Mau (Egyptian cat)
This is a unique breed with interesting looks and ancient history, which is really very beautiful, kind and active, able to please their owners, with all its magnificent qualities. And its unique mark on the forehead, indicating its relevance to a distant ancient cultures.
The history of the breed
Spotted Mau – an ancient breed, held natural selection; her appearance has not changed significantly for more than 3000 years – such is the age of the artwork, in which she is depicted. The word “mau” translated from ancient Egyptian means “cat».
It is these and other cats worshiped in ancient Egypt. And later they were transported to Europe – namely Italy, Egyptian cats were introduced at the beginning of the second half of the XX century Russian Princess Natalia Troubetzkoy. There they received a lot of popularity, unlike Russia. Find in Russia this breed is almost impossible. This egyptian, must necessarily have a pattern in the form of the letter “M” over the eyes and «W» at ear towards the back of the head – the so-called “Scarab”. Also, must be present “makeup” – two lines running along the cheeks, emphasizing the eyes.
The creators of the breed “Egyptian” made it our goal to breed, the appearance of which is fully consistent with the exterior of the cats of ancient Egypt. Primary core tribal group was a couple of house cats exported from North Africa. Their offspring were mated with cats desired type, both American and Oriental origin. Subsequently, for the maintenance of the breed were exported from Africa a few animals.
The first Egyptian Mau appeared in Europe at the cat show in Rome in the mid 50s and from there in 1956, moved to the United States. In 1957, their demonstration at the exhibition “Empire Cat Show” aroused great interest. The official recognition they have received only in 1977.
In addition to the Egyptian Mau, there are several close breeds spotted coat. Israeli Canaan breed, created in the 90s of the last century (recognized WCF), also mimics antique style of ancient Egypt cats (Felis lybica). Somewhat similar to the Mau, but more powerful, brilliant breed California (Californian Spangled) also simulates Shorthair wild spotted cat.
Egyptian Mau – a kind of cats of natural origin, and, as she is originally from Cairo, along with her Abyssinian considered descendants of those cats who revered and worshiped by the ancient Egyptians. This gentle, gentle cat, as they say, with a good memory. Strong and muscular, easily trained performing different tricks, likes to walk on a leash. Mau inherited from their Egyptian – balanced, proud and reserved cat. These qualities she inherited from their ancestors.
It’s a very sociable cat who does not tolerate loneliness. On the verge of obsession, requiring constant attention, very talkative, having a melodious voice. Continuing to play and interesting to all, what the boss.
The cat loves people, very friendly and playful, and it should not be left alone for a long period. Mau and loneliness – two incompatible things: therefore she is interested in everything that happens in the house and is actively involved in all that happens. Mau very sociable cat, but it does not like when you break her daily routine: they just love to nap after lunch.
The expression of joy at Mau – a special spectacle not to be missed – they jump on the front paws and very often wags its tail.
Walking with Mau not amount to the owner of any work: firstly, it is perfect to walk the harness, and secondly it’s fine affects the state of its flexibility and muscular body.
Egyptian Mau – the fastest among cats and can reach speeds up to 58 km/h.
Mau love to luxuriate in a host on the hands and less intrusive than the Siamese, for example.
Mau – excellent hunters, maybe that’s why they are big foodies food. These cats love to eat out and always will be present at the family dinner.
Egyptian – very talkative cat, their melodious voice, which they can express a variety of emotions. During estrus their voice so strong that sometimes it is simply impossible to speak calmly.
Crossing Mau cats of other breeds prohibited.
offspring Incubation lasts 73 days.
born kittens are born already with well-defined spots.
Egyptian Mau is a shorthair cat and therefore does not require a separate special grooming. Nevertheless, do not forget to comb the cat to prevent the ingestion of dead hairs.
Stroking a cat is not only pleasant but also useful for her and for you, it has a positive effect on the psycho-emotional state of the cat and man.
On the silver wool mau sometimes black spots appear. This occurs for unknown reasons. To bring unwanted spots recommended to use special shampoos for the coat color.
In order to improve the appearance of wool can be used lavrovishnevoyu water, suede or silk cloth.
Caring for the ears as well is not difficult – you need to clean them with a sponge dipped in warm water, but it must be ensured that no water gets into the inner ear.
require special attention claws Egyptian – they need to be trimmed regularly kogterezki, but do it so tedious, so as not to touch the vessels.
But it is necessary to remember that the Egyptian Mau – thermophilic cat in winter they may need extra clothing, and in the offseason they may feel bad.
Excessive overeating these graceful creatures very quickly, if you do not restrict their eating habits, leads to the loss of beautiful forms, and your pitomitsy very easily turn into a fat cat rastolstevshie. Mau very poorly tolerate climate change, do not like the cold and get cold very easily.
Description: In appearance Egyptian Mau is intermediate between a slender type of Siamese Cats and more stocky British Shorthair. Egyptian smyshleny, balanced, muscular and beautiful.
