Get to know the Egyptian Mau
All you need to know about the breed
Their striking (and strikingly beautiful) appearance is only part of the reason the Egyptian Mau cat is such a sought-after breed. They are also highly interactive and social cats, cherishing time with their owners and keen to be treated as veritable members of the family. As people-oriented as they are, the Mau (as they are often called) won’t let just anyone handle them; they prefer their owners and may be wary of strangers.
Most at ease on their own turf, the Egyptian Mau tends to be outgoing, energetic, curious, and very playful. The breed has even developed something of a reputation for their fast reflexes and fondness for leaping onto everything from your shoulders to your refrigerator in the blink of an eye. They’re also fans of water, whether in a pool or pouring from your faucet, and fast learners: let it be known that they will invariably figure out where their favourite toy or snack is hidden so keep your drawers and closets tightly shut!
They are gentle in temperament and likely to vocalise their satisfaction with quiet chortling or through physical expressions, such as swishing their tail and kneading. As long as this exotic feline is worshipped and adored as they were by their ancient owners, the Egyptian Mau will thrive in your home.
2 facts about Egyptian Maus
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Egyptian Mau
Caring for your Egyptian Mau
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Whether your Egyptian Mau is smokey-coloured with a silky fine coat, or silver or bronze with a more densely-textured coat, it is important to brush them weekly to preserve their sheen. Since they are relatively low maintenance and enjoy being brushed, you can even make it part of your Egyptian Mau’s playtime routine. Given the breed’s high energy, daily play sessions of all kinds is crucial to their wellbeing. To allow them to run, jump, and explore, make sure to have cat trees and perches available to them (or your regular furniture may be adopted for that purpose!). The breed is also a quick study and can learn to open drawers and drink from the sink--if you let them.