Australian Mist Cats
Friendly Feline from Down Under
Looking for a cat that is content to cozy up with you on the couch? To be a good, safe playmate for your children? Act as a therapy cat for an elderly companion?
The Australian mist cat has been described as the ultimate affectionate cat that thrives on family companionship. Rumor has it that this breed even prefers to stay indoors with you instead of venturing out into the wild. An interesting twist, considering this cheeky feline is from one of the largest countries in the world with ample wildlife distractions to tempt it.
The Australian mist cat is a relatively new breed, having been developed in 1976 by Dr. Truda Straede in Australia.
Dr. Straede cross bred a variety of cats, including the Burmese, Abyssinian and other shorthaired cats, to produce a shorthaired cat with spots. The new breed was initially called the “spotted” mist cat; however, in 1998 the name was changed to “Australian mist” cat when other coat patterns were accepted into the breeding standards.
The Australian mist cat is currently recognized by the UK’s Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and holds championship status with the World Cat Federation.
Dr. Straede published a book in 2005 on the success of breeding Australian mist cats, “History, Development, Analysis and Understanding of the Australian Mist Breed Standard.”
The breed can be hard to find as it is still considered new and is bred mainly in Australia and the United Kingdom.
The Australian mist cat is known for its ultra personable, friendly personality. The breed makes an excellent family companion, and gets along especially well with children. This is a breed that wants to be involved with its family and thrives with the companionship of its people, preferring to spend most of its time in your company.
The breed can also be raised with other household pets, including dogs. It responds well to training and enjoys being active indoors.
Australian mist cats are lean cats with a medium-sized build. Like their Burmese ancestors, they have large, expressive eyes.
An Australian mist cat can have a spotted or marbled coat. Each has one of two distinct appearances: a diluted pattern against the base solid color of the fur, or a darker pattern against a misty background.
The breed can also be one of six colors: blue, brown, chocolate, gold, lilac or peach. Like the Burmese, their coat is short and thick, with a plump tail that is either ringed or scalloped in pattern. The Australian mist cat’s eyes are usually green.
The Australian mist cat is considered to be a healthy cat; while all cat breeds can potentially develop health problems—most commonly renal failure, hyperthyroidism and diabetes, this breed is known to have very few genetic health issues.
There are no known health issues specific to this cat breed at this time, although some breeders have reported that lighter colored Australian mist cats have shown a tendency to develop skin allergies.