FORESIDE MAINE COON CATS
Here at Foreside Farm, we breed Maine Coon cats.
Our main objective is to breed and produce healthy, happy, well socialised kittens that will be perfect, loving family pets.
WHERE WE LIVE
We are very lucky to live in an area where we have no visiting or feral cats. This gives us the unique opportunity to let our cats live a natural life. It would be impossible to do this in a built up area, or somewhere where there were other entire cats. We thought about this very carefully, as we clearly couldn't risk any cross breeding with outside beasties. Neutered cats can live a much freer life of course.
Our colony is a solid and tight familial group, and they spend their time around the house mostly going in and out of doors. ( I think there is a job opportunity for someone as a full time doorperson here)
Any new kittens bought in are quarantined till bloods are run and the kittens are shown to be completely healthy. It's a very important thing to do, we have been sold a very sick kitten from well known breeder in the past! It was a very sad situation, and the poor baby, despite thousands of pounds of veterinary care, still passed over. He lived his short life in a loving home where there were no other cats as his infection was highly contageous. It just goes to show that you must do your best to protect your babies.
We do run occasional checks on our adult cats, just for comfort of mind, (so far, all have been clear). Our vet has a great inhouse blood work facility, so it's quick and easy.
As you might have noticed, we live in a busy farm. There are lots of dogs, horses etc, so it can feel a little chaotic to those used to a quieter home. Our animals are our family, but we appreciate that it can be overwhelming, so if you're worried, just let us know before you come.
We do genuinely believe that the kittens exposure to our full life, helps prepare them for a confident adulthood.
Initial imprinting is very important, but so is their time learning once they go to their new home. We do advise that everyone reads up on kitten handling and welfare before welcoming a new life into your family.
If anyone has any worries, please call or message in the first instance. I'm happy to help, and you will also find the vet you register your kitten with, will be a great source of help and advice. Don't struggle with a problem, there is a lot of professional help out there. Social media can be a great resource, but beware, -some people will not have you or your kittens best interest at heart. When in doubt, always seek the advice from a qualified professional. Best not to take advice from people with alterior motives or agendas. Remember that empty vessels make the most noise :)
As with everything in life, you have a choice.
Where to live, how to live, with whom to live, and where to source your kitten.
We wear our hearts on our sleeves, no agenda, so if you like the way we raise our kittens, please come visit. If you're undecided whether cats should be free spirits, then let us tell you why we do it the way we do.
Meet our animals.
You are absolutely free to pick a breeder of your choice, and for some, other options are better.
Go with your instincts, and trust in your decisions, but allow learning from experience as you go, from there wisdom comes.
BORN IN THE LIVING ROOM
Our babies live in our family home, initially saying safe and quiet, once old enough they spread their territory till they're confident to be surrounded by other cats, dogs and children.
They're never kept in a cage, and the queens are given all the support they need. The queens are given the freedom to choose where they kitten, and when they want to introduce their litters to the greater family. We don't encourage them to kitten outside of course, so all the babes are raised here with us, safe and warm.
We do not register any of our kittens with the GCCF or other breed organisations.
We don't sell kittens for breeding, but we trust that anyone purchasing from us will neuter once the kitten is old enough to go through the procedure. We agree completely with our veterinaries advice not to neuter before 6 months of age.
A Potential Side Effect Of Early-age Neutering You Might Not Know About
In the best interest of the kitten, you should wait till a female has had her first season, and a male has reached puberty. Early castration can be the cause of reccuring UTI and crystals accumulating in the bladder. It's more complicated as I'm sure you'll agree, but there are great peer reviewed veterinary articles out there to help you make an educated descision
We believe that cats are free spirits, and although city centre life can mean that being house cats is the safest option, we live in the country. Our adult cats roam free, hunting, climbing and chasing round the farm buildings.
If you are planning to keep your cat indoors, you really have to consider its lack of stimulation and socialisation. Buying siblings and creating a room where the cats can jump, run and climb all the way round is a good start. We offer a reduction if you buy more than one kitten as we want to encourage familial companions.
We have to be true to ourselves, and if that means selling kittens for a lot less than we paid for the parents, well, then, that is the way it has to be.
Amongst other occasional spot health tests and blood screening, we have had Borgia (our tom) tested for HCM. He has come back with a clear test result. All of our queens are also tested clear.
Not only do we test for HCM, but run full bloods on all incoming cats. We have been shocked at the conditions that almost all incoming cats have had, and are very relieved that we quarantine and treat them till they are either clear, or we rehome into non cat families. Im sure you can imagine the financial, and emotional cost that running these extensive tests, but we want the best for our colony, and for the families who buy our kittens.
