WEARE EXPECTING KITTENS MID Feb FROM J R AND ANNIE., & MID mARCH FROM aRIANA AND qUIN

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Marjorie & Philip Berger Welcome you to MaineVu Maine Coons!

Marjorie & Philip Berger Welcome you to MaineVu Maine Coons!

Marjorie & Philip Berger Welcome you to MaineVu Maine Coons!Marjorie & Philip Berger Welcome you to MaineVu Maine Coons!Marjorie & Philip Berger Welcome you to MaineVu Maine Coons!

We proudly present: 

RW SGC MTNest J R of MaineVu  Best Maine Coon Cat in TICA SE Region 2018-2019!

About us

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History: The Maine Coon Cat is A Native American Cat.

                                      Welcome to MaineVu Maine Coons 

                               We are ethical, Responsible Maine Coon Breeders

                             

We are Marjorie and Philip Berger. We are small home/hobbyist Maine Coon breeders, located in Cartersville, GA an hour Northwest of Atlanta.  


Our cats are negative for the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and the Panleukopenia Virus (FPV).


All of our cats are registered with The International Cat Association (TICA),  where we actively shown our cats on a routine basis.


Our reigning male, RW SGC MTNest J R of MaineVu, is  a long tall boy who sits high on his legs, he has that prized square muzzle and strong chin, with tall perfectly placed ears and a direct open expression.   


We have 4 wonderful breeding girls, RW SGC MaineVu Fire in the Hole of DCFD, Abscatz Dreamboat Annie of MaineVu, CH MTNest Metallica of MaineVu  and MaineVu Georgia. 


Our newest girl; Abscatz Simone of MaineVu made her show debut recently and was awarded, best of breed, 2nd and 3rd best of breed against three 7 month old males! Simone is a silver classic and white torbie. She's beautifully balanced and has a wonderful head type with tall well set ears, a  long rectangular body and a very long tail. She will enter our breeding program next Winter.


All of our cats are DNA Negative/Normal for HCM, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Pyruvate Kinase PK Deficiency and SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy,  We utilize the latest medical screening methods available at MaineVu Maine Coons to ensure that we do not knowingly pass on unhealthy lines. Our cats undergo an echo-cardiogram from UGA board certified veterinary cardiologists, yearly. We use UC Davis Laboratory  for all DNA testing.

As new methods of testing become available they will be incorporated into our breeding program. 


Our kittens are born in a whelping pen in our kitten nursery and are handled daily.  They remain with their mamma and siblings in the whelping pen until  they are 4-5 weeks old and then they graduate to a play pen and begin learning litter box training 101, and are introduced to solid food.  At 8 weeks old they receive their first vet visit, fecal testing and kitten vaccinations. They are then allowed the freedom of their nursery and our guest wing of our home under strict supervision. They receive their second set of vaccinations and fecal testing at 12 weeks, and receive a microchip.


Our motto is "Happy Tails  & Happy Hearts"

Our goal is to improve, preserve and protect  the Maine Coon Cat. To adhere to TICA guidelines and regulations and to produce Healthy, Happy Maine Coon Kittens as wonderful companions or show cats, who will greet you when you come home with head butts and trills of conversation.
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You have chosen one of our carefully hand raised kittens to become a member of your family. The following information will help you and your new kitten as you adjust to each other. This information is only meant to be a guideline. 


Question: What shots has the kitten had? When is he/she due for a Rabies shot? When are booster shots due?

Answer: All of our kittens receive the following inoculations prior to leaving our home: Feline rhinotracheitis virus (FHC-1), Feline calicivirus (FCV), Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV). These shots are given to our kittens at 8 and 12 weeks of age. A third set of these shots is needed when the kitten is 16 weeks old along with a Rabies shot.

Booster shots are typically given 12 months after the first series of shots. 


Question: When can the kitten come home?

Answer: Our kittens go to their new homes between 12 and 15 weeks.


Question: Why are they this age when they can come home?

Answer: All of our kittens stay with their dam for 12 to 15 weeks as this is the option amount of time needed to assure that the kitten is properly socialized.


Question: When should we bring our new kitten to our vet for its first check up? 

Answer: Your kitten must be seen by your veterinarian for a "healthy kitten check up" within 72 hours of leaving our home. This is to ensure you that we have sold you a healthy kitten.


Question: What type of guarantee do you offer?

