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The Egyptian Mau Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

Medium. Takes time to adjust to new places.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 12-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Alright with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

Medium. Takes time to adjust to new places.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 12-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Alright with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

Medium. Takes time to adjust to new places.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 12-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Alright with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.
The Egyptian Mau Cat is one of the few naturally occurring spotted breeds. The spotted coat is the Mau’s most notable feature. The silver, bronze or smoked coat colors are accentuated with large gooseberry green eyes. This is a medium-size cat with a strong and muscular body. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs. It has a unique flap of skin that extends from the flank to the back knee. These traits give the Mau excellent running abilities. This cat can run at speed of 30 mph. The Egyptian Mau Cat is an attention seeking and affectionate breed. They tend to pick their special person and like being worshiped. This breed is reserved towards strangers and needs time to warm up to them. The Mau is playful and energetic breed that gets along better with older children who can match her energy levels.

Breed History

Legend and mystery surround the origins of the Egyptian Mau Cat. This breed got its name from the Egyptian word Mau, meaning cat or sun. It is one of only a few domestic cat breeds with a naturally occurring spotted pattern. The Egyptian Mau was worshiped by ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and kings. Papyri and frescoes dating back as far as 1550 B.C show spotted cats. Hence, it was thought that the Mau originated in Egypt. However, recent DNA analysis showed mainly European and North American descent. The Egyptian Mau Cats were well-known in Europe prior to World War II. However, this breed suffered greatly during the war and was at the brink of extinction. The breed as we know it today can be traced back to a silver female kitten. The Russian princess Natalie Troubetskoy got this kitten from the Egyptian ambassador in Rome, Italy. Troubestkoy named the kitten Baba. In 1956 Natalie immigrated to America and she brought Baba and two of her offspring with her. Once in America, Troubestkoy wanted to secure the breed’s survival. She wrote the breed’s standard and opened the Fatima cattery in order to breed more cats. In the beginning, the breeders had a limited gene pool to work with. Thus, it was hard to maintain the desired body type and temperament. But the import of new cats in the 1980s and later in 1991 made things a lot easier. The Egyptian Mau Cat was recognized by 1968 by Cat Fanciers Federation. The Cat Fanciers Association followed in 1977. Today the Egyptian Mau is recognized by most cat associations.

Size Standards

The Egyptian Mau Cat is a medium-size cat with a strong and muscular body. The Mau’s hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs that end in small dainty paws. This gives the breed the impression like standing on tiptoe. The Mau has a slightly rounded wedge-shaped head that is topped with medium-size large ears. The eyes are big and are gooseberry-green. The male Egyptian Maus are larger and weigh from 10-14 pounds. Females are slightly smaller and weigh from 6-10 pounds. The Mau is a highly active breed that needs high-quality food to fuel its energy needs. Feed your cat with dry cat food to keep her at the ideal weight. Stick to recommended food amounts to prevent obesity. An automatic cat feeder would surely help.

Egyptian Mau Cat Personality Traits

The Egyptian Mau Cat is a highly playful, affectionate and attention seeking breed. The Mau is an excellent family cat that stays loyal to its human caregivers. It will pick its favorite person and cherish it above everyone else. This breed is wary and reserved towards strangers and needs time to warm up to them.
This breed likes to jump and climb. So consider getting them a cat perch like this one. The perch can serve as a resting area or offer your cat a chance to observe its surroundings. The Mau vocalizes in a quiet and pleasant voice and will express its happiness by chortling. These cats swash their tails rapidly and knead their owners with front paws when they are content. The Mau is the happiest when it is surrounded by its family and worshiped. They don’t like being left alone. Thus, only get a Mau if you are able to fully devote your time and attention to your cat. The Mau likes to play and is the fastest breed of domestic cats. The Egyptian Mau Cat is highly active and needs places to burn its energy off. Therefore, invest in a cat activity centre that will provide scratching post, jumping and playing areas. This is a highly intelligent breed that can easily be trained. Teach your Egyptian Mau to walk on a leash or play fetch.

Adaptability

The Egyptian Mau Cat doesn’t like change and can have problems adapting to new owners and environment. This is a reserved and shy breed that becomes nervous in new situations and environments. Hence, is important to socialize your cat from the young age. Adult Maus have a harder time adjusting to new owners or new home. The Mau is a highly agile and athletic breed with high energy levels. They spend their days running, playing and jumping when they aren’t lying in their owner’s laps. Get a Cat Scratching Post and lots of toys to keep your Mau exercised.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Egyptian Mau Cat is considered to have a very good health. When it comes to the Mau, the strong and agile body and the love for play keep the sickness away. However, this breed can develop some health issues listed below:
  • Leukodystrophy: This is a congenital condition also known as Krabbe disease. This condition causes a progressive degeneration of the nervous system that causes weakness and difficulty walking. First symptoms start to appear when a kitten is 2 months old. At the time of writing this, there is no known treatment for this disease.

Lifespan

The Egyptian Mau Cats on average live from 12-15 years. Still, with its robust health and playful nature, these cats are known to live longer. To prolong your cat’s life expectancy, practice all preventive health care measures. Furthermore, get your cat from a reputable breeder who is willing to give you a health guarantee. This way you will avoid any hereditary health conditions and save on medical bills.

Grooming Needs

The Egyptian Mau Cat has a medium-length coat that is easily maintained. The coat’s texture varies depending on its color. Thus, cats with smoke coloring have fine, silky coats. Cats with silver or bronze coloring have more thick and resilient coats. Groom your Egyptian Mau twice a week to keep the coat shiny and clean. Get a pet grooming glove to remove loose hair, dander and give your cat a gentle massage. Since this is a shy breed, grooming your cat with a glove will help you deepen your bond. The Egyptian Mau Cat sheds moderately so you may need to brush your cat more often during the shedding season. Unlike other breeds, Mau isn’t afraid of water. So, you can give your cat occasional baths. Use a good quality cat shampoo to help soothe and protect the skin.

Egyptian Mau Cat Coat Colors

The Mau’s most recognizable trait is its spotted shiny coat. Spots can be both large and small, round or oblong and they cover the entire muscular body. The Egyptian Mau also has a distinctive ‘M’ shape on its forehead. The Mau’s cheeks sport the ‘mascara’ linings and the tail is covered with dark bands and ends with a dark tip The coat of the Egyptian Mau comes in silver, bronze and smoke (pale silver coat tipped with black) colors. Additional colors like solid black and blue, blue spotted, blue silver and blue smoke can be seen in Egyptian Mau Cats. However, these colors aren’t permitted in the show ring. So, these cats are sold as house pets and have all the same characteristic of the Mau breed.

Compatibility with Children and Other Pets

The playful nature of the Egyptian Mau makes it an ideal choice for homes with children. These cats tend to gravitate towards older kids who can match their energy levels. The Mau will enjoy playing hunt games with your child and the mice toys. The Mau is smart enough to stay away from toddlers and younger children who don’t know how to play with a cat. The Egyptian Mau is a territorial and stubborn breed. Thus, some cats of this breed aren’t so receptive of other pets. Overall, this cat needs to be socialized from the young age to tolerate other animals around. If Mau is permitted to rule over all other pets, it will get along with them just fine. The Egyptian Mau is a playful and energetic breed that loves games. Keep your cat’s brain stimulated with interactive puzzle toys. The Egyptian Mau is an attention seeking cat that needs daily interaction with its owner. Try to spend as much time as you can with your cat and play with her every day.