FAQ's - All of your questions answered!
PLEASE READ BEFORE CONTACTING US!
Who are you and how do I know that you're real?
My name is Autumn Ridnell and I am a very transparent person who has tons of social media followers plus hundreds of articles written about me and my farm Fox Hollow Farm (Issaquah, WA). PLEASE do your research by googling me so that you feel comfortable with me as a breeder and seller of AMAZING Maine Coon kittens! I have been doing this for almost 15 years now and LOVE sharing these kittens with others. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can read my bio and see that I've recently sold Fox Hollow Farm and relocated to the Phoenix area of Arizona :) My adult daughter, Kyra, has moved here as well and we bought a large property in Phoenix to continue raising our Maine Coon kittens together.
What are your Maine Coons cats like? What makes them special?
Currently, we are focusing on breeding from our big, deluxe European lines and are phasing out the American lines. If you don't currently see what you're looking for, we typically have kittens in the fall, summer, and spring and always expect an array of color including classic tabby, silver tabby, black, gray, blue, red, red and white, black and white, blue and white, agouti, silver shaded (white), chinchilla, calico, and patch tabby. Our kittens are hand-raised by our family and we have spent 15 years crafting the most dynamic Maine Coons! We specialize in smoke and polydactyl deluxe Maine Coon kittens. The European lines produce gorgeous babies that are large to extra large and will have long lynx tips on their ears, full manes, luxurious coats, and very fluffy tails! Some will be polydactyl (or even DOUBLE POLYDACTYL) and most will have the "wilder" look with boxy muzzles and tufts of fur between their toes. We charge between $3000-$5000 for the classic colors and $4000-$6000 for the highly desirable black silver shaded, black smoke, agouti, and chinchilla. Our Maine Coon kittens are priced differently depending on many variables such as size, bloodline, rarity of color, coat, extra toes, and other physical attributes. Our kittens are very well socialized and litter box trained.
How do I purchase a kitten, do you offer payment plans, and do you offer refunds?
When we have available kittens (see here), please text Kyra at 480-395-1170 with a screenshot of the kitten you want to buy and then make your payment through Zelle to reserve him/her. We do not offer payment plans or refunds. As soon as you pay for your kitten, it is marked as sold and we begin planning for the take-home day! Please read through our transportation section below if you are interested in having us fly your kitten to you. Our Zelle account is: email@example.com
GOLD MEMBER: If you are a serious buyer, and want a very specific kitten, I encourage you to become a Gold Member. Consider this to be our VIP Waitlist. It grants you the perk of seeing and picking from all litters before they are posted online to the general public.
We will send you videos of each litter starting on the day they are born, then at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and 4 weeks. By week 5, you will receive individual videos of each kitten along with their price.
A $1,000 (non-refundable) down-payment is required which will be applied to the kitten(s) you choose. This Gold status does not expire, so you may wait as long as you wish before selecting your kitten. We only allow 30 people to be on our list at one time. We operate in chronological order, but since we have clients who are looking for all types of kittens, being near the end of the list does not mean you will be the last to get your kitten. Some Gold Members wait for up to a year and pass on many litters until they choose one. We will contact you as new litters are born, and update you when we see kittens that fits what you're looking for when your turn to choose is next.
To become a Gold Member simply text us, "I want to be a Gold Member". You will chat with Kyra to share what you want in a kitten, then send your $1,000 down payment through Zelle to firstname.lastname@example.org. The final balance will be due when you choose your kitten. (Please note again that ALL payments are NON-REFUNDABLE).
We offer the following transportation options:
1 - Pick up in Mesa, Arizona or at the Phoenix International Airport (FREE).
2- VIP Nanny Delivery to the following direct-flight major international airports:
(if your local major airport isn't listed, let us know and we can see what the best option is)
Dallas, Houston, Austin, El Paso
Los Angeles, San Francisco,
San Diego, Orange County
Salt Lake City
NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY:
3 - For all airports that would require more than one flight to get to, you will need to contact a professional pet nanny service and arrange transportation, OR, we can meet you halfway. PLEASE NOTE: We fly with the kitten at our seat and the price includes the kitten's ticket. We will care for the baby the entire trip and meet you in baggage claim to hand him/her off. Please bring your own carrier for the kitten and be on time so that we can catch our flight home! We require a minimum 1 hour layover at the airport we meet you at. flight schedules giving us less than that will not be considered for booking. We schedule flights that depart starting no earlier than 8am. Weekend flights are subject to an additional cost due to typical price influxes, we will always coordinate with you prior to booking to ensure we provide the best service for you!
