Australian Mist at a Glance
The easy-going and extremely sociable Australian Mist has been known to make friends wherever they go. The can be found in a variety of colors and patterns and are considered loyal and dedicated to their owners. Find out more about this breed and if the Australian Mist is right for you and your family.
Temperament: Affectionate, Gentle, Easily Adaptable
Size: Medium-sized cat
Colors: The Australian Mist has two patterns - spotted or marbled and can be found in seven colors, including brown, blue, chocolate. lilac, caramel, gold and peach.
Life Expectancy: 15+ years
About the Australian Mist
Loyal and loving by nature, Mists are very people-oriented and love being with their families. They thrive on human companionship and participating in a busy household. They are best suited for those who enjoy spending time and interacting with them on a regular basis rather than being left alone for long periods of time.
Australian Mist cats are considered playful and inquisitive. They are active kittens but calm down as they mature. As adults they prefer a warm lap rather than chasing objects.
They are easy to train like to be active and even play fetch, but they are happiest when cuddled with their families. They make great family pets and are good with young children, other pets, people living on their own and the elderly and disabled.
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The Mist’s short coat and moderate shedding don't require much maintenance. A quick brush once a week will keep them in top condition.
As with all cats, keep their nails trimmed, ears cleaned and teeth brushed regularly with a vet-approved pet toothpaste and provide a nice tall scratching pole to help their natural scratching instinct.
Australian Mist cats do not have any particular nutritional needs other than good, quality, dry kibble.
As with all cats, it is important to give your cat fresh, clean water daily. Fresh, clean water is best, so cats don’t hesitate to drink. If you worry about your cat drinking enough water each day, here's a tip from Jackson Galaxy and other cat behaviorists - Place the water bowl at least three feet away from any food. Cats’ noses are sensitive and an overwhelming smell of food may cause them to drink less. Filtered drinking fountains can also be used in place of a water bowl.
The Australian Mist is not known to be prone to any genetic or hereditary illnesses, in large part because the foundation stock was bred with domestic cats as well as purebred in order to ensure "hybrid vigor." But, as with all cats, they are at risk for the most common heart disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is a genetic disease that can result in heart failure and death, so it is of paramount importance that breeders diligently screen for this via echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) performed by a Veterinary Cardiologist. Because HCM doesn’t always show up in the first years of life, it is important for pet owners to proactively screen for this disease as well.
This breed was developed by Truda Straede in Australia beginning in 1976. The breed was developed by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian, and miscellaneous domestic short-haired cats to create a short-haired cat with a spotted coat. The name was changed from "Spotted Mist" to "Australian Mist" in 1998, when cats with marbled coats, rather than spots, were accepted as part of the breed. It is the only cat from Australia, while most cats aren't in Australia. TICA accepted the breed into championship status in 2014.
Similar Breeds: Burmese and Abyssinian
Did You Know?
- Name change. The breed was originally called the Spotted Mist. The name was changed to Australian Mist in 1998 when breeders began introducing more cats with marbled coats.
- Wait for it. It takes about two years for Australian Mists to reach their full adult coloration.
- The name says it all. As the name implies, the Australian Mist originated in Australia.
The Breed Standard
Dr. Truda Straede created and developed the Australian Mists from her initial idea in 1977 to full championship in the Australian registries in 1986. Developed over more than 25 years - the Australian Mists have a very large gene pool derived from 50% European style Burmese, 25% Abyssinian, and 25% Domestic Spotted tabby. Outcrossing to the original breeds is no longer recommended.
Click here to read the full TICA Australian Mist Breed Standard.
Australian Mist Breed
Accepted For Championship in TICA in 2014
- Australian Mist at a Glance
- Breed Introduction
- Australian Mist Breeders
- Breed Standards
- Breed Committee