Trimming Your Dog’s Toenails

127-1-dog_nailsDog’s have four toes on each paw. They also have a vestigial toe (dewclaw) on the front paws and some breeds have them on the rear paws too. A few breeds (St. Bernard, Anatolian Shepherd ), even have a double dewclaw on the rear paw. At a minimum your dog has 20 toenails to clip.

If you’ve ever tried to cut your dog’s toenails, you will know that it’s not an experience they enjoy. Many dogs don’t even like their paws touched or held, much less having their toenails cut.

If you are lucky and you walk/run your dog frequently, they may wear their nails down naturally on the pavement or hiking trails and you never have to worry about them. But for many dog owners, particularly if your dog is an indoor dog, with their outdoor access limited to grass at best, then you are probably going to have to deal with cutting their nails.

A first step should be to get your dog used to you holding onto their paws. Just hold them, give them a treat and let them go. Do this daily until they are comfortable with you holding their paw for several minutes. You should also introduce your dog to the clippers a few times before you actually start clipping. Just hold their paw and show them the clippers, don’t do anything, just acclimate them to the scenario.

Be sure and purchase good quality clippers. Don’t try to cut them with scissor or human nail clippers, invest in good quality clippers designed for dogs. Alternatively, you can use a dremel – kind of a power nail file that will slowly grind down their nails.

Now that you have the right tools and you’ve gotten your dog comfortable with holding their paw, take a good look at their nail from the underside. You will note the hard shell of the nail and then inside you will see what is called ‘the quick’ which contains the blood supply to the nail. There is no feeling in the nail, but the quick contains a nerve so you want to be careful not to nick it when trimming their nails.

Gauging how far to trim your dog’s nails is a challenge. You should make small incremental clips and check the nail after each cut. If your dog has white nails, you want to stop just before they begin to turn pink. If your dog has black nails, they are a little trickier, but you want to stop when the cut surface of the nail begins to show a black center.

If you happen to nick the quick and it begins to bleed, don’t freak out, even the best of dog manicurists have accidents. You can treat it with a styptic pencil to stop the blood flow. Be sure and distract your pet with some yummy treats.

Check some of the sources listed below for further tips and pictures to help guide you.

How do you know when their nails need a trim? If you can hear your dog’s nails clickety-clacking on your hardwood or linoleum floors, then it’s time for a trimming. Their nails should NOT touch the ground when they are standing upright. Nails that are too long will irritate the dog’s nail bed and paw each time they step. This can lead to painful paws and even arthritis.

If you are still uncertain or queasy about trimming your dog’s nails, your veterinarian can show you how to do it, or you can just ask them or your dog’s groomer do it for you.


Not so Healthy Ingredients for Your Pet: Nuts

130-1-nutsThe next ingredient we’re covering in our ongoing series on Healthy Ingredients for Your Pet are nuts. There’s a huge variety of nuts and many of them can be found in your pet’s food. But are nuts really good for pets? Not in all cases!

What is a Nut?
A nut is defined by Webster’s as a fruit consisting of a hard or tough shell around an edible kernel. Technically, many things we consider nuts are not actually nuts. Obviously, peanuts, which are a legume, but also cashews, pistachios, walnuts and almonds are seeds and not classified as nuts.

Why would Nuts be in pet food?
Putting aside issues with nut allergies which affect approximately 8% of the US population, nuts are a staple snack food for humans. They are high in calories, but also high in unsaturated fats, which work to help keep your heart healthy. They also contain plenty of complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

But, nuts are not good for your pet and only a few types will be found in their food and in very limited quantities.

Are there any risks to feeding your pet Nuts?
YES. While there are many human health benefits to eating nuts, they do not translate to your pet. You may be surprised by that, especially when you hear advice from your vet to add coconut oil to your pet’s food. Coconuts are technically not a nut, they are classified as a drupe, a fruit with a hard-stony covering enclosing the seed (like a peach or olive). We’ve written about the benefits of coconut oil and it is a-okay to feed to your dog. (

But what about sharing a can of mixed nuts while snuggling on the couch with your pet? Tossing a few roasted and shelled peanuts, cashews or hazelnuts to your pet should be fine, it should be in very limited quantities. They are high in fat and rough on the digestive system. The high fat content could irritate your pet’s pancreas and results in pancreatitis. The shells and rough edges of nuts can be detrimental to your pet’s intestines – especially small dogs and cats – as they are not easily digested.

