Egyptian Mau Cat Guide

With their striking looks the Egyptian Mau enchants everyone they meet with their outgoing personalities. To their owners they grow strong bonds and become the most loyal of companions to the lucky person that they choose. By choosing an Egyptian Mau, you are choosing a cat with bundles of energy and a friend for life…. Read more »

With their striking looks the Egyptian Mau enchants everyone they meet with their outgoing personalities. To their owners they grow strong bonds and become the most loyal of companions to the lucky person that they choose. By choosing an Egyptian Mau, you are choosing a cat with bundles of energy and a friend for life.

The Facts

  • Temperament: Intelligent, loyal and lively
  • Attention Needs: high
  • Average Life Span: 14-15 years
  • Coat length: Short
  • Grooming required: Egyptian Maus benefit from grooming to aid bonding with owner.

The Look

Maus have large, almond-shaped eyes which are always green in colour, with medium-sized ears and an M shape on the forehead. They are strong, muscular, medium-sized cats with strikingly beautiful fur.They have spotted tabby patterned coats with two or more bands of ticking. They are either silver
with grey or black spots, bronze with dark brown or black spots and smoke, which is a dark grey coat with black markings. Their short to mid-length coats
are fine and shiny.

 

History

Maus are one of the oldest cat breeds and are believe to have descended from ancient street cats which were domesticated in Ancient Egypt. They were first recorded in Europe in Italy just before World War Two and were imported to the USA in the 1950s where breeders worked hard to establish the breed over the following 30 years. However it was not until 1998 that they were first breed in the UK, by a lady who dreamed of owning one and went over to the USA to collect six unrelated kittens for breeding.

Health

All have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic. Problems that may affect the Egyptian Mau include the following:

  • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK Def)

Fun Fact

Egyptian Maus are one of the only naturally spotted domestic cat breeds
along with a the very rare Bahraini Dilmum cat that hails from Bahrain.