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Feline Breed Spotlight: Australian Mist

A look at the Australian Mist!

History

This new breed was created in Australia in 1976. This breed was developed to be an indoor cat that would be suitable to be part of any type of family (children of any age, those living alone and the elderly). The original breeder wanted to create a cat with an unique coat,  a medium to large muscular body and a laid back temperament. This was accomplished by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian and various domestic cats, resulting in a cat with green or blue eyes and a spotted coat with “misting” caused by the ticking from the agouti coat pattern of the Abyssinian.

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Temperament

This breed of cat is very tolerant of handling and will not get upset if they are held and carried around. They are very active as kittens, needing a lot of play time and stimulation. They tend to mellow out as they get older. They get along well with other cats and dogs in the family. They thrive on human contact and love to follow owners around or sit on their laps whenever the opportunity arises. This breed is also known to be able to be trained to walk on a leash.

Is this breed right for you?

  • Low maintenance grooming is needed to keep their coat shiny and neat. These cats do shed, but brushing can help keep it to a minimum.
  • They are very vocal and noisy, so if you like a talkative cat, this breed may be a good fit for you. Keep this in mind as they may be excessively noisy at night.
  • They like attention and are very active. Daily play sessions will be required for the Australian Mist. Since they like attention and human company, they will do best with families that are at home for a good part of the day.

Health concerns

Both pure-bred and  mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be either influenced by genetics or environmental factors.

In general, the Australian Mist cat is quite healthy and does not suffer from specific health problems any more than any other domesticated cat. This is a fairly rare and new breed of cat and therefore there may not be a lot of documentation of prevalent health concerns yet.

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