About the Egyptian Mau Cat
Playful and curious when at home with family, the Egyptian Mau cat can be shy or even standoffish with strangers. These stunning cats are highly intelligent, with a reputation for making conversation with their favorite people.
Like most felines, these Egyptian beauties love to relax when the time comes, but for the most part, they are not couch potatoes! They truly enjoy playtime, and their ability to learn interactive games has given them a reputation for having almost doglike personalities.
If you bring an Egyptian Mau cat into your family, you will need to spend plenty of time helping to bring out the best in their personality. Be sure to focus on socialization to prevent problems at the vet and to ensure that the cat is comfortable with visitors; take care to ensure that all interactions are as positive as possible, so the cat learns that humans are fun and friendly, and that treats are involved when good behavior is put on display.
If you plan to show your Egyptian Mau cat, socialization takes on an even more important role: Aggressive cats are disqualified immediately and antisocial individuals aren't viewed as desirable even when their markings are beautiful.
Although Egyptian Mau cats have no special nutritional needs, they thrive on a high-protein diet. Even though they are active, these cats are fairly small and overfeeding can lead to obesity, which can create pain and joint issues. It's important to check with your vet to ensure that your feeding the correct amount.
While the Egyptian Mau cat has a short, fine coat, they'll appreciate the opportunity to bond with you as you brush and polish there for to bring out the shine! Brushing once or twice per week will help cut down on shedding, too.
Egyptian Mau cats love to play. While these kitties enjoy fun of all kinds, they truly enjoy running and jumping. This breed holds the land speed record for domesticated cats: an Egyptian Mau cat was once clocked at 30 mph!
These cats appreciate toys just as much as members of other active breeds. They'll happily play by themselves, and they will enjoy interacting with you, as well. They can be taught to walk on a leash and retrieve, which are fantastic ways to help expend energy and expand opportunities for socialization. In addition to toys, be sure that your Egyptian Mau cat has access to multiple scratching posts and a tall cat tower that satisfies their need to jump and climb.
Even with all the right cat furniture in place, these kitties can be found peering down from the tops of cupboards, bookshelves, and other high vantage points.
Egyptian Mau cats are generally healthy, but they occasionally develop kidney disease and urolithiasis, which is a form of bladder stones. Proper diet can help prevent stone formation, as can ample hydration.
Consider feeding your Egyptian Mau cat fresh food or high-quality canned food rather than dry food since lack of moisture can contribute to kidney, bladder, and urinary tract disease.
As the breed's name suggests, the Egyptian Mau cat originated in Egypt. No one knows exactly when these cats were developed, but we do know that the breed is an ancient one. Egyptian hieroglyphics depict spotted cats that bear similarities to today’s Egyptian Mau cats, so it is entirely possible that this breed or its close ancestors were among those revered by ancient Egyptian people, perhaps as long as 4,000 years ago.
The standardized Egyptian Mau cats we know and love today were developed using spotted Egyptian street cats, which are believed to count North African Wildcats among their ancestors.
During the early centuries A.D., Romans brought spotted Egyptian cats to Italy and from there, these cats made their way around Europe. It is likely that domestic cats with Egyptian origins interbred with European wildcats, ultimately treating humanity to the northern European domestic cats that are so prevalent now.
Pedigreed Egyptian cats were bred in Europe prior to the second World War, but few records survive. Like many cat breeds, the Egyptian Mau was nearly extinct by the end of World War II; food shortages and widespread devastation led to tragedy for pets all throughout the affected regions.
Luckily, this particular breed was given a second chance. An exiled Russian princess named Nathalie Troubetskoy was serving as a nurse in Rome during the early 1950s when she was given a silver spotted female kitten. This kitten had originated with a diplomat from one of Rome's Middle East embassies, although history has forgotten which one. Troubetskoy, having knowledge of the breed, believed that the kitten was an Egyptian Mau. She named the kitten Lulu or Ludol, and acquired a male Egyptian Mau named Gregorio. She used her diplomatic contacts to import more Egyptian Mau cats from the Middle East and her first litter of Egyptian Mau kittens was born in 1953.
In 1956, the princess emigrated to America, bringing three of her treasured cats with her. Two of these cats, a silver female named Fatima Baba and a bronze male named Fatima Jojo form the foundation for today's Egyptian Mau cat breed.
The Cat Fanciers Federation registered these Egyptian Mau cats in 1956 when they first arrived in the U.S. Soon, other registries including the Canadian Cat Association and the Cat Fanciers Association recognized the new line of Egyptian Mau cats. CFA granted the breed championship status in 1977. These days, breeders can be found worldwide; however, they are few and far between, meaning the Egyptian Mau cat is still a rare breed.
Did You Know?
Not all cats like to play in water, but the Egyptian Mau cat is an exception! These kitties will do anything to get their paws wet and have even been known to learn how to turn on faucets.
Even though breed standards states that only silver, bronze, and smoke colors are suitable for show, the Egyptian Mau cat comes in five colors, all displaying variations on the exotic spotted pattern that gives this breed its unique appearance. Black and pewter Egyptian Mau cats are considered to be of pet quality.
The spots on the Egyptian Mau cat's coat occur naturally. These markings make this breed the only naturally occurring spotted domestic cat.
The Breed Standard
Legs & Paws
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Egyptian Mau cat cost?
Egyptian Mau cats cost between $500-$3,500.
How big do Egyptian Mau cats get?
Egyptian Mau cats tend to be small in size. A fully grown Egyptian Mau cat might weigh between 6-14 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 11"-14" inches tall.
How long do Egyptian Mau cats live?
The Average lifespan for Egyptian Mau is 12-15 years.