Are you thinking about bringing a new family member home? Well an Egyptian Mau might be the right companion for you. These cats are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and striking appearance.
It is not exactly known where this type of cat breed originated from but they are said to be descended from African wild cats and their ancestors are found on the wall paintings by Ancient Egyptians. They were used for hunting in Ancient Egypt because of their bird like voices that alerted the hunters to the location of prey without scaring it off.
Physical Characteristics: Egyptian Maus have spotted fur that can be a range of colors including silver, bronze, black, blue and a muddy grey. Their eyes are hard to miss with an intense green color and distinctive mascara lines. Their bodies are graceful and muscular.
Personality Traits: This type of cat breed is one that will greet you at the door when you get home from work and one that will know when something is going on because of their high intelligence. They tend to bond closely with their owners and fight off trespassing cats that might come onto their territory. Egyptian Maus enjoy being outdoors and capturing the mice and rat population in the area.
Health Concerns: Egyptian Mau cats are prone to a heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy causes blood clots in the aorta and it is hard to detect. It is most commonly found during a routine annual health checkup at the veterinary office. Treatment for this disease includes diuretics, nitroglycerine ointment, fatty acid supplements, and ACE inhibitors. This disease can affect young to middle aged cats so it can be important to get cat insurance at any age. Another common health problem associated with this breed is Patellar Luxation. Patellar Luxation occurs when the kneecap moves around and is pushed in and out of place. If this is left untreated the bones will eventually wear down, causing more pain and can possibly lead to arthritis. In most cases surgery is the only option.