Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau cat breed is an elegant, athletic-looking cat characterised by a random spotted pattern. Mau cats are said to have a unique 'worried' expression.

  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Somehow talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non Hypoallergenic breed
  • Needs some out-door space
  • May require familiarisation before living with children

Origin

Mau is the Egyptian word for cat and bears a striking resemblance to the statuesque spotted cats depicted in Ancient Egyptian art. The breed originates from a spotted cat found in Cairo that it said to have be taken to Rome in 1953 by a Russian princess. She bred a number of spotted cats in Italy and later moved to North America where breeders developed the modern Mau. The characteristic markings on its head are said to resemble the scarab beetle held sacred by Ancient Egyptians. Mau cats were only imported into the UK in 1998.

Country of Origin

Egypt/Italy

Personality

The Egyptian Mau cat is a loving and playful cat breed. It is said to be are extremely clever and enjoys learning tricks and walking on a lead. Enjoying fuss and attention the breed makes them an ideal family cat. As they are active, Mau cats need some stimulus such as toys or companions to play with, especially if they are going to be left on their own for long.

Health

The Egyptian Mau cat is not a common breed and at present there is no information on significant health problems.

Nutrition

Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat. Other considerations to bear in mind are feeding the right quantity of food to maintain 'ideal body condition' in accordance with feeding guidelines and catering to individual preference regarding wet or dry food recipes.

Grooming

The Egyptian Mau cat breed requires no special grooming as its short fine coat is self-maintaining but they will enjoy being brushed with a soft brush as part of the attention it gets from its owner. As with all cats, regular vaccination and parasite control is recommended.

Best Cat Breeds for Children

While this breed is not widely recognised as one of the best breeds for children, all cats are different and with the proper familiarisation may still be able to live with children.

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What to Consider next

Adoption

It can be incredibly fulfilling to adopt a cat from an animal shelter and offer them a second chance in life. There are many cats waiting for a loving forever home. Each cat has its own story and many have lost their first home through no fault of their own, and would love to become a part of yours. Reputable centres will be very careful about matching the right people with the right cats. Staff will be also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart’s set on a pedigree cat, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. The main advantage of buying a pedigree kitten or cat is that you know fairly well what they will look like and how their personality is likely to develop. Contact your veterinarian for more information about infectious diseases, genetic predisposition or care needs of a cats, so you are fully prepared to welcome him into your home.

Welcoming your cat home

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