If you’re looking for the perfect housecat, book a ticket for the Land Down Under. Australia’s only native cat breed, the Australian Mist, is a cat bred to be the perfect indoor companion.
Concerned about the effect cats were having on wildlife, including the decline and even extinction of native species, in 1976 a woman named Truda Straede began to develop a breed that could thrive as an indoor-only pet. The Australian Mist was the result, a crossing of the Burmese, Abyssinian, and a variety of domestic shorthaired cats. In the Australian Mist was achieved a mellow cat with few extremes: medium in size, mild of temperament with a moderate activity level, and extraordinarily friendliness. Unfortunately, this loving breed hasn’t made it far from its homeland: there is a very small breeding program in the UK, but the only cats imported to America were spayed and neutered to prevent offspring.
The Australian Mist was originally known as the Spotted Mist, or Spottie. The name was changed to reflect national pride in the breed, and to acknowledge the acceptance of the marbled tabby as part of the breed standard.
Appearance / health:
The Australian Mist is a medium sized, short-haired cat. The head is round with broad nose, chin, and whisker pads. Coupled with large, green eyes, the Mist has an open and attentive expression. The Australian Mist’s coat has 3 distinct aspects: a pale, solid base color, a pattern, and a random ticking (a hair shaft with multiple layers of color) of the base coat. It is the ticking that gives this cat the “misty” appearance described in its name. The patterns can be either spotted or striped, with stripes appearing on the main body, legs, tail, and around the neck and face. The Mist comes in a combination of 7 colors: brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, caramel, gold, and peach. The Australian Mist lacks an undercoat which means it sheds very little, a highly desirable characteristic for an indoor pet.
The Australian mist is an overall healthy cat, though they may be prone to weight gain, so feeding should be regulated. Their life expectancy averages between 15 and 18 years.
Behavior / temperament:
Above all, the Australian Mist was designed to be a people-loving cat, loving and personable. They are quite tolerant of being handled, and have good patience with children of all ages. Young children should be monitored when spending time with the Australian Mist, so their sweet nature doesn’t result in rough-handling. The Australian Mist is a cat who thrives on human contact, and should be in a home where they get frequent attention and lap-time. They are a particularly great pet for the elderly or those who may be home-bound and in need of a gentle companion. Their amicable personality makes them easy to integrate with other pets in the home.
The Australian Mist is a lively kitten, but mellows towards adulthood. They remain playful, but they have a moderate activity level and are not overly-boisterous. They may be taught to walk on a leash in order
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It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
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Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
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