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Australian Mist Cat

Published on 28 Apr 2021

Two Australian Mist cats sitting on a cosy cat tower.

Affectionate, gentle and “made in Australia” – it’s the Australian Mist! 

The Australian Mist was bred through crossing Burmese, Abyssinian and local “Moggies” or domestic shorthair cats.  

Initially they were called “Spotted Mist” which later changed when marbled variants became common. 

Australian Mists are a medium cat, weighing around 4 to 7kg. They are ether spotted or marbled and often have “ticked” or Agouti hairs, inherited from the Abyssinian. The colours are typically brown, blue, lilac, gold and peach and they have green eyes.

Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics



Also known as 

Spotted Mist 


Medium 4 to 7 kgs 


Browns, blue, lilac, gold and peach; with spotted or marbled appearance as well as ticking (agouti)

Life expectancy

9 to 15 years 


Short, no undercoat, minimal grooming required  


Affectionate, friendly, playful 

Activity levels


Best suited for 

Households with time for a playful companion

Apartment Friendly



Australian Mists are known for being very affectionate and friendly cats who get along well with other pets. They are also known for being playful and moderately active so having plenty of toys and cat trees is essential to keep their mind and body healthy. Because they enjoy companionship, they can become lonely if left for long periods of time. They may therefore be better suited to a household where someone is home to keep them company, or perhaps adopting two could be a way to ensure they have suitable company if you are out a lot. They are well suited to apartment living. Keeping your Australian Mist indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure helps keep them safe from roads, other cats, snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat. 


With short fur and no undercoat, the Australian Mist doesn’t need a lot of grooming, but gentle, regular brushing helps to remove shedding fur as well as strengthens your bond with your cat. A grooming glove is a great option for your Australian Mist cat. You may not notice your cat scratching like you would with a dog, but the cat flea "Ctenocephalides felis" is the most common flea found on both dogs and cats. So, make sure your kitty is on flea control all year round and tick control if you are in a tick area. 


When choosing a food for your Australian Mist, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage, ideally that is formulated for optimal urinary health. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Australian Mist has a constant supply of fresh water available, and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer drinking moving water.

An Australian mist cat on a stool front portrait.

Common health concerns 

Urinary tract disease and kidney disease was the most common reason for Australian Mist cats to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) in 2020. Urinary tract problems included urolithiasis (stones within the urinary tract) and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Check out the five most common reasons for an Australian Mist to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure claims data in 2020 in the table below: 

RankConditionAverage cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)
Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
1Urinary tract disease, including urolithiasis, kidney disease and feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)  $378$4,655
2Diabetes $292$2,401
3Pancreatitis $440$1,630
4Gastrointestinal conditions, including gastroenteritis and gastritis $276$670

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.


An Australian Mist blue marble cat sitting by a window.

Most popular Australian Mist names (PetSure data 2018-2020)

Most popular names

  1. Coco
  2. Willow
  3. Bonnie
  4. Cassie
  5. Clyde
  6. Daisy
  7. Evie
  8. Flash
  9. Ginger
  10. Jerry

Most popular female names

  1. Coco
  2. Willow
  3. Bonnie
  4. Cassie
  5. Daisy
  6. Evie
  7. Ginger
  8. Lola
  9. Mishka
  10. Missy

Most popular male names 

  1. Clyde
  2. Flash
  3. Jerry
  4. Kitty
  5. Leo
  6. Pickles
  7. Ringo
  8. Rocky
  9. Stella
  10. Tiger

Did you know?

The Australian Mist is quite a new breed, having been accepted and registered in 1987 in Australia. 

Where can I get an Australian Mist cat? 

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may also be possible to find an Australian Mist through a breed specific rescue organisation. 


  1. The Australian Cat Federation Inc, Australian Mist Breed Standard, Accessed on 22/02/2021
  2. American Cat Fanciers Association, Australian Mist Breed Synopsis, Accessed on 22/02/2021
  3. Wikipedia, Australian Mist, Accessed on 22/02/2021 is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ABN 78 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard); is promoted and distributed by Pet Insurance Pty Ltd (ABN 38 607 160 930; AR 1234944) (PIPL) and PIPL’s authorised distribution partners (including Pet Culture Group Pty Limited ABN: 69 644 613 098; AR 001284860) (PetCulture) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ABN 95 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). PIPL and PetCulture are authorised representatives of PetSure. Any advice provided is general only, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Consequently, before acting on this information, you should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain and consider the product disclosure statement (PDS) in deciding whether to acquire or continue to hold, Pet Insurance.

Kylie Mitchell

Kylie Mitchell


Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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