The Maine coon is the largest breed of domestic cat. Fully grown they can grow to be around 10 kg in weight. But how much should you be feeding your Maine coon?
The amount of food you should give your Maine coon depends on four things: their age, their size, the type of food you are providing for them and their level of activity. Kittens have smaller stomachs and higher energy requirements; therefore, they will need to be fed more frequently.
The amount of dried food you give your Maine coon will depend on which other foods you are providing for them. If you are providing a diet of solely dried food, then you will need to give them much more than if you include wet food in their diet as well.
It is generally recommended that you give a mixture of both wet and dried foods as cats will get most of their hydration from the wet food they eat. A diet of solely dried food can cause them to become dehydrated which over time can lead to kidney damage.
You will also need to take their activity level into account. Indoor cats generally are less active than cats who can go outdoors. Remember though that Maine coons are excellent mousers and therefore an outdoor Maine coon may also be supplementing their diet with wild prey.
This chart is from Royal Canin with regards to their dried food for Maine coons. It is based on the assumption that you are giving only dried food to your Maine coon. The numbers here represent g/day.
If you are also feeding your Maine coon with wet or raw foods throughout the day then you will want to adjust these quantities accordingly (see below in the next section for quantities).
If you are feeding your Maine coon solely on wet food then the following feeding guidelines will apply:
|Cat’s weight||Daily intake (only wet)|
If you are feeding a combination or wet and dry food, then the following feeding guidelines will apply:
|Cat’s weight||Daily intake (wet + dry)|
Please note that the above guidelines relate to adult Maine coons only. For feeding guidelines for Kittens please see the kitten section below.
For information on the various foods available for Maine coons please see my guide, What Do Maine Coon Cats Eat? Do They Need a Special Diet?
For Kittens, they should be allowed to eat until they are full. For adult Maine coons a good guide for raw food is to give them between 3 and 5% of their body weight daily. The usual ratio is 75/15/10, this means 75% muscle meat, 15% edible bone and 10% organs. Heart can be given and would count as a muscle meat rather than an organ. You can also buy premade raw food mixes online.
Kittens have a lot of growing to reach their full lion-like potential and therefore it is common practice to feed on demand. Kittens should be allowed to eat until they are full. It is good idea to feed them wet food several times a day and then have dry food and fresh water available to them throughout the day.
How much and what you feed them will depend on their age. Initially they will by fed by their mother. You will need to make sure that the mother cat has access to as much food and water as she wants. She’ll need plenty of energy and hydration to produce all the milk that the Kittens require.
Kittens will then be weaned onto solid foods, which will need to be watered down in the first instance so that they are easily able to swallow and digest it.
With regards to quantities of food, remember that Kittens have much smaller stomachs than adult cats. In addition, Maine coons mature much slower than other breeds of domestic cat, therefore they require a diet designed for Kittens up until the age of 15 months before transitioning onto adult foods.
This table has been provided as a guide by Royal canin with regards to their Maine coon kitten dried food. The numbers here related to g/day and are based on the expected adult cat weight.
With regards to wet foods, please see the following guidelines:
The following guideline relates to wet food being given in combination with dry food:
For information on the various foods available for Maine coon Kittens please see my guide, What Do Maine Coon Cats Eat? Do They Need a Special Diet?
Maine coons, like other breeds of cat, are not fantastic at drinking. They do not readily search for water when they are thirsty. Instead, as I mentioned earlier, they will get most of their hydration from wet foods. They will also seek out running water to drink. This is likely because of the survival instinct that running water is going to harbour less bacteria than running water.
Maine coons have some really funny habits when it comes to water, you can read about them in my article, How to Manage Your Maine Coon’s Water Obsession. A great way to provide constant access to running water, without having to leave the tap on, is to invest in a cat water fountain. Our two Kittens absolutely love theirs. Click here to read my guide to the Best Water Fountains for Cats.