The Egyptian Mau is a rare cat breed. It is the only naturally occurring spotted cat breed registered by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). It is absolutely stunning, and these cats have a royal history. The Egyptian Mau plays a part in many stories and legends, which only fits such an elegant breed. They were even featured in the movie “Catwoman,” where an Egyptian Mau grants powers to the leading female character portrayed by Halle Berry. Here’s what all cat lovers should know about the Egyptian Mau.
The history of the Egyptian Mau dates back at least 3.000 years. It is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world, and some even argue these cats were kept by Egyptian pharaohs. The exact truth might never be discovered, but there is no denying that the Egyptian Mau is a fascinating breed. These cats were reasonably known in Europe before World War II. The fighting left this breed near extinction. Luckily, Egyptian Mau fanciers made sure the numbers of these cats got back, and the breed made a recovery. Unfortunately, it remains a fairly rare breed. The Egyptian Mau was first registered in 1968 by the CFA.
Cat Breed Characteristics
The Egyptian Mau has many unique characteristics that make them so uniquely beautiful and attractive. The most dominant trait most of us notice right away is their coat. However, there is much more to this cat than first meets the eye. Here are their basic characteristics that differentiate them from all other breeds.
The first thing we need to focus on is the Egyptian Mau’s coat. It has a short, glossy, soft coat. It is fairly thin since this breed developed in warmer climates. It is still better suited for warmer places.
The distinctive trait that makes the Egyptian Mau so special is its color. There are six possible colors these cats come in - silver, bronze, smoke, black, caramel, and blue/pewter. These cats have a dorsal stripe that runs from their heads to the tip of their tails. They have an M-shaped marking on their forehead, and their coat has randomly placed spots.
These cats are considered medium-sized. Despite that, it is the fastest domesticated cat breed and can reach a speed of 30mph. Most of these cats are 6 - 14 pounds.
Other than unique physical characteristics, the Egyptian Mau has a fantastic temperament. These cats are vocal, and you will surely hear them voice their emotions. When they’re happy, they might chortle in a quiet, pleasant voice. Egyptian Maus are loyal to their families, and there is nothing more they love than spending time with them. They are natural hunters, so they will gladly chase toys and bring them back to their people. The Mau is considered a reasonably active cat, and it will appreciate having things it can climb. A cat tree is a great idea to have for your Egyptian Mau.
All pureblooded cat breeds have specific health issues they’re prone to. Luckily, the Egyptian Mau is generally a healthy breed, with a life span of 12 - 15 years. It is best to get your Mau from a responsible breeder that tests their breeding cats and kittens. Some of the health concerns you and your vet should keep an eye on are;
- Urolithiasis - Formation of bladder stones.
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency - An inherited hemolytic anemia that is passed down from parents to offspring.
- Patellar luxation - An inherited dislocation of kneecaps. It can range from mild to severe.
World Cat Finder Team