**missed flights due to client tardiness will result in additional charges**
How old is my kitten when it can come home and will it be potty trained?
Your kitten will be ready to go home with you between 9-10 weeks old (once they have self-weaned). They will be trained to use their litter box, both with sand and pellet litter.
Will my kitten be vaccinated? Wormed? Spayed or neutered? What do you offer for a health guarantee? Do you offer breeding rights?
We prefer and recommend that you begin vaccinations for your kitten at around 12 weeks old and with the vet of your choice. We give all kittens a natural de-wormer prior to sending them home. We guarantee that your kitten leaves our home healthy; all of our studs and queens have been tested negative for FIV (immunodeficiency virus) and FELV (leukemia virus) and other genetic diseases such as PKDEF/PKD/SMA/HCM. Should a fatal medical condition arise within the fist six months of life (that we determine existed when the kitten was born), we will offer a replacement kitten, but we DO NOT offer any refunds. ALL kittens are required to be spayed or neutered by the age of 5 months old and we require that you send us proof of the procedure from your vet's office.
How big will my kitten get? Will it have a huge mane, long lynx tips, and a bushy tail?
We have a good idea of how a kitten will turn out based on past breeding pairs, but we cannot know with 100% certainty how your kitten will look by three to four years of age when a Maine Coon has reached its fully grown size. Each kitten is unique and it is beyond our abilities to know which exact traits will be passed on from the mom and dad to each litter. Some will have a huge mane with shorter lynx tips. Others will have extreme lynx tips with a lesser full mane. The overall size/weight especially depends on what your kitten is fed throughout it's life, the type of exercise it receives, and keep in mind that fixed cats will typically grow larger. Please note that the average house cat weighs 7-10 pounds so we call ours EXTRA LARGE because they will weigh between 12-24 pounds. Our females will typically weigh 12-16 pounds and the males 16-24 pounds.
What is included in my purchase of the kitten? Is there a contract or application?
We do not require you to prove to us that you will provide a good home for your kitten. We are trusting that you will choose wisely when bringing a kitten into your home and make sure your family and other pets are ready for this new addition. The only paperwork required with the purchase of your new kitten will be a legal document detailing the financial agreement, our health guarantee, and that you agree that you are buying a "pet" kitten with no breeding rights. You will also provide us a copy of your driver's license, home address, and contact information. We love building relationships with our clients and watching our kittens grow up through photos & videos. Please note that we do not offer papers with your kitten as it is considered "pet" quality and we do not breed for show.
Can I visit the kittens prior to purchasing one?
We receive daily inquiries from people wanting to come see kittens. Please understand that we could never keep up with the demand of wanting to have in-home visits. It is not safe nor healthy for our family or our cats to be exposed to so many people and germs. Additionally, due to the safety concerns of giving out our home address to so many people, we do not allow in-person visits. For those of you who wish to meet the kittens, we are happy to FaceTime or send over videos prior to you choosing your little darling.
What do you feed your cats/kittens? What kitty litter do you use?
We start all kittens on Royal Canin Mamma and Baby Cat kibble. We also love Tiki Cat's "Baby" canned food as well.
Our favorite brands of the raw food for the adults are:
1. Stella & Chewy's Freeze-Dried Raw Sea-Licious Salmon & Cod Dinner Morsels Cat Food
2. ZIWI Peak Air-Dried Cat Food - Mackerel & Lamb
3. Primal Freeze Dried Cat Food - Rabbit Formula
After 3-4 months of age, the kittens are ready to eat other foods so we feed all of our cats a combination of the raw food listed above and Orijen Six Fish dry cat kibble. It is good to expose your cats to a high protein diet with a variety of flavors. This brand is great for that! We like to change up flavors so they don't get bored! Could you imagine eating the SAME thing every day for every meal? New foods & tastes keep things fresh and exciting for your kitty.
Maine Coons REQUIRE 30% protein content in their diet. This will nourish their growing bodies and help them mature into their full size potential.
For kitty litter, we have tried almost every brand out there but we 100% love Purina Tidy Cats Litter Pellets, BREEZE. This is the litter your kitten is used to. For sand litter, we also love Arm & Hammer's Cloud Control.
Once I purchase my kitten can you send me videos and photos weekly? What should I expect?
We love to send videos and pictures to show updates on your baby's growth! You can expect new photos/videos every 2 weeks. Typically on the weekends! Please respect our routine and understand we are very busy and cannot accommodate daily requests for photos/ videos.