This month’s Cat Breed Corner parts the fog around the Australian Mist. Check out the Australian Mist’s stats, personality, health, grooming, and more!
Weight – 4 – 7kg
Lifespan – 15 – 17 years
Best breed for:
- Families with children
- Owners who work from home
- Families with other pets
Breed History ♜
The Australian Mist is a relatively young breed of cat, first coming to life in the 1970s at the hands of Dr Truda Straede. A mixture of Abyssinian, Burmese, and Domestic Shorthair genes, the Australian Mist is a uniquely Australian cat.
Personality Traits and Trainability ★
If you’re looking for a lap cat, you just hit the jackpot! The Australian Mist is quick to cuddle, slow to scratch, and very patient with children. They adapt well to indoor living, and play nice with other cats and dogs if they’ve been spayed or neutered. While an Australian Mist kitten will whizz around your home, a fully grown cat is more likely to be docile. Having said that, an adult Misty can be taught to play fetch with cat toys. Play your cards right, and they might even let you walk them on a leash!
Living Conditions ⌂
As mentioned above, the Australian Mist enjoys an indoor lifestyle. While some cats prefer to be left to their own devices, your Misty will be at their most content when they’re in the presence of their Owners. By the same token, the Australian Mist can struggle if they need to remain on their own for too long. If you (or your family) are not likely to be home often, the Misty may not be the right cat for you.
Do you hate pet grooming with the power of the sun? If so, the Australian Mist is the cat for you! Thanks to their short hair, they require very little grooming. They also don’t shed nearly as much as many of the longer haired breeds.
Fun Fact ♥
From their In honour of their leopard-like coat, the breed was first named the Spotted Mist. It wasn’t until 1998 that that breeders altered the name to its current one. They didn’t just make this change for patriotic reasons; they also sought to acknowledge that both spotted and marbled cats belong to the breed.