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is the Egyptian word for cat.
Egyptian Mau was a domesticated, spotted subspecies
of the African Wild Cat, Felis Lybica Ocreata, from
the Ethiopian highlands.
was the conclusion of Morrison Scott of the British
Museum after examination of mummified cats from 600
- 200 B.C.
The Mau was domesticated sometime before recorded history
Described in Marcel Reney's book "Mes Amis Les
Chats" (1940), Egyptian Maus had been bred and
shown prior to World War ll by Europeans who imported
them from the Middle East.
the war, the exiled Princess Nathalie Troubetskoy rescued
some of the remaining Maus in Italy. Most reports indicate
that the princess brought her Maus to the U.S. in 1953.
Egyptian Maus have extraordinary personalities, and are
They love to interact with people and other animals.
tend to bond very strongly to their owners. But, at first
meeting of strangers, they can tend to be shy. With familiarity
they will "bump & purr" with anyone; even
with other pets.
are moderately active and athletic, and are known to be
shoulder riders. Maus are known to love and be possessive
of their favorite toys, and are famous for finding them
if you try to hide them.
have an unusual fascination with water.
on the faucet or shower, and they are right there trying
to catch the water. After flushing the toilet, you quickly
learn to keep the seat down!
Maus are not overly talkative, they do let their owners
know if something is amiss, particularly if it concerns
their food dish.
are known to wag their tails, "knead bread"
with their feet, and emit a chortling sound when content.
are the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat.
characteristic "M" on the forehead is sometimes
described as a Scarab beetle mark. The scarab is the most
frequently used good luck symbol in Egyptian art.
almond-shaped, gooseberry green eyes, large ears (often
tufted at the tip), the Mau's face has tabby markings.
mascara lines begin at the corner of each eye, and continue
along the cheek contour, producing what is commonly referred
to as the "Cleopatra look".
barring on the legs and tail, and spots on the body,
the Egyptian Mau is sleek and muscular with a skin flap
that extends from the stomach to the hind leg that allows
for a greater length of stride and speed.
hind legs are longer than the forepaws which gives the
Mau the appearance of standing on its tiptoes.
prominent and elevated shoulder blades, the Mau has
the gait of a Cheetah.
come in colors of silver, bronze, smoke, and black.