Macadamia nuts, like grapes are highly toxic to your dog, so steer clear of them.

Peanut Butter, since it is smooth can safely be fed to your dog but buy a peanut butter that is all natural, contains no sugar or artificial sweetener, and low sodium and feed it in limited amounts.

Best advice: Leave the nuts for the squirrels.

Nut Factoids:

  • Pine nuts are actually found inside pinecones.
  • Peanuts Account for two-thirds of all nut consumption.
  • Pistachios are green due to their antioxidant content.

A sampling of pet foods that contain Nuts:
Timber Wolf Organics: Lamb & Apples Grain Free (Walnut oil, which contains omega-3 oils)
A wide variety of foods contain Coconut Oil.



Getting to Know Your Poodle

129-1-poodleThe next featured breed in our Getting to Know your Dog Breed series is the Poodle. The Poodle is part of the Non-Sporting group of the AKC and ranks #7 in the AKC most popular breed list.

Life expectancy: Poodles life expectancy varies greatly – mostly due to variations in size of poodles. Range is from 10-18 years.
Size: Poodles come in three different sizes, Toy (4-6 lbs), Miniature (10-15 lbs) and Standard (50-60 lbs).

Color: The most typical colors for poodles are black or white, but their coloring can range from apricot to silver/grey. They may also have colored markings of white, black or tan.

Origins: Poodles originated in Germany, not France like many folks think. They were bred and trained to be water retrievers for hunters. Their name is a derivation of the German word Pudeln which means “to splash in water”. They are related to the Irish Water Spaniel and Portuguese Water Dog. French and English breeders developed the different sizes of Poodles, resulting in the three recognized sizes.

Personality: Poodles have a reputation as being one of the smartest breeds, although the miniature tends to be shyer, quite vocal and possessive of their owner. The Standard size needs a fair amount of exercise due to its sporting dog roots, but they are easy to train and make great family dogs as well as good watchdogs.

The poodle is known for its fanciful grooming, with all those poufs and bouffant hairdos. Obviously, these grooming techniques are ornamental and really have nothing to do with the personality or health of the breed. They are purely for show, so if you like the breed, a nice “crew cut” works just fine.

Health Issues: Health issues prevalent in poodles include: hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, Addison’s disease, thyroid issues, hypoglycemia, bloat, and collapsed trachea. These are found through all three sizes.

Fitness/energy level: Standard poodles like to have a job. They do have roots in retrieving and make good retrievers. They also love to be active with their families, so be sure and include them in your outings. Toy and Miniature sized Poodles are less active, but they still need daily exercise and mental challenges.

Native foods for the Poodle: The Poodles origins are Germany and their native foods might have been:

  • Wild boar
  • Pheasant
  • Trout

Good foods to feed your Poodle:
Farmina – Natural & Delicious Wild Boar
Evanger’s – Pheasant and Brown Rics
Nulo – Grain-Free Senior Trout & Sweet Potato

Fun facts about the Poodle:
Poodles do not shed in the same manner as other dogs and are therefore considered ‘hypoallergenic’. That’s a bit of mistaken belief as allergies are driven by the dog’s dander and other allergens they carry in their hair. It’s not the hair itself, but their hair carries the allergens and when they shed, you have all of these allergens in the air and around your house. Logically, if the dog sheds less, there is less dispersal of the allergy producing matter, and less suffering on the part of the owner.

Even though the Poodles origins are in Germany, they have been named the national dog of France.

The Poodle has racked up 9 Westminster Best in Show wins (4 for Standard, 3 for Miniature and 2 for Toy)



Pet Poison Prevention Month

131-1-poisonMarch 16th-22nd was designated National Poison Prevention Week by Congress in 1961. Over the years it has expanded to the entire month of March, but it’s goal continues to focus on raising awareness of pet owners to the wide variety of poisons and toxic substances in their household, the dangers they present to their pets and what to do in case of emergency.

We all know how curious our dogs and cats can be. They also aren’t smart enough to understand that some items that their humans eat or that smell delicious can be toxic to them. It is our responsibility to be fully aware of the potential for harm and guard against it.

