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The Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau



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Background:

You would think with a name like the Egyptian mau they would come from Egypt but as it happens the origin of this breed isn’t recorded. Mau’s are often said to be descended from African wild cats.

Attempts have been made to breed maus with Abyssinians, Siamese and tabbies.

In 1952 Russian Princess Natalie Troubetskaya was exiled to Italy and during her time there she met the cat of the Egyptian Ambassador. She persuaded the Ambassador to gather several cats from Egypt and bring them back to her in Italy, where she began to breed them. Troubetskaya described her maus as having a "troubled" look, with their round eyes and open expression.

Cat Facts:

  • The Egyptian mau is the greyhound of cats: clocked at 30 miles per hour.
  • Mau’s were often used for hunting because of their bird-like voices.
  • Egyptian maus will have either a ‘scarab beetle’ or ‘M’ marking on their foreheads.
  • Maus are on the smaller side, weighing in around 7-9 lbs.

What's the Egyptian Mau like?

Egyptian maus are typically slender while at the same time muscular. They have several differences from other cats: their legs, which are a little shorter in the front, explain why they’re also the fastest cat breed.

Maus are known for having a very loyal and friendly personality.

One health problem which might occur in this breed is leuodystrophy, which is a neurological condition that could appear in kittens. Keep in mind that this breed is more sensitive to medicines and anesthesia than most others.

Takeaway points:

  • This breed loves getting affection and attention, but can be on the shy side sometimes, especially when meeting new friends.
  • The texture of your cat’s fur will depict how much grooming is necessary. Cats with a silver or bronze coat have a denser fur texture.
  • The Egyptian mau will run up your curtians, and even onto your shoulders, keep that mind when buying fancy drapes or sweaters.
  • Because of how fast these guys are they’re able to sneak out quick, so keep them indoors to protect them from attacks and diseases. If you live near a road pay special attention.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.


About the Egyptian Mau

The exotic appearance of the Egyptian Mau is only the beginning of the magic of the breed. Owners of the Egyptian Mau find them unique in many ways in addition to their striking spotted coat patterns. These cats display exceptional intelligence and exhibit a fierce loyalty to their owners. Even though domesticated, several characteristics of their early ancestors have been retained. These 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.

Most people are attracted to Egyptian Mau because of their exotic good looks. They fall in love with them because of their incredible, irrepressible personalities. All cats are characters, but these, well, they’re absolutely enchanting. Like all cats, they are individuals, one and all, but typical for the breed they tend to take it to extremes. Friendly to everyone in the family, they tend to be cautious with strangers and select their “Special Person.” On their own territory, they tend to be extremely outgoing with absolutely no fear and a ton of curiosity. They make wonderful companions.

The Egyptian Maus are interactive cats. They dote on their humans and expect to be an integral part of the family. Some people call them the gentle cousins of the Abyssinian. While they certainly aren’t hyper, legend has it that they have some of the fastest reflexes ever seen in a feline. They are shoulder riders, refrigerator vultures, and furry alarm clocks but can definitely take a confident hand when handling. Most Egyptian Maus have very distinct ideas about who can handle them and when. They are sensitive, people-oriented cats, but they like things on their terms and dote on their people.

When you look at an Egyptian Mau, or catch sight of one out of the corner of your eye, they should draw you back through the ages to something a little exotic, a little jungle, a little breath-taking, and a little primitive. Make no mistake, these are heartbreakingly beautiful cats. No picture or book can do justice to the exotic beauty found in a silver Egyptian Mau’s dazzling green eyes and shiny spots, the ghostly elegance found in a smoke Egyptian Mau’s pattern, or the livingroom- leopard grace of the bronze.

These cats give the impression of strength, substance, grace, and agility. They are supposed to be a muscular cat with a medium long lithe body. A truly exceptional example will thrill the onlooker with its elegance and beauty. These are ballerinas, not linebackers, and topping the athletic, refined but moderate body is the crowning glory of the Mau: the totally unique head with the large, expressive gooseberry green eyes and beautiful medium to large broad-based ears set so that there is ample width between.

