Happy Belated New Year bloggers! My first post for the year, and I have exciting news! I’M GOING TO BE A CAT MUM!!! This has been a loooonng time coming. M and I have been talking about this for a few years, and the plan was always to adopt a couple of cats and/or dogs from a shelter.
There’s a great mobile app called PetRescue available on both iPhone and Android. It lists, not only all the animals in Australia needing homes (cats, dogs, guinea pigs, horses, etc), but it also gives you a synopsis of each animal’s temperament, for example, whether they should be an only pet or if they’re well socialised, if they like being picked up and held or are more independent, or any special care needs they may have, etc. See link to their website here: PetRescue. Trying to contact the carers via their email form has always been a bit glitchy but the foster carer mobile numbers are also listed anyway, and I found that to be a better method. It really is a wonderful and valuable service that they provide.
It’s rather sad that I’ve been looking through their cat and dog profiles over the years and favouriting ones that sounded like they might suitable for M and I, while knowing full well that we were in no position to adopt for some time, mainly because of the predicament around our house—which has been an ongoing saga for some time but that’s another story altogether. Every few months I’d return to the app. It was so heartening for me to see that most of the animals I had favourited had been adopted. I liked knowing that. It’s little things like these that bring a smile to my face and reinforces for me that there is good in the world. 🙂
M and I had been keeping an eye out for a couple of Maine Coons on PetRescue over the years. They were few and far between so I decided we should broaden our requirements somewhat. It didn’t matter anymore what age or type of breed they were or weren’t, as long as their profiles stated that they were part of a pair, were litter trained, affection was a must, got along with other animals and little people. We’d visited some shelters and found cats I adored but we had to hold off again because we were moving house, and then because we were travelling later in the year. Other times, someone else had beat us to it and one or both had already been adopted. 😦
Between Christmas 2016 and New Years, a couple of Maine Coon mixes had become available via PetRescue for adoption. Needless to say, I was beyond excited! It was very important to us that our pets had a bond because they’d be keeping each other company while we were at work and elsewhere. Again, one of those kittens ended up being adopted by someone else so my excitement was very short lived. We recognised that, based on our current lifestyle, we couldn’t commit the time or energy to familiarise two separate kitties with each other.
And so the pet search cycle began again, but this time, I looked up Maine Coon breeders in Victoria instead. That unexpectedly led me to the Australian Mists. As I read more and more about them, I fell in love with their temperament. It sounds nutty but M and I had always hoped we’d find a couple of cats we could take on little outings. Most of all, I love that they’re loving AND gentle with adults and kids, dogs and other cats. While it wasn’t a determining factor, I also learned that they’re the only Australian Pedigree cats. The Australian Mist Companion, authored by Dr Truda M. Straede, is provided to new owners when they adopt through her cattery. Truda is also the founder of the breed, and her booklet advises that the origins of the Australian Mist is one half Burmese, one quarter Abyssinian, and the other quarter Domestic. You can find out more about them here: Mist Mystery, Wikipedia and Animal Planet Video.
We met Truda and her Mists. They were all so friendly, and yes, gentle! Even when they were playing. While we initially chose girl and boy siblings for adoption, we decided in the end, based on the connection we shared, on a second girl instead.
I’m proud to say that we have the two most adventurous and brave kittens of the litter. They’re both spotted, as opposed to marbled pattern, and they’ll both grow up to be chocolate brown in colour. We’ve given them Chinese names. The more cheeky of the two is Xin (心). The ‘x’ is pronounced between an ‘s’ and ‘sh’ sound, and means heart. And Jin (金), which means gold. Together, they are our hearts of gold. I’M SO EXCITED AND HAPPY!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
I’m determined to be, not only a loving, but also a responsible Cat Mum, so I’ve been doing my research and asking lots of questions! I’ve already learnt so much from Truda, other Cat Mums, and the Lort Smith and RSPCA websites.
I initially felt pangs of guilt that we weren’t adopting from a shelter instead, that I’d betrayed those animals, but I met and fell in love with Xinny and Jinny. I wasn’t going to reject them because they didn’t come from a shelter. And if we could have adopted any of the affectionate shelter cat/kitten pairs I enquired about or met last year, I wouldn’t have felt so heartbroken each time, and I wouldn’t even have thought to look up Australian Mist or Maine Coon breeders, but that is how it came to be. We were ready and I didn’t want to wait anymore to adopt two felines to love, and for them to love me just as much, if not more, in return.