How is the Egyptian mau, one of the oldest and rarest feline breeds in the world

It is very difficult to trace the history of the maus before they arrived in Europe in the mid-20th century, with specimens brought from Egypt and the Middle East. It’s common knowledge the fascination of Egyptian culture and cats, and we have numerous examples in burial chambers and all kinds of art from Pharaonic Egypt, in addition to the millions of cat mummies that were buried and offered to the goddess Bastet throughout Egypt. It has been speculated, and remains a fascinating debate for many, to identify which already domesticated races or wild species were depicted in these pictorial scenes, although most likely the main representation of spotted cats or tabby were cats descended from the African wild cat and the jungle cateither happy byespecies that cohabited in the Nile Valley. There are studies that have analyzed the DNA of feline mummies from ancient Egypt and have compared it with that of modern cats, which allows their genealogy to be traced back to the time of the pharaohs.

In a story vaguely similar, we might say, to that of the Turkish Angora, the Egyptian Mau that lived free or semi-free on the streets of Egypt, caught the attention of explorers and photographers since the early 20th century, who were already drawn to “ some slender and thin cats, with a long head and a very elastic skin”, as the book in French collected “We love the chats” from 1940. It is one of the few breeds that has not gone through a ruthless breeding program introducing other breeds to achieve a desired appearance. The Egyptian mau, considered a rare breed due to its low presence and exoticismis behind, however, the creation of many modern breeds since the end of the nineteenth century and during the twentieth.

They have a slim and stylized body, with a characteristic dark dorsal stripe from head to tail which is related to his offspring from the felis lybica or African wild cat. The eyes can only be green, and six colors are allowed within the pattern tabby of points (spotted), which is another characteristic of the breed. To add among its rarities is added that it is a domestic feline with a single layer of hair, very short, which makes them intolerant to coldand to top off their originality and characteristics that make them unique, the maus cats have an unusually long gestation among domestic cats, which usually lasts around 73 days compared to 65-67 for other cats.

vocal and independent

the egyptian mau It is not a cat suitable for everyone. Playful and very active, they need space and good environmental stimulationare, according to the experiences of owners and breeders, cats distant and shy with strangers of his immediate family. They warn that they use the meow a lot to communicate and who are sensitive to noise or excessive manipulation or harassment, so in living with children, adult supervision recommended and carry out an appropriate socialization since the mau is young so that it does not show behavioral problems. They do not have associated congenital diseases, so it is considered a naturally healthy breed.

There are no breeders in Spain, but you can consult the Spanish Feline Association, a Spanish subsidiary under the regulations of the International Feline Federation, for further information.

Just as the mau was formed and developed in the Egyptian streets, there are many cats in ours that need a forever home and responsible guardians who meet their needs, such as Chocolatethis beauty brown tabby 2 months in San Fernando, Cadiz.

A dog and a cat in a friendly attitude.