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Larger breed advice, please!

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Mum to Missy, Sep 25, 2013.


  1. Mum to Missy

    Mum to Missy PetForums VIP

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    As some of you may know I'm planning/hoping to get a pedigree kitten next year and am in the research stage as to which is going to be best for me as well as for the cat.

    I've narrowed it down to four breeds, Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest Cat, Ragdoll and Birman, I've done a bit of reading on the net about them but, and obviously I haven't managed to read everything, a few questions spring to mind that I haven't found the answer to and I hope you don't mind me asking on here about it!?!

    Most of my preference are the larger cat, do they need any special food or additives to their food because of their size so they can stay healthy or is their dietary requirements the same as Missy's is?

    They would be kept as indoors cats so they would need a lot of things to play with and cat trees etc. to climb, would you recommend an outdoor run?

    I'm not sure if there's anyone on here with a Norwegian Forest Cat, but given that they were originally used as farm cats (or so I read somewhere) do they need extra mental stimulation or more exercise? and having a double coat would living in a warm house with central heating be a problem to them?

    I'm used to owning a hairy, intelligent dog who needs a lot of exercise and stimuli to avoid boredom, I have a Border Collie, so keeping them amused and exercised wouldn't be a problem, I'm just trying to find out as much as possible to see if my chosen breed selection is in fact going to be right for both of us :)
     
  2. AtticusRavel

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    Hello,

    I'm a very recent mummy to a ragdoll, and I couldn't be happier! There's other people with far more experienced than mine that will give you detailed answers to your questions.

    From the reading I made before opting for a ragdoll and now finally owning him (or being owned by him).. It's surpassed all of my expectations.

    Male ragdolls usually are quite larger than females, so if you really want size, I'd have a male. One of the boxes I had to tick on my list was that he would be happy indoors, as we don't have a safe garden. That is one of the main reasons I started researching ragdolls...

    Atticus is still a kitten, 4 months old, and I play plenty with him. He madly chases the feathers on the fishrod, and I throw balls and he goes after them-not quite a retriever yet ;) He is alert enough to start getting commands, and I make him climb the different parts of the scratching post on command, of course there's yummy treats in return, and he is doing really well with it! He is great following me too. Quite shockingly, almost "dog like".

    This is my brief ragdoll experience! :)

    Oh.. I also find ragdolls simply beautiful! And sooooo soft ;)
     
  3. catcoonz

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    I think Jonescat has a nfc but they are very similar to the mainecoons only smaller.

    Mainecoons are gentle giants, they dont need specific food they just eat quite abit whilst growing which takes 4 years for them to reach adult size.

    Grooming is easy but you do need to pay attention under the front legs as thats where they will matt the most.

    Mine enjoy an outside pen but i do live near a road and they are not the most sensible of cats with traffic.

    Ragdolls are laid back aswell, grooming is also easy and again no special food is needed.
     

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  4. Mum to Missy

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    Thank you :) Atticus sounds adorable :) as for throwing the ball for him our dog, Jack, would love that, he's tried on several occasions throwing the ball for Missy who just gives him one of those 'you cannot be serious' looks and walks past with her tail in the air, flicking the end at him :lol:

    Thanks CC, you see that's my problem, I just adore the gentle giants in any breed, Shire Horses, St. Bernard dogs etc. but I could and never would own one because I know I couldn't do right by them, this is why I'm so confused and a little frightened at the moment, for me taking on any animal is putting it's life, health and welbeing in my hands and that's a big responsibity and why I've got so many questions rattling about in my head :crazy:

    I must get myself to a show where they have all my four breeds and more as even though I know they are large I have nothing to compare them with :confused:

    Oh those pictures are to die for :001_wub: :001_wub:
     
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    Going to a show is a great idea, you may even decide on a breed you hadnt considered before. :)
     
  6. CharlieChaplin

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    Great Pics CC!!

    I was going to suggest going to a show. I loved going to the Bracknell one with Carly and MCWillow - who gave me loads of information. I got to see loads of cats even breeds I hadn't heard of before!

    I met some gorgeous ragdolls and some lovely MC. I met roman (Sarahs MC Kitten), it was rather funny as he was the youngest & smallest and he was next to a huge MC I thought was an adult - but it turned out the giant one was a kitten too :eek:
     
  7. carly87

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    There are quite a few TICA shows near you in Swanley where you should be able to see all of your chosen breeds. However, if you don't mind travelling, you're more than welcome to come to a show with me for an all dayer so that you can have a really good look around. I'm in Sollyhull next weekend, then Newbury at the end of the month.
     
