The Egyptian Mau has a strong bond with her humans and vocally expresses her joy and love by meowing in a pleasing tone. She would also knead with her front paws and softly twirl her tail. She enjoys pursuing and bringing back a toy to show off her hunting prowess. She may be perched atop your refrigerator or bookcases because she is a breed that is moderately to highly active.
Egyptian Maus also enjoy water play and are intelligent enough to figure out how to open a faucet. She enjoys curling up in your lap for a snuggle session despite her high energy level. She gets along well with fun kids and other cats-friendly pets who can keep up with her busy and vivacious lifestyle, but she is apprehensive and guarded around strangers.
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Her chiselled body is atop a delicate, wedge-shaped head. Her cheekbones have “mascara” lines, and the “M” shape on her forehead gives her a little “worried” appearance. The wedge-shaped skull is topped by medium-sized ears. Her patches varies in size and shape from tiny to huge. She has little, delicate feet and her back legs are longer than her front ones. Her lengthy tail has bands and a black tip.
12 to 15 years
The spotted coat of the Egyptian Mau is available in three hues: silver, bronze, or smoke, which is a black-tipped, pale silver tint. The breed can also be found in solid black, blue silver, blue spotted, solid blue, and solid blue, however these colours are not permitted in the show ring. In addition to their distinctive patches, Maus have distinctively large eyes that are sometimes described as being “gooseberry green.”
Egyptian Maus modestly shed, like the majority of cats, but weekly combing removes stray hair.
Even though both pedigreed and mixed-breed cats are subject to genetic and non-genetic health hazards, ethical breeders make an effort to produce healthy kittens. The Egyptian Mau is a generally healthy feline, with urolithiasis and pyruvate kinase deficiency being its only known disease predispositions.
Although the breed’s precise origins are unknown, spotted cats were revered by the Egyptians in texts and artworks from as far back as 1550 BC. Despite the Egyptian Maus being documented in Europe before World War II, the conflict almost completely wiped out the breed. While residing in Rome, Natalie Troubetskoy, a Russian princess, received a silver female kitten as a present.
She was given the name “Baba,” and in 1956, Baba and her two kittens followed her to the United States. Troubetskoy created a standard and started breeding Egyptian Maus to protect the breed. The Cat Fanciers Federation first recognised the breed in 1968. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) and The International Cat Association (TICA) then recognised it in 1977 and 1979, respectively.Today, the majority of associations acknowledge it.