Why Does My Maine Coon Smell?

Answering the query why does my Maine Coon smell, involves considering many more factors than you would first assume.

I was intrigued to learn more about this subject, so have shared my findings with you since I stumbled upon some surprising causes.

Maine Coon cats are not smelly felines. If you Maine Coon smells, check your cat for the following 11 issues:

  • Underlying health conditions
  • Changes in diet
  • Infected anal glands
  • Tooth decay
  • Feces stuck in fur
  • Urine on fur
  • Ear infection
  • Skin odor
  • Food residue stuck to the fur
  • Cat Farts
  • Cat Spraying

Maine Coons are not a naturally smelly cat breed.

Therefore, if you notice your treasured Maine Coon smells bad you need to act quickly to stop those stinky Maine Coon odors!

Owners should never ignore Maine Coon smells since the situation might be more serious than you first think.

Follow our easy tips to put an end to foul-smelling Maine Coon odors. 

11 Reasons Why Your Maine Coon Smells

Maine Coons are not a naturally stinky cat breed. Instead, they are fastidious self-groomers that like to keep themselves very clean. In fact, these felines consider cleanliness very important.

Maine Coons will groom their fur on a regular basis, and become visibly stressed if they are not able to keep their bodies and fur clean at all times.

Owners should therefore watch out for visible signs that their cat is distressed, e.g. a Maine Coon pulling their matted hair out, from the roots since they are unable to keep the matted fur clean.

Unwanted Maine Coon smells and odors can be somewhat off-putting, and potentially damage the relationship between an owner and their attention-thirsty Maine Coon.

Therefore, if you notice that your treasured feline companion has started to smell, and you no longer enjoy cuddling up close with your previously sweet-smelling feline friend, it’s time to act.

Take a look at the table below for the most likely causes of Maine Coon smells so that you can quickly determine the steps you need to take to stop your Maine Coon from smelling.

Not all health issues are visible.
There are a range of underlying
medical conditions that can
cause Maine Coon odors
DietaryA cat’s diet plays a huge role
in the smells they produce.
Cats can react differently to
certain food types
Excited or scared Maine
Coons might release the
the unwanted odor from
their anal glands. Anal
glands can also become
infected, leading to smells
Tooth decay is very serious.
Maine Coons teeth need to be
brushed regularly
In Fur
Cats feces has become stuck
in their fur
on fur
Feline is not self-grooming
Yeast or bacterial infections
in cats ear causes unwanted
Cat wounds that become
infected will smell
If a cat is unable to groom
itself, they may get food
residue stuck in their fur
FartsYes, on occasion cats will
Non-neutered cats will spray
home, to mark their territory
Why Does My Maine Coon Smell?

As you can see, there are many different reasons why a once-sweet-smelling Maine Coon might start to smell bad.

Keep reading to find out more about each issue, and the action you need to take:

1. Check For Health Issues

Despite being a very hardy cat breed, Maine Coons are still prone to developing harmful health issues that might cause Maine Coon smells to occur.

Since not all health conditions are immediately visible to the human eye, certain health problems sometimes go undetected for long periods of time, before outward signs and smells are displayed.

Owners should therefore ask a veterinary professional to assess their Maine Coon for signs of underlying health issues, to rule this possible cause out.

The top 7 health conditions associated with the Maine Coon breed, include:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Stomatitis
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Obesity

For more information on these key Maine Coon health issues, read my in-depth article.

2. Maine Coon Diet

The diet you feed your Maine Coon will play a huge role in the smells they emit.

Owners should therefore take a closer look at their cat’s diet, and consider the following:

  • Have you recently switched cat food brands?
  • Does your Maine Coon eat a raw food diet?
  • Is there ash in the cat’s food?
  • Does your cat eat too much protein?

Maine Coons are obligate carnivores, so require a high protein diet since this is closest to what the breed would have eaten in the wild.

Their food should also be:

  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Grain-free
  • Contain a medium level of fats and fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6.

These are my favorite Maine Coon dry foods.

