The Egyptian Mau cat breed is an elegant, athletic-looking cat characterised by a random spotted pattern. Mau cats are said to have a unique 'worried' look to them.
Mau is the Egyptian word for cat and bears a striking resemblance to the statuesque spotted cats depicted in Ancient Egyptian art. The breed originates from a spotted cat found in Cairo that is said to have been taken to Rome in 1953 by a Russian princess. She bred a number of spotted cats in Italy and later moved to North America where breeders developed the modern Mau. The characteristic markings on its head are said to resemble the scarab beetle held sacred by Ancient Egyptians.
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The Egyptian Mau cat is a loving and playful cat breed. It is said to be extremely clever and enjoys learning tricks and walking on a lead. Enjoying fuss and attention, the breed makes them an ideal family cat. As they are active, Mau cats need some stimulus such as toys or companions to play with, especially if they are going to be left on their own for long.
The Egyptian Mau cat is not a common breed and at present there is no information on significant health problems.
The Egyptian Mau cat breed requires no special grooming as its short fine coat is self-maintaining but they will enjoy being brushed with a soft brush as part of the attention it gets from its owner. As with all cats, regular vaccination and parasite control is recommended.