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Arabian Mau


Overview of Arabian Mau

With its prominent large pointed ears to dissipate heat (very handy when living in the desert), the Arabian Mau has over a thousand years behind them as one of the oldest natural breeds around. This desert cat was only recently recognized as an actual breed, even though they have been commonly found all over the Arabian Peninsula, in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia for centuries. In these parts of the world, it is still common to find Arabian Maus living on the streets and adapting to their changing environment as more desert land rapidly transforms into cities. “Mau” is the Egyptian word for “cat,” and these kitties are active at night while sleeping during the day to avoid the hot desert sun like their ancestors before them. Overall, the Arabian Mau is a medium-sized (8-16lb), sleek cat who is a great hunter. They come in a variety of patterns and colors, however, you typically see the Arabian Mau with a combination of black, white, gray, and brown.

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Arabian Mau


Most often occurs in senior cats but can develop at any age. Agile cat breeds like the Arabian Mau can be prone to arthritis from the wear and tear of constant activity. Arthritis is characterized by a decrease in flexibility, stiff painful joint movements, lethargy and spinal issues.

Recommendations for Arthritis in Arabian Mau Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Arabian Mau

FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus):

Is a common infection in cats. Unfortunately, kitties infected with the virus have a higher risk of developing illnesses such as anemia and lymphoma so any kitty with FeLV can definitely benefit from some extra support to keep their immune system strong.

Recommendations for FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) in Arabian Mau Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Arabian Mau

Mouth and Gum Disease:

Like many breeds, Arabian Maus may suffer from gum and dental disease during their lifetime.

Recommendations for Mouth and Gum Disease in Arabian Mau Cats:



Arabian Maus are intelligent, friendly and adaptable - they get along great with just about anyone (including other pets and children). They would be happiest in a busy household full of activity with lots of things to do. Due to their high intelligence and athletic build, they need to keep moving (all the time) and do best with a range of interactive toys to keep them satisfied. They are pretty independent, so the Arabian Mau may not be the best lap cat. These kitties don't have an undercoat (as an adaptation to desert life), so grooming them is a pinch and only requires occasional brushing to distribute their natural oils. Get this cat if you want a medium-sized pet who will definitely follow you around and always be up for anything!

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