Legend and mystery surround the origins of this ancient and royal breed. Although time had obscured the true ancestry of the modern day Egyptian Mau, when an Egytpian Mau poses regally on a judging table and gazes out with its haunting, imperious eyes, one can envision these creatures gracing ancient Egyptian temples. And grace them they did. The Egyptian Mau was worshipped by pharaohs and kings. The word Mau meant cat or sun in Ancient Egypt, and there is no question that the Egyptians revered the cat both as a god and as a treasure. Papyri and frescoes dating back as far as 1550 B.C. depict spotted cats. Many documents found from the dawn of the New Kingdom on make it obvious that the cat was an integral part of daily life, as well as a worshipped deity.

Inherent to the Egyptian Mau is the word “natural.” The Egyptian Mau is the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat. As such, these cats are limited to the colors that occurred naturally – silver, bronze, smoke, and black – as well as the dilute versions of these colors – blue silver, blue spotted, blue smoke, and blue. Although the black and dilute Maus are not eligible for showing, they make excellent pets, as do all other Maus.

When looking for an Egyptian Mau, you should look for a reputable breeder who will undoubtedly have a series of questions for you, designed to make sure that you and the Egyptian Mau are compatible. Do not be surprised if there is a wait of some sort. These little treasures are worth it. Usually breeders make kittens available between twelve and sixteen weeks of age. For more information, please contact the Breed Council Secretary for this breed.


Best Egyptian Mau Cat Guide – Characteristics & Temperaments

The spotted Egyptian Mau Cat is the only natural breed of pedigreed spotted domestic cat and is arguably descended from the sacred cats of Egypt. Egyptian Maus bear a strong resemblance to spotted cats depicted in wall-paintings found in the temples of Thebes which were built on the Nile around 1400 B.C. An earlier tomb at Thebes, dated about 1750 B.C. contained an earthenware statuette of a spotted cat.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead dated around 1100 B.C., contains spells that will guarantee a safe passage to the afterlife and also includes papyrus pictures of spotted cats. The Maus of this period were probably descended from the African wild cat. They were later domesticated, cherished as pets, worshipped as gods and mummified after their death. The origins of the Mau breed can be traced back to almost 3,500 years ago.

The modern Mau (actually mau is the Egyptian word for cat) is a common domesticated breed in North Africa and can be found in the streets of Cairo. However the Mau’s history in the western cat fancy started in 1953, when an exiled Russian princess called Natalie Troubetskoy, started breeding Egyptian Maus in Rome. They were first shown at an international cat show in 1955 and then she brought three cats to the US in 1956. These three cats formed the foundation stock for the breed in the US and Canada. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognized the breed in 1977. Early Maus were a little wild and unpredictable and recently breeders have been trying to develop a quieter temperament.

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Children & Other Pets

The active and playful Mau is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He’s smart enough to get out of the way of toddlers but loves school-age children because they are a match for his energy level and curiosity. Nothing scares him, certainly not dogs, and he will happily make friends with them if they don’t give him any trouble. He is a skilled hunter, however, and pet birds or other small animals are probably not safe in his presence. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.

Large, Medium Hair, Gentle, Friendly

Largest, Easygoing, Friendly

Medium, Longhair, Graceful, Quiet


Egyptian Mau Kittens– Before You Buy…

Thie breed isn’t the most popular, so finding one could be the most challenging part. When you buy an Egyptian Mau kitten, you can expect to pay somewhere between $800-$1,200.

The cost will much depend on the pattern, color, and breeding of the cat. Each breeder will have their own prices for various reasons. Even kittens in the same litter might cost different amounts due to specific markings or coloration.

Because this breed is a rarity, you might not see one at a local rescue or shelter, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can always check locally to see if there is a cat in need of a new life.

If you’re lucky enough to spot one, you can expect to pay around $100 to $150. Pricing usually covers any vetting like vaccinations, health checks, and the cost of spay or neuter procedures.


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