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27.04.2022

What is good Maine Coon food? Here’s everything you should know

Maine Coons are gigantic, moderately active, and highly intelligent kitties. A suitable diet for this breed should not only keep them fit and sharp but also help maintain their luscious coat. Most vets agree that the ideal Maine Coon food should be wet rather than dry. While this is true, not every wet food in the market will work for your kitty. Their regular meals should be tailor-made according to their common food allergies and sensitivities, current health status, and life stage.

Our guide offers some easy-to-follow tips on picking the right diet for your Maine Coon. We’ll also present Untamed wet food products that keep this magnificent breed fit and healthy!

What to feed a Maine Coon?

Maine Coons should eat wet food every day, but you must choose a product with real meat and the correct nutrient ratio. According to cat nutritionists, your Maine Coon’s daily meals should be:

  1. High-protein (over 50% proteins)
  2. Low-fat (shouldn’t be more than 20%)
  3. Low-carb (between 0% and 3%)

Proteins are essential in Maine Coon food

Most Maine Coons live indoors now, but back in the days, they used to hang out in barns and farms to keep rodents and pesky birds away. Naturally, they have developed big-boned, rectangular bodies and a muscular physique, which should be maintained with quality proteins from whole meat and organs.

Gardens do feel like home, but my home is wherever you are, hooman!

Source: Jean Beaufort

Maine Coons need about four grams of animal protein per kilogram of their body weight, which is approximately 36–45 grams of proteins daily. Here’s an estimate of the protein content in common meat sources:

Source

Serving size

Protein value

Beef

100 g

26 g

Chicken

100 g

27 g

Turkey

100 g

27 g

Pork, ham, or bacon

100 g

27 g

Tuna

100 g

26 g

Salmon

100 g

20 g

Mackerel

100 g

19 g

Crustacean

100 g

19 g

Imitation crab meat

1 stick

8 g

Cats who don’t get enough protein have weak fur roots, which makes them shed a lot and throw up hairballs frequently, often with undigested food. They also lose muscle tone and bone density over time, which can lead to:

Maine Coons need healthy fats to keep a lustrous coat

All cats, including Maine Coons, need a small amount of fat in their diet for:

  • Absorbing vitamins and minerals
  • Maintaining normal body temperature
  • Regulating reproductive hormones
  • Preserving skin and coat health

A Coonie’s Maine charm is their glorious coat—keep it soft and velvety with collagen-boosting seafood meals!

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The most apparent sign of a fat deficiency is a dry and dull coat. Luckily, you don’t have to calculate how much fat your Maine Coon consumes as long as you feed them lean meat cuts, which have the ideal fat content for kitties. Seafood is particularly high in omega-3 fatty acids that promote rapid skin regeneration, soften their coat, and expedite the healing of skin rashes in kitties.

Don’t overfeed fatty food to your kitty as an overdose of the nutrient can create a calorie surplus and lead to feline obesity. Try not to give them high-fat meat and snacks like beef, lamb, eggs, milk, cheese, and crisps regularly.

Carbohydrates and Coon cats don’t get along

It’s a common misconception that Maine Coons should consume carbohydrates to have decent energy levels throughout the day. The truth is, cats harness energy from proteins and fats, so carbs are redundant in their diet. Watch out for products containing the following carb bombs:

Many kitty parents noticed Maine Coons on a high-carb diet tend to suffer from:

  1. Gastrointestinal issues—Cats are obligate carnivores, so excessive consumption of grains and veggies can stress out their digestive system and cause inappetence, retching, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, and IBS
  2. Weight gain—A high-carb diet will make your Coon kitty fat as they have a laidback lifestyle and don’t burn as many calories as active breeds like Siamese and Bengals. Obesity also carries the risk of feline diabetes. Weight fluctuations in this breed can go undetected for a long time as they are super fluffy
  3. Eating disorders—A carb-dense product usually lacks proteins, so your kitty will be dissatisfied with their food and may resort to overeating or gorging to compensate for the lack of nutrition

Don’t let their lion-like coat and quiet, intense stares fool you—Maine Coons are closet softies who express their love through gentle vocalisations and cosy cuddles!

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Cautionary tips on food for a Maine Coon

The market is flooded with various food products for cats with confusing and often misleading labels. Here are some handy tips to help you decipher them:

  1. Pay attention to the first ingredient because it has the highest volume in the product. It should be clearly stated meat, not subpar alternatives like plant or dairy proteins, undefined animal byproducts, or lab-synthesised exogenous proteins with low biological availability
  2. Check out whether the product has enough taurine. A deficiency of this amino acid can cause irreversible blindness and life-threatening cardiomyopathy. According to a study on the effect of dietary taurine on cats, researchers found that the taurine concentration in canned food is far better than that in dry or semi-moist products
  3. Opt for natural ingredients over processed ones. Cat food is a competitive industry, so some manufacturers use cheap, factory-made fillers like cellulose fibre and “protein meals” made with undefined meat, fish, and insects to increase the profit margin. These over-processed ingredients may trigger allergic reactions in Maine Coons

The perfect Maine Coon food in the UK—get Untamed for your gentle giant!

