Cat of the Pharaohs, the Egyptian Mau is one of the oldest breeds, just like the Abyssinian. His agility, elegance, intelligence and calm are all particular traits that explain his success with cat lovers.
Characteristics of the Egyptian Mau
The Egyptian Mau presents a rather special silhouette, halfway between that of the oriental cat and that of the European cat. Medium in size, it expresses a lot of grace and power. With its marked musculature, the Egyptian Mau has a “gusset”, a kind of ventral pocket which allows it to gain in agility. Moreover, this breed is considered one of the fastest and most lively in the world. It has longer rear legs than the front allowing it to make spectacular leaps. No need to consider catching up if your cat wants to run away. It will be way too fast. The Egyptian Mau wears a smoke, bronze or silver color dress which are the only ones accepted by the standard. The coat displays spotted tabby, speckled patterns.
History of the Egyptian Mau breed
Of Egyptian origin as its name implies, the Egyptian Mau draws its particularity from its age. Already in 1567 BC. JC, one could see his portraits adorning the Egyptian tombs. At the time, cats were appreciated for their rodent hunting skills and their mission was to protect grain storage. After the Second World War, we almost saw a complete extinction of the breed. In the 20th century, a Russian princess undertakes a renewal of it in Italy. We will have to wait until 1977 for official recognition. The Egyptian Mau will be more popular in the United States, where it has been part of the Cat Fancier Association since 1968, a large-scale association bringing together pedigrees of purebred cats.
Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Egyptian Mau
The Egyptian Mau is recognized as being rather docile, intelligent and independent in nature. Because he has hunting genes, he needs to exercise regularly to feel good. This cat shows a lot of affection towards its owners. On the other hand, he can show hostility towards strangers. Faithful, he needs attention and is sometimes curious. He loves to play and can be a perfect companion for children. Living in an apartment could suit him perfectly, even if he wouldn’t mind a large garden or a terrace to bask in. For a happy cohabitation, it is important to build a relationship based on love and trust with the Egyptian Mau.
Diet and main health problems of the Egyptian Mau
Like all cats, the Egyptian Mau is a carnivore which – in order to develop properly – must benefit from a quality diet. Pay attention to the quantity to avoid overweight problems.
On the health side, it is a robust feline that is not associated with any particular hereditary pathology. On the other hand, it can happen that he is affected by the auricular gall which requires an emergency medical treatment. This cat does not support temperature changes, so you have to be careful about this sensitivity.
Price of an Egyptian Mau cat or kitten
- Male Egyptian Mau price: € 1,350
- Egyptian Mau price female: € 1,400
Photo credits: Heikki Siltala n ° 1 and 3 – Liz West n ° 2 – Fleurdelilas n ° 4