In today's video, we are going to talk about some interesting facts and myths, about the Egyptian Mau.
With its spotted coat and large green eyes, the Egyptian Mau looks like a miniature jungle cat. Here are some interesting facts about the exoticlooking feline.
1. THE EGYPTIAN MAU MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY BE FROM EGYPT.
The Egyptian Mau’s name is derived from the Middle Egyptian word with the letters "MJW", which means cat. But contrary to its name, it’s unclear whether the modern Egyptian Mau actually originated in Egypt, even if it does share more than a passing resemblance with the spotted felines depicted on the walls of Pharaonic palaces and temples. In fact, DNA analysis suggests that the Mau might be from Europe, and is genetically similar to kitties including Americanbred Turkish Angoras. In short, no one quite knows where the cat came from, although spotted cats have been sighted in modernday Egypt.
2. AN ITALIAN PRINCESS RESCUED THE EGYPTIAN MAU BREED.
Cat fanciers bred and exhibited Maus in Europe until World War II, when attention toward the cat waned and it nearly went extinct. The breed was saved in the 1950s when Russian princess Natalie Trubetskaya, sometimes called by her name Troubetskoy, who lived in exile in Italy, was given a Mau that was reportedly imported from the Middle East. Trubetskaya took a shine to the spotted feline breed, and when she emigrated to New York City in 1956, she brought along three Mau cats. She used these kitties to establish the Fatima Egyptian Mau cattery, which produced many of the ancestors of today’s Egyptian Maus in America.
Once the Mau arrived in America, fanciers continued the rare breed’s bloodline by outcrossing it with other cats, and imported more Maus from Egypt and India. In 1977, the Mau was granted championship status by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats. As of 2014, it was the 20th most popular cat in America, according to CFA registration data.
3. THE EGYPTIAN MAU, IS ONE OF THE ONLY NATURALLY SPOTTED DOMESTIC CAT BREEDS.
Feline enthusiasts say that the Egyptian Mau is one of the only naturally spotted domestic cat breeds. (The other is a cat called the Bahraini Dilmun Cat, a rare feline that hails from Bahrain. In the past few decades, other cat breeds have been specifically bred to have spots, often by crossbreeding with closelyrelated wild species. Its distinctive short coat is randomly dotted with darker splotches that can be small, large, round, oblong, or irregularlyshaped.
As for other markings, Egyptian Maus have exoticlooking banded "mascara" lines that begin at the eyes' outer corners, extend along the cheek, and curve upwards toward the ears. Their foreheads bear typical tabby "M" marking, and their tails are banded and darktipped.
The mediumsized, athletic cat comes in three competitionapproved shades, including silver, bronze, and smoked color. There can also be black, blue silver, blue spotted, blue smoked, and blue Egyptian Maus. These cats however, aren’t allowed to compete in shows as "Championstatus" Maus.
Aside from its coat, the Mau's most striking feature is its wideset eyes, which are a bright “gooseberry green, and give its wedgeshaped face a perpetually worriedlooking expression.