When you initially discover the magnificent breed of Maine Coons, you’ll be mesmerized by their majestic presence. This usually happens by simply browsing the internet looking for cats, specifically Pedigree cats. Their breathtaking physical attributes can’t be denied. You may immediately make the decision that a Maine Coon will be the next addition to your family. That’s when you may begin to research the phrase “How Much are Maine Coon Cats“?
The answer to this question can have very many answers, and can be a very wide range.
On average, the cost of a Maine Coon kitten is between $2500 – $4000.
The difference in price can be determined by many different factors. The true value of a kitten, however, is not determined by the breeder. It is ultimately determined by the buyer of that kitten.
For Example, you may be willing to pay more for an exceptionally beautiful kitten from a reputable breeder that offers a Five Year health guarantee, than an average looking kitten with a one-year health guarantee. When comparing breeders, be sure to compare apples to apples.
Let’s have a look at some of the factors that help a breeder determine how much to charge for their Maine Coon Kittens.
Why Are Maine Coon Cats So Expensive?
Maine Coons tend to be one of the most expensive Pedigree cats in the fancy. There are many factors that determine this.
Supply and Demand
Supply and demand is an economic model of price determination in a market. When there are more buyers for Maine Coon kittens then there are kittens, then the price goes up. Then there are more kittens than buyers, the price goes down.
There is a huge demand for Maine Coon Kittens from reputable breeders. This can be determined with breeders having very long waiting lists and reservation deposits that are paid in advance. Some breeders have waiting lists that are 1.5 – 2 years long. This indicates a very high demand and a low supply for Maine Coon Kittens.
I’m not a fan of the long waiting lists, so my Maine Coon Adoption process is a bit different from everyone else. Instead of locking people into a “wait”, I offer kittens on a first come, first serve basis to all of my Approved Guardians. Everyone has the same opportunity to reserve a kitten when they become available. I currently have over 550 Approved Guardians at the moment (as of Nov 2020) , and will only offer 35- 40 kittens per year. So as you can see, the demand is much greater than the supply.
Health is ultimately the most important factor when it comes to breeding and/or buying a Maine Coon Kitten. A solid health guarantee is important to assure the buyers that there is confidence in the health of the kitten being offered.
It seems that the “normal” or “standard” practice for Pedigree cats is to offer a one-year health guarantee against genetic defects resulting in the loss of the pet. Some, if not most genetic defects that may cause death in the cat may not occur after the first year of life. It’s of great pride that all of my kittens come with a very strong Five Year Health Guarantee.
Whether the price of a kitten is $1500 or $4000, the most valuable thing you can have is peace of mind and confidence in the health of your kitten.
Once a kitten is placed in the home of a new family, the breeder usually promises to offer lifelong support for that family. This means offering help, advice, and solutions when needed for the entire life of the cat. This is very valuable incentive. It’s nice to know that you’ll have the help of not only an expert in the breed, but more so the person who brought your kitten into the world and honored you with it. When something comes up that you’re unfamiliar with, it’s nice to know that you have someone to turn to discuss it with.
Here are some topics that you may need to discuss with your breeder at some point:
- Socializing and Introducing Other Animals
- Behavioral Issues
- Health Issues or Concerns
- Breed Specific Traits or concerns
- Transporting during a household move
- Help with Travel and Vacation plans
Quality of Care for Kittens, Queens, and Studs
Owning and maintaining a successful Maine Coon cattery takes a great deal of diligence and money. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that the public never sees. Quality housing, beds, toys, food, hygiene, grooming, social interaction, and veterinary care are just a few of the necessary points to be checked off from a reputable Maine Coon breeder. All of these things are expensive, especially when operating a cattery with several cats and multiple litters per year.
Time is valuable. It’s one of the only things that once you give it away, you can never get it back. People need to understand that this is part of the price determination of getting a Maine Coon kitten. Some of the price is the breeder being compensated for the Quality care of the cats.