We offer a two year health guarantee for our cats specifically for heart related illness. All of our breeding cats are DNA negative for the two known genes that produces HCM/cardiomyopathy, they also undergo an echo cardiogram administered by a board certified veterinarian cardiologist yearly. All of our breeding cats have been tested for PK Deficiency (Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency), which is an inherited hemolytic anemia caused by insufficient activity of this regulatory enzyme which results in instability and loss of red blood cells. All of our cats tested N/N Normal.  A copy of those results is available.


Question: What type of food and litter do you use, and where can they be purchased?

Answer: We use Royal Canin Maine Coon dry food for our cats. We also use Royal Canin Mama-Babycat for our younger kittens in both dry and caned formulas. Purina canned food (Friskies, ProPland and Fancy Feast,assorted varieties), We use the scented (purple bag) of "The World's Best Cat Litter" All of these items can be purchased at PetCo, PetSmart, Amazon, Chewy and several regular grocery stores carry the litter and of course the canned food. We recommend one litter pan per cat and if your home has more the one level there should be at least the same amount on each level. We also suggest that a large litter pan be purchased as a full grown Maine Coon can range in weight from 12-18 pounds or more!


Question: How often should our new kitten’s claws be clipped?

Answer: Kittens claws grow at a very rapid rate! We suggest that you clip their claws on a weekly basis.


Question: I have been told that Maine Coons sometimes have gum issues. What can be done to avoid this?

Answer: Maine Coons sometimes develop "juvenile gingivitis" at around 6-8 months of age. Make sure to check your kittens gums, if a slight red line is visible on the gum line the kitten may have juvenile gingivitis. This is normal and diminishes as the kitten ages. One way to avoid this is to start brushing your kitten’s teeth as soon as possible. Kitten/cat tooth brushes and tooth paste can be found in PetCo and PetMart.


Question: How often should our new kitten be brushed?

Maine Coons are semi-long haired cats and they have a double coat. Daily combing for about five minutes should be sufficient to keep your kittens coat healthy and free of painful mats. At the very least bi-weekly brushing or combing is recommended. If left unattended mats can developed with can be painful to the cat. We have found that a seam ripper is very helpful in removing any mats.


Question: What type of scratching post is recommended?

Answer: We recommend a very sturdy scratching post with off set levels, so that your kitten can easily jump from one level to the next,. We also recommend that the post is covered with sisal. All of our scratching posts and trees come from ARUBACATS.com cat furniture and Customqualitypetfurniture.comYou can find both companies on line and at most cat shows in the vendor section. Both companies make exceptional cat trees that will hold a full grown male Maine Coon cat comfortably. 


Question: Should we bring a carrier to take our kitten home, and where can one be purchased?

Answer: Yes, please bring a carrier with you when you come to pick up your kitten. Carriers can be purchased on-line, we use Strudicage carriers which can be found on-line at www.SturdicageProducts.com, however other brands can be purchased in PetCo, PetMart or Amazon.


Question: Do you ship your cats/kittens? 

Answer: NO! We do not ever ship our cats or kittens. 


Question: Do you sell kittens with breeding rights?

Answer: No, we do not sell kittens or cats with breeding rights.


If you have questions that have not been addressed please do not hesitate to contact us, and welcome to MaineVu Maine Coons!


Sincerely,


Marjorie and Philip Berger

MaineVu Maine Coons

Happy Tails & Happy Hearts

www.mainevu.com

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BREEDING PLANS:


Annie &  J R kittens due mid March!!


Ariana is currently on a date with RW QGC Cloistercoon Quinn of Abscatz, hopefully they will have a successful date!


Tallie will have date with RW SGC MTNest Maxwell is Smart late Winter or Spring,


Georgia will have a second date with  J R, this Winter.


All kitten buyers are required to complete a Kitten Application, which will be forwarded upon request, once the application is vetted and approved you will be added to our waiting list.

 ur cats are NEGATIVE  for both Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). All of our cats are DNA Negative for HCM and SMA and PK Deficiency.   

Our kittens health and well being extremely important to us. Each kitten sees our vet Richard Moore, DVM, AAHA Accredited in Cartersville, GA, and receives two sets of age appropriate kitten vaccines, is wormed and receives a microchip. Our contract includes a spay/neuter, in-door only, non declaw policy and a 2 year health guarantee for heart related illness. If your kitten succumbs within that period of time we will replace your kitten from the next available litter, provided that you obtain a necropsy from a board certified feline veterinarian. Please be sure to bring your kitten to your vet within 72 hours of possession, for a healthy kitten check up. Failure to comply with this, will void your health guarantee.


