my philosophy on breeding maine coons


The first Maine Coon I ever met was in Waterville, Maine in the early 1970s. This large docile girl was a beautiful, treasured family pet. Her greatest challenge in life seemed to be finding the sunniest windowsill to lay on, moving from one windowsill to the next as the day waned on. A highly social cat, she would eagerly play with anyone who would stop to visit her, and she greeted the children at the door when they came home from school with chirps and head-butts.

Many years later I shared my home for almost 14 years with Bear. He was a domestic longhair solid blue fantastical cat. Several months after he traveled to  the Rainbow Bridge, I decided to research the Maine Coon Breed.

Maine Coon Cats are a very special breed of cat. They are desired due to many traits:

  • A loving nature
  • A fabulous purrsonality
  • “Gentle Giants”
  • A “Tail with a cat attached”
  • America’s native Long-haired Breed
    which is surrounded by Legend and Mystery


I strive to reach for the Maine Coon appearance standards as described by CFA and TICA, maintaining health, good size, and a pleasant temperament as priorities.


  • Cumbrescoons is inspected annually for:
    CFA Cattery of Excellence &
    TICA Outstanding Cattery
  • Kittens are raised "underfoot" and socialized as family members in a warm and loving home.
  • Health Guarantee provided. I test all my cats for potential health issues, such as Hip Dysplasia and HCM (hypercardiomyopathy) I am very happy to continue as a cattery that is free of Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
  • Kittens are kept here until 12 to 16 weeks of age.
  • I ask for a $150.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve a kitten. This helps to cover my expenses as I begin the vetting process.
  • Kitten prices start at $700.00.
  • Shipping of kittens is possible, circumstances permitting.
  • As I am very selective in placing the right kitten(s) in the right home, anyone interested in the purchase of a kitten will be asked to submit an application.
  • I welcome continued open communications with all my "kitten families" as I love to hear how everyone is doing, and answering any questions along the way.
  • Cumbrescoons is a closed cattery, I do not take in studs or females for breeding purposes only.
  • Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Favorite quotes

If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr.
-Barbara Diamond-

Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat.
- Chinese Proverb -

There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.
- Tay Hohoff -

A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem.
- Jean Burden-

A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world. Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth. It darts madly at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal.
- Agnes Repplier -

It is really the cat's house -- we just pay the mortgage.
-Author Unknown-

To bathe a cat takes brute force; perserverance, courage of conviction-- and a cat.
The last ingredient is usually the hardest to come by.
-Stephen Baker-

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.
-Author Unknown-

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
-Terry Pratchett-

It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.
-Cynthia Varnado-

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life- music and cats.
-Albert Schweitzer-