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.