Wet food should not be fed to a Maine Coon cat more than 2-3 times a week, since it has been linked to dental issues.

Owners should also research the increasingly popular Maine Coon raw dietary plan, to determine if this diet would be appropriate for their cat.

I have spoken to some owners who report raw food has reduced their Maine Coon poop smells!

Ultimately, every Maine Coon cat is different, so there is no one size fits all solution in this matter.

Owners should therefore take a closer look at the ingredients list on their cat’s food, to ensure they are feeding their Maine Coon the best diet they can afford.

Keep note of the adjustments you make in your cat’s diet, and determine if these changes have an impact on the Maine Coon smell.

Why Does My Maine Coon Smell?
Kitten Eating

3. Odours From Maine Coons Anal Glands!

Whilst this isn’t the nicest subject to talk about, it is an important one for Maine Coon owners to consider if they are keen to stop their Maine Coon smelling.

Maine Coon cats naturally produce a fishy, musky smell from their anal glands, which is not usually noticed by owners when the cat is fit and healthy.

If a Maine Coon becomes excited or scared though, it might emit some unpleasant smells from its two anal glands (source 1).

Another factor to consider is that a Maine Coons anal glands can easily become infected.

It is important that owners seek immediately veterinary professional assistance if an infection is suspected.

This is because the cat’s glands may leak or develop an abscess that causes a Maine Coons rear end to start smelling (source 1).

Signs of anal infection include:

  • Maine Coon overgrooming their bottom
  • Cat struggling to poop
  • Feline dragging their rear end along the floor
  • Excessively licking and biting their bottom

4. Check For Tooth Decay

Owners tend not to realize that they need to brush their Maine Coons teeth, since the idea itself sounds bizarre!

The fact of the matter though is that a Maine Coon cat cannot clean their own teeth, so it is the responsibility of every owner to keep their cat’s teeth clean for them.

Regular tooth brushing is necessary to remove food residues from a cat’s teeth which quickly turn rotten if not removed.

This can lead to the following Maine Coon teeth issues:

  • Halitosis
  • Stomatitis
  • Gingivitis
  • Tooth resorption
  • Periodontal disease

If you’ve noticed that your Maine Coons mouth and breath have started to smell, it is important that you intervene immediately.

Cat tooth decay is far more dangerous than you might first think, and can even be life-threatening if the cat’s bloodstream becomes infected.

Whilst some Maine Coon teeth issues are reversible, others are not, therefore a veterinary professional needs to investigate how serious the issue is straight away.

For more useful information on this important subject, take a look at my article: ‘Interesting Maine Coon Teeth Facts‘.

5. Feces Stuck In Cat Fur!

Maine Coons are fastidious self-groomers, however, sometimes their long hair just gets in the way and feces can become stuck in the fur around their rear end.

Whilst most cats are able to remove this themselves, others may struggle, due to health issues such as arthritis, or obesity.

These particular conditions make it harder for your Maine Coon to reach and clean its rear end.

If you notice that your Maine Coon smells of poop, check their rear end and carefully wipe away any signs of feces with a damp cloth.

Then ensure that you groom your Maine Coon more regularly, to prevent further issues from occurring.

Our Maine Coon loves these grooming brushes.

6. Can You Smell Urine On Cats Fur?

Not all Maine Coons are able to groom themselves correctly, due to varying factors such as old age, obesity, health issues, etc.

Your previously fastidious self groomer might therefore be struggling to clean the urine off their rear end fur.

The ability to groom is extremely important for a feline, thus difficulties in self-grooming can cause your Maine Coon cat extreme distress.

Therefore, if an owner suspects the Maine Coon smell to be linked to urine, it is vital that they intervene asap.

Owners can help keep their cat’s rear ends clean, and free of urine by wiping and bathing their cats regularly.

Why does my Maine Coon smell?
Dirty Maine Coon

7. Are Your Maine Coons Large Ears Infected?

For those of you who suspect that the Maine Coon smell is being emitted from your cat’s large ears, you might be right!

