Mau Characteristics

spotted Egyptian Mau cat

Spotted Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau cats are a wonderfully unique breed and one of the oldest known cat breeds

still in existence. You can find a lot of detailed information on the web, so what I present here is a quick list of distinguishing characteristics that most Maus have. You can follow my blog to learn more about the distinct personalities of my cats.

Egyptian Mau’s Physical Traits:

  • Random spots with the dark spots being very vivid against the base coat color
  • Come in silver, bronze, smoke, or black
  • Have a spotted or marbled pattern (referred to as Classic Mau)
  • The color pattern appears at the end of the fur (called ticking). Push back the fur and you’ll see white hair against pink skin. It is not true that if you shave a Mau the spots appear on their skin.
  • The dark ‘M’ on their forehead is often called a scarab beetle mark
  • Their almond0shaped eyes turn gooseberry green as they mature
  • Strong black ‘mascara lines’ run from the corners of the eye across the cheek
  • On silvers, a strong black line runs along the spine to the tail
  • The one way to tell a Mau: they have an extra flap of skin extending from the end of the ribcage to the hind limbs that allows for increased speed (like the Cheetah)
  • Fastest running Mau was clocked running over thirty miles an hour
  • Their hind legs that are longer than their front legs
  • They are short-haired cats, but do shed and require occasional brushing
  • Have few known health issues

Egyptian Mau Personality Traits

  • Very athletic – these are strong, physical cats
  • Very intelligent (you’ll notice this in play, when they don’t fall for your tricks the way other cats do)
  • Shy around strangers
  • Dislike loud noises and can be easily startled
  • Form a strong bond with the family member of their choice
  • Will greet you at the door when you come home
  • Play fetch
  • Engage in a lot of hunting behavior type play
  • Love warmth
  • Get more active after they’ve eaten

 

 

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