Egyptian Mau Cats

Fans of this breed boast of the Mau’s fierce loyalty and devotion, moderate activity level, and soft, melodious voice.

Egyptian Mau

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Quick Facts

  • 7 - 9 pounds

Ideal Human Companions

    • Families with children
    • Singles with no other pets
    • Experienced cat owners

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Trademark Traits

    • Loyal to their owners
    • Extremely agile and athletic
    • Capable of making different sounds
    • Inquisitive and highly intelligent
    • Masters tricks easily
    • Easy-to-care-for spotted coat

What They Are Like to Live With

Don’t be surprised if your Mau is standing at the door waiting to greet you when you come home from work. They totally bond with their favorite people. However, they are not readily fans of other critters, even other cats and fare best being the one-and-only cat.

For an unexplained reason, Maus tend to be more sensitive to anesthesia and medicine, so work closely with your veterinarian if any medical treatment is required. In addition, they prefer warm temperatures, more so than the average cat.

Things You Should Know

The Egyptian Mau prefers to be a “four on the floor” cat (all four feet on the ground) rather than being picked up and placed in your lap.

This athletic breed is capable of leaping up to six feet in the air from a standing position.

Regarded as the greyhound of cats, the Mau can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.

Egyptian Mau History

Ranked as one of the oldest domesticated breeds, the Egyptian Mau is thought to be related to a spotted subspecies of the African Wild Cat. Held in high esteem, this breed was worshipped as deities, protected by laws, and mummified upon death in ancient Egypt. The matriarch of this breed was silver spotted female named Baba.

According to historical records, a female Egyptian Mau kitten was scheduled to accompany exiled Russian princess Nathalie Troubetskoy from Rome to the United States. However, they missed getting on a huge luxury ship, the ill-fated Andrea Dorian that sank after being rammed a Swedish liner. In 1956, the princess successfully arrived in the United States and brought the first Mau to this country.

Today, the Egyptian Van is ranked 20th in popularity among the breeds listed by the Cat Fanciers Association, which granted it championship status in 1977.

The Look of a Egyptian Mau

This shorthaired breed is blessed with gooseberry-green eyes, a twitching tail, and a coat that comes in silver, bronze, or smoke beneath the natural spots. That’s right. The spots are also on the skin.

Some people confusion the Egyptian Mau with the Ocicat, which also sports spots. The Mau features a rounded, wedge-shape head and lithe, muscular body.

Grooming needs are minimal. Their easy-maintenance coat will benefit by being wiped down by a damp washcloth once a week or so and keeping the nails clipped.

Females weigh between 6 and 10 pounds and males average between 10 and 14 pounds.

Talk About Egyptian Maus 

Scratches his tree, not the couch

Benji, my Mau, is now 5. I've had him since he was 3 months old. He doesn't like being picked up, but will sleep cuddled next to you.

He loves playing and makes an ideal apartment cat, I was advised to get a large cat tree before he arrived and he went straight to it; he has never scratched furniture or carpets. They are always around you and like attention. Benji loves being brushed and a pleasure to have; I love him to bits.

~Sue K, owner of an Egyptian Mau

A cat who rings the bell to go out

Our Skittle is probably not a purebred, which is likely why she was found, with her siblings, behind an office building. She was so hungry, she was eating canned food before she was due to be weaned. We got her at about 3 weeks old. I bottle-fed her for a few weeks and she was quite vocal when hungry!

We are a three-adult home and she has made her own relationship with each of us. She will stand up against the male in the house with her paws stretched out as wide as they can get, as if she were hugging him. With his wife, she demands that she share any lunchmeat and lays between her and her computer keyboard for hours. She often follows me from room to room as if guarding me and lies next to me on my blanket.

Our Skittle is the most intelligent cat I've met to date, and I've had about 10 cats over the years. She watched TV as a kitten. She figured out how to get us to let her out on HER schedule. We used to ring the bell that hung on the front door each morning, to let the cats know they could go outside. She watched that for a while, then began ringing the bell for us to let her out. Only problem is, she'll decide she wants out at say, two in the morning and, since we have coyotes nearby, we don't let them be outside after dark.

She also puts her face up for air kisses. She has such clear and intelligent eyes, even though hers are amber instead of gooseberry green. Her fur is E-Mau, including the flap of extra skin.

When she was a kitten, we called her the Million Miles an Hour Cat! Her one foible is that she likes to have her back watched while she eats, probably due to her early days of hunger. She's fine if the cats are all eating, but when she comes by for a snack, she wants a guard. And she will stop midsnack to come rub against you in thanks, then go back to eat some more. She already was a bit feral and originally spurned petting. She still dislikes grooming; you get a few swipes in with comb or brush, then she's had enough..

I know the suggestion was to have them as a single cat, but when we brought in a kitten, she shaped up and stopped being such a 'wildebeest.' She took the kitten under her wing, so to speak, and began acting more mature. Also, she can be very stubborn. I've had to herd her out of a room before and she growls and grumbles the whole way. She is truly a guard cat, if a stranger shows up, she growls at them until she's sure they don't mean us any harm. In my experience, an E-Mau is a very loyal pet and will give you lots of love and laughs.

~Kitty P., owner of an Egyptian Mau