Egyptian Mau Cat
Egyptian Mau Cat Facts.
The Egyptian Mau is the only naturally occurring spotted breed of cat. Apart from its recorded breeding history as a pedigree it can be traced back to around 1952 when it was initially bred by the then exiled Princess Natalie Trubetskaya of Russia. She had persuaded the then ambassador of Egypt to acquire cats for her from Egypt. The Egyptian Mau was revered by the ancient Egyptians as divine and as such cats were treated with a great deal of respect there. It is a breed unique amongst domestic cats and not only because of its striking looks and physical appearance. Thanks to its native roots the Mau has retained much of its original coloration and physical characteristics. There is little doubt that this is also a contributing factor (unlike many other pedigree breeds) towards the Mau’s relative freedom from inherited genetic defects. With a strong gene pool and few natural predators the Egyptian Mau cat has changed little in stature or appearance during recorded human history.
The Egyptian Mau Cat is Built for Speed!
The Egyptian Mau is no slouch. The animal is purported to be able to run at 30MPH! It has an almost kangaroo like appearance with back legs slightly longer than its front causing it to have look as though it is crouching ready to pounce. There is also a unique flap of skin that runs under the belly to the strong rear legs. This allows the Mau to extend its hind quarters further than other domestic cats whilst running. I have a cross Mau myself and apart from being devoid of the spotted coat he has all the other physical characteristics of the breed. He often reminds me of “Raptors” from the Jurassic park movies and there are theories that suggest felines may have evolved from some dinosaurs. If there is any credence in the idea then my cross breed Mau could certainly be one of those. If you wanted to own an Egyptian Mau cat you too will need to be pretty fast on your feet. As of 2007 there were less than 200 kittens being registered per year and in 2006 only a total of 6,741 were on the books of the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). So if you really want an Egyptian Mau, you manage to find one and you can afford to pay the price, what kind of pet should you expect?
Living With The Egyptian Mau Cat
This is a very vocal cat with lots to say. The Mau speaks in quite shrill chirps and loves conversation with its human housemate. it has also been referred to as a furry alarm clock, waking owners up in the early morning demanding breakfast. My cross breed Mau does exactly and to make it worse he is profoundly deaf so he doesn’t hear the banshee like howl he emits at 5am! Using those powerful and extendable hind quarters they love to find a high vantage point from which to survey their territory. They can often be found perched atop the refrigerator or an open door. Curtain rails and your high shelves will be their favourite vantage points too. Many Mau’s love to sit on the shoulder like a parrot and will usually attach themselves to one particular member of the family. They are a very inquisitive animal and love to get involved in what their owners are doing, no matter how inconvenient it may be for them. The Egyptian Mau cat is not just a beautiful looking animal it has a beautiful character too making it the ideal house guest and family pet for most homes. If you want a more detailed insight about the breed take a look at this article here