Egyptian Mau<<<< Back to cat breeds
- Country: Egypt
- Origin: Natural
- Scientific name: Felis catus
- Colors: grey with black spots
- Coat: Short
- Temperament: active, rapid, curious
- Litter size: 6 puppies
- Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
- Price: $150 - $300 USD
It can be considered the oldest existing breed, being a direct descendant of the first cats domesticated by humans. It is present in paintings and sculptures considered archaeological remains of the Egyptian civilization, from over 5000 years ago. The cat's image had a religious symbolic significance, being associated with various deities, both male and females; for example, Ra, the sun god or Bastet, the goddess of fertility (depicted as having the head or whole body of a cat).
In ancient Egypt, when the cult of the goddess Bastet was at its peak, when a cat died, their owners used to shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning and took the cat's embalmed body to Bubastis, Bastet's city. After the Second World War, the Russian Princess Natalia Trubetkaia receives three such cats from one Egyptian official. In 1953 she takes the cats to the United States, creating a farm where breed selection begins, the Fatima cattery. These three cats are the ancestors of all cats of this breed.
Aspect Egyptian Mau cat
It is the only spotted cat breed that was domesticated, other cats of this type being the result of the crossbreeding of several domestic and wild breeds. Mau is not as substantial as the British Shorthair, but svelte as Orientals. It is a medium sized cat with well defined muscles, giving the impression of an active and athletic cat. The head has the shape of a truncated triangular pyramid, with the 'M' pattern on the forehead, typical for the tabby.
The nose forms a small angle with the forehead but without an evident stop. The ears are well developed, slightly sharp at the tip and widely spaced. The eyes are large and almond-shaped. The rear legs are longer than the front ones, and the paws are small, oval and delicate. The tail is of medium length. The coat is thick, glossy and with the superficial medium length hair. The hair is short, fine and silky, colored in dense black spots regularly arranged on a tabby pattern coat, including on the abdomen, these are called "vest buttons".
Behavior Egyptian Mau cat
Called the "salon leopard", these breed is very agile, quick, active and curious. With the family it is sociable, affectionate and playful, prefers the hunting game and doesn't stay too long in your arms. Distrustful of strangers, will hide when they show up. It is generally quiet, meows only asking for food. Great compatibility with children and other cats. The male can have a stronger and independent character than the female. It has a strong sense of territory. It can live in an apartment, but needs lots of space for movement; ideal would be a house with a garden.
Features Egyptian Mau cat
They are prone to obesity and can limit the amount of food consumed. Egyptian Maus do no require special maintenance because they can care for their own fur, but the cat will enjoy the attention while brushing with a soft brush. The coat has to be silky and smooth, with a metallic luster.
Diseases Egyptian Mau cat
It has no breed-specific health problems. After eight years of age, you should take it to regular veterinary checks, at least once a year, to check the teeth and proper function of the kidneys and liver.
Life Span: 12 to 15 years.