HCM is a heart condition which occurs in pure-bred cats as well as in conventional crosses and moggies. The condition manifestation starts at any age, in extreme cases from 6 months to old age. It can come on suddenly with no warning, a clear DNA test is no guarantee unfortunately. Breed inclination for primary HCM is in Maine Coon cats, ragdoll, as well as domestic cats. Middle-aged males are affected more often than other males and females.
In HCM, primary strengthening (hypertrophy) of the left cardiac ventricle wall and the cardiac septum occurs. The cardiac wall reinforcement may be occured thanks to other diseases - that called secondary HCM. Secondary HCM is most often a result of high blood pressure (eg. during renal disease) or some hormonal diseases like hyperthyroidism (increasing of thyroid hormones).
Mutations in several genes coding sarcomere proteins have been identified, for example mutations in MYBPC3 gene (myosin binding protein C) were found. Mutations in sarcomere proteins genes may lead to the HCM phenotype development, due to influencing of sarcomere proteins structure and function. Although mutations have been identified, pathogenic HCM process has not been explored yet. HCM symptoms, that may accompany the disease, can be breath shortness, low physical activity from reduced mobility to legs paralysis, appetite decrease, cough, syncopes, heart arrhythmia and cardiac murmur of different intensity. The disease manifestation starts at any age. Clinical diagnosis is possible through heart sonography examination.
Currently, there is a genetic test for Maine Coon cats and ragdoll cats available. Test proves presence or absence of mutations in MYBPC3 gene. These mutations are inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Incomplete penetrance of the disease was described in heterozygotes (Longer et al. 2013).
We have tested each Breeding line for the genes that cause HCM, and they are all clear. This doesn't mean that our kittens won't be exposed to other causes of HCM in their life, but at least they aren't genetically predisposed TEST RESULTS
Our adult cats and kittens are regularly wormed according to our veterinaries advice. We will ALWAYS test for any and all of the illnesses cats are subject to if any symptoms are seen.
Any health issues are immediately dealt with, as a small issue, if neglected, can escalate. We have a good, close working relationship with our vets, and have years of experience behind us.
We absolutely do NOT neuter our kittens as babies. We sell our kittens to family homes for pets, not for breeding. In saying that, we trust in the wisdom of our purchasers to neuter their kittens once they are old enough, and big enough to cope with a general anaesthetic. Subjecting tiny bodies to a major operation for NO GOOD REASON is not in the interest of the kitten, and we will not support it. There are other health implication, but for political reasons, you're rarely told about them.
We recommend that all our kittens are health checked soon after going to their new homes, so any problems can be resolved. If it transpires that the vet finds a genetic disorder, we promise to give a full refund, or the choice of another kitten. Always let us know if there are any issues, if we don't know, we can't help.
I have found this article very edifying.
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A Potential Side Effect Of Early-age Neutering You Might Not Know About
WHEN DO KITTENS LEAVE?
Our kittens leave at 9 weeks old. You will be advised on their worming and flea program to date.
Currently we worm fortnightly with Panacur paste, three days in a row. You won't need to continue with Panucur as your vet will probably move to an older kitten preparation like Milbimax.
Currently we are using Advocate as the last treatment before the babies leave. The final treatment varies depending on what I'm using in the colony at the time. The treatments are always Veterinary prescribed, and not over the counter.
Their flea protection is Effipro. It is a Fipronil product from the vet. We tried different products through the years, and like so many cat owners, had the ghastly experience of fleas a few years ago. I have to say that products bought over the counter at the time had no effect. Talk about a nightmare. Anyway, our wonderful veterinary pracitise saved the day, and with a strict program, and a whole home treatment, we were finally clear. It was a lesson in not believing what you read, I can tell you that.
Their diet so far is based on Royal Canin, fish (lightly poached) and raw meat. We feed raw beef, venison and lamb. We also add powdered egg shell and taurine powder to the raw meat. A sprinkle every day. You can buy both off the likes of Amazon etc. They should be kept on this diet till properly settled. Never change a diet quickly, especially in a young stressed kitten. Also use bottled water. Our water is off the hill, and as such contains no chemicals, so tap water can be unpalatable to begin with.
They come with a Royal Canin Kitten pack, which you receive when you book the kitten. This gives you time to collect your free bag of Royal Canin Kitten and goodies from Royal Canin when you register
We use clumping clay litter, again it's important to keep things the same when preparing for a new kitten.
We also insure the kittens for 4 weeks with Pet Plan.
We can microchip and log the kittens details with Petlog for only £15.
MAINE COON KITTENS
Sadly there are no Maine Coon kittens available to reserve just now, but please message me for updates
Breeding cat health results
Reservations are made with a £200 deposit.
Payable in person, Paypal, bank transfer or by debit card over the phone
Male kittens are £800
Females are £750
The photos below are of a previous litter.
The £200 deposit is non returnable unless mutually agreed.
Our cats are film stars too. A few of many of the jobs for CBBC below.