The Egyptian Mau is regarded to be the only naturally spotted domestic cat breed in existence, with a strong belief that it’s a subspecies of the African wild cat. Records suggest that the gene pool of this exquisite cat was broadened by imports which could be traced back after a Russian princess by the name of Nathalie Troubetskoy brought with her three Egyptian Maus when she emigarated to the United States in 1956.
In general, Egyptian Mau cats are long and medium in size. They are well-muscled and have unique random markings all throughout their body. The breed has a slightly rounded, wedge-shaped head without flat planes, and a pair of large ears which could be tufted. Egyptian Maus’ large, almond-shaped, alert eyes are slightly slanted, and normally turn into color green by the time the cat reaches 18 months old. They are often distinguished for the pair of black darting lines from corner to corner of their cheeks, striking mascara lines, and scarab “M” mark on their forehead. The Egyptian Maus have a graceful body and hind legs that are a little longer than their forelegs. Their coat is soft, shiny and silky, with acceptable colors like silver, smoke, and bronze.
Egyptian Maus may be fist adored for its stunning look and glossy, spotted coat, but it is loved and cherished mainly for its markedly good temperament. Although believed to be initially suspicious with strangers, this breed is said to be very loyal and faithful. Gentle and rather reserved, Egyptian Maus love their owners and often crave for their attention and affection. With early socialization, this sensitive and at times shy mouser can be geared up for meeting new people and pets, traveling, and even for show. Also, having inherited the hunting attribute, Egyptian Maus seem to enjoy chasing and trailing games. Like most felines, this breed is energetic and loves to climb shelves and onto people’s shoulder. Observant and highly intelligent, Egyptian Maus can be easily taught to learn various tricks and even to manipulate puzzle toys.
The only grooming that this beautiful cat requires are weekly hair brushing, nail trimming and ear cleaning. Dental care also has to be observed to ensure your Egyptian Mau’s fresh breath and overall good health.
Egyptian Maus are generally a hardy and healthy breed. However, there’s one particular medical problem that might affect the cat: a neurological condition called leuodystrophy which may manifest in kittens as young as 7-weeks old.
Egyptian Maus are by and large well-suited to any home with responsible owners who will love them and take care of them well. Just always keep them indoors to save them from outside harms like car accidents, infectious feline diseases, and lethal attacks from other animals.