The Australian Mist Cat is a new cat breed, originating in Sydney Australia in the 1980s. They are excellent house cats and are very affectionate. The foundation cats used to create the breed were one-half Burmese, and quarter each Abyssinian and Domestic.
The Australian Mist was bred to create a cat with the affectionate, people-loving temperament, general size and shape of the Burmese, the intelligence and agility of the Abyssinian, and the constitution and vitality of the Domestic. Australian Mist cats are short-haired cats of moderate size and build. They have a round head and large, expressive eyes in a range of greens.
The nose, chin and whisker pads are broad, giving the face a generous expression. There are two coat patterns in the Australian Mist: Spotted and Marbled. These spots or intricate marbled swirls are set against a creamy, misted background, with legs ringed and barred and the face and neck lined.
The spotted mist tail is also ringed, whilst the marbled mist tail has beautiful irregular scalloping. The Australian Mist’s coat is short and resilient and the tail is well furred. Australian Mist cats come in six colours: warm brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, gold and peach. They are outstandingly affectionate and gentle. They are tolerant of handling and disinclined to scratch, which makes them ideal with small children. Australian Mist cats are intelligent and playful
As kittens, they are lively but sober up somewhat on maturity. Their propensity to crawl into the nearest lap with or without invitation, and to constantly hang around to see what people are up to makes them an excellent companion for the home worker, or for the elderly or infirm who spend most of their time in the home.
De-sexed cats and kittens fit in easily with all sorts of other cats, being neither aggressive toward them nor allowing themselves to be upset by the unfriendliness of others. They are perfectly happy to live wholly indoors as long as they have a few toys to play with and plenty of human company or the company of another cat.