The Australian Mist is a young pedigree cat that is only found sporadically in our latitudes. It is not only a fascinating animal because of its misty fur markings. Their harmonizing character traits are also exceptional and very pleasant to deal with.
History and Origin of the Australian Mist
As the name suggests, the Australian Mist is an Australian breed. Targeted breeding began around 1976, using domestic cats, Burmese, and Abyssinians. The aim was to create a new breed with a peaceful nature and spotted pattern especially for keeping in apartments. In 1986 the breed was actually recognized in Australia, at that time still under the name “Spotted Mist”. When the pattern and color spectrum increased – the cat is now available with brindle fur, among other things – the naming finally changed in 1998: Today the cat is called “Australian Mist”.
Essence and Character
The Australian Mist is affectionate and people-oriented. However, she is social with other species as well, so socializing with other cats is not only possible but very important. Whenever she can socialize with other creatures, she prefers to do it alone. Even if she is one of the typical house cats, she rarely lies around lazily. The Australian Mist is bright, curious, and active, which is why they don’t do anything with monotony and boredom.
The Appearance of the Australian Mist
The Australian Mist has an athletic, muscular build. Her figure, with strong legs and a broad torso, already suggests that she enjoys physical activity. The medium-sized cat has large green eyes and a rounded head. The ears are slightly rounded and stand up alert. Overall, the face exudes friendliness and curiosity, both attributes that are an integral part of their personality. The fur has different patterns (spots, stripes, and squiggles) and color dimensions that give the cat a hazy, hazy look. Due to these color characteristics, it is also called “Australian Veil Cat” according to the German breed name.
The Australian Mist comes in different colors:
Attitude and Care
The Australian Mist adapts flexibly to the living conditions of its owner. She gets along well in large families, in an apartment as well as in a retirement home, as long as there is someone there with whom she can deal. However, if you adopt an adult cat, it may need some time to adjust to its new surroundings, especially if there are children around and the cat is new to children. Incidentally, there are no breed-specific diseases in relation to the Australian Mist. The pedigree cat is a healthy, robust, and long-lived animal. Nevertheless, you should go to the veterinary check-up regularly and update the vaccination and parasite protection.
Grooming and feeding
The Australian Mist is very easy to care for. Their short coat does not need any special treatment. During the change of coat, you should intensify the fur care for a short time, in the rest of the time occasional brushing is completely sufficient. Also in the diet, there is no breed-specific peculiarity. Like all other cat breeds, the cat should be fed high-quality, balanced food with lots of meat. Match the food to your cat’s age, any illnesses, and preferences. Carbohydrates and grains should only be included in small amounts.
Outdoor cat or indoor cat?
The Australian Veil cat is a social animal that prefers to stay close to its interacting partners rather than roam the outdoors alone. Although she likes to make use of small outdoor areas, such as an adjoining garden, she also feels comfortable living purely as an apartment, provided, of course, that she can move and occupy herself at home. A spacious apartment is not a must but would be ideal due to its agile nature. When there are various climbing and play options on the premises, the Australian Mist will thoroughly scout her surroundings.
In addition, there is always a fundamental risk of loss for pedigree cats in an unsupervised outdoor area. Criminal gangs sense a lucrative business in the outdoor cats, especially when it comes to such a special specimen as the Australian Veil Cat. If a cat catcher catches her, she is caught and sold on. If you give your cat access to an outdoor area, it needs appropriate protection. For example, equip your cat with a GPS tracker or a transponder. Cat identification may even be mandatory where you live.