This is because Maine Coons can develop yeast or bacterial infections in their ears which emit a tangy odor. Their large ears can also become contaminated with ear mites, which give off an undesirable odor.

Yeast ear infections are often caused by cat allergies, and thought to give off a musty smell, whereas bacteria ear infections tend to smell sweet, or just plain smelly.

If you think your cat’s ears are infested by ear mites, look for stinky dark substances in their ears.

Ask a veterinary professional to look at your Maine Coons ears, for signs of an infection.

8. Does Your Cats Skin Smell?

One of the most common causes for Maine Coon cat smells relates to a cat’s skin.

Therefore, if you notice your cat’s body emitting a smelly odor that never used to be there, carefully check your Maine Coon for signs of skin infection i.e. abscess or infected bite wounds.

Please keep in mind that not all skin issues will be immediately visible to an owner.

Owners should therefore consult with their local veterinary professional to rule out the possibility of an underlying medical issue e.g. immune disorder, parasites, allergy, or cancer.

9. Is There Food Residue In Cats Fur?

Food residue might become caught in a Maine Coons thick, dense, long hair. If not removed, this residue turns rotten and subsequently starts to smell.

Whilst Maine Coon cats are well known for being very clean felines, certain health issues might prevent or restrict them from keeping their fur as clean as they might like.

Owners should therefore ensure that they groom their Maine Coon regularly, particularly if they have a known health issue restricting their cat’s physical movements e.g. arthritis.

10. Your Maine Coon Farts!

When a Maine Coon farts, you know about it!

Thankfully this isn’t as common as it is in dogs, since cats do not usually suffer from flatulence issues.

If you notice your Maine Coon farting more than usual, therefore, take a closer look at their diet to determine if this is the possible cause.

Consider the following:

  • Have you recently altered your cat’s diet?
  • If you own an outdoor Maine Coon, have you seen evidence of them eating live prey?
  • Did you give them a new brand of cat treats?

11. Don’t Forget To Neuter Your Maine Coon

Although this is not directly linked to a Maine Coon physically smelling, I thought my readers might find it interesting to read because this subject is commonly linked to Maine Coon smells.

If you don’t plan on breeding your Maine Coon cat, make sure to neuter them at the appropriate age.

This is important because a non-neutered male Maine Coon will start spraying your home to mark its territory.

The smell emitted is appalling, and you really don’t want your Maine Coon to get into the habit of spraying your home – prevention is definitely better than a cure in this matter!

Tips To Stop Your Maine Coon Smell

Here are a few quick tips that my readers have suggested, which have helped reduce their cats Maine Coon smell:

  • Use a larger litter tray: The Maine Coon is an extra-large cat, that requires more space to move around whilst they go to the toilet.
  • Bathe Maine Coon: Many owners bathe their Maine Coon cats, to keep them smelling pleasant. Make sure to only use shampoos specifically designed for use on cats.
  • Brushing Maine Coon: Regularly grooming Maine Coon helps to keep cats’ thick fur clean, and in a healthy condition.
  • Trim fur around Maine Coons rear end: Reduces the number of feces and urine caught in cats fur.
  • Use cat safe sprays: Various cat sprays exist, to add a pleasant smell to cats’ fur. 
  • Remove ash from cats diet: Some cat kibble is known to contain ash, which can cause some Maine Coon cats to smell.


Why does my Maine Coon smell?

As you will have seen, there is a mass of reasons associated with Maine coon smells.

Owners should therefore watch their cat closely to identify the most likely cause of the unwanted Maine Coon odors, then implement the appropriate solution.

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Hello! My name is Katrina Stewardson, and I’m a CRAZY CAT LADY! I've been in love with the Maine Coon cat breed ever since we welcomed an adorable male Maine Coon kitten into our home 10 years ago. We called him 'Pippin', but he also goes by the name ‘Pipsteroo’! Our enormous, kind-hearted cat genuinely thinks he's a dog and has convinced me that cats are Man's True Best Friend! UPDATE: We recently adopted two 4-year-old male Maine Coon cats. They are named Mika and Bali.

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