Egyptian Maus are stunning feline specimens. This is among the oldest domestic cat breeds, and the only breed to be naturally spotted. Even the gods want to look like this cat: A papyrus from the twelfth century BCE depicts the Egyptian sun god, Ra, as a bespeckled cat very much like the Mau. These gorgeous gals were so beloved that their owners sometimes mummified them so that they could keep on cherishing these cats in the afterlife.
But there's more to this kitty than just her pretty face: the Egyptian Mau is the fastest pedigreed puss on four legs. Adopting this breed is the next best thing to bringing a cheetah into your living room—they're built similarly, and the Egyptian Mau is way less likely to maul your guests.
This breed can grow to between 6-14 pounds and lives an average of 18-20 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I'm a chatty catty
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE EGYPTIAN MAU'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
This breed likes to decide for herself about the company she keeps. They have very little time for dogs, cats, or other pets who are not part of their household. Once they've made up their minds to keep you, though, Egyptian Maus are devoted and very loyal. They're also extremely intelligent.
WHAT IS EGYPTIAN MAU BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Egyptian Maus wiggle their tails, knead their paws, and chortle when they have something to tell you. They're also among the most agile and athletic cats around. Seriously: this ball of energy can leap as high as your head and can run about 30 miles an hour.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY EGYPTIAN MAU ENTERTAINED?
You must, must, must play with this cat every day. This breed loves to play hunting games, so your Egyptian Mau will eagerly hunt after a laser pen, a lure toy, or a feather dragged across the room. They're also avid fetchers, so toss that jingle ball a few dozen times.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO EGYPTIAN MAUS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
You'll know she's a Mau by the marking on her forehead in the shape of an “M.” Egyptian Maus have gooseberry green eyes and striking, random spots all over their coats. No two Maus' spots are the same, and the shape of those spots vary from round to oblong. They have silky-soft, smoke-colored fur. Plan to brush yours once a week.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and well-being. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO EGYPTIAN MAUS HAVE?
Egyptian Maus are generally healthy, though some are susceptible to a neurologic disorder that affects their spinal cords and brains. Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE EGYPTIAN MAUS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Egyptian Maus aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers, though they don't shed very much. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander (found in urine, dead skin, and saliva), not pet hair, is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.
WHAT IS MY EGYPTIAN MAU'S BEST DAY?
You can rest assured that your furry friend wants you to play with her for as much of that day as you can manage. Let her watch birds out the window, stalk spiders in the corners, and quietly chirp to let you know she's ready for you to throw her toy across the room again. Make some space for this descendant of wildcats to to stretch her legs and race around your home like the speedster she is.
SHOULD I ADOPT AN EGYPTIAN MAU?
Keep in mind that this is an athletic and active breed. If you're just looking for a cuddly lap-warmer, this kitty's probably not your best bet. Egyptian Maus are sweet, striking, and deeply devoted to their chosen people. If you're looking for a quiet and attentive feline companion with lots of get-up-and-go, this breed could be a match made in heaven.
Have you decided that an Egyptian Mau is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.