The Egyptian Mau is one of the world’s oldest shorthaired Egyptian cat breeds. Since the representatives of this breed are originally from Egypt, they are rightfully considered the descendants of the Nubian cats, which the ancient Egyptians considered sacred.
The Egyptian Mau is a medium-sized cat breed with spotted color. Stains are found not only on the fur but also on the skin.
The word “Mau” itself, translated from Egyptian, means “cat”.
The history of the Egyptian Mau begins very long ago, 5000 years ago. The Egyptian Mau is known to be descended from the African wild cat. At that time, these predators lived next to people, but, like many representatives of the breed, they had a calm disposition.
According to legend, they began to catch snakes and mice, which caused enormous damage to the human home. Gradually, the Egyptians began to encourage cats, and these graceful animals settled in people’s homes. This version is supported by the fact that there are no images of domestic cats in Egypt. On the contrary, images of wild cats are quite common. So, only from the 2nd century AD, the cat found its place in the life of the Egyptians as a pet.
It should be noted that “Mau” is a common ancient Egyptian name for a cat. Only representatives of this breed can pronounce very clearly and loudly: “Ma-a-a”. Perhaps it is thanks to this feature that the breed received such a name.
At a young age, representatives of this breed practically do not differ in character from ordinary cats that are found every day. Egyptian Mau kittens share the same traits and habits as many other cats. Irresistible energy sometimes turns into aggression.
The kitten can bite, jump and scratch everything with its little claws. Besides, Egyptian Mau will try to explore all angles with incredible curiosity. Any means to stop the kitten’s actions will be taken as an offer to play.
Egyptian Mau will appreciate any attention of the owner. At the same time, it is also necessary to be able to separate the game from everyday communication. You should try to train your kitten. Then it will be possible to raise an intelligent and loving cat. Also, the Egyptian Mau must feel the care of the owner and understand that she is being reckoned with. However, in everything you need to know when to stop. Otherwise, a capricious darling can grow from a cute kitten.
In adulthood, representatives of this breed become less active, but compared to other cats, the Egyptian Mau is one of the most fun, playful and nimble breeds. Most Egyptian Mau plays with water, others splash and drink from the tap.
Other animals in the house will not interfere with the establishment of the pet. On the contrary, the more communication, the brighter and more interesting the life of the Egyptian Mau.
Egyptian Mau doesn’t usually associate with strangers. Representatives of the breed love high places in the house, they are excellent observers, and also learn to open doors and boxes with ease.
As for the content of Egyptian Mau, it is worth noting that these animals are not recommended to be kept in small apartments. The fact is that staying in small rooms negatively affects the pet. The Egyptian Mau will be tense and eager to expand their holdings in any way.
Some experts advise you to take the Egyptian Mau for a sled ride. However, free walking is categorically contraindicated. However, keeping these cats is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance. So, for a comfortable pet’s life, it is recommended to purchase an open tray with high sides, as well as filler, a lounger, several bowls, high-quality premium food, hair care products, and a scratching post.
It should be noted that representatives of this breed are very curious. Therefore, they will gladly go to explore the environment. In this regard, it is necessary to ensure that no dangerous objects come across on the way.
Egyptian Mau belongs to the elite feline species and is very picky about their food. Therefore, it is recommended to feed these cats only with high-quality food. An unbalanced diet will negatively affect the appearance of cats, and can also not only weaken the health of the animal but even cause various diseases.
You need to feed adult cats in the morning and the evening, and kittens – 3 times a day, gradually switching to an adult regimen. Food can be canned or dry. You can choose a food specially formulated for this cat breed or cats with a similar coat type. In some cases, you will need to choose food based on your cat’s health.
For a happy life, cats of this breed require a lot of attention. Egyptian Mau cannot live without communication. These cats are interested in everything that the owner does. With the right approach, the cat will become an indispensable assistant in the fight against boredom and depression. There is no need to be afraid to entrust her to a child. In most cases, it is children who bring up mutual positive feelings in cats.
Egyptian Mau are prone to diseases such as asthma and heart disease. The average life expectancy is 13 to 15 years. If your pet has an exorbitant appetite, then you should limit it in food. These cats are very sensitive to cold, so they may feel bad in winter.
If the owner lives in a private house, then you can be sure that there will be no trace of rodents and other pests.