The Egyptian Mau is the Greyhound of the cat world. The strikingly spotted cat has been clocked at 30 miles per hour and has extraordinary leaping ability. They originated in Egypt, possibly descended from the African wild cat, and is the only domestic cat with a natural spotting pattern. In addition to their striking spotted coat patterns these cats display exceptional intelligence and exhibit a fierce loyalty to their owners.
Even though they are domesticated, several characteristics of their early ancestors have been retained. These characteristics include the Cheetah gait and a loose skin flap that extends from flank to hind leg, which allows the Mau remarkable freedom and agility in twisting and jumping.
The Egyptian Mau is gentle and reserved. They love the people they know and desire attention and affection from them but are wary of strangers. Early socialization is essential with this sensitive and sometimes shy cat, especially if you plan to show or travel with them. Otherwise, they can be easily startled by unexpected noises or events.
Like any cat, the Egyptian Mau is athletic and loves to climb and chase toys. They are smart and observant, quickly learning to open doors and drawers to get at what they want, usually a favourite toy or treat. Maus communicate pleasure or enthusiasm with a wagging tail and kneading paws, and may converse with you in a voice that chortles and trills.
The Egyptian Mau is highly intelligent. Challenge his brain by teaching him tricks and providing him with puzzle toys that will reward him with kibble or treats when he learns to manipulate them.
The Egyptian Mau is a muscular, medium-size cat of 7 to 9 pounds with a rounded, wedge-shaped head and almond-shaped eyes that are gooseberry green and a somewhat worried expression.
The Mau takes their name from the Egyptian word for cat. They come in three colours: silver with charcoal markings, bronze with dark brown or black markings, and smoke with black markings. Pet-quality cats come in other colours, including solid black or blue, blue silver, and blue smoke.
They are the only domestic cat with a natural spotting pattern, the spots are only on the edge of the fur.
More About The Egyptian Mau
The Egyptian Mau is thought to have originated in Egypt, a theory supported with research by feline geneticist Dr. Leslie Lyons, as well as archaeological evidence in the form of ancient artworks depicting heavily spotted cats with the same distinctive mascara markings and barring seen in today’s Mau. Possibly descended from the small African wild cat, this is the only domestic cat with a natural spotting pattern.
People began to selectively breed the cats in the 1950s. The first Egyptian Maus imported to the United States came from Italy by way of Russian princess Nathalie Troubetskoy.
The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the Mau in 1977, followed by The International Cat Association in 1979.
- For an unexplained reason, Maus tend to be more sensitive to anaesthesia and medicine, so work closely with your veterinarian if any medical treatment is required.
- In addition, they prefer warm temperatures, more so than the average cat.
- The Egyptian Mau has a medium-length coat so grooming needs are minimal – Brush the thick coat weekly to keep it shiny and healthy.
- Keep their nails clipped.