What do Maine Coon cats eat?
As anyone who’s met a Maine Coon will know, they are big cats – one of the biggest pure breeds there are. A healthy adult can weigh up to 10kg. They have a big skeletal structure and plenty of muscle mass as well. First coming to popularity in New England in the late 1800’s, the Maine Coon’s body is well suited to colder climates.
Their dense, water resistant fur is longer and shaggier on their underside, which protects them when walking or sitting on cold, wet surfaces like snow or ice. Their large, bushy tails wrap neatly around the face and shoulders to give them further protection when the wind picks up and their thick furry ears do a nice job helping to insulate their heads when the temperatures drop. They also have extra-large paws with long tufts of fur growing between the toes that function like snow shoes. This helps them walk on top of snow drifts rather than sinking into them.
Any animal this size, with these particular physical traits, has challenges that smaller animals never have to deal with – challenges you can help overcome by feeding a specifically designed diet to address their needs.
Although they are a beautiful breed, the size and shape of the Main Coon make them prone to a number of different genetic heart conditions. To help support healthy heart function, ROYAL CANIN®’s Maine Coon food contains specific nutrients including taurine and the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Healthy skin and coat
The Maine Coon’s coat is thicker in winter and thinner in summer after a big moult. In order to thrive, the Maine Coon’s coat and the skin underneath it require a lot of nutritional support. It’s why the team at ROYAL CANIN® have developed a targeted combination of specific amino acids, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and specific supplemental vitamins to help support coat health and keep your cat’s skin healthy.
Bone and joint health
Big cats, with big bodies and plenty of muscle to carry around ask a lot of their bones and their joints – especially when they’re playful and athletic like the Maine Coon is. To help overcome the stresses and strains placed on joints and bones by this adventurous, big breed our Maine Coon food includes plenty of the omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. These fatty acids are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce swelling and improve joint pain.
More than just nutrition
When ROYAL CANIN®’s research team develop a new diet for a specific breed, they do more than just look at nutrition – they want to make sure that every diet is incredible in every detail. That’s why our Maine Coon food includes special kibble technology to help support the breed’s particular needs.
The breed’s large, square-shaped jaw restricts its capacity to pick up food with its teeth. Instead, it uses the upper surface of its tongue to ‘lap’ up its food, bringing it into its mouth to chew. Our Maine Coon kibble has been designed to make it easier for the tongue to pick it up. It is also shaped to encourage your cat to chew it before swallowing. This not only improves digestion, it also helps with dental health.
If you’d like to know more about this diet, click through to the Maine Coon page on our website. You can also ask your vet or speak to your breeder, they’ll tell you that ROYAL CANIN®’s Maine Coon diet has everything this beautiful breed needs to have to live a long, healthy life.