The Australian Mist is a carefully crafted breed of cat. They are affectionate, playful and curious. Their affection knows no bounds, they simply cannot believe anything or anybody can harm them.There is nothing extreme about these pretty little cats. They are of moderate size with big green eyes. The coat colours are brown, chocolate, blue, lilac, cinnamon and fawn with intricate marbled swirls or delicate spots against a misty background.
Those big expressive green eyes can do nothing but melt your heart. They are full of fun and love but yet they have that typical laid back Australian attitude also.
The pretty colours, and affectionate and inquisitive nature of the cats make them ideal companions to anyone at home all day.
Their insistence to crawl onto your lap uninvited make them ideal companions for all types of people.These cats have adapted well to being wholly indoor cats and whilst they are lively as kittens they soon sober up with age.
The Australian Mist was developed over 30 years under the strict supervision of the NSW cat fanciers association They were derived from over 30 foundation cats, half Burmese and a quarter each Abysinian and Domestic.
THE BREED FOUNDER
Truda Straede was born on the west coast of Tasmania in 1944 and educated in Tasmania and Victoria, and earned her doctorate in ecology at the University of Melbourne.She became a pedigree cat breeder in 1976 combining her ecological concerns with her interest in cat breeding which is how she came to develop an environmentally friendly cat known today as the Australian Mist. She has written extensively on cat health and genetics and her breeders handbook entitled, Breeding Cats, A Practical Guide is a must for all breeders experienced or novice. She has sat on many committees and governing boards and was awarded a distinguished service award for her services to the NSW Cat Fancy. She now lives in Bunyip, Victoria where she runs the Nintu Breeding Cattery known as Evergreen.For the past 34 years she has devoted her life to the creation of the beautiful Australian Mist for which we thank her wholeheartedly as without her we would not have these beautiful cats in our lives today.
The pictures below show from left to right the original Evergreen, The cowshed and the converted cowshed which became the cattery.
Pictures above from Truda Strades website where you can read her full story
AUSTRALIAN MISTS ARRIVE IN THE UK
On the 9th February 2007 the first 2 queens entered the UK pregnant and they both went on to deliver healthy litters 5 weeks after arriving at Heathrow. in 2008 5 more cats were flown into the UK They were grand champion Thera Onyx and Thera Marmour Prunella, then Grand Champion Jeldan Lotsaspots, Milletaches Alberge and Thera Marmour Sophonsibar were received in Wales by Eddie Kitching who took the honour of having the first UK produced litter.
From then on the UK population grew and new breeders joined the group. Eddie exported the first pair of breeding cats to Portugal A further 6 cats were imported into the UK in March 2009 and the programme now goes from strength to strength.
PRESENTATION SHOW FOR THE AUSTRALIAN MISTS 2013
On the 15th June 2013 the Aristocrats Cat club hosted the Australian Mist presentation show , never before had so many Australian Mists been together in one place at the same time in the UK More importantly it marked the beginning of the application for full recognition of the Australian Mist with Felis Britannica.
The above pictures show some of the pens at the Presentation Show
FIRST OFFICIAL UK OUTCROSS PROGRAMME
In 2017 the first litter of F1 outcross Australian Mist kittens were born to start an official UK outcross programmeto introduce new genetics into the breed. The first F1 went on to produce a litter of F2 kittens in 2018