Maine Coons are prone to dental disease, heart disease and hip dysplasia. See more breed-specific health conditions below.
Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness. In nature, showing weakness made them easy prey for predators.
Cats have fairly predictable schedules. They normally sleep 16 to 18 hours per day, use the litter box when needed, drink water and eat food regularly. Any changes in behavior or routine can be the first signs of disease or illness. SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO WATCH FOR SUBTLE CHANGES THAT COULD BE SIGNS OF ILLNESS OR DISEASE IN YOUR KITTY. CATS NATURALLY MASK SIGNS OF ILLNESS – YOU ALMOST HAVE TO BE A DETECTIVE! If you notice ANY of the following changes in your cat, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Sleeping more -- or less
Lack of play in an otherwise playful cat
Decrease or increase in appetite
Not eating or drinking
Change in drinking habits (drinking more -- or less)
Changes in disposition
Avoids interaction or affection
More affectionate or “clingy”
Retreating – less engagement with people
Not as active
Any changes in breathing (slower or more rapid)
Difficulty running or jumping
Runny stool or blood in stool
Bloody urine or larger amount of urine
Firm, dry stools (nuggets) – often sign of constipation
Inability to urinate or more frequent urination
Urinating only small amounts
Crying out in the litter box
Burmese cats are prone to dental disease, eye problems and liver disease.
Some breeds of cat are more prone to certain diseases and illnesses than others. Please see the chart below. Note, that while this indicates a predisposition toward a certain condition, it does not mean that this type of cat will always have this type of health problems. It does, however, mean that families of these cats should be more diligent in spotting the warning signs of these health conditions.
Purebred & Mixed Breed Health Conditions*
|Dilute Mixed Breeds||X||X||X|
|Norwegian Forest Cat||X||X|
|Orange mixed breeds||X||X||X|
|White mixed breeds||X||X||X|
|White mixed breeds w/ blue eyes||X||X||X||X|
|White purebreds w/ blue eyes||X||X||X||X|
*Any purebred or mixed breed can experience any of these health conditions. The ones marked are at increased risk.
**Dental disease is common in most purebred cats, as well as many mixed breeds.