Table of contents:
- History of the breed
- The appearance of the Australian mist
- Color variations of the Australian clouded cat
- Myst care
- Australian Clouded Cat Health
- 20 nicknames suitable for the Australian Misty cat
Video: Australian Mist Cat, Or Australian Mist
The Australian mist was bred as a result of painstaking selection work. Nowadays, this young breed is quite rare even in its homeland. This is the only cat breed bred in Australia and recognized by the international feline federations. Australian Mists are quite peaceful and docile animals, good for children and other pets. Due to the short coat, the animals require minimal grooming. Cats tolerate loneliness excellently and are ideal for a city apartment, as they can be indoors for a long time.
Weight: 4-7 kg.
Cost (price) of a kitten: 400 to 900 US $ (in Australia).
Life expectancy: up to 12-16 years.
Breed diseases: not known.
Country of origin: Sydney (Australia).
History of the breed
It took a full decade (starting in 1975) for the Australian Mist to develop into a separate breed and gain widespread acceptance by breeders. The Australian Mist was bred in Sydney as a result of selection work in which various breeds of cats "took part". Labor Straid supervised this process.
In total, about 30 cats participated in the work on the formation of a stable population. When creating the breed, the main emphasis was placed on maintaining the unique blurred tabby color identified in local cats and the formation of a calm and balanced character.
From the Burmese cat, the Australian smoky received a physique and a high level of contact with humans and four out of six Burmese colors. From the Abyssinian cat, the Mists received ticking in color as a dominant sign, and two more shades of color were taken from them into the breed. Aboriginal street cats in Australia gave the new breed a rapid maturation of kittens and complemented the colors with specific aberrations.
In 1986 the Australian mist was officially recognized by all Australian cat fanciers organizations. A little later, the Australian smoky cat was officially registered by the WCF, starting its "journey" around the world.
In 1998, significant changes were made to the standard and the name of the breed was changed. The genes of the Siamese cat were added to the breed, which made it possible to achieve aquamarine eyes, as well as introduce a marble-spotted color. The breed received a new name - Australian Smoky Cat - and official registration in the WCF. At the moment, the breed has received recognition in two federations - WCF and ACF (Australian Cat Federation). In TICA the breed has partial recognition with the right to participate in shows.
Even today, 30 years after the start of breeding, the Australian Mist is considered a fairly rare breed. The breed is most widespread inside the Australian continent, outside of it it is found in the USA and Europe. But to meet this miracle in the CIS countries is almost impossible.
The appearance of the Australian mist
The Australian Mist has a medium-sized, heavy and muscular body. The body is heavy, muscular and heavier than it looks. The chest is wide, soft, rounded. The legs are strong, of medium length, the pads are oval, tightly packed. Long tail tapering from wide base to end. The contours of the head are slightly rounded in a wedge shape with a wide distance between the ears. The forehead is convex, the nose in the profile stands out slightly, but without a stop. The chin of the animal is strong, the pads of the lips are pronounced.
The ears are medium to large in size, broad at the base with rounded tips. Tilted slightly forward. The outer line of the ears continues the contours of the head. Large shiny eyes set wide apart in relation to the nose. The upper line of the eyes is straight, the lower is rounded. All shades of green are allowed.
The tail is long, tapering slightly from a wide base to a tip.
The coat of the Australian clouded cat is elastic, shiny and short, with an undercoat. The color of rich warm tones (more intense on the back and less bright in the lower part of the animal's body). The pattern is marbled or spotted.
The color has 3 levels: base color (lighter than the picture); drawing, or pattern (slightly darker than the main color, but at the same time clearly visible); smoky mantle (saddle cloth of a darker color on the back and sides), the pattern appears even under the ticking.
Color variations of the Australian clouded cat
Brownie (Brown) - the skin of the nose and paw pads are brown. Main color: warm, dark ivory. Pattern dark brown. Mantle reddish brown red tinted with dark at the ends.
Blue (Blue) - the color of the nose and pads: cold gray, dark. Main color: warm oatmeal gray. Pattern: blue gray. Mantle: pink-cream red tint, an admixture of lilac color, or gray-blue.