  8. Mum to Missy

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    Noooooo, I'm trying to keep an open mind here and let my head tell me there is more than the one pedigree your attracted to, I don't need it muddled by another gorgeous breed :crazy: but then.................:D

    I now can't wait to go to a show :)

    I know there's a show in Maidstone (just up the road from me) in October but will they have everything there or is it just a small or specialist show? should I wait for the Supreme? or both!

    Sorry, I suppose these questions should be in the show section!
     
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    TICA?

    That's very kind of you Carly, I will have to see what shift my son is working as I wont leave Jack or Missy alone all day, but I'll let you know :)
     
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    I'm a slave to 6 NFCs and 1 maine coon plus a very important justa. They are much bigger than birmans. my friend had them and they are about half the size of most of the NFCs. They all eat good quality wet food (Grau, macs etc) plus raw. They are all quite happy as indoor cats. I did buy a cat run which I thought they would love. wrong! Most of them winge when they get put out there. If it were attached to the house they might like it better perhaps. However they all adore the ceiling scratch post and love to run up it. No issues with wegies coats and central heating. Grooming is very light or not required at all depending on the coat. Some of them are a bit woolier than others

    If you can get to Bracknell I think there is a joint GCCF show for NFCs and coonies soon.
     
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    Had a look and the show at Bracknell is the 5/10/13

    Its a show with 3 specialist cat clubs there for Maine coons, NFCs, and birmans. Plus there is a fourth cat club there which is for long hairs. So there ought to be raggies there as well.

    I have gone before but not sure yet whether I will this year as live in Bristol so long way!
     
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    Long hairs will be all Persians, so no raggies unfortunately.

    TICA is a different cat registry, (there's more than just the GCCF in the UK).
     
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    There will be raggies as its a LH and SLH club. Sorry I didn't make it clear
     
  14. CharlieChaplin

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    Get a Persian - I met them and fell in love with them at Bracknell!! I also love Siamese - I was chatting to one at the show! They are brilliant! ;)
     
  15. Mum to Missy

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    Thank you :) They sound lower maintenance than I imagined, not that either would have been a problem :) They sound practically perfect in every way :D

    Just google maped Bracknell and according to them it's only just over 1 1/2 hours from me but on the M25 :eek: when did these people last travel on the M25 :glare:

    Thanks :)

    :D

    Never met a Persion yet :) When I was small and we lived in our old house (which we moved out of when I was 8) the neighbours at the back of us had a Siamese and for some reason my mum hated it :confused: and when your small you think Mum knows best, luckily I have an open mind and also know that my Mum doesn't know best :mad:
     
  16. CharlieChaplin

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    Mums never know best! Daddies do :p

    Its good that your researching - who ever you speak to will have a different idea of what you should get. But as long as its from a reputable breeder, when you decide you will have no worries :)
     
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    You've never met a Persian? Oh, shame on you! ;)

    You'll just have to come meet mine at a show to make up for it!
     
  18. Cazzer

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    Ah I love Persians too (I have been fortunate to of been owned by 14 over the years) but I love my NFCs now! That said I'd make an exception for one of Carly's!
     
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    I've got 2 Maine Coons and 1 RagaMuffin (an offshoot of the Ragdoll).

    All three are indoors and are very happy (I suspect it helps that I have three of the monsters). They all eat quite a bit - lot more than my moggy did - but then they are still growing (the oldest is 1 year and 1/2).

    Be warned! Maine Coons get big, which in a way is awesome, but in a way is a bugger when trying to buy cat trees (unstable when they run up and down)
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    , and cat beds (too bloomin' small for them).
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    And RagaMuffins.... they just don't leave you alone :D
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  20. carly87

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    Thank you, Kazzer! you can take your pick from these five little sods! Do you want a big fat sleepy flump that eats too much, a moody mare who smacks the others too much, a mental kitten who zooms too much, a naughty tortie who tries to eat hoomans when being groomed, or a stroppy teenaged boy who has a penchant for human flesh when threatened with the hair dryer?

    In fact, scratch that. you can have 'em all! No returns though.
     
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