Australian Mist Cat Care

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Body Type: Moderate

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Australian Mist has a short, dense coat that is soft to the touch and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Its fur is easy to maintain with regular brushing and occasional bathing.

Australian Mist Cat

Australian Mist Cat Characteristics

The Australian Mist cat is a unique breed that was developed in Australia in the 1970s. These cats are known for their short, dense coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. They have a muscular build and a round head with large, expressive eyes.

Australian Mists are friendly and affectionate cats that love to play and interact with their owners. They are also known for their intelligence and adaptability, making them great pets for families with children or other pets.

Regular grooming is important for this breed to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Essential Grooming Tools for Australian Mist Cats

In order to groom Australian Mist Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushHelps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersCuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents$5 – $15
Ear cleanerRemoves debris and cleans the ear to ward off infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsMade from soft fibers that won’t irritate or scratch the delicate skin inside a cat’s ears, ensuring a comfortable and safe cleaning experience$1 – $5
ToothbrushKeeps your cat’s teeth clean to avoid dental problems and promote good oral hygiene$3 – $10
ToothpasteRegular use of cat toothpaste can help prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay, contributing to your cat’s overall health and well-being$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are made with mild and non-toxic ingredients that are specifically chosen to be gentle on your cat’s skin and fur, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and irritation compared to using human shampoos$3 – $12


Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your Australian Mist Cat

brushing an Australian Mist Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Australian Mist once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Increase the frequency of brushing during shedding seasons (typically spring and fall). Provide your cat with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplements to promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Australian Mist Cat

The Australian Mist is a low-maintenance cat breed that doesn’t require frequent baths. However, if your cat gets into a mess, you may need to give them a bath.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose fur or tangles.
  2. Then, fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a small amount of cat shampoo.
  3. Gently wet your cat’s coat and lather the shampoo, being careful to avoid their face and ears.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your cat in a towel to dry.

Australian Mists have short, dense coats that dry quickly, so you don’t need to worry about blow-drying.

How Often Should I Bathe My Australian Mist Cat?

You should bathe your Australian Mist cat only when necessary, such as if they get into something dirty or smelly, as they are generally good at grooming themselves.

How to Trim the Nails of an Australian Mist

  1. Start by getting your cat comfortable with having their paws touched. Gently massage their paws and give them treats to create a positive association.
  2. Use a pair of sharp, cat-specific nail clippers to trim the tips of the nails. Avoid cutting too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  3. If your cat has clear nails, you can see the quick and avoid it. If their nails are dark, only trim a small amount at a time to avoid cutting the quick.
  4. If your cat is resistant to having their nails trimmed, try wrapping them in a towel or using a cat restraint bag to keep them still.
  5. Trim your Australian Mist’s nails every 2-3 weeks to keep them at a healthy length and prevent them from getting too sharp or causing damage to furniture or people.

Remember, trimming your cat’s nails is an important part of their grooming routine and can help keep them healthy and happy. With a little patience and practice, you can become an expert at keeping your Australian Mist’s nails in top shape.

Cleaning the Ears

how to clean a cat's ears

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Australian Mist gently but firmly, making sure they are comfortable and calm.
  • Lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Australian Mist with a treat or praise for being a good kitty during the ear cleaning process.

If you notice any unusual discharge, odor, or redness in your cat’s ears, contact your veterinarian as this could be a sign of an ear infection or other health issue.

Cleaning the Teeth

  1. Start by getting your Australian Mist comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. Once they are comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at most pet stores.
  3. Use a toothpaste made for cats, as human toothpaste can be harmful to them. Apply a small amount to the toothbrush.
  4. Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outside of their teeth, as this is where plaque and tartar build-up occurs.
  5. Be patient and gentle, and stop if your cat becomes agitated or uncomfortable.
  6. Aim to brush your Australian Mist’s teeth at least once a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular brushing can help prevent dental issues and keep your Australian Mist healthy and happy.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Check your cat regularly for fleas and ticks, especially during warmer months.
– Use a flea and tick preventative recommended by your veterinarian to keep your cat protected.

Matted Fur

Australian Mists have a short, dense coat that rarely mats. However, if mats do occur, use a slicker brush to gently work them out, starting at the edges and working inward. If the mat is too tight, use scissors to carefully cut it out.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Australian Mists are generally low-maintenance cats, but they can be prone to skin allergies and irritations. To prevent these issues, make sure to regularly groom your cat and keep their environment clean. If you notice any signs of skin irritation, such as redness or itching, consult with your veterinarian for proper treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Australian Mist Cat?

You should brush your Australian Mist cat at least once a week to keep their short, dense coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them more frequently to prevent hairballs and matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Australian Mist Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Australian Mist cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and skin, which has a different pH level than a cat’s skin. Using human shampoo can strip your cat’s skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and even skin infections. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is pH-balanced and gentle on your cat’s skin.