Household Products
Indoors, most of your household cleaners such as bleach, dishwashing soap, and other cleansers are toxic and should be contained inside a cupboard that your pets cannot access. Depending on the volume ingested, these items can result in mild stomach upset, or worst case the development of ulcers. Even items like dryer sheets, if ingested, can cause stomach upset or even blockage.

Other products such as rat or mouse traps, insect bait stations, weed killer and insecticides are all toxic for humans as well as pet. Ingestion of these can prove dangerous with severe stomach upset and even brain swelling, kidney failure and seizures resulting. Antifreeze is the worst offender as it is highly toxic and can be fatal for your pet.

You safeguard your medications from your children, and you must safeguard your pets as well. NSAIDs such as Advil and Alleve can harm your pet’s kidneys or cause stomach upset. Prescription medications for humans are not meant for pets and can cause serious damage. Be sure and keep your medications, even over-the-counter meds and dietary supplements and vitamins away from your pets.

There are many foods that are dangerous for your pet to eat. We covered some in our special Thanksgiving post. The most common human food poisonings are from chocolate which contains theobromine and can be deadly, xylitol which is used as a sweetener in some candies or gum and raisins or grapes which may cause kidney damage.

Probably the most toxic plant to cats as well as dogs is the Lily plant which can cause kidney failure if ingested. Be sure and keep all plants in the Lily family out of your house or garden. The list of potentially toxic plants is too long to print here, but the ASPCA offers a comprehensive list on their website.

We only scratched the surface of items in and around your house that could be toxic to your pet. It’s up to you to educate yourself and guard against the possibility for ingestion of these items by your pet.

Pet owners must also know what to do in case of an accidental poisoning.

The Pet Poison Hotline is a toll-free line to call for advice if your pet has been poisoned. They also offer valuable information on their website including this key list of things to do if your dog or cat is poisoned:

  • Remove your pet from the area.
  • Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.
  • Do NOT give any home antidotes.
  • Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Pet Poison Helpline.
  • Call Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.
  • If veterinary attention is necessary, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
  • The ASPCA also offers a toll free number: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435.

    This month is the month to make yourself aware of these dangers and create a plan to address the situation if it should arise.

    For a more comprehensive understanding and lists of toxins in and around your house:

    Animal Poison Control:
    Top Pet Toxins – National Poison Prevention Week
    A Guide to Pet Poison Prevention
    Keeping Pets Safe: Poison Prevention Week

Petnet Tips for Exercising Your Cat

128-1-cat_exercisePeople don’t often think about exercising their cats, but trust us, cats need exercise, just like dogs and humans do. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention almost 60% of the cats in our country are overweight or obese. In recent years, as animal control laws have become stricter, more people keep their cats as indoor cats only. This has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle, and part of the reason for this increase in cat obesity. Another reason is the misguided American tendency to overfeed our pets.

Your cat may not need as much exercise as your dog, but it’s still a good idea to exercise them frequently. It helps their physical and mental wellbeing as well as their waistline.

How do you exercise a cat?
Cats don’t need much exercise, a 10 or 15-minute session daily is usually enough. Listed below are six easy ways to exercise your cat. Some of these suggestions are so enjoyable for most cats, they might do them readily – much like dogs chasing sticks. Others may need more persuasion on your part in order to get them to give it a try, (a little food incentive can certainly help).


  • Walk your cat: Yes, you can walk your cat on a leash just like you do with your dog. It may take some training and coaxing, but more and more often we see cats strutting their stuff at the end of a leash. It gets them out into the fresh air and sunshine without fear of their running away or getting hit by a car.
  • Mental Agility games: Cats love to chase things, be it mice, laser dots, or feather wand toys. We’ve even seen You Tube videos of cats playing games on an iPad or on the big screen TV. These types of games exercise their hunting instincts and help keep their minds sharp.
  • Cat trees: Cats love to climb and it’s a great exercise for them. You can buy all sorts of cat trees online from simple single-story that allow them to look out the window, to elaborate structures and multiple stories and ledges.
  • Exercise wheels: We’ve seen some folks that get a large exercise wheel for their cat (think gerbil spinning wheel) or have trained their cat to walk or run on a treadmill. These more advanced exercises are easier to teach when your cat is young.
  • Catnip is a plant in the mint family and can act as an ‘upper’ to your couch potato cat. It excites them, and they want to roll in it, play with it, just in general go nuts. The effects are short-lived and wear off in 10-15 minutes, but it’s a good burst of energy and exercise for your cat.
  • Be creative: Boxes, ribbons, plastic straws, plastic water bottles – all these items can be turned into a fun activity for your cat. You’ve probably seen lots of pictures of cats sitting in boxes on the internet – it’s one of their favorite activities.

