AUSTRALIAN MIST CAT
If you could design a pet cat, what would you ask for? Most people look for beauty, gentleness, and an outgoing, people-centered personality. The ideal cat should be healthy, active but not hyper, and have short fur that doesn’t shed much. It fits into any home, getting along well with children and providing companionship for seniors. Fortunately, the Australian Mist satisfies all these requirements, making it what might be the perfect cat for you.
Our Australian Mist cats have the medium long, muscular body of the Burmese and Abyssinian, and the plush fur and ticked tabby patterns of the moggie. Their remarkable coat coloring and mist-like veiling, however, are unique.
Our Australian Mist cats are heavier than they look. Their bodies are solid but very flexible since these easygoing kitties are usually very relaxed.
They have broad, gently rounded heads with big, low-set ears. These ears taper from a wide base to a curved tip and are tilted forward a little bit. The Australian Mist cat’s big eyes may be any shade of green and will slant inwards slightly. Its face is broad and full. Its cheeks are round and the chin is firm.
This cat breed has medium long, muscular legs and oval paws. Its hind legs are slightly longer than the forelegs, giving the cat’s back a pretty curve.
Patterns and misty ticking
There are three levels of color on the dense, short-haired coat of an Australian Mist. First is the ground color, which is lighter than the pattern color. It might be a warm ivory, fawn, champagne, or another pale hue.
Next comes the pattern, which can be either marbling swirls or random spots of darker color against the background. Patterning is usually identical on either side of the cat’s body. The contrast with the ground color isn’t super strong, but you can always see a clear difference. Pattern colors vary. They might be a gentle brown against an ivory background, chocolate against fawn, pink or gold against cream, or a number of other possible combinations.
These cats have absolutely gorgeous coats, which become even more beautiful when the third color level – ticking – is added in. Each ticked hair on an Australian Mist has alternating bands of light and dark color (generally with a reddish hue). This is different from the solid colors on hairs that carry the ground and pattern colors. When you look at an Australian Mist, it really does have a misty, shimmering appearance that cat fanciers call a misted mantle. It is there because ticked hairs are spread randomly all over the cat’s body, reflecting light and color differently, depending on the animal moves.
Our Australian Mists were bred to be adaptable, quiet, and very friendly. They are excellent with children, fit well into families of any size, and provide very good companionship.
An ideal family pet
These cats are absolutely wonderful with children. They enjoy being handled gently and bask in all the attention and love a child can give. They also will fit easily into any home environment as long as there are humans around to interact with.
Your Mist is very sociable. It will welcome guests at the door and quietly crawl up into any available lap for a cuddling session.
Our Australian Mist cats that have been neutered or spayed get along with other pets, including cat-friendly dogs. The hunting instinct hasn’t been totally bred out of them, though, so it is a good idea to keep small animals and birds out of their reach and to have a secure cover on the fish bowl or aquarium.
This is a peaceful, medium-sized pet that is especially good for apartment living. It is entertaining to watch, especially when young, but Australian Mist cats are never too rambunctious. In fact, you might find that they are watching you in return, ready to follow your lead.
The Australian Mist is intelligent enough to be trained to wear a leash, or do tricks. It also enjoys quiet cuddling and will happily purr away the hours in somebody’s lap or alongside them on a couch or chair.
These gentle cats make excellent therapy animals.