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Egyptian Mau


Overview of Egyptian Mau

Perhaps the granddaddy of all cats, the Egyptian Mau is thought to be a domestic descendent of African wild cats. Many ancient Egyptian artifacts feature spotted cats that portray the ancestors of today’s Egyptian Mau cat. They were so revered that many were mummified with their human companions. These kitties are the only naturally spotted domestic cats around. With a belly flap that extends to their hindquarters and with long black legs that give them an explosive jump, these cats were built for speed! They are the fastest pedigreed cat on the planet - clocking in at over 30 mph! Not only are the Egyptian Mau beautiful to look at, but they are also incredibly clever as well - they love learning new tricks. Their stunning spotted coat comes in silver, bronze, smoke and black. An Egyptian Mau kitten’s alert, moon-shaped eyes become an incredible gooseberry green as they mature and are lined with black, as if they’re wearing mascara, giving them a very striking look. Perhaps these cats were the inspiration for the black eye makeup that the ancient Egyptians became renowned for!

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Egyptian Mau

Dental disease in cats:

Like many cat breeds, the Egyptian Mau may be prone to gum and dental disease during their lifetime. This begins when food, minerals and bacteria build-up around the gum line, leading to issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease. The bacteria from infected gums can spread to other parts of the body and damage vital organs like the liver and kidneys.

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Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Egyptian Mau

Feline asthma:

Is a respiratory condition that Egyptian Maus may suffer from. It occurs when allergies and irritants cause the lungs and trachea to become inflamed. Symptoms may include coughing, wheezing and hacking. Asthma may not be curable, however, it can be managed with the right support plan.

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Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Egyptian Mau

Cystitis in cats:

is an umbrella term for conditions that affect a cat’s urethra and bladder (a.k.a. lower urinary tract system). Egyptian Mau cats may develop cystitis from stress, infections, dehydration and bladder stones. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, but cats diagnosed with cystitis may benefit from a change in diet and holistic supports that may help with discomfort and stress.

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The Egyptian Mau is quite a rare kitty so keep that in mind if you're thinking of bringing one home - they may be hard to find! These kitties want to be part of the family and can be very possessive of their humans and toys. Egyptian Mau cats typically weigh between 6 to 14 pounds and is a fairly active cat that would be happiest with lots of toys, perches and places to hide. Their short coat only requires weekly brushing to remove loose hairs and keep mats at bay. With beauty, brains and a fun-loving personality, the Egyptian Mau is an ancient kitty that is destined to charm any cat lover!

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