The Egyptian Mau is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cat and is the only spotted breed that evolved naturally. Egyptian Maus are energetic, curious, intelligent, and interactive. They are fiercely loyal, seriously playful, and stunningly beautiful.
BREED NAME: Mau rhymes with "WOW" and is the ancient Egyptian word for cat. This is a very old breed tracing its origins back to ancient Egypt. There are depictions of spotted cats in the tombs of the Egyptians, and there is evidence from tomb paintings that the ancient Egyptians used these cats to help in the hunt for birds.
COLORS: Egyptian Maus come in three colors for Championship titles: silver, bronze, and smoke. Occasionally a litter will also have a solid black kitten or even a blue kitten. The blue and black Maus can be registered, but are not eligible for championship titles. Blue is the dilute color of black and appears gray especially when placed next to a truly black cat. The solid black Maus will often show their spots when light reflects off their coat. Our incidence of blue (or dilute) Maus is 1% and of black Maus is 3%.
MARKINGS: All Egyptian Maus are short-haired, spotted tabbies. Once in awhile we will get a classic tabby kitten born in a litter. The classic tabby is the blotched or swirled patterned tabby. This is a recessive feature that does not appear very often. Our incidence of classic tabby patterned kittens has been 3%.
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about color and pattern inheritance in the Egyptian Mau
SIZE: The Egyptian Mau is a medium-sized cat with adult females ranging from 5 to 7 pounds and males ranging from 8 to 10 pounds. The Mau is a dimorphic breed, meaning the males will be noticeably larger than the females.
PERSONALITY: Maus tend to be ardently loyal and form a close bond with their human companions. They love to play and remain playful well into their adulthood, but they don’t miss their naps either. They will interact vocally and generally have a soft voice and a large repertoire of vocalizations.
ADOPTIONS: The earliest that we will place kittens in a new home is at the age of 3 months. By this time they have had their first shots and are mature enough to leave their mothers. We provide a written sales agreement with a health guarantee, and all kittens have their basic vaccinations, an examination by a licensed veterinarian, and are spayed or neutered before leaving for their new homes.
MALE OR FEMALE: My personal bias is for male cats. In truth, an altered pet is going to retain few of the gender characteristics found in a whole animal. Males will tend to be more laid-back and agreeable, more adaptable to change and out-going. Females will tend to be more cautious and reserved, might take a little longer to adapt to a new home and family. Most Maus of either gender will require some time to adjust to a new situation and will prefer to establish a relationship on their own terms, though once they realize where the food and the comfort is coming from, they will be yours for life.
PRICE: Prices may vary according to the age and quality of an individual kitten or cat including how closely it approximates the breed standard. We sell unaltered kittens for breeding only occasionally and preferably to established breeders with a proven track record. We will retain co-ownership of any unaltered kittens going to a new breeder home.
SHIPPING: We prefer to ship kittens after they have reached the age of 4 months. All shipping costs will be paid by the buyer. This includes the shipping crate, a health certificate with any required vaccinations, and the air fare. We will not ship a kitten if the ambient temperature is over 90 degrees in Denver or the destination city and will adhere to all airline policies in this regard.
SALES AGREEMENT: We provide all buyers with a written sales agreement that includes a health guarantee, a replacement policy, and requires that the cat stay indoors and not roam free. We will take back any cat or kitten that can no longer be kept for any reason. We provide advice and recommendations for any issues related to your Egyptian Mau throughout its life.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions or would like to know specifically what we have available. If a kitten seems too expensive or too much work, consider an older cat or a retired breeder.