Loving giant Maine Coons are a healthy and hardy breed. There is data that shows that the average lifespan of these cats at home is between 12 and 15 years.
Statistics also show (animal insurance data) that, with proper care, more than half of animals live to at least 16.5 years or more. Maine Coon females live longer than males by an average of 1-1.5 years, which is typical for most breeds.
Of course, with the right maintenance, the life expectancy of Maine Coons can be significantly increased. In general, this is a strong and healthy breed, whose life is mainly influenced by diet, physical activity, oral hygiene and general veterinary supervision.
There are several genetic diseases that Maine Coons are predisposed to, but again, regular checkups and timely detection of problems can prevent serious consequences and increase the life expectancy of a pet. In addition to regular veterinary check-ups, your cat will also need regular vaccinations.
The first thing you can do to potentially extend your Maine Coon’s life is to provide him with a diet that is free of fat and made from a high quality dry mix. Making sure your cat is not overfed and that she maintains her healthy weight is the key to a happy and healthy pet.
These are big cats, and in order to keep their body slim, they need to pay special attention to the diet. Talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate diet for your Maine Coon, given its size and age. The amount and type of food a cat needs will generally depend on its age and life stage.
So, exactly how long your cat will live depends on many factors, including genetics and the care she receives throughout her life. However, while we can’t control genetic factors, sometimes even they can be outmaneuvered by proper and responsible pet care.