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Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau

Small to medium-sized with a dense short coat, the Egyptian Mau is one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domestic cat. They are elegant and athletic looking, with neat rounded paws and a lean, muscular build. The striking markings and large round eyes give them the appealing if slightly worried look that is typical of the breed. 

The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Lean and elegant cat
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Needs a calm environment

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
Weight:  2.7 - 6kg
Colours:  Come in six colours, silver, bronze, smoke, black, caramel and blue/pewter, however silver is the most common.


Family-friendly: 2/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  2/5
Likes Other Pets: 3/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 3/5
Pregnant Egyptian Mau cat is walking in the town


Playful and fun-loving, the Mau has distinctly dog like characteristics, they will enjoy a game of fetch, learning to retrieve thrown toys, and they often adore playing in, and with, water! The Mau is also a loyal and very friendly cat, loving a lap to curl up on and particularly enjoying snuggling into any warm spot, laptop case, duvet, by the fire or anywhere else they can find one. Another feature of the breed is their musical voice, they will chirp and chortle, chirrup and chat away, not in a demanding or strident way but a familiar and conversational sort of sound whilst interacting with their favourite people. 

Egyptian Mau cat is looking at something in surprise

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Egypt

Supposedly derived from the street cats of Egypt, the Egyptian Mau does bear a close resemblance to the cats depicted in ancient Egyptian art, however the breed was actually developed after World War 2. The feline genome data demonstrates that the Egyptian Mau belongs to a group of Western-derived breeds, including the Maine Coon, Korat and Turkish Angoras.  

By the 1990’s there were breeders across the world, including the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe, however the breed did not appear in the UK until 1998. They were fully recognised by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in 2006 and remain a rare breed in Britain with fewer than 200 kittens registered each year. 

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