COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS...
Q. What's the difference between Maine Coons and EuroCoons?
A. Just to clear up any confusion, “EuroCoons” has simply started as our cattery name.
Gradually people have started referring to European Maine Coon Cats as EuroCoons. So, EuroCoons are actually European Maine Coons. We chose the name EuroCoons because it quickly differentiates our Main Coon Cats as having been bred in Europe for a number of very desirable traits, including stronger muzzle and chin... and their signature Lynx-like looking ears. In contrast, the American Maine Coon’s tips are often non-existent and lack that sought-after “Wild Look” that our clients love so much. In addition, our EuroCoons have these stunningly piercing almond-shaped eyes that only add to their exotic appearance. It’s one exotic-looking cat! By the way, the background of our website shows Steel’s (one of our males) eyes.
Q. What's the difference between show and pet?
A. The difference between “Show Quality” and “Pet Quality” is the deviation from a standard. A “Show Quality” Maine Coon meets all of the breeds standards i.e. built/body shape, color, profile, temperament, etc. Really, there is a myriad of standards that change and evolve over time, along with show judges’ preferences. Bottom line? Do not be confused by the word pet! When you welcome one of our kittens into your family, he or she WILL be officially called a Pet, meaning this kitten was sold without breeding rights and will be spayed and neutered by us prior to pick up – but that doesn’t mean they won’t be a Show Quality kitten with amazing looks!
Q. What kind of temperament do EuroCoons have?
A. In a word, WONDERFUL! I wholeheartedly believe that temperament (in large part) comes down to how the kittens are treated by the breeder. I’m talking about from the time they are born until they leave our cattery with their loving new families. Without exception, you can expect our kittens to be super loving and loyally bonded to their new families. Of course, just like people, they have unique personalities. Some are a bit cautious of anyone new, while other kittens instantly become everybody’s best friend. Some may start purring at the possibility of being petted, while others never purr… no matter how much they love the attention. And this is funny. We have cats that loudly (and proudly) announce to the world their intention to use the litter box, while others do their business with zero fanfare. One last thing, before we started raising our EuroCoons we heard stories about their aggressiveness. Well, we have yet to witness this trait at our Cattery.
Q. How much will your EuroCoons™ ultimately weigh?
A. While I can’t see into the future, I want you to visualize a male EuroCoon Cat standing on his hind legs, literally placing his nose up and over the kitchen countertops to smell the food we’re preparing! That’s tall! I can also report that we have male kittens that tip the scale at over 20 pounds at one-year-old, and females at over 17 pounds. All things being equal, a “fixed” cat is significantly larger than one that hasn’t been spayed or neutered. And typically, a EuroCoon Cat is not fully-grown until about three-years-old (sometimes up to 5 to 7). Keep this in mind that a kitten’s weight doesn’t necessarily predict the final size and weight of an adult European Main Coon Cat. As you might imagine, many factors play a role, including diet, portion control, environment – you get the idea. Finally, I believe strongly that weight should not be a factor in determining if one cat may grow up to be “bigger” than another.
Q. How can I tell which kitten will grow up to be the largest?
A. Here is how I tell: I make some cookies. Next, I sit down on the couch and enjoy a good movie. By the end of the movie, if I eat all of the cookies… Okay, I don’t have an answer to that question, but the cookies were great☺. Seriously, just like people, kittens are born with a certain growth potential. When raised in an ideal environment, they are certainly more likely to reach that potential.
Q. How about maine coon's disposition?
A. Same thing here, the disposition of a Maine Coon Cat (European or American) is heavily dependent upon the breeder. As you’ve probably read by now, our kittens receive non-stop love and attention. We pick them up, pet them, and give them lots of kisses all day long :) As a result, they learn quickly to crave the attention, and can’t wait to return it! Our kittens will do anything to be close to you... whether it's laying across your lap as the family watches TV, sitting on top of your head and snuggling into your hair, or covering up your laptop while you are trying to work. And at our home, they’ll sit by the window as we are pulling into the garage, and then race to the door to make sure they can greet you as you walk in – just like a dog. So, don’t be surprised to see your EuroCoon kitten do the same at your home! You’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without a EuroCoon Cat before.
Q. How do they get along with other cats and dogs?
A. Since we lost our beloved lab who passed some time ago, our cats and kittens have no exposure to dogs. According to our clients, however, they get along extremely well with household dogs and other cats and even ferrets, birds and fish! As you may know, though, much depends on the introduction process and the dispositions of all other pets involved. Our kittens are very playful and friendly with other animals – and never, ever mean any harm. Entertaining mischief, yes… harm… NO!