If you’re looking for quality food that tastes irresistible, get Untamed for your Maine Coon. Our meals offer twice more protein than the industry average, which helps this breed maintain a healthy weight and muscle tone throughout life. We are not a Maine-Coon-only brand—our products work for all breeds and life stages. Untamed offers:

  1. Complete gravy food with 63% whole meat
  2. Complementary jelly food with 60% whole meat (can be used as a light supper, a snack, or a topping on dry food)

Proteins are the backbone of healthy cat food, and Untamed meals are full of them!

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Why choose Untamed?

We are not only about proteins. We keep our meals free from fillers like grains, animal derivatives, plant proteins, and sugar. Cats adore our food because we:

  • Use human-grade whole meat—Your kitty will get top nutrition from whole meat and organs sourced directly from the human supply chain. Feed-grade meat ingredients are usually over-processed, nutritionally inadequate animal derivatives
  • Offer balanced nutrition—Vets have formulated our meals to provide essential nutrients like taurine and vitamin E in the right quantities
  • Don’t use common allergens—Our food is made with natural ingredients and supports easy digestion. If you want soothing meals for a kitty with stomach sensitivity or extreme food allergies, try our single-protein Chocka Chicken and Tuck-in Tuna products
  • Never compromise on taste—We steam our food to make the meat tender and bring out its flavours and aroma. Our delicacies are irresistible to finicky eaters, even those who have rejected wet food before!

If you want to keep the menu interesting, Untamed prepares chicken breast and liver, duck, tuna, salmon, ham, mackerel, sardine, and shrimp. Take our TRY NOW quiz to get an assorted taster pack at a bargain price!

Cats of all breeds can enjoy Untamed at any life stage

If you want to invest in the overall health of your pet, Untamed is your best bet. Our grain-free, protein-dense products:

Our happy clients have shared the timeline of benefits after switching to Untamed:

Timeline

The Untamed effect

Week 1

  • Better digestion
  • Less mess in the litter box

Week 8

  • Even energy levels
  • Effortless hydration

Week 16

  • Pretty coat with minimal hairballs
  • Strengthened bones and muscles

Week 24 and up

  • Satisfactory weight management
  • Improved immune function

Coats gleam and kitties bloom—we leave no stone unturned to make your pet’s life awesome!

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How to get your hands on Untamed

We offer one-day home delivery of cat food with 100% free shipping. Here’s how to get your Untamed taster pack:

  1. Take our TRY NOW quiz and give us deets about your kitty
  2. Select the products 
  3. Place the order for our tailor-made cat food

If you wish, we can also deliver regular supplies of Untamed around the same time each month. We’re chill about everything—anytime you need to modify, postpone, or cancel an order, let us know, and we’ll immediately honour your request.

We believe in ethical production and delivery. Our packaging is completely recyclable, and the meat we use comes from cruelty-free and sustainable suppliers only.

Do I have to spend a lot to buy quality Maine Coon cat food in the UK?

Many cat parents believe quality food for their Coon kitty would cost a fortune, and we can understand why. Several manufacturers in the country offer Maine-Coon-customised products at exorbitant prices. In reality, you don’t have to get breed-specific products for any kitty as long as you feed them complete and balanced wet food.

Wet food is not the cheapest product when compared to dry food, but it significantly reduces your vet bill in the long run. A regular kibble diet is the main culprit behind feline dehydration and related illnesses like struvite crystals, UTIs, and chronic kidney disease that require extensive veterinary treatment. Since cats are not enthusiastic drinkers, wet meals can keep them adequately hydrated and healthy. 

Some Maine Coon cat parents are afraid that their pet-food budget will break because these kitties tend to eat a lot. These gentle giants do need larger portions of food than average-sized breeds, but you’ll still be spending less if you get wet food because smaller servings of wet food provide enough nutrients to keep your furry friend full. Most adult and neutered Maine Coons eat 200–250 grams of wet food in a day. Coon kittens eat slightly more (spread out in 3–6 meals throughout the day) till they achieve their desired body weight.

We’re special—Maine Coon kittens grow slowly and can take about 3–5 years to hit their adult features!

Source: Alla Sergeeva

What about alternative diets for Main Coon cats?

Some cat parents experiment with alternative diets for their Maine Coons, which can be risky. Let’s check out the most popular options: