Egyptian Mau Cat Information and Personality Traits

An active, very strong cat, the Egyptian Mau needs opportunity for exercise but has a very balanced temperament.

Egyptian Mau at a glance
The Egyptain Mau Cat Breed

The Egyptian Mau is an easy cat when it comes to care. Brushing can easily be made part of regular playtime.

Weight range:

Male: medium: 8-12 lbs.
Female: medium: 8-12 lbs.

Eye color:



Longevity Range: 9-13 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: High, Moderate
Tendency to Shed: Moderate


Length: Short
Characteristics: Silky, Smooth
Colors: Silver, Bronze, Smoke
Pattern: Spots, Smoke
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:
Prevalence: Rare

The Egyptian Mau is a long cat although she tends to be medium in size, with the males larger than the females. The Mau is heavily muscled and strong.

The Mau has a triangular shaped head with large almond shaped eyes and slightly shaped ears. The profile is gentle and nothing on her appears extreme, with the exception of the spotted tabby markings of the coat.

The coat of the Mau is medium in length and is glossy and soft. The spots on the coat cover the body with tabby striping on the face, extremities and tail. Most Maus have a flap of looser skin, which goes from the flanks to the knees on the hind legs.


Maus like to sit up high and survey their surroundings. They usually act as if they are in complete control of their environment. They are extremely strong and very active. But they have a very balanced temperament.

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The Egyptian Mau is an athletic cat and will adjust her own nutrition if she is given enough room to adequately exercise.

Egyptian Maus are great jumpers and climbers, and should have perches and cat trees to make their own. If these are not provided, the Mau will create her own perch on the top of the refrigerator or on bookcases.

The Egyptian Mau is an easy cat when it comes to care. She likes being brushed, and brushing can easily be made a part of regular playtime.


The Egyptians were well known not only as lovers of cats but also as worshipers of them. In the "Book of the Dead," Ra, the God of the Sun, is portrayed as a spotted Tabby cat. He is depicted in Egyptian art as slaying the serpent Apep. In many Egyptian depictions, a scarab is shown on the forehead of the cat. In actuality, a mark that resembles the scarab is a natural marking of Tabby cats. This important scarab marking may have been part of the reason that cats were worshipped by ancient Egyptians.

In 1953, a noblewoman returned to Italy from Egypt with a Tabby cat. This Tabby cat was bred to a male Tabby that had also been brought to Italy from Egypt, this time with the help of a Syrian ambassador. In 1956, the progeny of this original pair were brought to the United States by this noblewoman, and the Egyptian Mau was created. "Mau," in Egyptian, means "cat."

The resulting breeding program in the United States produced cats that appeared to recall the ancient Tabby cats, which were worshipped by the Egyptians. The breed Egyptian Mau was recognized in 1958 in the United States and 1992 in Europe.