Q. How do they get along with young children?
A. The same thing can be said for children, really. Needless to say, our eight-year-old is constantly around them… so our babies have become experts on the subject of little boys. In my view, if a child is taught to treat all animals with love and respect, everything should be fine. However, we take this subject very seriously – and we are always happy to discuss it in detail with anybody interested in one of our kittens.
Q. Okay, how about the cost?
A. Our pricing is totally market dependent. For example, since males can be significantly larger than females they sell for proportionally more. Because of the high breeding quality and overall care of our queens and kings, and tremendous amount of time, love and attention invested in our kittens, our European Maine Coon kittens do sell at the top of the market spectrum. However, prices vary from kitten to kitten. Please contact us if you are interested in a specific kitten.
Q. What's included?
A. Of course, when you purchase from our cattery, you can be 100% certain that you’re getting an exquisite example of the breed… a EuroCoons Maine Coon Kitten that has been spayed or neutered (up to $500 in savings) … had at least two rounds of their vaccinations (all but rabies)... been micro-chipped… and had plenty of love and attention. We also provide a Health Certificate, Health Guarantee and a generous care package with food and toys to last your kitten for the first few days to a week, at least.
ADDITIONAL INFO AND MORE ON THE PROCESS
Q. Do you sell any kittens for show or breeding?
A. At this time, we do not sell kittens with show or breeding rights. As mentioned earlier, whether the kitten is “Show” or “Pet” quality is NOT an indication of the high standards and quality of the kitten -- merely a business decision we made when we started the Cattery. We also do not provide stud services, since our kittens live in an extremely safe, protected and “closed” environment.
Q. Can we come and visit the cattery, check out the parents and pick out our kittens?
A. Unfortunately, we do NOT allow Cattery visits due to potential health concerns and inherent stressors that could adversely impact our babies and pregnant queens. Sorry, no exceptions. Does that make us overprotective parents? Guilty as charged!
Q. When can I reserve a kitten?
A. Generally, we make our kittens available for reservation around 6 weeks of age. In some cases, it may be earlier or later, but we always announce the approximate date when reservations become available on our site – so keep checking back!
Note: Some (or all) kittens may be held by EC longer for potential future breeding purposes. In those cases, individuals or full litters will be available at a later date. Again, please check back often for reservation date announcements.
Q. How do I apply for a kitten?
A. We do ask that an application is completed and approved prior to accepting a deposit. Simply email us email@example.com if you are interested in applying, and we’ll be in touch.
Please note, that once you are provided with an application it is in your best interest to fill it out and return it to us ASAP. There are other people just like you interested in the same kitten, very possibly, and are emailing us at the same time. So, please just keep that in mind as we are unable to hold the kitten for you without a deposit and especially if we do not have an application on file that has been approved. Thank you for understanding!
Q. What is the required deposit?
A. Deposit on our kittens is $1000 and is non-refundable, unless the Cattery cancels the sale of the kitten. Due to the high demand for our kittens, deposits are accepted via PayPal only, since it allows for very fast transfers and real-time reservations. Transfer fees charged by PayPal is paid by the buyer. and must be included in the total transfer amount! The deposit, $1000, is credited toward the total cost of the kitten, which is due in full (cash only) at the time of pickup.
Q. Can I change my mind and get a kitten from a different litter?
A. Deposits made on a particular kitten are not exchangeable. This policy was adopted as the result of well-intended folks wavering on a decision and basically holding up multiple kittens while they made a decision. Obviously, this is not fair to our other families seeking one of our kittens.
Q. When will my kitten be ready to come home?
a. Normally, our babies go to their forever homes when they are around 11-12 weeks of age.
Q. Can I choose the day I pick up my kitten… or delay it until the next weekend?
A. While we try to be flexible and accommodating, “a few days later” or the “next weekend” exceeds the planned “pick up” schedule and could negatively affect your new little family member. For example, kittens can suffer from separation anxiety and other stressors as their brothers and sisters leave the litter; so strict adherence to pick up schedules is a must. Finally, if the agreed upon pick up date is delayed or cancelled by the buyer, the deposit is forfeited and the kitten will become available to another family.
Q. Where do we pick up our kitten?
A. Our home/cattery. The address will be provided to you prior to pickup
Q. What forms of payment or financing do you accept?
A. We do not offer payment terms or financing. Deposits must be made via PayPal. Balance in cash only is due in full upon pick up.
Q. What do I need to bring to pick up my kitten?
A. Only a carrier is needed. We provide a special Care Package with food and other items that will last our kitten for a few days and up to a week.
Q. Do you ship your kittens?
A. We DO NOT ship our kittens; our clients pick up the kitten at our home. We’re grateful that so many clients appreciate what we’re doing at our Cattery that they drive or fly from all over US for our kittens.