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Egyptian Mau - Cats of the World

Updated on September 23, 2014
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

The word Mau means Cat in ancient Egyptian

These little cats are the only naturally spotted breed of domesticated cat and the oldest of all house cats. And probably the prettiest too.

Images of these elegant little felines appear in papyrus and on walls of Ancient Egyptian temples which date back from 2000 BCE. The great Sun God, Ra, was often depicted as a Mau. How ancient is that?

Affectionate,vocal companions, these little beauties appreciate human friendship and get on well with children although, in my own opinion, the less any cat sees of human children, the better off a cat will be.

The Egyptian Mau is a living relic

The cat who once graced the royal courts of Pharaohs, sat in the laps of Queens and silently stalked brutish rodents in palace corridors is one of the most lovely and charming of cat companions.

Their elegant beauty is seen in Ancient Egyptian art and they were held in such high regard that if anyone were to be caught killing a cat, they would be immediately stoned to death for their crime. It's about time that these laws were returned.

Mau Cats are Super Spotty - Oh those spots!

See my Scarab?

See my Scarab?
See my Scarab?

If you can't be black, be spotty!

If a cat can't be a rich lustrous black, then the next best way to be is spotty.

But not just any spots. The Egyptian Mau's spots don't make a pattern. They are sometimes small and round, sometimes large and oblong and sometimes a combination in between. Their spots never make a tabby or mackerel pattern and they're not connected either..

These spots also include vest buttons on the belly.

The Mau also has a scarab, like a tabby cat's "M", on the forehead. The scarab turns into dorsal stripes at the back of the head and flows down to the tip of the tail in a dark, unbroken line. Elegance is the operative word!

Mean Kitty is an Egyptian Mau

Sparta, made famous by the 'Mean Kitty Song' is an Egyptian Mau

More Maus

Midnight, the Mau Movie Star

An Egyptian Mau hit the big screen in the film Catwoman in 2004.

Although Halle Berry played her part well, she was dramatically upstaged by Midnight, a Silver Egyptian Mau with life-giving green breath, who gave the best performance of all the cast. Midnight even did her own stunts! (Which is more than you can say for Halle Berry)

Midnight's role is the pivot of the movie. If you look at an earlier scene in which Midnight lured Patience onto a precarious window ledge, it now becomes clear that this adorable feline was, in fact, attempting to murder Patience so she could become Catwoman just so much sooner.

When Tom foiled that plan by saving Patience's life, Midnight resorted to a backup plan; murdering every courier in town, unlocking restricted entrances at Hedare Laboratories, sabotaging the Beau-line long-term studies all so Patience could overhear the results, which resulted in her death and subsequent rebirth as Catwoman.

What a cat! What a star!

Wear silver spots with pride

Sterling Silver Black-Diamond Two Cat Pendant Necklace
Sterling Silver Black-Diamond Two Cat Pendant Necklace

Jewellery even a cat can love. Two cute spotty cats in sterling silver

 

Are these the best cats in the world? (Apart from beautiful glossy black senior cats)

Leave a Mau or a Miau, all comments are welcome.

© 2009 Vladimir

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      Our Egyptian Mau, Odion, has probably the best personality of any cat I've had. They are truly special and beautiful! Nice article!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      They look like beautiful cats. If only my girl would let me have another cat........ Nice lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a year old Mau who looks just like Midnight. Her personality is as wonderful as her looks!

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      spikeyflower 5 years ago

      What beautiful cats!

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I've only seen them in pictures - very nice looking cats.

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      I have wonderful friends who adore cats... I love them too but my dogs get kinda jealous... :)

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Even Harmony, the tabby, has to admit she likes the spots on the Mau kitties -- a lot!

      Great lens!!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Wow really pretty cats!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a beautiful green-eyed kitty named Spooky who resembled an Egyptian Mau. She wandered up to the greenhouse where I used to work, and came home with me later that day. She sure was a rambunctious kitten, but she grew up to be a lovely lady with a very regal bearing. I love cats!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      What a cute cat! But I do love all cats.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      All cats are good cats. Meow.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      What beautiful cats!

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      beautiful! I wish I could have a cat.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Gorgeous cats. Thanks for educating me about them.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These are beautiful, elegant looking cats, but so playful! I'd love to have one.

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      Adorable cats! Nice lens. :)

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      What a beautiful Mau and breed:)!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 50 Cats We Love Monster Board

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 50 Cats We Love Monster Board

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      What a lovely feline :)

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      Brilliant lens, I love cats but had never heard of this breed till now. Blessing.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Great lens about a lovely breed of cat.. My cat Bibi (you can check out my Bibi lens) is an Egyptian Mau! :) Blessed!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Cute cats and another great lens, thumbs up!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I love the mean kitty video's they have been a favorite of mine for awhile. In fact I was thinking of doing a lens on them....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I never heard of this breed. Another fantastic lens, Vladi!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Beautiful cat! Thanks, I never had heard about them... until now.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      nice lens...I want one! what a great looking cat...

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      trotter2099 lm 6 years ago

      This is a great lens with some really great cat pictures. My cat obi was sat on my lap as I read this and he also enjoyed the pictures. Thanx

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      the cats are cute

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Such cutie-tooties! And beautiful too.

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      sallemange 6 years ago

      These cats are simply adorable I saw them on UK TV documentary recently with actress and cat lover Joanna Lumley. RR told me all about your great lenses which I shall enjoy reading.

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      My parents' little cat is an Egyptian Mau - we got her from the SPCA and she's undersized and terribly shy! (But incredibly yowly and affectionate when there's only a couple of people around!)

      I thought that Maus were bred from Siamese to mimic the old Egyptian cats though?

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      Apart from ragdoll Siamese (who are sly seducers, oh, they are sweetie pies), Egyptian Mau is the only purebed cat I've ever considered owning, and certainly the only breed I'm drawn to for its looks.

      Mutts still win, but oh, they are pretty, aren't they?

      Why had I forgotten Sparta was Egyptian Mau? Short-term memory, sheesh.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love the Egyptian Mau they are so beautiful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i want to become a cat women but how can i