The Maine Coon has been a much loved breed for many years. Originating from Maine, United States, these big boned muscular cats are often referred to as ‘gentle giants’ due to their larger than average sizing, and sociable nature. They make great companions and are a trusted family member. However, as one of the more expensive cat breeds available, you should prepare yourself for the larger than average Maine Coon Price!
Maine Coon cats are pricey, costing anywhere between $400-$2000 (£325 – £1623). The average price for a purebred Maine Coon kitten is $1000 (£811). However, you should expect this cost to rise anywhere up to $2000 (£1600), or even slightly higher depending on quality, timely vaccination history, certifications, and pedigree status. Non neutered, non spayed kittens, and show Maine Coons command a higher price. Older Maine Coons cost roughly $600 (£487).
Why Are Maine Coons So Expensive?
Despite being one of the most loved breeds in the United States, many people often do not purchase the Maine Coon cat breed because the initial outlay is just too expensive. Realistically, you have to be prepared to pay an average of $1000 (£811) for a Maine Coon kitten. This initial outlay is incredibly expensive when compared to the $50-$100 (£41-£81) you would need to pay should you purchase a non pedigree kitten, or cat from a shelter.
It is possible to get a cheaper Maine Coon from roughly $400 (£325), but if buying so cheaply, make sure you make additional checks before handing over your hard earned cash i.e. medical checks for the more common conditions suffered by Maine Coons, such as hip dysplasia, kidney diseases, or heart diseases. You should also check the kittens pedigree status, as a $400 (£325) Maine Coon kitten is not likely to be purebred.
Here are some examples as to why the Maine Coon price is more than the average cat:
a) Breeder and kitten registration costs
Breeder required to register pedigree status of kittens.
b) Initial purchase cost
The breeder needs to purchase perfect purebred Maine Coon male and female cats, with the required attributes i.e. clean medical history, healthy teeth, suitable sized ear tufts, perfect colourings etc.
Kittens are vaccinated before being sold
d) Premium Diet
Kittens fed diet of premium cat food i.e. Royal Canin.
e) Larger space
Maine Coon breeders need additional room where two Coons selected for breeding can ‘meet’, and reproduce. Cats destined to be breed are also kept as indoor cats, to prevent reproduction with a non purebred cat.
f) Larger Accessories
Larger scratching posts, cat beds, and cat trees are more expensive.
g) Additional medical screenings
Extra screening costs are incurred by breeder, to ensure cats at healthy and able to breed.
h) Vet pregnancy test
If cat is pregnant, a premium nutrient dense diet plan is given to pregnant cat, to give her more energy. This specialised feed also contains the required nutrients and minerals that the unborn kittens need to grow correctly.
High Breeding Costs
Maine Coons are more pricey because the breeders costs are higher than those of an average cat breeder. Below is a breakdown of the main costs breeders incur:
|Description||Average Cost |
|US Registration with either: |
‘Cat Fanciers’ Association’
‘The International Cat Association’ (TICA)
‘American Cat Association’ (ACA)
$10 (£8) Application
$10 (£8) per kitten
|Purchase Cost Of Purebred |
Male and Female Coon
|$800 – $2000 |
(£649 – £1622)
|Veterinary Care And Vaccines||$110 – $550 |
(£89 – £446)
|Furniture Replacement |
(due to marking of territory)
|Large Living Space To House Maine Coons||Breeder Preference|
|Premium Maine Coon Food |
i.e. Royal Canin
|$30 – $55 (£24 – £45)|
Per bag of Royal Canin
(link to Amazon)
|Large Cat Trees and Scratch Posts||$150 – $399 |
(£122 – £324)
(link to Amazon)
|Cat Treats||$10 – $100 |
£8 – £81)
|Cat Bed||$20 – $100 |
£16 – £81)
Are Adult Maine Coons Cheaper?
If you are desperate to own a Maine Coon, but have a smaller budget then you should consider buying an adult Maine Coon. An adult Coon will cost you approximately $600 (£487). Be prepared for pre-existing medical conditions, or even unexpected medical issues that could quickly run up large unexpected veterinary bills. With this in mind, I recommend you make buying pet insurance a priority.
