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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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Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency and urgent care needs can be met right here at our hospital, 7 days a week from 7:00am to 11:00pm.  

If you are in need of assistance between the hours of 11:00pm and 7:00am, please call VCA Advanced Veterinary Care at (317) 578-4100. They are located on the northeast side of Indianapolis at 7712 Crosspoint Common; Fishers, IN; 46038.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.