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Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau

Basic Egyptian Mau Information

  • Lifespan: 18 - 20 years
  • Weight: 6 - 14 pounds


Egyptian Mau Traits

  • Lap Cat
         
  • Intelligence
         
  • Ease of Training
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Good with Dogs
         
  • Chattiness
         


Egyptian Mau History

  • Archaeologists have discovered cats in the tombs of ancient Egyptians that look a lot like the Egyptian Mau of today.
  • Regarded as one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds, the Mau may be related to a spotted subspecies of the African Wild Cat.
  • The American lineage of Egyptian Maus can be traced back to the cattery belonging to exile Russian Princess Nathalie Troubetskoy, who came to the United States in 1956.
  • The Cat Fanciers Association first recognized this breed for cat show competition in 1968.


Egyptian Mau Behavior Concerns

  • Ranks as one of the most athletic and agile cat breeds.
  • Maus are capable of leaping six feet in the air from a standing position and running up to 30 miles per hour.
  • You need to play with them daily to unleash their pent up energy.
  • Maus are often regarded as being aloof because they take their time in forming friendships with people and other pets.
  • They tend to be even tempered and aware of everything that is going on around them.
  • They are very loyal and devoted to their favorite people and will display their affection in dog-like ways - such as waiting at the door to greet you when you come home and bringing you a toy to start playtime or chirp or chortle at you to get your attention if they notice something happening like a bird on the feeder or a spider crawling on the kitchen floor.
  • They can develop friendships with other family pets, but need to do so on their timetable and terms. They are not readily receptive to interacting with non-resident pets.


Look of Egyptian Maus

  • Easily mistaken for an Ocicat or even a Bengal, the Egyptian Mau sports natural spots not only on the coat, but the skin, too. The main difference is that Maus are smaller than these two breeds.
  • The Mau displays a lithe, athletic body, wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped gooseberry colored eyes and a coat that comes in silver, bronze and smoke colors.
  • Maus take up to two years before reaching physical maturity.


Grooming Egyptian Mau Cats

  • Easy, minimally shedding coat benefits by being wiped down once a week with a slightly damp washcloth to retain its shine.


Suggested Nutritional Needs for Egyptian Maus

  • Their high-energy nature enables them to burn off calories
  • This breed does not have any special nutritional needs.


Fun Facts of Egyptian Maus

  • The word, Mau, means "cat" or "sun" in Egyptian.
  • The Egyptian Mau competes with the Abyssinian for bragging rights as being the most direct descendant of ancient Egyptian cats.
  • The head stripes on this breed resemble a scarab beetle, regarded as Egypt's holy beetle that was often touted as a symbol of the sun.


Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.


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