FAQ's - All of your questions answered!
Frequently Asked Questions - PLEASE READ BEFORE CONTACTING ME!
Who are you and how do I know that you're real?
My name is Autumn Ridnell and I am a very transparent person in general and have tons of social media followers plus hundreds of articles written about me and my farm Fox Hollow Farm (Isssaquah, 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 just bought a large property in Phoenix to continue raising our Maine Coon kittens together.
What are your Maine Coons like? What makes them special?
Currently, we are focusing on breeding from our big, deluxe European lines now 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 on our farm 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, chinchilla, and white. Our Maine Coon kittens are priced differently depending on many variables such as size, rarity of color, coat, extra toes, and other physical attributes. Our kittens are very well socialized, litter box trained, and raised on our farm with lots of family members and other animals so they will acclimate well.
How do I purchase a kitten, do you offer payment plans, and do you offer refunds?
Please text Kyra (my daughter) at 480-395-1170 with the kitten you want to buy and then make your 50% down-payment through Zelle to hold the kitten. Final payment is due when you pick up your kitten or have it delivered. We do not offer payment plans nor do we offer refunds because as soon as you pay for a kitten, it is marked as sold so other customers are not able to purchase it and we lose out on many other families who would have wanted to buy that kitten. Please make sure that the kitten you buy is affordable for you. My Zelle information is: email@example.com
GOLD MEMBER: If you are a serious buyer, and want a very specific kitten, I suggest that you become a Gold Member so that you get to see the newest kittens before they are offered to the general public. A $1,000 (non-refundable) deposit is required and it will be applied to any kitten you choose, including from future litters. If you are looking for a premium kitten or specific color, being a Gold Member is a great option as you will see the babies before the general public! I cannot tell you where you are in line as a Gold Member because everyone is looking for a different type of kitten, but there are typically around 10-15 Gold Members at any given time, each wanting either a male or female of their specific color choice. Some Gold Members wait for up to a year for their perfect kitten and pass on many litters until a kitten comes along that they like. The longer you are a Gold Member the more priority you have when choosing and your deposit never expires. To become a Gold Member simply text me "I want to be a Gold Member" and then send your $1,000 deposit through Zelle to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that this payment is NON-REFUNDABLE).
What are my options for getting my kitten?
We offer the following transportation options:
1 - Pick up in Mesa, Arizona or at the Phoenix Airport (FREE).
2- VIP nanny delivery to any major airport in the USA ($600-$700)
4 - VIP nanny delivery to any major airport in the USA where we have to stay the night in a hotel ($1,000)
**We book the flights and our kitten nanny will fly with the kitten(s) at her seat. She will care for your baby the entire trip and meet you in the baggage claim are of the airport to hand off the kitten. Please bring your own carrier for the kitten and you will pay the Nanny in cash for the delivery.
How old are the kittens when they can come to their new home and will they be potty trained?
The kittens can leave their mom around 9-10 weeks old (once they have self-weaned) and they will be trained to use their litter box. We believe that critical bonding time exists during the first weeks of life and it is important that you imprint on your kitten as soon as possible for a deeper and long-lasting connection of trust and love.
Will my kitten be vaccinated? Wormed? Spayed or neutered? What do you offer for a health guarantee?
We prefer and recommend that you vaccinate/worm your kitten around 12 weeks old with the vet of your choice. We guarantee that your kitten leaves our home healthy and 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 would offer a replacement kitten, but we DO NOT offer any refunds. ALL kittens come spayed and neutered.
How big will my kitten get? Will it have a huge mane, long lynx tips, and a bushy tail?
We have only a general idea based on past breedings of how your kitten will mature into adulthood but the answer is, we don't know how your kitten will look at three to four years of age when a Maine Coon stops growing. Each kitten is unique and there is just no way to know for certain which exact traits will be passed on from the mom and dad for each pairing. Some will have an amazing mane but shorter lynx tips. Others will have extreme lynx tips but a shorter mane. The overall size depends on what your kitten is fed throughout it's life, the type of exercise it receives, and if it is spayed or neutered (fixed cats will be 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 depending on sex, exercise, and what you feed them. Even extra large females will weigh 12-16 pounds and the males will be 16-24 pounds on average.
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. Please note that we do NOT offer breeding rights or "papers" with your kitten and ALL kittens will be spayed or neutered before leaving our home.
Can we come visit the kittens, check out your home, and hang out with the cats prior to purchasing one?
We receive 5-10 inquiries a day of people wanting to come see kittens. Please understand that we could never keep up with that many people wanting to have in-home visits. It is not safe nor healthy for our family or our cats. Since Covid, and due to the safety issues of giving out our home address to that 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 and some dehydrated raw food. Our favorite brands of the raw food is:
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.
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.
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 babies growth! We will only be able to do that about every 2-3 weeks.