Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)
Colours: Pewter, bronze, silver, and smoke
Grooming: Once a week
Origins of the Egyptian Mau:
It is believed the Egyptian Mau is descended from the African Wild cat due to their remarkably similar appearance. The African Wild Cats were known to have lived in the same region where the Mau first appeared. No matter how they came about, once this breed was domesticated it became indispensable.
The Egyptian Mau first arrived in the United States in 1956. Russian expatriate Princess Natalie Troubetskoy emigrated from Italy where she had bred a smoke male belonging to the Egyptian Ambassador to Italy with a silver female from Cairo, producing a silver kitten named Baba. Baba was then mated back to her father and two kittens by the name of Joseph (nicknamed JoJo) and Jude were born. Jude died but JoJo was mated back to his mother, producing a female kitten by the name of Liza. These three Mau’s were brought to the United States by Princess Natalie and were to become the founding stock of the Egyptian Mau in the United States. The CFA recognised the Egyptian Mau in 1977.
The word Mau means cat in Egyptian.
The Egyptian Mau is an elegant beauty that graced Ancient Egyptian art as early as 2200 B.C. These cats were seen as both loving companions and valuable protectors throughout the Ancient Egyptian timeline.
Egyptian Maus were originally trained to hunt prey, such as birds and fish, and return the bounty to their humans. They were also taught to guard crops by keeping away small animals that would disturb them. Cats were held in such high regard that if anyone was to be caught killing a cat in this period, they would be immediately stoned to death for their crime.
The Egyptian Mau is an intelligent, outgoing, playful, lively and active cat. They thrive on attention and do not like to be left on their own for extended periods. This is a breed who bonds deeply with their human family and gets on with pets and children.
They are athletic and love to climb. The Egyptian Mau is the fastest domestic cat breed.
They are quite a talkative breed of cat and another form of communication they are fond of is tail wagging when they are happy.