Caramel - the color of the pads and nose pads - pink, lavender pink. Main color: warm, creamy fawn with a cold metallic sheen. The pattern ranges from cold bluish (fawn) to honey brown. The mantle has a warm, rich creamy, creamy lilac (lavender) color.
Chocolate (Chocolate) - the color of the nose and pads: dark brown with a pink tint or chocolate. Main color: warm, creamy, light chocolate or ghee. Pattern: chocolate or cognac color. Mantle: luminous copper tinted red, golden bronze.
Lilac (Lilac) - the color of the nose and paw pads is bluish gray or lavender. Main color: warm, delicate shades of champagne. The pattern is blue-gray, lilac. Mantle: pink-fawn cold red tone, possibly an admixture of lilac.
Gold or cinnamon (Gold or Cinnamon) - the color of the nose and paw pads is light brown, bronze, dark pink. Main color: warm, cream. The pattern is old gold, golden copper. Mantle: bronze tinted red, cold bronze tinted.
Peach or fawn (Peach or Fawn) - the color of the pads and nose is salmon pink, pink-red. The main color is pink-cream. Salmon pink pattern. Mantle salmon pink red tinted with a red tint, light red tinted. Lilac glow is desirable.
Notes: It takes 2 years for chocolate, lilac, caramel, gold (cinnamon) and peach (fawn) flowers to fully develop. The color of kittens before this age is less pronounced.
The Australian Mist is an independent and fully domestic cat, very loyal to its owner. She calmly experiences separation from him, not requiring increased attention to herself. The cat feels great at home, so she prefers home entertainment to walks in the fresh air. Moreover, the Australian smoky cat will always find something to do. Considered a great companion for people of all ages. These cats know exactly what they want from life and how to get it. They love to lie curled up in the lap of their beloved owners. Show interest in music.
Moderately active and curious at a young age, in the future prefers a quiet pastime. It gets along well with other animals (even with dogs) and feels comfortable in the presence of guests - it calmly gives itself to be stroked by strangers. They have a loud voice, but do not like to meow too often.
For children (even small ones), the Australian Mist Cat will become a reliable friend, especially when you consider it very rarely uses its claws. The cat is friendly and just loves games and fun. Mists are easily accustomed to walking on a leash, and many of them are excellent aporteurs. She is tolerant of touch and does not mind when she is taken in her arms.
The Australian mystics probably got their love for water from Abyssinian cats. These cats will enjoy playing with water both independently and taking a bath with you.
Australian smoky ones love to explore, interact with guests, play with interactive toys, sit on your shoulder and thus “travel” around the apartment. They will distract you when you are talking on the phone or sitting at the computer. They prefer to share a bed with the owners.
Australian Mists are rather clean cats, which themselves monitor the condition of their fur (they practically do not shed). Once or twice a week, the wool is combed out with a natural bristle brush. But cats should be bathed only as they become dirty.
No specific health problems have been identified in the Australian Misty Cat. The only thing to pay attention to is adherence to the correct diet, since myst has a good appetite and they tend to be overweight. You need to be careful when leaving food unattended! These cats figure out how to open the refrigerator very quickly. An adult cat needs approximately 75 kcal per kg of body weight per day. It is preferable to feed the animals with premium food. Kittens are fed three to four times a day for up to six months, then transferred to two meals a day.
Australian Clouded Cat Health
This breed is very sensitive to spoiled (or even slightly stale) food. Thus, the animal's diet should consist exclusively of fresh produce or high quality feed. Cats of this breed easily tolerate both high and low temperatures, and are resistant to ICD, that is, they are not demanding on the diet. A litter usually contains up to four kittens.
The Australian Clouded Cat is prone to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), so it is important to maintain good dental and gum hygiene. To do this, once every 10-14 days, Australian Mists brush their teeth using specially designed brushes and pastes for cats.
There is evidence of allergies in light-colored cats to skin care products and certain foods. Allergy symptoms may include excessive scratching around the ears, as well as chewing on the paws and base of the tail. There may also be slight hair loss and rashes.
20 nicknames suitable for the Australian Misty cat
For male kittens: Blade, Milo, Coco, Andy, Tom, Loki, Romeo, Titan, Tezz, Lexi.
For female kittens: Alice, Grace, Bella, Ginger, Caramel, Cooky, Popi, Katie, Lola, Mia.
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