"High-Maintenance" Maine Coon Cats?
I have 2 gorgeous 5-year old Maine Coon Cats (1 male, 1 female) that I love dearly. But the 2 of them enjoy the worst hygiene. They know how to use the litter box but they still poop on the floor. They have hairballs often (even though I brush them daily) and throw up on my bed. I would never consider giving them up but how can i stop them from their bad behaviour?
I have a Maine Coon, too, but he's incredibly neat as most cats are. It seems safe to guess that both of yours are fixed... I propose you take yours in to the vet for a thorough check up. Sometimes accidents similar to those are symptoms of illness. The vet can also give you tips on how to re-train them to use the litter box properly. My Maine Coon used to throw up a lot of hairballs, too. I started giving him Petromalt (1 inch 2-3 times per week) and he not often throws up hairballs now.
Are you SURE they're pooping on the floor? My longhairs bring stuff stuck in their fur when they poop, and it ends up falling off in inopportune spots. I know my MC also like the litter box to be CLEAN. That means scooping every day. It may also be that they don't like the litter you're using, or the location of the box. Also, whether you have two cats, you should have two boxes. I have seven cats total, and, whether someone's in the box and someone else REALLY has to GO, they're much more likely to progress somewhere inappropriate, rather than waiting. Using the box does seem to be one of those behaviors where on earth, if one has to go, the others must, too.
Hope this help!
My Maine Coon periodically poops contained by the middle of the floor for no reason. After numerous vet visits we determined there's not a point wrong with him, it's just an attitude issue. We did move a litter box closer to his food area (food is within the kitchen and our laundry room is next to the kitchen) and it hasn't happened since.
He does have hairballs, but I make a contribution him hairball treats every week. I know he's about to have a hairball when he starts begging for food adjectives the time, then I give him the hairball treatment. He likes the Hartz formula for some motivation. Won't touch the vet's version. I also give him a bath at lowest twice a year. His coat gets a bit oily for some reason on his pay for and it's harder for him to shed properly. He likes a bath so I stick him in the tub every few months.