What genetic testing should I look for?
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (or HCM) is the most common form of heart disease among cats and is very prevalent in Maine Coons. Cats that have HCM will have thickening of the heart wall muscles which prevents normal heart function. This usually leads to heart failure. The progression of heart failure will either cause death suddenly because the heart cannot pump blood adequately, or from the effects of blood clots causing blockage of a blood vessel. Ask your breeder if they test their cats's for HCM. It is believed that most cases of HCM are genetic, and if one of the kittens parent's test positive for HCM it is very likely that the kitten(s) may be effected by the disease at some point during their life. It's worth it to ask questions and search for a perfect, healthy, kitten.
How Many Cats is too Many?
We all know the "Crazy Cat Lady"... don't be her. Be a sane, cat loving person but no need to be crazy ;)
I've personally googled "how many cat's can comfortably live in my home?" Honestly, there's no cut and dry answer to that. As long as you can provide shelter, food, litter, and veterinary care for all of your kitty's, it's really nobody's business how many cats (or hedgehogs) you have. If you're wondering why I mentioned hedgehogs, we are USDA licensed and breed those as well. I am a firm believer in taking care of whatever animal(s) you have. If your kitties have to be kept in a cage all day or don't receive human interaction, please do not adopt a living cat and get a stuffed animal instead!