Are you aware that you can adopt a retired Maine Coon? This article will shed some light on what a retired Maine Coon is, and how you can add one to your family.
What is a Retiree?
A Maine Coon retiree is a cat that has been spayed and/or neutered that is no longer eligible for a breeding program. A retiree is offered to a new home, typically at a reduced price than that of a kitten.
Why does a breeder Retire their cats?
A breeder will retire their cats for various reasons. Ideally, the retiree is an adult and will have been a positive contribution to the breeding program. Every breeder has their own set of standards as far as how long they will allow their adult tribe to work as breeding animals before deciding to retire. Sassy Koonz’s goal is that healthy, productive adults will work until the maximum age of 5 years old.
There are many factors that will lead to the retirement of a cat. Lets Explore A Few:
Cat has reached Breeding Goals:
The cat will be retired once it has contributed to the breeding program as planned.
A breeding cat can be retired at any age if a health problem is discovered. Sometimes the health problem is identified in the offspring of the cat before it is ever realized in the adult. A responsible breeder will retire a cat immediately if a health issue is discovered that threatens the quality of life of the kittens.
One of the goals of a well-rounded kitten is to have a good temperament. Much of that comes from the Queen. If the Queen doesn’t have a calm, even temperament, then the breeder may choose to retire that Queen early.
Until the adults start producing offspring, we’re unable to see what ‘type” of kittens they will produce. Breeders that are advocates for meeting the breed standard will sometimes retire an adult if the kittens that are being produced are not meeting the description as closely as they would like.
Being a breeding tribe member or living in a cattery environment is not for everyone! This can cause a great deal of stress for some cats. Stress is obvious when the cat is showing signs of aggression, inappropriate elimination, hiding, or having recurring incidents of illness. While most breeders will do everything they can to reduce stress in their cattery, sometimes it’s just not enough. Once retired, the “stressed out” cats usually resume a normal and happy life in their new homes living as pets.
Every cat matures at different times. Once a cat has reached 2 to 3 years old,they should be able to produce kittens. If this goal isn’t accomplished, or there are multiple attempts at mating without success, then the cat will be retired.
These are just some of the few reasons, certainly not all of them, that a breeder will retire their breeding cats.
Benefits of Adopting a Maine Coon Retiree
There’s no doubt that Maine Coon kittens are full of energy and are a little more demanding of attention that an adult. Depending on your lifestyle and commitment to raising a young cat, a Maine Coon Retiree might be a better option for you.
Here are some benefits of adopting an adult or Retired Maine Coon:
- Personality of the cat is already well-established
- Kitten stage is over and the cat is calm and settled
- Lower cost to acquire a retiree than a young Maine Coon kitten
- Physical Traits are established and apparent
- You’re giving the retiree the comfort of a forever cozy home, the best part <3
These are the cats that have retired from Sassy Koonz Maine Coon cattery. They’ve aready been spayed/neutered and are living in their new homes. If you’re interested in adopting a Retired Maine Coon, please see information below.
Retired Sassy Koonz Maine Coons: THESE CATS ARE NOT AVAILABLE! I’m just sharing their photos so you can see some of our retirees 🙂
Black Silver Torbie with White
Black Smoke with White
Black Silver Torbie
How to Adopt a Sassy Koonz Maine Coon Retiree
We love our adults and want our retirees to go to only the best, moving wonderful homes. We will hand-select the homes where our retirees go, as each cat has a unique personality and may require special circumstances (no other cats, no dogs, no small children, etc). If you are interested in being notified when a Retiree becomes available, please complete our Guardian Application and indicate that you’re interested in a Retiree. If you have a specific cat in mind, please note that also.