Colors, Patterns, Genders, and Uniqueness
There are more than 85 Maine Coon Colors and Patterns. Some breeders specialize in colors and patterns that are a little more challenging to achieve. For example, silver shaded Maine Coons are in very high demand right now. There are certain breeders who are producing this unique and sometimes challenging (to get right) color in their catteries. With the color being in a special little class of its own, you may see higher prices for such. Same thing applies to solid whites, blue-eyed Maine Coon cats, polydactyls, and vans.
Due to the fact that males are much bigger than females, they are in higher demand. Some breeders will charge more for a male for that reason alone.
European Maine Coons
European Maine Coons have a distinctive, more exotic appearance than the American blood lines. This is highly desirable to many people. Some of the most beautiful Maine Coons in the world are bred and raised in Europe. While it is certainly high risk to import any animal from overseas to the United States, some breeders take the risk in order to obtain the European bloodlines.
Importing a kitten isn’t easy. First, you must search and search for MONTHS to find a breeder that is deemed to be reputable. After all, you’ll be doing business across continents and that is challenging in itself. The cultures and languages are different. There is a learning curve when it comes to conducting business in that fashion.
There’s not a lot of recourse that can be taken if a breeder from Europe doesn’t deliver the kitten, or something else goes wrong during the transaction. Believe me, things go wrong all the time. So every kitten or cat that is imported into the USA carries its own set of risks. These kittens are also considerable more expensive when you include the cost of transportation to make sure the kitten arrives safely. In many cases, the transport costs are more than the kitten!
Incidentally, searching for a European Maine Coon might cost you more than one that has American blood lines.
A Pedigree (papers) is the only way to confirm 100% that you are getting the breed that you are paying for. Your breeder should be able to provide you with Pedigrees from both parents of the kitten, and then at the bare minimum a litter registration slip showing that the litter has been registered. The actual registration paper delivery may come with the kitten, or once you’ve provided proof of spay/neuter. That is up to the individual breeder.
Some breeders may offer lower prices for kittens that do not have registration papers. This MIGHT indicate that they are breeding the cats without permission, or that the parents aren’t a Pedigree Maine Coon. It’s certainly up to the buyer to determine the value of those kittens, but be sure to ask questions if you encounter a kitten that is priced “out of line”. We can never assume we know what’s going on, so we trust and verify EVERYTHING. Here’s how to tell if you have a Pedigree Maine Coon.
This is the same as buying a Domestic Longhair Cat. If you can’t verify that you are getting a Pedigree Maine Coon with Registration Papers through a certified cat club, then you’re not getting a Pedigree Maine Coon.
Price of Maine Coon Kittens Versus Adults
If paying a higher price for a Maine Coon kitten is not in your budget, but you really admire a certain breeder, talk to them about adopting an adult retiree. For various reasons, breeders will retire their adults. This means that the cat will retire from breeding, and be spayed or neutered before going to their forever home. There is no “magic” age for this to happen. You could find a very young adult, or a mature adult in the 5-7 year old range.
Here are a few reasons why an adult may retire:
- The cat has produced the goal number of kittens for the cattery.
- An offspring from this cat in old enough to produce kittens now, so the parent can retire
- New bloodlines are needed in the cattery
- The cat doesn’t get along with other cats in the cattery environment
- The cat wasn’t able to produce kittens
- Health /Genetic issue has been discovered
- Plans of the cattery have changed
The price of a Retired Maine Coon will usually be less expensive that that of a young kitten. Talk to your breeder of choice about being notified if an adult becomes available.
Deciding on a Breeder to Work With
Hopefully, this information serves you well. I try to educate the public in a non-biased fashion of things that I observe and learn as a Maine Coon breeder. Websites that claim someone is a scam or a fraud because of how much they charge for a kitten don’t fancy me. I prefer to help you understand why you may see a difference in pricing, and help you make the best decision for you and your family. When you’re trying to find out how much maine coon cats are, keep some of this information in mind while you do your research.