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


Size: Medium
Weight: 3.6 – 5.4+ kg
Coat Length: Short
Coat Colour: Silver, Bronze & Smoke in spotted tabby or Smoke
Eye Colour: Green
Grooming: Moderate
Longevity: 9 – 13 years
Attention Needs: Moderate – High


Egyptian Mau

History of the Breed

In ancient Egypt, cats held a special place in the hearts and beliefs of the people. The “Book of the Dead” depicted Ra, the Sun God, as a spotted Tabby cat engaged in the heroic act of slaying the serpent Apep. Egyptian art often featured cats with a scarab symbol on their foreheads, a natural marking found in Tabby cats. This scarab marking likely contributed to the reverence bestowed upon cats by the Egyptians.

The journey of the Egyptian Mau began in 1953 when a noblewoman brought a Tabby cat from Egypt to Italy. This cat was then bred with another male Tabby from Egypt, facilitated by a Syrian ambassador. The offspring of this union made their way to the United States in 1956, marking the establishment of the Egyptian Mau breed. The term “Mau,” translating to “cat” in Egyptian, aptly encapsulated the essence of this feline lineage. The breed gained recognition in the United States in 1958 and in Europe in 1992.


The Egyptian Mau boasts a long, muscular frame, with males typically larger than females. Its triangular head, adorned with large almond-shaped eyes and slightly shaped ears, exudes a gentle profile. Apart from the distinctive spotted Tabby markings, nothing about the Mau appears exaggerated.

The coat of the Mau is medium in length, possessing a glossy and soft texture. The characteristic spots cover the body, with tabby striping evident on the face, extremities, and tail. Notably, many Maus exhibit a loose flap of skin extending from the flanks to the knees on their hind legs.


Elevating themselves to higher vantage points, Egyptian Maus enjoy surveying their surroundings, projecting an air of complete control over their environment. Despite their strength and high activity level, they maintain a well-balanced temperament. Delving deeper into their personality, Maus exhibits a remarkable mix of intelligence, curiosity, and playfulness. They form strong bonds with their human companions and are known for their loyalty.


An athletic breed, the Egyptian Mau requires ample space to exercise, and their diet naturally adjusts to their activity levels. These adept jumpers and climbers benefit from having perches and cat trees. Without such provisions, Maus may find their elevated spots atop the refrigerator or on bookcases.

Caring for the Egyptian Mau is a relatively straightforward task. They enjoy being brushed, and incorporating grooming into regular playtime can enhance their overall well-being. The breed’s adaptable nature makes them well-suited for various living environments.