Once known as the Spotted Mist, this breed of cat was developed in Australia in 1976 by Truda Straede by crossing the Abyssinian, Burmese and various domestic short-haired cats. The name changed in 1998 after cats with marbled coats were accepted as part of the breed. Australian Mists require little brushing. Their life expectancy is 14 to 19 years. They are great indoor cats and are not inclined to scratch. The Mists have a playful nature, thrive on human contact and love attention. They have large expressive eyes and come in seven colors: blue, brown, caramel, chocolate, gold or peach.