Russian Maine Coon
Russian Maine Coon kittens for sale are becoming an increasingly popular cat breed, but Kefir the giant Russian Maine Coon cat has proved that these cats can become stars all on their own! Click here to view all our available pure Russian Maine Coon Kittens for sale.
Kefir is a giant Maine Coon that weighs 26.5 pounds. At less than 2 years old, Kefir is expected to grow even larger, since Maine Coons do not reach their full size until they are between 3 and 5 years old! Kefir is not just famous for being huge, though; he is also popular for his plush white coat and his sweet, loving personality.
Kefir first became a star on Instagram, but he has since become even more popular on the social media platform TikTok.
Read on to find out more about this huge, handsome cat, as well as how you can find a giant Maine Coon for yourself.
Maine Coon Kittens For Sale
Kefir The Giant Russian Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is a natural cat breed that developed in the cold state of Maine.
Today, they are revered for their:
- Long, beautiful coats
- Enormous Size
- Gentle Personality
Unfortunately, these cats do not exactly come cheap, ranging between $1,000 and $2,000 on average.
Learn more about the realistic Maine Coon kitten purchase cost here.
Still, Maine Coons have only grown more popular over the last decade, and most owners agree that this breed is well worth the cost.
One famous Maine Coon Instagram star, known as Kefir, has become so popular that he has now repaid his initial cost a dozen times over!
His owner, Yuliya, chose him as a kitten for his soft, white fur.
However, she had no way of knowing that in just a short time, this kitten would become known all over the world as Kefir the giant Maine Coon cat from Russia!
Yuliya Minina, who lives in the small Russian town of Staryy Oskol, purchased Kefir from a cattery. She fell in love with his white fur, and named him Kefir after a dairy beverage.
Almost immediately, Kefir showed a strong preference for wet food and natural food over dry food, and Yuliya rose up to the challenge.
His natural, high-protein diet helped keep him properly nourished as he grew. By the time he reached a year old, he had already tripled in size!
Today, Kefir weighs about 26.5 pounds, and he is still not done growing!
Maine Coons have an incredibly slow growth rate, and don’t reach their full size until they are between 3 and 5 years old.
Is Kefir The Cat Real?
Kefir looks so beautiful and enormous in his photos that some people question whether he exists at all.
While many Maine Coon owners can use forced perspective and other camera angle tricks to make their cats look larger, Kefir is 100% real.
He’s become so popular that his owner, Yuliya Minina, has had countless interviews, which have helped confirm he is real.
Furthermore, Kefir has so many photos and videos all over Instagram and TikTok that even skeptics have finally started to admit that this larger than life cat surely is real.
Here is a short Youtube video of Kefir the Maine Coon cat in person. Credit for the video goes to the Daily Mail Youtube channel:
Kefir Cat Maine Coon Instagram
Kefir was launched into popularity when his owner, Yuliya, posted a photo of him on her Instagram, @yuliyamnn.
She posted the photo on February 16th, 2021, and people all over the world were shocked at his massive size.
After that, Yuliya began posting more photos and videos of her beloved pet, and he only grew more and more popular.
Now, Yuliya and Kefir have nearly 50,000 followers on Instagram.
She shares all sorts of adorable photos of her cat, sometimes cuddling, sometimes playing, and sometimes she even dresses him up in cute outfits (source 1).
Maine Coon Kefir TikTok
Cats have always been the stars of social media platforms like:
Now, the more recent social media platform, TikTok, has allowed cat owners to share even more videos of their beloved pets.
Kefir has his very own TikTok account, @mainecoonkefir.
While he does not have quite as many followers there as his Instagram account, his devoted fans are delighted to have another way to keep up with his life.
With every new video that is posted, people can watch this gentle giant grow even bigger over the months.
TikTok has become a popular platform for cat owners to share cute, silly, and educational videos of their cats.
Kefir is just one of hundreds of popular cats on TikTok, but he should not worry about sharing the spotlight; it seems nobody can get enough of cute cat videos!
Maine Coons are especially popular, and nowadays, it seems that more and more cat owners are realizing they can use TikTok as a way to earn money, as well (source 1).
How Much Is Are Giant Russian Maine Coon Kittens For Sale?
As gorgeous as Russian Maine Coon kittens for sale are, not everybody can afford to get one. View available kittens here.
Known for being one of the most expensive cat breeds, USA, UK, European, and Russian breeders adore raising these kittens to send them off to loving homes.
Of course, raising Maine Coons in a healthy, safe environment is incredibly expensive, and breeders barely make any profit, even though Maine Coons cost a hefty price.
So, how much does a giant Maine Coon cat cost?
Most Maine Coons range between 8 and 25 pounds, but there is no way to guarantee that the kitten you get will grow up to be huge.
Still, there are a lot of different options when it comes to finding a Maine Coon.
Keep reading to discover how the cost of a giant Maine Coon cat or kitten can vary:
1. Kittens From Registered Breeders
If you want a Maine Coon kitten, your best bet is through a breeder that has been registered with a governing cat body such as:
Maine Coon kittens from registered breeders usually cost between $1,000 and $2,500, although they can be as expensive as $4,000 in some cases!
2. Adults From Registered Breeders
Some registered breeders will sell retired show cats or breeders.
Adult and senior cats from registered breeders typically cost between $1,200 and $1,600.
Not only is this option cheaper, but you will also know your cat’s size and personality.
Getting a kitten may be fun, but there is simply no way to know what their size and personality will be as an adult.
3. Animal Shelters
You can also find Maine Coons at animal shelters.
Occasionally, Maine Coon owners are unable to care for their cat, and relinquish them to a shelter.
Animal shelters usually only charge between $100 and $250 per animal, which is significantly cheaper than buying from a breeder.
You can find both purebred and mixed Maine Coons at shelters, as well as kittens and adults.
However, since they are so popular, Maine Coons are usually among the first to be adopted, and it might take some patience to find the cat of your dreams.
4. Maine Coon Rescue Centers
There are also a few rescue centers entirely dedicated to rehoming purebred and mixed Maine Coons.
These rescue centers usually charge between $150 and $400, but as there are only a few in the United States, it might take some time before you are able to adopt one.
5. Online Groups
In some cases, you can find people who ended up with a surprise litter of Maine Coon kittens.
In these scenarios, people are most likely to post on Facebook or Craigslist, and they typically ask for a small rehoming fee.
However, keep an eye out for steep rehoming fees; since many people online will pretend to be rehoming kittens, when they are actually irresponsible breeders in disguise.
Although highly unlikely, some people have managed to find stray Maine Coons.
This route might seem completely free, but while you do not need to purchase a stray, you will still end up with a lot of costs.
Stray cats need to be (or have):
- Vet Visits
- Other Supplies
It is also incredibly difficult to happen upon a purebred Maine Coon in the wild, and most stray Maine Coons are only Maine Coon mixes.
7. Where Not To Buy
Whilst it is possible to find well-intentioned people trying to rehome Maine Coon kittens on Facebook or Craigslist, never purchase a Maine Coon from a breeder on these sites without first doing some research.
Any breeder you purchase from should be registered with a governing cat body such as:
Unregistered breeders have not been vetted to ensure they raise purebred Maine Coons in safe, clean environments with access to proper medical care.
You should also avoid purchasing Maine Coons from pet shops, as they are usually sourced from irresponsible breeders or even kitten mills (source 1).