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Frequently Asked Question

**Question: I don't want to put a deposit on the waiting list, but you get back to me once you have the kittens.**
 

**Answer:** Until recently, I had two waiting lists: one requiring a $100 deposit and one without a deposit. I have decided to discontinue the no-deposit waiting list because it is a waste of time. When the kittens are born, I have enough clients on the $100 deposit waiting list to reserve all of them. 

The $100 deposit is a small amount, but it gives clients confidence that they will get the kitten of their dreams and stops them from looking elsewhere. It makes them more involved in the waiting process, following my social media pages and growing more attached to my kittens. When the kittens are born and a client reserves one, an invisible bond is formed between them. I can see it in the kittens—they already know they have a home and are waiting for the day they meet their new parents.

On the other hand, when a client tells me they are not ready to make a deposit but asks me to "get back to me once you have the kittens," it means they are still searching. They will either return to me ready to make a deposit or buy a kitten elsewhere. Therefore, maintaining a waiting list for clients without a deposit and then contacting these clients later is a waste of time and energy.

 

**Question: How do I choose the right gender for a kitten?**

**Answer:** The gender of your kitten should be chosen to maintain balance and harmony within your household, considering both human and animal family members. For instance, if your household predominantly consists of female energy, introducing a male kitten can help restore balance. Conversely, if there's an abundance of male energy, a female kitten can harmonize the dynamics. This observation stems from years of experience, where disruptions in energy balance often correlate with behavioral issues in pets. Choose the gender that complements your lifestyle to ensure a harmonious environment for all.

**Question: I prefer a male kitten because they grow larger than females.**

**Answer:** Contrary to popular belief, spayed females can grow as large as males. Additionally, the notion that female kittens will mirror their mother's size is a misconception. A cat's growth may temporarily halt during pregnancy and lactation but typically resumes afterward. Rest assured, whether you choose a male or female kitten from our cattery, you'll witness them blossom into majestic, lion-like adults.

**Question: Can I visit the kitten in person before making a decision?**

**Answer:** Unfortunately, in-person visits to our cattery aren't feasible for several reasons. Firstly, prioritizing the health and safety of our animals, prospective owners, and ourselves is paramount. Secondly, the presence of unfamiliar visitors can distress nursing mothers and their kittens. Lastly, inviting strangers into our home poses security concerns. However, we're delighted to arrange video chats, allowing you to interact with us and our kittens virtually. This approach ensures transparency and safeguards the well-being of all parties involved. Subsequently, upon kitten pickup, you'll have the opportunity to meet them in person.

**Question: Any recommendations for feeding, litter training, and other aspects of kitten care?**

**Answer:** When it comes to feeding, we recommend Farmina N&D Prime and Purina Kitten Show for dry food, along with Wellness Complete Health Kitten Chicken Entrée Recipe for canned food. Introduce new foods gradually to avoid digestive upsets. Additionally, consider incorporating freeze-dried raw chicken or salmon into their diet for optimal nutrition.

For litter training, ensure the litter box is easily accessible, especially for young kittens. Monitor their behavior closely during the adaptation period, gently guiding them to the litter box if needed. As for litter choice, we prefer "World’s Best Cat Litter" for its clumping properties and ease of cleaning.

Invest in a sturdy cat tree suitable for Maine Coons' size and agility. Opt for ceramic or glass feeding bowls to promote hygiene, and maintain a regular schedule for feeding and water changes.

**Question: What is the best age to neuter and spay Maine Coon kittens?**

**Answer:** Maine Coons, akin to large wild cats, exhibit slower growth and sexual maturity compared to other domestic breeds. Therefore, it's advisable to wait until males reach approximately 8 months of age before considering neutering. This delay allows for proper closure of growth plates, minimizing the risk of long-term complications. Females can be spayed from 6 months onward, ensuring their reproductive health while adhering to responsible pet ownership practices.

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