Veterinary care, Nutrition Health Guarantee & Breeding Plan 

We feed our kittens and cats Royal Canin for Maine Coons and  Royal Canin Queen to our expectant mothers, Purina -Friskies ,Fancy Feast , Pro-plan and Wellness.
Remember to always provide your kitten and cats with several water sources. A Drink Well fountain and several bowls of water is necessary as Maine Coons require a lot of water. 

All breeding plans are subject to our girls cycles and Mother Nature.  All of our cats are our pets as well (we're very small). We prefer to give our girls at least 12 months in between litters and, sometimes longer than that.  We "retire" our girls from our breeding program when they are 3-5 years old and/or have had 3-4 litters. We place our girls in previously selected homes after they have been spayed and are up to date on all of their vaccines. 


LITTER ANNOUNCEMENTS:


TERMINOLOGY FOR KITTEN BUYERS:


PRICE:  Contact us for more information.


AVAILABLE: Kitten is available ,


Tentatively Reserved: Contract has been sent, awaiting deposit and signed contract. Kitten is still available.


RESERVED: A deposit has been received and a contract has been signed. This kitten is NOT AVAILABLE.


SOLD: This kitten has left for it's new home.


UNDER BREEDER EVALUATION: This kitten is being watched for a show show/breeder program. Our goal is to continue breeding kittens that adhere to TICA/CFA  breed standards. On occasion we will observe certain kittens for our breeding program or other breeders programs. It can take several weeks before a final decision is made, as it does take time to see if certain traits are developed. If you are interested in a kitten that is Under Evaluation, please let us know as it could be available at a later date.


 

Avoiding the Kitten Scam…


It’s 2020 and the Internet is buzzing about with pictures and offers of purebred kittens worldwide. Springtime is the busiest time of the year for cat breeders as this tends to be the time of year when the majority of kittens are born.

Unfortunately, the increase in scams and poorly raised kittens (aka Backyard Breeders) is exponential as well and it gets truly challenging to navigate the array of deception of these scammers versus the legitimate feline husbandry cattery. So we felt it was important that, whether or not you acquire one of our beautiful MaineVu kittens, you are armed with the right information to make a wise and educated purchase of a purebred kitten, no matter the breed you desire to have in your home.


The Tell-tale signs of a Kitten Scammer


It’s very important to remain vigilant in your research and you must do your “due diligence” if you are to protect your wallet and more importantly, your heart from these unscrupulous flim-flam artists. The more you know how to detect and avoid, the better results you will uncover. Here are some of the most important RED FLAGS you should be on the lookout for:

  • Scammers typically only communicate with you via text message or email. It’s important that ALL available avenues of communication are accessible to you, including phone conversations, and even Facetime or Live Video Skype messaging if possible. They will usually not want to have that much exposure so they avoid it at all costs. Being on the Internet only, allows them to be as anonymous as possible. Be advised, however, that there are many legitimate catteries that won’t allow live home visitation due to the age of the kittens and to protect their homes and families from sordid individuals who may not have the best intentions when asking for access to the kittens.


  • Scammers get easily irritated with questions about their kittens, their cattery and themselves personally. If they begin to get defensive and hostile when you ask the questions you need answers to, it’s a certainty that their operation isn’t very legitimate.


  • Scammers have very few pictures of the kittens they are selling, especially if you want to see how the kitten you’ve chosen is developing. You’ll also notice that the pictures don’t look consistent. Remember that kittens do change rapidly, but not so much that you aren’t able to see consistent markings as they age (of course this is much more difficult for solid-colored kittens, but there are usually subtleties that you can make out from week to week.


  • Unscrupulous kitten sellers will demand payment of deposits or the full price of the kittens and will press the issue. Typically they will insist on payment via Western Union℠ or MoneyGram℠ money services. You should avoid this at all costs since once you send that money, it’s gone and you have no recourse to get it back should you discover you’ve been swindled. There are many legitimate methods to send deposit money that will have ways to get the funds back should you find you’ve been deceived.


  • Most scammers will offer their “champion, purebred, registered” kittens at amazingly discounted prices, and sometimes they will claim that these prices will include shipping. Research your breed and try to find a medium price for similar kittens from well-known legitimate breeders; if the price is on the low-end or lower, then you should walk away from the deal.