As with any new exercise regime, be sure and check with your vet before embarking on a new program. You want to be sure your cat is healthy enough to begin these activities.

Check out our sources listed below for some additional ideas.



Why You Should Adopt Your Next Pet

According to the ASPCA over 6.5 million pets enter a public animal shelter each year. The numbers are almost evenly split between cats and dogs. Almost half of those pets are euthanized.

That’s a sobering thought for a nation as bountiful and charitable as the US.

We’ve made great strides in reducing that number over the last decade with the rise of animal advocacy and breed rescue programs but it’s still too many.

There are 13,600 public shelter facilities in US, run by local municipalities. These shelters take in over 6 million pets each year. The average age is 18 months. The easiest to adopt out are puppies, with black haired, seniors and medically challenged dogs the hardest to rehome and the quickest to go on the euthanasia list.

There are a few ‘no-kill’ shelters in the country such as Best Friends in Utah or the North Shore Animal League America in New York. These shelters do not put a single animal down. The majority of other public shelters do their best to adopt them out or transfer responsibility to a rescue organization, but the volume at times overwhelms them and some pets have to be let go.

In recent years there has been significant growth in rescue organizations. These groups rescue pets from shelters and house them in volunteer foster homes until the can be adopted out. Many of these are breed rescues, specializing in rehoming a specific type of dog or cat breed.

Why should you adopt?
The first and most important reason to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue is to save their life. But realize that you are not just saving that dog or cat’s life, you are creating space in the shelter for another pet, so it’s actually two lives being saved.

Other reasons to adopt:

  • It’s good for your health. Studies have shown that people owning a pet live longer. Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have conducted studies showing pet ownership helps reduce stress, lower cholesterol and even reduce weight. They even help combat loneliness.
  • Children raised with pets are less likely to develop allergies or asthma and they tend to have stronger immune systems. They also help teach kids compassion and responsibility.
  • Pets help you meet people. They are good conversation starters and icebreakers, so whether it’s at the dog park or the local cat café, owning a pet and sharing your experience with other pet owners is fun and good for you.
  • It’s cheaper than buying from a breeder or pet store. A Registered breeder is going to charge big bucks for that purebred puppy. Check with your local rescue, they frequently get puppies or young dogs and charge much less. Pet stores should be avoided as they get most of their pets from puppy mills. Many local jurisdictions have even banned the sale of pets in retail pet stores ( You can get puppies and a specific breed at a shelter or rescue. Don’t think they only have old and sick dogs – they don’t, they have purebred dogs and cats, of all ages and all breeds.
  • Adopting from a shelter usually includes a health check, microchipping and maybe even some training. Most veterinarians will offer an initial shelter pet evaluation for free and there are many companies offering insurance for your pets and they may discount rates for rescued animals.

Save a pet’s life, the rewards will be immeasurable.


Healthy Ingredients for Your Pet: Dandelions

120-1-dandelionThe next ingredient we’re covering in our ongoing series on Healthy Ingredients for Your Pet is Dandelions. Yes, those weeds with the yellow flowers that turn into puffballs that children make wishes on are actually very beneficial to your (and your pet’s) health.

What is a dandelion?
The dandelion belongs to the genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. They are often considered pesky weeds when they pop up in your lawn, but they have amazing nutritional value; dandelions are another human superfood. All parts of the plant can be eaten, but the roots and leaves are the most common edible part. The leaves also can be used to make tea.

Why are dandelions in pet food?
Dandelions have a long history of use by humans for their medicinal properties and were regularly used to treat jaundice, gout and other liver and kidney ailments. Modern research has shown that dandelions can normalize blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides, stimulate the appetite, and improve liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion’s detoxifying qualities can be very beneficial if your pet has digestive issues.

Many of those health benefits can be transferred to our pets.


Dandelions are also rich in:

  • Vitamins A, C, K, D and the B complex
  • Iron, manganese
  • Phosphorus

Are there any risks to feeding your pet dandelions?
If you are feeding your pet dandelions from your yard, or from the local park, be aware they may have been sprayed with pesticides and wash them thoroughly before feeding them to your pet.

