From Egypt to Italy
The modern Mau’s ancestors could have been the cats worshipped in Egypt, but the breed as we know it today dates back to 1953 in Italy. At the time, exiled Russian princess Natalie Troubetskoy saw a Mau, owned by the Egyptian ambassador to Italy. She immediately fell in love with this smoke-coloured cat and later obtained a similar kitten from Cairo. Together, the princess and the ambassador launched a breeding programme and in 1955 the first Egyptian Maus were exhibited at a cat show in Rome. In 1956 the princess travelled to the United States with her cats and so the breed was introduced there, but only received championship status in 1968.
Silky, spotted coat
Egyptian Maus sport silky, fine and resilient coats that are medium in length. They are spotted (silver, bronze or smoke), with green eyes.
Active, but reserved
They are active cats, fairly curious of what happens around them, but are somewhat reserved when it comes to strangers. They adore human company and will ride on shoulders and sit on laps of those they know well.
Egyptian Mau facts
Countries of origin: Egypt and Italy
Weight: 2.25 to 5kg
Temperament: Friendly and intelligent
Colours: Smoke, silver and bronze with spotted tabby markings
Indoor/outdoor: They are active so should ideally have access to an escape-proof, cat-friendly garden