Egyptian Mau History
  • Archaeologists have discovered cats in the tombs of ancient Egyptians that look a lot like the Egyptian Mau of today.
  • Regarded as one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds, the Mau may be related to a spotted subspecies of the African Wild Cat.
  • The American lineage of Egyptian Maus can be traced back to the cattery belonging to exile Russian Princess Nathalie Troubetskoy, who came to the United States in 1956.
  • The Cat Fanciers Association first recognized this breed for cat show competition in 1968.
Egyptian Mau Behavior Concerns
  • Ranks as one of the most athletic and agile cat breeds.
  • Maus are capable of leaping six feet in the air from a standing position and running up to 30 miles per hour.
  • You need to play with them daily to unleash their pent up energy.
  • Maus are often regarded as being aloof because they take their time in forming friendships with people and other pets.
  • They tend to be even tempered and aware of everything that is going on around them.
  • They are very loyal and devoted to their favorite people and will display their affection in dog- like ways - such as waiting at the door to greet you when you come home and bringing you a toy to start playtime or chirp or chortle at you to get your attention if they notice something happening like a bird on the feeder or a spider crawling on the kitchen floor.
  • They can develop friendships with other family pets, but need to do so on their timetable and terms. They are not readily receptive to interacting with non-resident pets.
Look of Egyptian Maus
  • Easily mistaken for an Ocicat or even a Bengal, the Egyptian Mau sports natural spots not only on the coat, but the skin, too. The main difference is that Maus are smaller than these two breeds.
  • The Mau displays a lithe, athletic body, wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped gooseberry colored eyes and a coat that comes in silver, bronze and smoke colors.
  • Maus take up to two years before reaching physical maturity.
Grooming Egyptian Mau Cats
  • Easy, minimally shedding coat benefits by being wiped down once a week with a slightly damp washcloth to retain its shine.
Suggested Nutritional Needs for Egyptian Mau
  • Their high-energy nature enables them to burn off calories
  • This breed does not have any special nutritional needs.
Fun Facts of Egyptian Maus
  • The word, Mau, means "cat" or "sun" in Egyptian.
  • The Egyptian Mau competes with the Abyssinian for bragging rights as being the most direct descendant of ancient Egyptian cats.
  • The head stripes on this breed resemble a scarab beetle, regarded as Egypt's holy beetle that was often touted as a symbol of the sun.

Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau cat breed picture
18 - 20 years
6 - 14 pounds
Egyptian Mau Traits
  • Lap Cat
    1 out of 5
  • Intelligence
    4 out of 5
  • Ease Of Training
    4 out of 5
  • Grooming Requirements
    1 out of 5
  • Shedding
    1 out of 5
  • Good With Children
    3 out of 5
  • Good With Dogs
    2 out of 5
  • Chattiness
    4 out of 5