserved, but they haven't had their appointment yet, so they may choose not to take him. If so, my friend is next in line.
There are a lot of nice animals, whose only crime is to not be wanted. And with the adults, you can usually tell what you have in terms of behavior. And like you said, if they've been there awhile, they will be housetrained and socialized.
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Am sorry for your loss.
Our Maine Coon boy died very suddenly in January just under 5 years old the cause was found to be ... for another cat we have talked about Norwegians and Siberians is anybody aware of any problems with these breeds ?
Umm, what are the problems with the breed? You have me quite alarmed now Emotion: sad Our boy is a Maine Coon as well, well mostly. He could be totally, we adopted him from a shelter, but our vets say he is very much a Maine Coon. It's hard for us to believe ANYone would dump a cat, though we're not naive, we know it happens.
It would seem however, that the dumpers would have a harder time dumping since they could make money off the poor creatures.

But I digress. My real fear here now is, what is wrong with the Maine Coon breed? I don't think I can bear to lose him. What can I DO!?

thanks in advance, going to cuddle my little guy.
Hailey
circa 18 Feb 2004 10:56:31 -0800, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, den (Email Removed) said,
Our Maine Coon boy died very suddenly in January just under 5 years old the cause was found to be ... for another cat we have talked about Norwegians and Siberians is anybody aware of any problems with these breeds ?

Mutts are great. :-)
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