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Egyptian Mau - Breed Profile

Origin: Egypt

Colours: Spotted silver, bronze, smoke, black, and blue

Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Maus' spots catch your eye, and their affectionate personality will surely catch your heart.

Egyptian Maus are the only cats whose spots were developed in a natural way, without any intervention of humans. This natural beauty, in package with a loving personality, makes Maus even more attractive.

Physical characteristics

Egyptian Maus are medium-sized shorthair cats. Their body is graceful, slender, and well-muscled, with medium boning. A loose flap of skin extends from the flank to the knee of the hind leg. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front ones. The small feet are oval and dainty. The tail is thick at the base and tapering a bit. The head is medium; it resembles a rounded wedge. Maus' cheeks are not full; their muzzle is neither short nor pointed. The chin is rather firm. The ears are medium to large, moderately pointed, with a broad base between. Slight tufts are possible. The eyes cannot be described as either round or oriental - it is something in the middle. Its colour is light green; kittens and young cats may have an amber tint up to 18 months old.
Adult males weigh 10 to 14 pounds; adult females weigh 6 to 10 pounds.

Temperament

Maus are very affectionate and very active cats. Their spots catch your eye, and their personality will surely catch your heart. Maus will kiss your face, chase toys, sit on your shoulders and, early in the morning, wake you up with cold noses and warm tongues. They usually bond with one or two family members, and will be loveable companions till the end of their life. They are playful, curious (this is why they must be kept inside, by the way), and energetic cats. They are also quite intelligent and will love to play fetch with you. A good many cat toys and trees are a must when we talk about Maus, otherwise they will try to make a toy out of everything they can get. Maus stalk anything that moves - they love all hunting games. These cats are not very talkative but they will always let you know if you are supposed to do something, especially when it is about food. Maus like high spots so that they can observe their domain. Basically, Egyptian Maus enjoy water (in their own way, of course), but this can vary a lot from cat to cat.

Coat and grooming

Maus' vivid and spotted coat is their most astounding feature. While the spotted pattern is always present, Maus can come in silver, bronze, smoke, black, and blue colours. A 'scarab beetle' or 'M' marking on the forehead is another feature of Maus.
Grooming every few weeks should be quite fine.

Health

Even though in the past this breed had some health problems such as feline asthma and feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), now they have been eliminated pretty much. Some fanciers claim that Maus have food allergies.
Free feeding can cause obesity, so it is recommended to measure meals.

Other interesting facts

- The Egyptian Mau is the fastest breed of domestic cats. They can run at more than 30 miles per hour. Unique skin flaps extending from the flank to the back knee gives Maus a greater agility and length of stride.
- "Mau" means "cat" in Egyptian.