Wool: Wool is thick, silky, delicate texture of medium length, but enough to have 2-3 tikingovyh ring. By type of these cats have a lot in common with the Abyssinian. The same texture coat – short and shiny.
Body: Medium length, graceful and muscular, especially in cats. Hind legs longer than the front. The feet are small, neat, round or oval. The tail is of medium length, broad at the base and slightly tapering. Whipping tail is considered a vice.
Head: rounded wedge without flat planes. Between the back of the nose and the forehead has a slight curve, but without pronounced indentation. The ears are large and widely spaced, broad at the base, moderately pointed, with or without tassels. Small ears are considered a vice.
Eyes: Large, almond-shaped. Small, round eyes or eastern type is considered a vice.
Legs: proportional to the body, the hind legs slightly longer than the front. Narrow graceful legs, slightly oval or round.
Tail: Medium length, thick at the base, tapering.
Head: slightly rounded wedge of medium length, not bulging cheeks. Profile with a gentle curve in the transition from forehead to nose. Without the pinch.
Ears: medium or large, slightly tapered by a continuation of the forehead, broad at the base, set high and wide. Short, close-fitting coat on the ears. The ears should be fine until translucent and light pink, can have a brush.
Color: Stains should be clearly visible on the background of bright wool. Each thread has two dark stripes, and the pattern in the form of spots and stripes is expressed not only in the coat, but also on the skin. On the forehead of the characteristic letter M, the line extending between the ears, down the neck and, ideally, fall into oval spots, which extend along the back. When they reach the posterior half of the body, the newly merged to form a strip that runs along the back to the tip of the tail. Two dark lines cross cheekbones, one starts from the outer corner of the eye and extends below the ear, the other – from the center of cheeks, bent upwards, almost meeting the first. In the upper part of the chest, one or more “necklaces”, preferably of open center. Drawing on his shoulders in the form of stripes or spots. The forelegs are covered with stripes. Drawing on the body in the form of spots of different sizes and shapes; preference for round and flat. Mottled pattern on each side of the body may not be symmetrical, but do not stain should merge together to form a jagged streaks. The rear part of the body and the upper part of the hind limb should have a pattern of spots and stripes, stripes on the hips and back, the spots on the shins. Chest and abdomen decorated spots “vest buttons.” Egyptian bred silver, bronze, tin and smoky color.
On the forehead required pattern, resembling a scarab beetle with markings reaching back and separated into individual spots along the back. When they reach the posterior half of the body, the newly merged to form a strip that runs along the back to the tip of the tail. Two dark lines cross cheekbones, one starts from the outer corner of the eye and extends below the ear, the other – from the center of cheeks, bent upwards, almost meeting the first. In the upper part of the chest, one or more “necklaces”, preferably of open center. Drawing on his shoulders in the form of stripes or spots.
The forelegs are covered with stripes. Drawing on the body in the form of spots of different sizes and shapes; preference for round and flat. They must be clearly visible on the background of bright wool, beautifully distributed and expressive contrast with the main color of the wool Spotted pattern on each side of the body may not be symmetrical, but the stains do not have to merge together, forming irregular stripes. The rear part of the body and the upper part of the hind limb should have a pattern of spots and stripes, stripes on the hips and back, the spots on the shins. Chest and abdomen decorated spots “vest buttons.” On the tail – thick rings, the end of the tail is dark.
A classic for this breed is spotty color.
The standard allows only three colors: silver, gold and smoky.
Silver: The basic color light silver on the lower body of a lighter shade. Figure charcoal gray. The outer side of the ears grayish-pink, with a black tint. Fingers are black; black color rises up the outside of the hind limbs. Nose, lips and eyes with a black rim. The tip of the nose brick red. Pads are black. Eyes green as gooseberries color.
Bronze: The basic color of honey-brown, turning into a lighter shade of cream or ivory color on the lower body. Figure dark brown. The outer side of the ears of a brownish-pink, with a dark brown edge. Paws dark brown; dark color rises up the outside of the hind limbs. Nose, lips and eyes with black or dark brown rim. Transferring ocher. The tip of the nose brick red. Paw pads black or dark brown. Eyes green as gooseberries color.
Smoky: The basic color charcoal gray with silvery white undercoat. Figure bluish-black. Paws Black; black color rises up the outside of the hind limbs. Nose, lips and eyes with a black rim. The tip of the nose and paw pads are black. Eyes green as gooseberries color.
Tin: The basic color light yellowish-brown. Every hair on the back and sides painted with stripes of silver and beige colors (ticking) with black specks, passing in light cream shade on the lower body. Figure charcoal gray or dark brown. Nose, lips and eyes fringed charcoal gray or dark brown rim. The tip of the nose brick red. Pads charcoal or dark brown. Eyes green as gooseberries color.
Recognition: CFA, TICA, FIFe, WCF and others.