  • Scammer websites are usually “live” for short periods of time. Beware of these sites. Most legitimate websites of legitimate breeders will have a registered SECURE website SSL socket on the site to protect your information. Look up at the URL address line of this page: if you see a little 🔒 in the address bar, it indicates that the website is secure. Most legitimate websites are registered properly in order for them to qualify for this service and do so to protect themselves and you as a buyer.


  • Unscrupulous scammers will use the same pictures over and over again on multiple websites to advertise different kitten litters. They will often use web addresses similar to legitimate cattery websites in order to trick you into believing that you are on the correct site for the real cattery. For instance, our website address is mainevu.com, but a scammer will create a website using the address mainevumainecoons.com in an attempt to make you believe you are dealing with us. Be sure you are in contact with the right people before exchanging your information and more importantly your money!


  • Facebook has a plethora of fake cattery pages online. Even though we also have our own Facebook page for our cattery, which is MaineVu Pedigree Maine Coons,  and MaineVu  Maine Coons, usually these pages are called “Maine Coon kittens for Sale” or “Available Maine Coon kittens”. Be leery of these pages.


  • ASK around about cattery names. Legitimate, quality Maine Coon breeders (and for that matter, any purebred breed) will have a reputation among other breeders. Many good breeder (although not always the case) exhibit their cats in shows sanctioned by a legitimate feline registry such as the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) or The International Cat Association (TICA) and you may actually meet these breeders face-to-face at the show and meet their cats in person. Scammer catteries almost never show their cats in public.


  • Websites from scammers tend to be full of errors, including spelling and grammatical, or stating false “facts” about the breed, posting that their cattery is registered with the major registries when in fact their catteries cannot be located among the cattery listings of those institutions.


  • Scammers will offer to transport your kitten for an amazing price. Be very careful about this as these costs are not as inexpensive as you may think. Also, many times, the “breeder” will contact you at the last minute asking for more money to cover “registration costs” or “customs fees,” etc. In most cases, this is a ruse and your should walk away from any transaction where the costs are not completely laid out for you from the very beginning.


  • Above all else, trust your gut — your instincts! If it feels weird or strange or wrong, it probably is. Take time to get to know the breeder thoroughly, not just the kitten. It’s easy to fall in love with a picture — don’t let your heart overrule your head.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US!

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 Breeders We Work With 


ABSCATZ, ,Cloistercoon , MTNest  and  MADININA .


Photo Credit

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We'd like to thank the following photographers for their incredible photos of our cats:

Helmi Flick, Larry Johnson and Kris Sipes.


Information and photos contained in this website are the property of the owner and may not be used without prior written permission and full crediting of the source. Any appropriation, publication or unauthorized use of these materials for commercial advantage is strictly prohibited. Use includes modification, republication, distribution or subsequent reproduction.. All rights reserved. 



Show News!

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We are very proud of our Boys!


RW BW SGC MTNest J R of MaineVu finished the 2018-2019 show season as:

 The Best Maine Coon 

The 4th Best Cat

The 3rd Best Long Hair Cat

 In the Southeast Region. We are thrilled with his success and thank all the judges who made this possible.


Our  beautiful RW SGC MaineVu Ring O Fire; aka Ringo,  is the 16th best Long Hair Cat in the SE Region! 

We'd like to thank all the judges who awarded him Finals.


Show News

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Tentative Show Schedule:

 

We will be busy with kittens over the next few months and will not be at any shows. 





Testimonial

Occasionally people ask "why we do this" Above is a photo of MaineVu Archie and his new best buddy O

 

Some of the questions we get asked is "how can you let them go" or "why do you do this". Well, here is a note we just received from Archie's new mom: 


Dear Phil and Margie,

Sorry I missed you last night . Well Archie has just moved right in. He had a great night and as you can see in the picture has bonded with Ozzie who he follows around and bites his tail. He has explored every square inch of the house. He was so good on his way home yesterday. On the plane I kept seeing this little face squashed up near the opening. He didn't cry at all. Crossing the boarder was no problem. They didn't even ask for his papers. He is eating and drinking lots of water and he uses the big boy litter box. He is a character beyond.
Andy is in love with him. Thank you again for helping produce the sweetest natured little guy.

Sincerely Chris.

Available Kittens/Adults

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WE ARE EXPECTING KITTENS MID MARCH FROM ANNIE AND J R! STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!




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