Dogs can tolerate veggies in their diet more readily than cats, so if you see your cat chewing on dandelions in your garden, be sure and keep it to a few bites or they may end up with a stomach ache.

Interesting facts about dandelions:
Four dandelion flowers are the emblem of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The citizens celebrate spring with an annual Dandelion Festival.

Dandelions are used in making root beer.

The name Dandelion comes from the French word that means “lion’s tooth”, a reference to the appearance of the plant leaves.


A sampling of pet foods that contain dandelions:

  • Great Life – Salmon
  • Nulo – Grain-Free Adult Chicken & Peas
  • Acana – Grasslands


Can My Pet Be a Vegetarian?

126-1-vegetarianThe popularity of eating a vegan or vegetarian diet has continued to grow slowly over the last decade. Worldwide, the number of vegetarians is estimated to be 375 million. In the US, the overall percentage of adults that choose a vegetarian diet is lower, with about 7 million people eating vegetarian.

People choose a vegetarian diet for a variety of reasons, for many it is cultural and the rate of vegetarianism in countries such as India or Japan is much higher. In the US, the main reasons for choosing that lifestyle are concern for animals or the environment, taste, health and even cost.

But few of us think about feeding a vegetarian diet to our dogs or cats. Both are carnivores and require the proteins found in meat, poultry and fish. So is it smart to consider a vegetarian diet for your pet?

The answer for cats is easy, for dogs, not so much.

Let’s start with cats. Yes, cats are carnivores; they are “obligate” carnivores which means they cannot properly digest plant-based foods and plant-based foods do not provide all of the nutrients cats need. Plants do not contain the amino acids essential for their health, specifically an amino acid called Taurine. A taurine deficiency can create serious health issues in your cat including heart disease and blindness. A daily supplement in the form of a multivitamin containing taurine is NOT sufficient, they need animal muscle meat. So cats, CANNOT be vegetarians.

Dogs on the other hand can survive on a vegetarian diet. Their digestive tract is able to break down plant-based foods to create all of the essential nutrients that they require. Having said that, there are some other factors to consider before switching Fido to veggies only.

A dog’s digestive tract is much shorter than a humans, so there is less time for their bodies to extract the proper nutrients from the things they eat. If you’ve ever given your dog a carrot, you know what I mean. It comes out almost whole on the other end. They don’t absorb much nutrients from foods that pass through their body so quickly.


Furthermore, dogs use fat as the primary source of energy (unlike humans who use carbohydrates). Plant based diets which are generally low in fat, may not provide the energy sources that are readily usable when Fido needs them.

Dogs may also flat out reject a plant-based diet. They are carnivores and can’t really make the moral choice to forego meat like humans can. They prefer meat. If you don’t believe me offer your pup a piece of steak and a brussel sprout and see which one they take.

In addition, dog nutritionists are divided on whether a dog can thrive on a plant-based diet. In theory they can survive (unlike cats), but there’s not a lot of science to support the long term benefits or studies that examine the possible repercussions of a plant-based diet. Signs of malnutrition or nutrient deficiency might take years to develop, and by then the dog may be suffering from other illnesses that mask these conditions.

If you do switch to a plant-based food, be sure and check that it meets American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) guidelines and nutritional levels. And be sure to discuss it with your vet to ensure that your dog is free of any conditions that may be exacerbated by a new meat-free diet.


Obviously, if your dog won’t eat the food without meat, then he’s making the choice himself and you need to put meat back in their diet. Also, watch for any signs of malnutrition or nutrient deficiency – weight loss, poor coat quality, diarrhea, excessive itching or lethargy and as always get regular check-ups with your vet.


February is Pet Dental Health Month

Your pet’s dental health has gotten a lot more attention in recent years as advances in treatment have become widespread. It’s no longer enough to give your dog a ‘teeth cleaning’ dog chew to rid them of their bad breath and tartar build up. They need regular, thorough cleaning to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and that bad breath.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a wealth of resources to help pet owners understand the importance of regular dental care as well as do-it-yourself guides and instructions for keeping Buddy’s teeth in tip top shape.

