How to Groom A Maine Coon Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Maine Coon cats are known for their large size and long, fluffy coats. They are one of the oldest natural breeds in North America and are often referred to as the “gentle giants” of the cat world.

Maine Coons are friendly, sociable cats that enjoy being around people and other pets. They are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or even walk on a leash. Due to their thick coats, Maine Coons require regular grooming to prevent matting and keep their fur looking healthy and shiny. Overall, Maine Coons make wonderful pets for those who are looking for a loyal and affectionate companion.

Maine Coon Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Large

Coat Type & Length: Semi-Long/Long

Coat Texture: The Maine Coon has a long, shaggy coat that is water-resistant and requires regular grooming to prevent matting. Its fur is soft to the touch and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Maine Coon Cat

Essential Grooming Tools for Maine Coon Cats

In order to groom Maine Coon Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Now that we have our tools, we can begin the grooming process!

Maine Coon Grooming: Step-By-Step

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Maine Coon once or twice a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Maine Coon 

Bathing a Maine Coon

Maine Coons are known for their long, thick coats, which require regular grooming to keep them healthy and shiny.

Start by brushing out any tangles or mats, then wet their coat thoroughly with warm water.

Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.

Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.

After the bath, wrap them in a towel and gently pat them dry, then brush their coat again to prevent tangles.

Maine Coons are generally good about grooming themselves, but a bath every few months can help keep their coat in top condition.

How Often Should I Bathe My Maine Coon Cat?

You should bathe your Maine Coon cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s health and cleanliness.

Nail Trimming

Maine Coon Nail Trimming

How to Trim the Nails of a Maine Coon:

  • Start by getting your Maine Coon comfortable with having their paws touched. Gently massage their paws and give them treats to create a positive association.
  • Use a pair of sharp, cat-specific nail clippers to trim the tips of the nails. Avoid cutting too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  • If your Maine Coon has dark nails and you can’t see the quick, trim just the tips of the nails to be safe.
  • If your Maine Coon is resistant to having their nails trimmed, try wrapping them in a towel or having a second person hold them gently.
  • Trim your Maine Coon’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping: Every 2-3 weeks.

Ear Cleaning

How to Clean the Ears of a Maine Coon:

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Maine Coon securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any dirt or debris that comes out of the ear. Be careful not to push anything further into the ear canal.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your Maine Coon has a lot of ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness or swelling, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian. They may need to do a more thorough cleaning or check for an infection.
  • Reward your Maine Coon with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Brush the Teeth of a Maine Coon:

  1. Start by getting your Maine Coon comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  2. Once they are comfortable with this, introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for cats. Let them sniff and taste the toothpaste.
  3. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and brush in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  4. Be gentle and patient, taking breaks if needed. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend brushing.
  5. Aim to brush your Maine Coon’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular teeth brushing can help prevent dental issues and keep your Maine Coon healthy and happy.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home and yard clean. You can also use flea and tick prevention products recommended by your veterinarian. If your cat already has fleas, use a flea shampoo and treat your home and yard to prevent re-infestation.

Matted Fur

Maine Coons are prone to matting due to their long, thick fur. Regular brushing with a metal comb and slicker brush can prevent mats from forming. If mats do occur, use a mat splitter or scissors to carefully cut them out, being careful not to cut the skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Maine Coons are prone to matting and tangles in their long, thick fur, which can lead to skin irritation. Regular brushing and grooming, especially in the undercoat, can help prevent this issue.

How Often Should I Brush My Maine Coon Cat?

You should brush your Maine Coon cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles in their long, thick fur. During shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to remove loose hair and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Maine Coon Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Maine Coon cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.

How do I keep my Maine Coon from matting?

Keeping a Maine Coon from matting requires regular grooming and maintenance. Here are some tips to help prevent matting in your Maine Coon:

  1. Brushing: Regular brushing is essential for preventing mats. Maine Coons have a thick, long coat that is prone to matting, so you should brush your cat at least a few times a week, if not daily. Use a high-quality cat brush or a comb with wide-spaced teeth to reach through the fur and remove any tangles or loose hairs.

  2. Comb through the undercoat: Maine Coons have a dense undercoat, so it’s important to comb through it to prevent mats from forming close to the skin. Use a wide-toothed comb or a grooming rake to gently comb through the undercoat, paying attention to areas like the chest, armpits, and hindquarters where mats are more likely to occur.

  3. Use a detangling spray: If you encounter stubborn tangles or mats, you can use a detangling spray specifically designed for cats. Spray a small amount onto the affected area and use your fingers or a comb to carefully work through the tangle. Be gentle to avoid causing discomfort to your cat.

  4. Regular bathing: Bathing your Maine Coon periodically can help prevent mats by keeping their coat clean and free of dirt and debris. Use a cat-specific shampoo and conditioner and follow the instructions on the products. Make sure to thoroughly dry your cat after bathing to prevent moisture from contributing to matting.

  5. Trim long fur: Maine Coons often have long fur around their hindquarters, tail, and belly, which can be prone to matting. Trimming these areas can help reduce the likelihood of mats forming. Use cat-safe scissors or consider taking your cat to a professional groomer if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.

  6. Pay attention to problem areas: Some areas on your Maine Coon’s body, such as behind the ears and under the armpits, are more prone to matting. Check these areas regularly and comb through them to prevent mats from forming.

  7. Monitor your cat’s activity: Maine Coons are active cats, and excessive rolling, playing, or roughhousing can lead to mats. Monitor your cat’s activities, especially if they tend to roll around on rough surfaces or play vigorously. If you notice mats forming, address them promptly.