Australian Mist Personality and Temperament
The Australian Mist has the distinction of being the first pedigreed cat ever developed in Australia.
This stunning shorthair was initially created by crossing the Abyssinian with the Burmese. The Abyssinian contributed to the breed's lively personality and ticked coat. The Burmese lent its easy-going nature and softly shaded colors. Foundation cats also included some domestic shorthairs, which contributed a wide range of genetics that ultimately led to the creation of a healthy cat breed that displays a beautiful range of colors.
Australian Mist cats have lovely short coats with spotted or marbled tabby patterns. Ticked fur gives these cats a soft, shaded appearance, leading to the use of the descriptive word "mist" in the breed name.
Renowned as a loving, even-tempered cat, the Australian Mist is understandably popular in its country of origin, and the breed is gaining even more popularity in show rings worldwide.
The Australian Mist cat has no special nutritional needs. We recommend feeding a high-quality, high-protein food formulated for your cat's life stage and activity level.
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Brush the Australian Mist's short coat once weekly with a fine comb or soft brush. Trim the nails every one to two weeks, and brush teeth daily with a pet-safe toothpaste and toothbrush.
Australian Mist cats are moderately active. Playful and curious, these cats appreciate interactive play with their human family as well as other pets in the home. Engage their bodies and minds with plenty of indoor enrichment, including scratching posts, cat towers, perches, and toys.
There are no known inherited health problems in Australian Mist cats.
The Australian Mist cat was created in Australia in the 1970s by Dr. Truda Straede using Burmese, Abyssinians, and domestic short-haired cats. The cat's unique coat colors and spotted patterns led to its original name: the Spotted Mist. As the breed continue to evolve, marbled coat patterns emerged, leading to an official name change in 1998 to Australian Mist.
Australian Mist cats are widespread throughout their native country, but have yet to be widely recognized through Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Although not currently recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), the Australian Mist is fully recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA).
This breed's good-natured personality, general good health, and unique appearance are contributing to greater popularity outside Australia.
Did You Know?
It can take up to two years for the Australian Mist to develop its coat color.
Dr. Truda Straede spent nine years creating the Australian mist and receiving official registration for the breed.
The Australian Mist is considered to be a rare cat breed. Even though it was developed in the 1970s, it is still considered to be a "new" cat breed in comparison with others.
The Breed Standard
Legs & Paws
Where To Find an Australian Mist Cat or Kitten
The Australian Mist cat is extremely rare. You will find the most members of this breed in its country of origin, Australia. There are some Australian Mist cats in the United Kingdom as well as the United States, but very few. It would be extremely uncommon to find adult Australian Mist cats in need of adoption in the United States, whether at a local animal shelter or cat rescue groups. However, you can always try searching for an adoptable Australian Mist is via Petfinder—you never know what you might find.
With purebred cats, it’s usually easier to acquire a kitten through a reputable breeder. If you happen to live in Australia, you might be in luck. Unfortunately, there are not many Australian Mist breeders outside Australia. Before buying a kitten from a breeder, research their practices and ethics to ensure they are reputable and breeding healthy kittens. To start your search, visit the breeder referral page of the The International Cat Association. As with any rare cat breed, know that it’s common to get on a long waiting list for a kitten.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Australian Mist cats cost?
A pet-quality Australian Mist kitten usually costs anywhere from $800 to $1,200.
Why are Australian Mist cats so expensive?
Although Australian Mist kittens are more expensive than non-pedigreed kittens, they are not as expensive as some other purebred cats. In general, pedigreed kittens cost more than mixed-breed kittens because responsible breeders spend a lot of time and money caring for their adult breeding Australian Mist cats to ensure they are producing kittens that are healthy, have good temperaments, and are good representations of the breed.
Are Australian Mist cats good pets?
Australian Mist cats are known for being very laid-back, friendly, and social, which makes them excellent pets. Australian Mist cats are gentle and calm, and love to cuddle and warm your lap. They do not do well when left alone for long periods of time, and prefer a household with lots of people around.
Are Australian Mist cats cuddly?
Australian Mist cats are known for being very cuddly. They love pets and cuddles, and snuggling in your lap. Keep in mind that all cats are individuals, regardless of breed, and some Australian Mist cats might enjoy cuddling less than most.