The Naturally Spotted Cat
The Egyptian Mau is easily recognized by the spotted fur.
No other domestic cat breed is naturally spotted. Not only is the fur naturally spotted, but also the skin.
On its forehead the cat is marked either with a pattern resembling a scarab beetle (which was sacred in the Ancient Egypt) or with a mark resembling the letter M.
They have pale, gooseberry green eyes. Their alert eyes somehow give them a constant look of being flabbergasted.
Their hind legs are longer than their front legs. These are very athletic cats.
This is an extremely old and natural cat breed, dating back over 3000 years.
The word “mau” literally means “cat” in Egyptian.
This Cat Breed Needs Space
The Egyptian Mau will not be happy as an indoor only cat and are not suited for cramped city apartments.
They need space.
The Egyptian Mau is the fastest runner of all domestic cat breeds.
These cats can run at the speed of 36 mph (58 km/h). The extra skin fold under their belly allows the legs to stretch back even farther.
They are very skilled hunters and make great mousers.
This is one of the few breeds of cats that seem to accept walking on a leash.
Egyptian Mau Temperament
The Egyptian Mau is a loyal cat to its owner. They bond easily with their human family and are the kind of cat that will greet you when you come home.
They do not take easily to strangers.
This cat wants to rule its home and will not easily accept other strange cats or other animals invading its territory.
The Egyptian Maus are “musical” cats. They are very vocal and have a large variety of sounds, like squeaking or chuckling.
The Egyptian Mau is famous for its exquisite “dance” when it’s happy.
The cat will wiggle its tail and back legs up and down. It may seem as the cat could be spraying, but the cat does not release any urine.
The Egyptian Mau is simply happy! This is often referred to as “wiggle-tail”.
They are naturally best suited for warmer climates.
It has been told by cat owners that these cats are not overly fond of water, making it a challenge to give them a bath.
They are easy to groom.
They are overall healthy cats.