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At Rickoons Cattery, we believe in quality, not quantity. Therefore, we only have a few litters a year; which ensures the health of our mother cats and their kittens. Keeping our cattery small enables us to spend more personal time with each and every Maine Coon kitten. We invest our time and energy throughout the kitten's development to ensure our cats are superior through nurturing. To ensure a kitten with a good demeanor, we emphasize socialization. We handle the kittens from day one so that they become familiar with and enjoy closeness. Our kittens are not caged; they are raised underfoot in our home and are trained to use a litter box and a scratching post before they leave our home. We breed our females only once a year so they can be at their best when they have kittens.

After their first vaccinations at six-eight weeks old, the kittens progress from the birthing room to the rest of our home which gets them used to all the normal household sounds and activities. Once they are comfortable with their surroundings, our kittens spend their days playing and socializing with our other cats. They also become curious about us and they begin to seek us out and interact with us in our everyday life.

We want our kittens to be confident adult cats. Therefore, our kittens are sold after they are 12 weeks old. We believe that this is in the best interest of the kittens. In this way, it allows them to spend more time with their mother and siblings so that they become mature, confident and playful kittens. Maine Coon kittens continue to grow rapidly for the first year. They will fully mature in four to five years.

Our kittens go to approved homes with a sales contract, including a spay/neuter agreement and a health guarantee. We welcome inquiries from interested, responsible pet owners who will keep their kittens and cats safely indoors, protected from harm and undue stress, will provide regular veterinary care, will not de-claw their kittens and who agree to spay or neuter their pet kittens after eight months of age. We will release the registration papers once we have received verification of the procedure from your veterinarian. We also sell kittens to verified breeders for their breeding programs.

If you would decide to show our kitten/cat, we want to mentor you through the process.

Rickoon Cattery is a FeLV (Feline Leukemia) and FIV (Feline Aids) negative.

We also screen for HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) via ultrasound and genetic DNA testing. HCM can happen in any cat, purebred or domestic. 

NOTE: Screening for HCM is currently the recommended method to aid in reducing the incidence of this genetic condition in our cats. Breeders can not guarantee that their cats will not have this condition. However, Rickoon Cattery can guarantee that we are dedicated to screening our breeding cats in a continued effort to produce healthy Maine Coons to the best of our ability.  All of the cats are DNA tested through UC Davis in California.

All medical records accompany the kitten to their new home.

Our kittens have a special knack of finding a way into your heart.

Rick & Joann Ruff

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