In my personal opinion, I feel that giving a home to an older cat is definitely a worthwhile cause. However, before making a purchase you should pay particular attention to the lifestyle this cat has lived to date, and determine if it would be a good fit for your family. For instance, if the Maine Coon has not grown up around young children it may not be able to cope with the non-stop noise and buzz of activity that young children make. This could result in unwanted temperament changes in the Maine Coon, destructive behaviour, or emotional and physical distress.
What To Look For When Buying A Maine Coon
So you’ve fallen in love with the Maine Coon breed, and spent hours scrolling the internet looking at hundreds of Maine Coon kittens for sale. If you’re feeling a little stressed out and confused from this process, don’t worry! Purchasing an animal can often be a pretty daunting process, because there are so many options available to you. If this sounds like you, take a look at my ‘Ask The Breeder‘ questions below.
Ask The Breeder
Before rushing out to buy one of these big gentle giants, here is what to look for to avoid being scammed, or tricked into purchasing a mixed breed cat at extortionate fees.
1. Avoid Pet Shops
Maine Coons are an expensive cat breed. A knock on effect of this is that many scammers like to breed Maine Coon cats due to their higher than average profit margin.
I recommend you avoid Pet Shops entirely, because the majority of certified Maine Coon breeders do not like to sell their treasured cat breed via these storefronts.
If you purchase the Coon via a Pet Shop, you will be unable to see the cats parents, nor the home setting where the young kittens were raised.
2. Visit The Home Setting
The best way to get a feel for your future Maine Coon, is by visiting the home where it was raised. This process is key because you get to see your kitten in its natural environment, and hopefully get to see the kittens parents. Backyard breeders are often filtered out during this process.
3. Vaccination History
Ask the breeder for a vaccination history of the Maine Coon kitten. A more timely record will likely increase the Maine Coon price.
4. Pedigree Status And Certification
Purebred Maine Coons will set you back anywhere between $400 – $2000 (£324 – £1600). Never pay less than $400 (£324) for a purebred kitten, as it’s lineage is likely to not be purebred. If buying a non purebred Maine Coon isn’t an issue for you, expect to pay significantly less for the kitten.
Before buying the Maine Coon, make sure the breeder provides you with certification documents from a recognised veterinary doctor. These certificates are extremely important, because they prove that vaccines were delivered to the kitten in a timely manner. Additionally, the certifications also help you validate the pedigree status of the cat, whilst also providing more granular information around the Maine Coon’s genetic quality.
Please note, the Maine Coon price will increase, the more vaccines it has been given.
If a breeder is unable to provide a valid certification for the Maine Coon, do not buy from them.
5. Lilac Or Chocolate Breeds
Please be aware that lilac and chocolate cats are excluded from the Maine Coon Pedigree breed. If you fall in love with one of these cats, make sure that you are not paying the premium full breed Maine Coon price.
6. Neutered Or Spayed
If you are hoping to breed your Maine Coon, make sure you check that the kitten has not been neutered or spayed!
You should expect the Maine Coon price to be higher for kittens or cats that have not undergone this process.
7. Research The Breeder
Most businesses operate online these days, so you can do a little bit of online digging into your potential seller, to check that they are legit before purchasing a Maine Coon.
Look at the following aspects:
a) Social Media Presence
Does your breeder have a Facebook Page, or Instagram channel etc? Do they regularly update their pages, offering advice and tips.
b) Check Breeder Registration
Double check the breeders registration credentials. Don’t just rely on the fact they state they are registered.
c) Business Reviews
Check online business reviews to see others experience of the breeder. If the seller offers a low quality service, you will likely see multiple negative reviews linked to the breeder.
Maybe you consider us Maine Coon lovers crazy for spending so much on our adorable cats, or maybe you don’t. Whatever your thoughts, the expensive Maine Coon price just isn’t going to change! This sought after cat breed has been popular for many decades, to such an extent that it is the State Cat of Maine, United States.
If you are looking for a companion, a Maine Coon is priceless. They are incredibly loyal, playful and affectionate, and rarely like to leave your side. When we first moved home, our Maine Coon even went for a walk with me around the block, without even wearing a leash!! People must have thought me crazy!