Excited Cats advocates for adopting before shopping, though we fully understand there are many reasons for seeking a breeder. So, we encourage it to be done the right way. We have not personally visited or investigated all of the breeders below. We have put the top-recommended all in one place for you to get in touch and make the best decision for you. .
Of course, not all breeders are made equal. Some produce more high-quality, expensive kittens than others. Some are more focused on pet-quality cats, while others are focused on breeding show felines.
Choosing the perfect breeder for you should be pretty easy with many different catteries active in the area. We’ll take a look at some of the most long-standing catteries in the state to give you an idea of what’s available.
9 Breeders in North Carolina
1. Bald Mountain Maine Coons
- Asheville, North Carolina
This cattery produces kittens in a variety of colors, including red, black, tortie, as well as many different tabbies and solid colors. They pretty much have every type of Maine Coon color you could imagine. They are located in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, but they also regularly sell kittens in Chicago.
Based on their litter information, they seem to be producing litters regularly, so this is absolutely an active cattery for you to consider.
All litters are registered with The International Cat Association (TICA), but you will have to register your individual kitten. They feed their cats a variety of foods and train them to use a litter box (though they do advise that accidents will still happen).
- Sanford, North Carolina
Megacoon is located on a 13-acre wooded lot with a “normal” house that was built specifically to house cats. They are TICA registered, and they continue to meet all certification requirements. The owners are professional cat breeders—that’s all they do.
They handle all cats from the day they are born and try to be present at all the births. They do not place kittens until they are 13 weeks of age to ensure proper socialization. However, this does mean you may be waiting longer for your cat than you would in other situations.
They have a great satisfaction guarantee. They do not ship cats by air freight anymore, though they do welcome owners to come pick up their new kittens and travel back home that way.
3. TarHeel Paws
- Mill Spring, North Carolina
This cattery is TICA registered and maintains all the requirements for its certification. They produce both breeding, show, and companion animals. All cats are raised in their home and are only caged during illnesses. Their kittens are very well-socialized.
They advertise that their top priority is raising Maine Coon kittens that make good pets. If you’re looking for a companion animal, these cats will likely fit well into your home.
There are currently kittens planned for 2021, so it appears that they are currently active and producing kittens.
4. Panther Hill
- Highlands, North Carolina
While this cattery isn’t registered with the TICA, they are breeder members of the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association. They do screen their cats for hip dysplasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and polycystic kidney disease. This helps ensure that their kittens are healthy.
They produce both show cats and companion animals. Their kittens have access to a screened-in back porch for plenty of fresh air and exercise.
5. Carolina Meows
- Raleigh, North Carolina
This cattery has raised cats for over 30 years. They have a huge farm, though their kittens are raised underfoot in their home. They have bred many of the same lines for generations.
All their kittens are sent home with a kitten starter kit, which includes food. They also provide all of their kittens with their first vaccinations and provide any worming if necessary. Their kittens come with their complete health records, so you’ll know their whole health history before you purchase them.
They do ship through a few different airlines and accept payments through PayPal for convenience.
Their cats have won regional and international cat shows, so their kittens tend to be a bit more expensive. Their focus is on pet cats, though. They do not breed exclusively for show like some other breeders.
6. Firelynx Cattery
- Charlotte, North Carolina
This cattery is TICA certified. They have produced five pedigreed generations thus far. Many pedigreed cats are show animals, which may make their kittens a bit more expensive. They aim to breed cats with docile personalities, though they do admit that personality differences do exist.
They regularly have litters available, so they should produce cats quite regularly. If you’re looking for a kitten, then you may want to get on their waiting list.
They make cats in a variety of different colors.
They do deliver their cats in some situations, so you may be able to purchase these felines if you live further away from their cattery.
7. Aelur Coons
- Sauratown Mountains, North Carolina
Focusing on both American and European lines, this cattery health tests and DNA tests all of their cats to ensure a healthy and diverse gene pool. Their cats come in a variety of different sizes and coat colors. They should have something for just about every cat owner out there.
Their major focus is on producing companion animals. Their aim is to produce intelligent, family-oriented cats, though they do produce show cats as well.
They have litters available regularly, so you’ll likely be able to get a kitten relatively quickly through them.
8. Hope Cats Maine Coons
- Henderson, North Carolina
This particular breeder has been breeding cats for 25 years. They originally started breeding championed cats, as their main purpose was to create show animals. Much of their focus is still on this today, though they have started producing companion animals as well. All their cats are hand-raised inside the home—not in cages.
The health test all of their kittens for certain diseases and run regular health tests on their breeding cats as well. This helps ensure that their pets are high-quality and healthy.
This cattery is Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) registered, and most of their kittens follow show standards. If you’re looking for show kittens, this is a great option. However, many of their cats are suitable for pets as well.
9. MTTA Maine Coon Cattery
- Weaverville, North Carolina
The MTTA cattery has been around for a few years, and they are regularly producing high-quality cats. It appears that they currently have active litters, so they may very well be a great place to seek kittens of your own. They may easily be able to provide you with a kitten within a few months.
They are run by a single person who has a love for Maine Coons, so you won’t be dealing with a large group of people like you sometimes do with catteries.
They regularly update their Facebook page, so you can visit there for updated pictures of kittens and that sort of thing.
They pre-approve all of their buyers for kittens before placing you on a waitlist. They are somewhat more careful about who receives a feline, so be prepared for a bit of an application process.
There are actually many Maine Coon catteries in North Carolina. If you’re looking for a Maine Coon in this area, you should have no problem finding one. There are at least 11 different catteries that are actively having litters in this state, which means that there are dozens of kittens available each year. You shouldn’t have to wait around long and should be able to select a breeder that best matches what you’re looking for in a kitten.
Not all breeders are the same, and you have the ability to shop around a little bit with so many different options. We recommend taking your time to select a breeder that raises the kittens in a way that best matches your purposes. If you live in a house with dogs, find a breeder that socializes their kittens with dogs.
It is usually best to choose cats that are raised in a home environment. However, this is not necessary in all cases. Many people who raise their cats in a dedicated cattery are very careful about socialization.
Hopefully, this article has provided you with some ideas of where to look for a Maine Coon in North Carolina.
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