Just like in humans, plaque and tartar can build up on your dog or cat’s teeth and cause periodontal disease. It’s estimated that over 70% of dog’s and cat’s over the age of four have some periodontal disease. That’s a scary statistics when you understand what untreated periodontal disease can lead to. That bad breath may be just a mild case, but severe cases can lead to loss of appetite, broken teeth, even bone and jaw issues. Pets with untreated periodontal disease are also at greater risk for heart, kidney and liver disorders.

Prevention is so easy. Regular brushing (daily) and regular check-ups with your veterinarian are all you need. A soft bristled brush and a toothpaste designed specifically for pets are recommended. You can supplement that cleaning with bones specifically designed to help remove tartar.

If you haven’t been regular in your pet’s dental care, ask your vet if they need a deep cleaning. Your vet can provide this service and many of them give discounts during the month of February. They will anesthetize your pet and then perform a thorough scraping of their teeth, removing any built up plaque or tartar. It may even require some extractions if any of your pet’s teeth have decayed.

Once you’ve gone through the cleaning, you can keep up the good dental hygiene on your own with a daily brushing and then regular (annual) check-ups with your vet.

Resources available through AVMA:

  • Discussion on the importance of dental health for our pets, an interview with Dr. Jan Bellows, a former president of the American Veterinary Dental College Share
  • Take the AVMA quiz to see how much you know about your pet’s dental health.
  • Watch this step-by-step guide to brushing your pet’s teeth with Dr. Sheldon Rubin.


Getting to Know Your Maine Coon Cat

The next breed for us to examine in our Getting to Know Your Breed series is the Maine Coon Cat. The Maine Coon Cat is #3 on the list of favorite cats per Cat Breeders Association.

Life expectancy: Maine Coons have a good life expectancy and can live up to 11-13 years.

Size: Maine Coons are one of the largest cat breeds, big boned and muscular with males weighing up to 13-18 lbs and females 8-12 lbs. They range in height from 10-16 inches and 3 feet in length – including their tails.

Color: These beautiful cats are known for their size as well as their luxurious fur and long bushy tail. They come in a variety of colors, most frequently shades of brown, but cross breeding results in any normal cat coloring. They have longer soft, silky fur with somewhat of a lion’s ruff around their neck.

Origins: There are several myths surrounding the origins of the Maine Coon. Some say they were beloved pets of Marie Antoinette and she shipped several of her Turkish Angora’s to the United States as part of a failed escape plan. These cats then bred with local short-haired cats to produce today’s Maine Coon.

Another tale involves a ship’s captain, Captain Charles Coon, who frequented the ports of Maine and cats from his ship would breed with local cats and result in what the locals would call “Coon’s Cats”.

A third hypothesis, that local cats bred with raccoons, is genetically impossible, although the Maine Coon’s tail does resemble a bushy raccoon’s tail.

Personality: The Maine Coon is one of your friendlier cats. They enjoy being around people and are friendly and good natured to all, even dogs.

Health Issues: Maine Coon’s are known to have three genetic disorders, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a form of heart disease, hip dysplasia – severe arthritis of the hip and spinal muscular atrophy which impacts the spine and limbs. It’s important to know your breeder and to question them about these disorders before purchasing a Maine Coon.

Fitness/energy level: The Maine Coon cat loves the outdoors and is known to be willing to learn to walk on a leash, making them a good walking or hiking companion. They are medium energy and intelligent, so it’s important to challenge them with cat toys and other games to keep them at top performance. They are known to be excellent mousers.

Grooming: Their heavy, shaggy coats needs minimal grooming, a once-a-week combing should suffice unless your cat is outdoors more.

Native foods for the Maine Coon: Native proteins found in the New England area of the 1800’s would include deer, rabbit, cod, salmon and vegetables such as tomatoes, apples, cranberries.

Good foods to feed your Maine Coon: Based on the Maine Coon’s New England origins, here are a few foods that contain some of the key ingredients that the original Maine Coon’s would have likely eaten. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather provide ‘food for thought’.

  • Fromm, Four Star – Hasen Duckenpfeffer
  • Instinct, Original – Original Real Salmon
  • pawTree – Real Turkey & Oatmeal

Fun facts about the Maine Coon:
The Maine Coon is the official state cat of Maine.

Contrary to most cats, the Maine Coon loves water and will jump in the tub with you if you’re not careful.

A Maine Coon named Stewie holds the record for the longest cat, measuring 48.5 inches from nose to the tip of his tail.