If exotic-looking cats are the key to your heart, you’ll quickly fall in love with this spotted beauty who has the grace of a ballerina and the speed of a Greyhound.
Are you sure that isn’t a tabby?
Quite sure. While the Egyptian Mau has stripes, the
breed also has natural spots. In fact, it’s the only domestic breed to display such markings. And they correspond
perfectly with the trio of natural colors the Egyptian
Mau is found in — silver, smoke, and bronze.
Is the Egyptian Mau truly from Egypt?
She is. The Egyptian Mau originated in Egypt, a possible African Wild Cat descendant. But it wasn’t until
the 1950s that people began to selectively breed the
cats, resulting in the svelte, muscular feline you see
Coming to America
According to historical records, Nathalie Troubetskoy,
an exiled Russian princess, was set to travel from Rome
to the United States accompanied by three Egyptian
Maus. Luckily, they missed boarding the luxury ship,
which wound up sinking. The princess and the cats
safely arrived in the United States in 1956.
The sleek Greyhound is said to have a race speed of
at least 35 mph. The Egyptian Mau, while significantly
smaller, has clocked in at 30 mph — clearly the reason
why the breed is known as the Greyhound of the cat
From a standing position, the Egyptian Mau can leap up to at
least 6 feet in the air! She’ll also perch on your shoulder par-rot-style and chortle sweet nothings (or confident demands
for meals) in your ear.
That M-shaped mark
Snazzy, isn’t it? Found on the forehead of most Maus,
it’s known as the mark of the scarab — referring to the
sacred scarab beetle.
Is that cat wearing high heels?
The Egyptian Mau’s hind legs are longer than her front legs,
giving the illusion that she’s standing on her tiptoes (or
wearing high heels). It’s a stance that has earned her the
reputation of being the supermodel of the cat world —
just watch her strike a pose on the judge’s table!
Worthy of worship
The Egyptian Mau came from royal beginnings, and she’s still
got that sense of entitlement in her spirit. Though a social,
people-loving sweetheart, this gal likes things on her terms,
and she’s not afraid to vocalize that fact to you — at any
time, day or night. Catch your zzz’s while you can because
this sleek and sassy alarm clock will wake you at will!
You’ve heard of the family man. Well, the Egyptian Mau
could easily be described as the family cat. A fiercely
devoted and loyal feline, the Egyptian Mau loves to spend
time with her squad, but she’ll remain most faithful to her
“special person — the one individual in the household she
holds dear over all other
WHO’STHATCAT? BY ERIKA SOROCCO