Egyptian Mau Cat

The Egyptian Mau is an elegant feline that have been widely depicted in Ancient Egyptian art as early as 2200 B.C. They are both loving companions and imperative protectors; greatly treasured for its ferocity, agility, and vigor throughout the Ancient Egyptian. It is believed the Egyptian Mau is descended from the African Wild cat that lived around the Nile Delta. They are one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cat. The spots of the Mau is unique in that the patterns occur only on the end of the hairs of its coat.

It was said early Egyptian Maus were trained to hunt prey, such as birds and fish for their humans. They were also natural at keeping vermin in control therefore protecting crops and harvest. Cats were held in such high regard and worshipped in the form of Goddess Bastet that if anyone was to be caught killing a cat, they would be stoned to death for their crime.

Modern day Egyptian Maus are a small to medium sized short-haired cat breed. In 1956, a Russian expatriate Princess Natalie Troubetskoy brought 3 Egyptian Maus to the United States that serve as the founding stock of this breed in the country.

The Mau is lean and muscular, has the appearance of standing on tiptoes when upright due to its hind legs are longer than the front. The longer hind legs and extra flap of skin extending from the flank to the back knee, providing for greater agility and length of stride. The Egyptian Mau is the fastest of the domestic cats, they have been clocked running more than 48 km/h (30 mph). They are athletic and excellent climbers.

The Mau’s forehead has a dark M shape or the ‘Mark of the Scarab Beetle’, and mascara lines which run from the cheeks and down the neck. The ears are large, and the almond-shaped eyes are gooseberry green. The coat is silky with a fine texture. They come in either colours: Caramel, silver, bronze, smoke, black and blue/pewter.

The Egyptian Mau is an intelligent, playful, outgoing, and active cat. They are attention seekers and dislike to be left on their own for extended periods. It is advisable to keep a pair if the owner can’t afford to spend much time attending to them. This is a breed that is known for its loyalty to their human family and gets on well with other pets and children.

Maus are often praised for their vocal range. They are known to chirp, chortle, and emit other distinctly uuncommom vocalizations when stimulated. Another behavior, quite common in happy Maus, has been described as “wiggle-tail.” The cat, whether female or male, wiggles and twitches its tail, and appears to be marking territory, also known as spraying, but during this behavior the Mau is not releasing urine. They have impressive facial expressions that change according to mood, and eye colour may change from green to turquoise.

Ocicat Breed

If you are looking for a friendly and playful cat that has similar temperament as a dog, you are looking for a ocicat cat.

Ocicats are often not shy around strangers and get along with other animals just fine. Many enjoy a game of fetch and enthusiastic with toy. They are not against walking on lease and harness. Best of all they are known to come when called, sit, lie down, speak on command and other common dog tricks. The breed is often describe as a “dog in a cat’s body”. If you are looking for a cat to ‘rehabilitate’ a dog person, you have a very high success rate with an Ocicat.

The Ocicat is a very unique breed with appearance of a wild cat but is without wild DNA in its gene pool. The feline was first breed by Virginia Daly, an American from Berkley, Michigan in 1964, in an attempt to produce an Abyssinian-pointed Siamese. The second generation produced a spotted kitten and nicknamed ‘Ocicat’ by the breeder’s daughter for its similarity to the Ocelot. More similar spotted litters were produced by the parent cats and these litters formed the basis of Ocicat breed.

Later breeders introduced American Shorthairs Silver Tabbies gene into the breed and gave the breed their silver color, bigger bone structure and the distinctive markings known today.
Today the Ocicat is found all around the world, favored for its friendly nature but wild appearance.

The standard colors for the Ocicat breed are tawny, chocolate and cinnamon, their dilutes, blue, lavender and fawn, and those with silver are black silver (ebony silver), chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver and fawn silver. One of the most distinctive ‘wild’ features of these cats is the dark contrasting spots.

Ocicats are described as having a modified “wedge” head that is longer than wide. Their eyes are almond shaped. with ears tilted at a 45 degree angle. They also have large, impressive bodies, strong legs with dark markings, and powerful, oval shaped paws. Despite they are heftier than expected, Ocicats are very agile and keen to play. This is a breed suitable for family even with a couple of other pets thrown in as well.

Birman Cats

A little ‘cat-scratch’ teaser for all cat lovers. Have you read how the famed Birman cats came into being?

Long before the teachings of Buddha enlightened the peoples of South-East Asia, the local tribe of Burma (now known as Myanmar) built a temple high on a slope of the northwestern mountain range. The sacred temple was called Lao-Tsun and it was here that the Kittah priests worshipped the golden goddess with sapphire eyes, Tsun-Kyan-Kse, who guided the consciousness of the deceased to rebirth in their next body.

There were many white longhaired felines with amber eyes in residence at the Lao-Tsun temple. It was said that the bodies of these cats were temporary receptors of the venerable souls of departed priests. One such beautiful cat, whose name was Sinh, was the personal favorite of the High Priest Mun-Ha. ‘Sinh’ means birth.

One day, as Mun-Ha knelt to pray before the golden statue of the goddess, he was mercilessly killed by intruders. Seeing this, Sinh immediately leapt upon the body of his master and looked up into the sapphire eyes of the goddess. Precisely at that moment, Mun-Ha’s soul was transmigrated into the body of Sinh whose fur instantly took on the golden glow of the goddess and its eyes turned into brilliant blue. Sinh’s nose, ears, legs and tail darkened to take on the color of the earth but its paws, resting on the body of his departed master, remained pure white denoting the purity of the High Priest’s soul transmigrating into the cat’s body.

Sinh stayed at the site of his master’s death. Exactly seven days later, he died too, carrying with him the soul of his master, Mun-Ha, to present to goddess Tsun Kyan-Kse for appraisal and reward.

The next dawn, when the kittah priests gathered before the goddess to pray for the soul of Mun-Ha and Sinh, a great miracle was observed – all the temple cats came in succession, well over a hundreds of them, all with sapphire eyes, golden coats, pointed pattern, and snowy white feet.

And that is how the Birman or, the Sacred Cat of Burma, came into being. A little ‘cat-scratch’ folklore for your enjoyment.