by Dot Brocksom
The Egyptian Mau is a fascinating cat, not only because of its past history, but because of its delightful personality and striking appearance.
Bronze statuette of a cat with all details, including fur pattern,
picked out in gold (British Museum)
The Mau (mau is the Egyptian word for cat) has been clearly identified in the artwork of the ancient Egyptians, leaving no question in the minds of many experts that the Egyptian Mau is indeed the cat domesticated from a spotted subspecies of the African Wild Cat by this unique culture. To gaze upon this beautiful and engaging creature is an opportunity to view a living relic.
The role of the Mau in the religion, mythology, and everyday life of the Egyptian conveys the degree of affection and respect in which these cats were held. They were worshipped as deities, cherished as pets, protected by laws, and mummified and mourned upon their death.
...and today's Brockhaven Tamyt of Tavaron :
Their history in North America began with their importation in 1956 by the exiled Russian princess, Nathalie Troubetskoy. Recognition by The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) for championship competition came in 1977. In the past, all Egyptian Maus in the U.S. and Canada traced their ancestry to two of the original imports from the Fatima Cattery. Recent importations have enriched and broadened the available gene pool for breeders.
The Egyptian Mau has the distinction of being the only natural spotted breed of domestic cat. An extremely intelligent animal, the Mau places a great importance on family, both human and their own, and is fiercely loyal in his devotion to them. They are moderately active and often express their happiness by chortling in a soft melodious voice and wiggling their tails at great speed while treading with their forepaws.
With an elegant body that
is randomly spotted, banded legs and tail, expressive gooseberry
green eyes, distinctive mascara lines, a worried expression on the
face, and a graceful cheetah-like stride, it is no wonder that the
Mau attracts such a tremendous amount of attention at cat shows.
Maus come in five colors: silver, bronze, smoke, black and blue. The black and the blue Mau are not eligible for the show ring, but can be registered and like all other Maus, make excellent pets.
Usually breeders make available kittens between twelve and sixteen weeks of age. After twelve weeks, kittens have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment, showing, or being transported by air. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching (CFA disapproves of declawing or tendonectomy surgery) are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long and joyful life.
Just look at them, and most likely you will soon share our passion !
last update : Aug. 28, 2007
But home is where we really can enjoy their delightful company, for they bring us so much love, happiness and fun
So please visit our
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will also meet our Mau pets, retired Champions
and current show cats in their every day life.
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