Maine coon cats can be procured from a breeder of repute for the best bargain and quality of breed. One can keep a search on the Cat Fancy Magazines or even enquire with the Cat Fanciers’ Association for a possible show event of cats in the neighborhood. This venue will give ample options of breeders to choose from depending on their repute. One can even chance to get good references from such associations or shows.
Some magazines for animal lovers or specifically cat lovers like Cat-USA, Cat Fancy or Cats are also good places to start a search. Many breeders both legitimate and back-yard will place advertisements.
Back-yard breeders are mainly animal lovers who might have procured their pets from pet-shops. They breed their pets and sell the litter for a price. The disadvantage in this deal is that the buyer will not have registered kittens and the cats will not be permitted to participate in shows. The breeders might not be able to give required knowledge on the health issues of the breed, maintain the standard of the breed as specified by the associations, nor have the kittens socialized. They generally have no intent to improve the breed or have any contact with the breeding community. Although they charge very much the same for the kittens, there is no guarantee on the health. Any hereditary disorder could occur.
The best place for getting referrals is the ‘Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association’ which will list out the names of breeders in the area and one can home onto a particular one after making the required enquiries.
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