Australian Mist

The Australian Mist is popular with first-time cat buyers because of its moderate appearance with no extremes. Its eyes are expressive, its face is broad and its cheeks are plump.

The cat’s thick coat is short and hardy, its tail is plumply furred and the cat is of medium size. The colour scheme is delicate. The warmth of browns, golds and soft peach colours play against an ethereal background of blue and even lilac. The pattern is usually seen as spots or swirls.

This breed craves companionship, and you can often find the Australian Mist curling up on your lap as soon as you sit down. This breed of cat is quite docile and friendly and makes a great indoor cat. It is also a safe playmate as a family cat or for elderly companionship.

The Australian Mist typically weighs between 4 and 7 kg. The lifespan of the Australian Mist is usually 12 to 15 years.

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Personality and Temperament

Don’t let the Australian Mist shock you as an energetic kitten because the breed tends mellow out in maturity. Mellowed and matured Australian Mists love being handled and tend not to scratch or bite when being handled. Their love of human touch makes for the perfect house cat. They can spend all day indoors and be content with their human’s affection and love.

The Australian Mist is for those owners looking for a snuggle. The cat tends to seek the warmth of the nearest lap whether it belongs to a trusted human or stranger. And the cat gets along easily with people and other pets. The affectionate, medium-energy, medium-sized cat makes for a great companion to those with mobility issues, and they instantly fit in with a family.

Common Australian Mist Diseases & Conditions

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

  • GingivitisSoft food, old age and poor chewing can contribute to gingivitis in the Australian Mist. Gingivitis symptoms include swollen and red gums which can reduce appetite. Gingivitis is a curable condition, but, if left untreated, can become a much more serious condition called periodontitis.
  • Skin AllergiesBreeders of Australian Mist cats have noted that some cats can be prone to certain skin allergies. Cats can develop allergies to grooming products, certain foods and environmental irritants. Symptoms of a skin allergy may include excessive scratching around the ears as well as chewing on the paws and base of the tail. You may notice a bit of hair loss, rash or even a lesion in the affected area.

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The Australian Mist is wholly Australian. It took Doctor Truda Straede nine years to develop this house cat in the 1970s. The breed was created using the desirable characteristics from 30 different breeds including the Burmese, Abyssinian and Australian Moggy.

The friendly nature of the cat comes directly from the Burmese. The Abyssinian gives the Australian Mist its intricate two-colour pattern and intelligence. And the Australian Moggy gives the Mist its healthy nature by contributing stout kidneys, strong teeth and a manageable litter size of usually four kittens.

The Australian Mist is generally tolerant of touch and does not mind being picked up. The cat is very unlikely to scratch or bite, as well. They bound with energy as kittens, but the energy soon fades with age until the Australian Mist slows down entering adulthood. In fact, the Australian Mist is so docile that you can train the cat to go for a walk on a lead.

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Australian Mist Facts!

  • The Australian Mist is sometimes referred to as the “Spotted Mist” due to the spotty nature of its fur. In fact, the breed was not referred to as the Australian Mist until 1998.
  • The Australian Mist was developed with a focus of being an indoor cat which also keeps the protection of the Australian native wildlife in mind.
  • Australian mists are half Burmese, a quarter Abyssinian and a quarter miscellaneous domestic shorthair cat.

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