The Ocicat and the Egyptian Mau are often mistaken for one another, as both have spots. The Mau has a rounded, wedge-shaped head and a muscular, lithe body.
Females weigh between 6 and 10 pounds, and males average between 10 and 14 pounds. Their easy-to-maintain coats require little maintenance. A damp washcloth wiped across their coat once a week or so will benefit them, and you should clip their nails.
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Living With An Egyptian Mau
Those who admire the Mau express admiration for its fierce devotion and activity level, as well as its soft, melodious voice. Although they bond with their favorite people, they don't like other animals, particularly cats, and should be the only cat. You may find your Mau waiting at the door to welcome you home after work.
Unfortunately, Maus have a harder time recovering from anesthetics and medicines, so consult with your veterinarian if any medical treatment is required. In addition, they like warm temperatures more than the average feline.
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The Egyptian Mau History
Mummified cats are thought to have been Egyptian Mau ancestors, based on their similarity to African Wild Cats. The Mau was held in high regard and worshipped as a deity in ancient Egypt, where it was protected by law and mummified upon death. The silver-spotted female Baba was the matriarch of the Mau.
A historical record indicates that an Egyptian Mau kitten was supposed to accompany Russian princess Nathalie Troubetskoy from Rome to the United States. The Andrea Dorian, which sank after being rammed by a Swedish liner, denied them passage. Princess Troubetskoy successfully arrived in the United States in 1956, bringing the first Mau with her.
The Cat Fanciers Association listed the Egyptian Van as the 20th most popular breed in 2013, the same year it granted championship status to the breed.
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