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Ten Additional Items You Need To Go with Your Maine Coon Kitten

A Maine Coon Kitten is ridiculously cute. The excitement of bringing home your new baby after the long wait sometimes leaves you so flabbergasted. There are so many things you need to buy and have ready for when your kitten comes home.

Some of the usual things are easy to remember.

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Gilmour – 8 Weeks Old

Easy Right? But what about the “other” things that might be helpful when you run into kitten incidents? These things happen with kittens and will surely spill over into teenager and adult cat incidents. Let’s look at the Top 10 items you may want to add to your checklist of things to buy when you have a new kitten on the way.

TOP 10 EXTRA Items You’ll Need With your Maine Coon Kitten

Lysol Disinfectant Wipes – I love these because they come in a handle little dispenser and some fun scents! They’re easy to just pop open the lid and grab one. You’ll need these for various things.  Food dropped on the floor, butt drags {because they can’t use toilet paper] and even those weird white washed litter paw prints on the tables. Those are a sign that their paws were wet, then mixed with litter dust, and then they walked across the table.

lysol disinfectant wipesScrubby Bar – I love my Scrubby Bar! I use it to scrub poop stains off the comforter, area rugs, and arm chairs. You know, cats and kittens sit everywhere and their butts directly touch everything that they sit on. And Sometimes….well, you know. This is a video tutorial i did to show a new kitten owner how to remove some poop out of the carpet when her kitten learned how to drag his poopy butt across the rug.

 

Broom and Dustpan – I have an iRobot Roomba that runs every day to vacuum the floors. BUT cats use the litter box all throughout the day. So you will need a broom and a dustpan to sweep up the litter dust they throw around and kick off their paws when they exit the restroom.

I have the Libman Lobby Brrom. This thing is great. I just walk around the house with it on my hip in a holster, constantly sweeping up wierd things I find, cat fur, food kibble, and litter dust.  Not really I dont wear it in a holdeter but if they made one small enough, I might.

how to clean litter dustGrooming Wipes – Maine Coons are long-haired cats. Some of them have ESPECIALLY long hair. This means that sometimes when you least expect it, poop is going to get stuck on their behind and back legs.  Maybe just a tidbit, maybe an entire tootsie roll. No matter how big or how small, grooming wipes are great for helping your cat “clean up”.  There are grooming wipes made specifically for cats that are non-toxic.

grooming wipres for cats

Scratching Posts – Cats instinctively scratch their nails on surfaces.  Make sure that you provide MORE THAN ONE scratching post for your Maine Coon Kitten. The scratching posts need to be located in various places throughout your home. Otherwise, you may find your kitty scratching on sofas and chairs. There are several type of scratching posts including sisal rope and cardboard, as well as vertical and horizontal.  If one type isn’t doing it for your kitten, then try a different type.

Some people choose to declaw their cats when they start to scratch on furniture.  Declawing cats is a form of mutilation and it’s NOT allowed on any Sassy Koonz kitten. There are plenty of other options.

This image is a scratching couch that my daughter has for her cats. It’s freaking hilarious when they sit on it! But its a cool looking scratching post you can try in your home. You can see that she enjoys lounging on it AND clawing the seats up! 😀

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cat on scratching sofa 

Fur Wizard – This is literally the best invention I’ve seen for pet owners.  It removes fur! Think of it like a lint roller, without the sticky tape. I use it EVERY DAY on my furniture, clothes, area rugs, and even the cat trees. If you don’t have a Fur Wizard GET  ONE! I gave them to my son and my daughter for Christmas. That’s how cool these things really are!

 

Litter Mat – I didn’t think I needed one until I bought one. Now I can’t live with one. The Black Hole Litter mat does trap most of the litter dust. There are several different types of litter mats. If you don’t like feeling little rocks on the bottom of your feet, then try a litter mat. The Black Hole Litter Mat is a Popular and favrotie with alot of great reviews.

black hole litter mat

Hairball Gel – Also inevitable, the surprise hairball.  With our Maine Coon Kitten being a long-haired cat, they’re probably going to develop some hairballs over time with the amount of grooming that they do.  This is due to the fact that they’re unable to digest hair that they consume during their self-grooming sessions. You can help with the hairball issue by giving them a little something to help the hairballs slide out like a well lubricated…(I don’t know what to put here).  I use “Laxatone” and put a little dab on their paws once a week.

hairball gelFeliway Calming Spray – Feliway Spray is another great tool to have in your kitten/cat toolbox. This is scented with pheromones that mimic that of a real cat. Phermones are what calm the kitty.  A good time to use Feliway is if you’re going for a visit to the vet, or in a long car ride to help them calm down some.  Think of it either as a big glass of wine after a hot bath, or a big fat joint – whichever one you use to take a chill pill after a stressful day. Yeah, that’s what Feliway does for cats.

They also have Feliway diffusers that you can plugin for multi-cat households.

 

Slicker Brush – I’ve tried every type of comb and brush out there. I think that the Slicker brush does the best job and making its way through the cats thick, dense fur the best.  They say that your Maine Coon kitten don’t require a lot of grooming. I beg to differ. Without regular and vigorous grooming, they tend to get unwanted mats.

I use a deshedding [grooming] glove and a slicker brush to make sure they stay smooth and mat free. Even then, they still may end up with a mat here or there.  I do have a couple of cats that have hair like humans. They’re very low maintenance and have never had a mat.  MOST of them, though, do have the tendency to get them. Just get a slicker brush and do your cats a favor. USE IT.

slicker brush for cats

Water Fountain – The Sassy Koonz Cats and kittens are raised drinking water from a water fountain. I use filtered water fountains to purify the city water, and remove some of the chemicals that are found in public water systems.  I’ve tried several water fountains, but this one is my favorite for several reasons. It’s cute, I love the blue light inside, I can see the water level, and its stainless steel.  Consider getting your baby a Water Fountain.

 

This cool little checklist will have you prepared for any surprises that you might encounter with your new Maine Coon Kitten. It’s also a fundamental list for any kitten or cat owner, just not something people talk about much. This lot covers more of the “messy” side of things.

Being prepared is always the best solution for handling any situation that comes your way. Life is full of surprises, and so are our furry friends. If you enjoyed this helpful checklist, you’ll probably also love our article on How to Care For Your Maine Coon Kitten.  It offers more tips on how to give your kitten or cat the best life ever!

 

If there’s anything I’m forgetting, please comment below and let me know!  I’ll add it to the blog post to help new owners of a Maine Coon Kitten be prepared for everything they may embark on.

2 thoughts on “Ten Additional Items You Need To Go with Your Maine Coon Kitten”

  1. My daughter’s Maine Coon sprays poop all over everything, walls, furniture, carpeting etc., while you are brushing her. What is that? Never heard of such a thing!

    1. I’ve actually seen this happen to a timid kitty. Its like she got nervous, farted, and pooped liquid at the same time. it really stinks, too. LOL. Worse than regular poop. It’s a defensive mechanism thats built in to the cat! Maybe she doesn’t actually like being groomed…or she likes it so much she poops her pants.

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