Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Maine Coons...slow maturing
According to what I've read and heard from Maine Coon breeders, they are a slow-maturing breed and don't really reach their full development until 2 years old. If he will not be used for breeding, I would get him neutered now. If you show him in premiership classes, the judges allow for males that don't have "stud jowls", or young males (8 mos.+) in championship class. Some male kittens show beautifully as kittens, and then once they reach around a year old, you can't show them any more, as the scent of other males upsets them greatly and they can become aggressive to judges and owners. A lot of whole males will spray their cage curtains, so that pungent "tomcat" odor is often wafting around in the show hall. Some cats just can't take that.
Last edited by catloverami; 09-01-2010 at 09:21 AM.