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Cat breeds predisposed to diabetes includes Maine Coons

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Here are some questions and answers on cat breeds and contracting type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects more cats today than in the past because of there are more obese cats nowadays than in the past. The conclusion is that the Maine Coon is one of those breeds predisposed to feline type 2 diabetes which is very similar to human type 2 diabetes.  This is one of a list of inherited diseases (sorry for the bad news) that should be taken into consideration when adopting and considering the cost of caregiving which for this breed would normally include pet health insurance. Which cat breeds are predisposed to contracting diabetes? Some cat breeds that are known to have a higher predisposition to developing diabetes include: 1. Maine Coon - This breed has a genetic tendency towards insulin resistance and obesity, both of which are risk factors for feline diabetes. 2. Norwegian Forest Cat - Like the Maine Coon, this breed is prone to obesity and insulin resistance, increasing their risk of

Story about a Maine Coon rescue cat that saved the life of a man with cancer

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Image: MikeB This is a fictional story, custom made for this website. It is entirely unique and can be found nowhere else other than on this page (which might be considered a good thing by readers of the page of which there will be very few 😢😻. Here goes: Whiskers of Hope In the quiet corner of a bustling city, there lived a Maine Coon named Oliver. His once-lustrous fur was now matted and dull, a testament to the hardships he’d endured. Oliver had been rescued from an abandoned building, his emerald eyes wide with fear. But fate had other plans for him. Across the street, in a small apartment, lived Mr. Henry Thompson. A retired professor, he battled cancer with the same determination he’d once applied to unravelling complex theorems. The disease had taken its toll—his once-vibrant spirit now waned like a fading star. One rainy evening, as Henry sat by the window, he noticed a pair of luminous eyes staring back at him. Oliver, drenched and bedraggled, sought refuge on the windowsill

Charming Maine Coon travels in car without seatbelt

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Screenshot. The title might sound a bit weird but it isn't. I'll explain but before I do we should enjoy this charming video. The Maine Coon is on the front passenger seat intensely interested in what is going on outside the vehicle. My guess is that this is an indoor cat that doesn't get out in the car a lot so it is nice to see him/her being mentally stimulated and loving every minute of it. But there is this seatbelt observation and I am not being critical because if I were to be critical I'd be a hypocrite as I have allows my cat to do this as well. As for seat belts for cats, it is advisable to attach the harness to a seatbelt for human passengers to prevent a cat from flying around the cabin if the driver has to stop suddenly. And if the cat is in the rear they can be thrown forward and impact the windscreen or the people in the front.  It is wise to harness up a cat who is a passenger. There are various ways one of which is to attach the harness to the seat belt

Aficamten for the treatment of HCM in the Maine Coon and other cats

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Aficamten for the treatment of HCM in the Maine Coon and other cats. Image: MikeB A study - referred to at the end of the article - concludes with the words below in testing a new drug called aficamten  for the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats of which the Maine Coon is perhaps the best known cat breed to suffer from this inherited disease. "A single dose of aficamten significantly decreased LV systolic function and improved LVOTO, both of which are harmful aspects of this disease process that contribute to the pathogenesis." The sentence above describes the effects of this medication called aficamten on a condition that causes abnormal function in the left ventricle of the heart which is how HCM is manifested in cats and people. The left ventricle becomes enlarged and malfunctions. Here's a breakdown: A single dose of aficamten significantly decreased LV systolic function: Aficamten reduces the pumping ability of the left ventricle (LV) to a noticea

Time-lapse photography of Maine Coon growing up

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Screenshot day 152. Here is another cracking time-lapse photo series of a Maine Coon growing up from a tiny new-born all the way to a magnificent adult. @furryfritz 230 days in 5 seconds 📈🐱📸 Kitty growing up! This is Pepper. He’s almost one year old (*May 7, 2023) I posted a longer version of him a while ago. I think we will have another photoshoot in about 6 months, when his winter coat grew back. They say Maine Coons are fully grown with 2.5 years, but I think the changes after year one are hard to notice. There’s still one kitten of the P litter (Püppi) that I met recently before she moved out to another home. Video coming soon! Hope you still enjoy watching these kitty growth clips. I really enjoy creating them even though it’s an insane amount of work. Have a good weekend 🫶 #furryfritz #catographer #cat #kitten #cutecat #growingup #timelapse #kittengrowingup #mainecoon #mainecoonkitten #catphptography #katzenfotografie #meow ♬ original sound - furryfritz T

Are Maine Coons outdoor cats?

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Maine Coon cats can be outdoor cats provided that they are on a leash attached to a good harness for security. Rarely, a Maine Coon cat might be an indoor/outdoor cat with permission to roam freely around their home at their will, unsupervised, but if that situation occurs it will be exceptional and only after their owner has decided that it is safe to do so. Taking your Maine Coon outdoors on a leash is the best way for them to enjoy the outdoors. There are very few circumstances under which a Maine Coon cat should be allowed to roam freely outside without supervision. That's my personal opinion because this cat is just too glamorous but it does depend upon the owner. To some owners, perhaps, the Maine Coon cat isn't that glamorous. They might not be fearful that their cat might be stolen. There may be no roads and therefore very little chance of a road traffic accident. The owner can't see a problem. There may be no predators of cats where she lives. And also, some owners

Are Maine Coons cuddly?

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There are two aspects in answering the question, aren't there? Of course, Maine Coon cats are cuddly felines because one wants to cuddle them. They are fluffy. They have shaggy fur. They look adorable. They make a sweet sound somewhat quiet compared to their size. They are friendly and adorable. You want to cuddle your Maine Coon cat. In that respect they are very cuddly. Young woman cuddles her beloved Maine Coon. This image is free to use under an unconditional Creative Commons license. Click on it to see it larger and to download it. The other aspect is whether your Maine Coon cat either wants to be cuddled or will accept being cuddled. And that depends on two factors. Firstly, there is the overarching personality characteristics of the Maine Coon cat.  This is a slightly difficult topic because it is somewhat unfair to brand all Maine Coon cats with exactly the same character. You can't really do it but there are some hints about their personality in a book by Gloria Stephe

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