Egyptian Mau Cat

Egyptian Mau

Affectionate, Smart, Energetic

The Egyptian Mau is a medium-sized cat breed with a short coat and athletic body. They are loyal and gentle-natured and love to be with their families.

Egyptian Mau Cat

Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 8 – 14 inches

Weight

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  • 6 – 14 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 15 – 16 years

Health Risk

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

What is it?:

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a condition where the muscular walls of the cat’s heart thicken which reduces the efficiency of the heart.

% of cats affected

10%

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms of this condition may include –

  • Weakness in the body
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy in the body
  • The cat may collapse
  • Discomfort in breathing
  • Cracking sounds when breathing due to shortness of breath
  • Unable to do physical movement
  • Heart failure
  • Paralysis in the hind limbs due to clots
  • Abnormal heart murmurs
  • Bluish discoloration of the nailbeds due to lack of oxygen

Treatment

The treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy depends on how severe the cat’s condition is. Some asymptomatic cats may not need any treatment. Some cats may be given medications to slow down their heart rate and relax the pumping chambers. If the cats show signs of heart failure or arrhythmia then medications may be given for it. Therapy can be given to the cats according to their severity. Aspirin may also be given to reduce blood clots. This condition can be treated with medications for the lifetime of cats.

Average Vet Bill

$1000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $900

80% = $800

70% = $700

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Feline idiopathic cystitis

What is it?:

Feline idiopathic cystitis is a condition that causes abnormal urination in cats mainly due to stress. This condition may be caused by bladder infections, bladder stones, trauma, tumors of the urinary tract, or unknown causes.

Clinical signs

The symptoms of Feline idiopathic cystitis are:

  • Blood in the urine.
  • Discoloration of the urine
  • Discomfort in urinating
  • Urinating in unusual spots
  • Increase in the frequency of urination
  • The cat may be unable to urinate in severe cases.

Treatment

  • Pain medications may be given for the discomfort.
  • Anti-spasm medications may be given to reduce spasms in the urethra.

Average Vet Bill

$1000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $900

80% = $800

70% = $700

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Affectionate

The Egyptian Mau loves to be with their family and is gentle and sweet-natured.

Energetic

The Egyptian Mau is not only energetic but also athletic and may enjoy jumping and climbing around the house. They can also be taught to play fetch as they have a dog-like personality.

Social

The Egyptian Mau may come off as aloof to strangers but with time they are friendly and mingle well with new people.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

They are also called Egyptian shorthairs as they have a coat with short hair which may be smooth and fine or dense and thick depending on the color of the breed. Smoke Egyptian Mau is the one with fine hair compared to other colors.

Colors

The Egyptian Mau cat breed has two types one is the show quality which includes smoke, bronze, and silver with dark markings. While a pet quality has colors like blue smoke, blue silver, and solid black or blue. Be it a spotted Egyptian Mau, a bronze Egyptian Mau, or a silver Egyptian Mau, they all are beautiful-looking pets with soft fur.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

Egyptian Mau cats generally shed moderately and do not require much maintenance. Their coat needs to be brushed weekly to keep them shiny. They need a moderate amount of care in terms of brushing their teeth weekly and cleaning their ears to keep them clear of wax or debris.

Training

Egyptian Mau’s are gentle-natured and loyal. They love to spend time with their family and are highly trainable. This breed can be taught to play fetch or do anything that a dog can do.

Egyptian Mau: Introduction to the Breed

The Egyptian Mau is a strikingly beautiful cat breed belonging to ancient Egypt. They were believed to be worshiped by their original owners, the ancient pharaohs and kings. The word Mau means sun or Egypt and these creatures were believed to be gods and a treasure. They are naturally spotted cat breeds. They are also known to be one of the fastest runners.

Egyptian Mau Physical Characteristics:

  • Heavily banded tail
  • Mascara lines along the edge of the eyes
  • Gooseberry green eyes
  • Long hind legs

Egyptian Mau is best suited for pet owners:

  • Who wants an affectionate pet
  • Who may have children
  • Who wants an active pet
  • Who wants an elegant pet

Things to know before deciding to own an Egyptian Mau

  • The Egyptian Mau may be aloof around strangers at the start.
  • They require attention from their owners as they form a close bond with them.
  • Their coat needs to be brushed once a week and their nails require occasional trimming to maintain their health.
  • The Egyptian Mau is a highly active and energetic breed, they require regular exercise and a safe space around the house to climb, jump, and move around.
  • These cats are also very intelligent and may learn how to open doors, shut drawers, etc. One needs to be careful in their house to make sure they don’t make a mess.

Conclusion

The Egyptian Mau personality is such that one would fall in love with these beautiful athletic creatures. If you are looking for an active pet that loves to play fetch then the Egyptian Mau is the one for you. They also bond very closely with their families and will be a presence in your life. Some may love the energetic breed but it can be a little too much for others.

If you decide to adopt an Egyptian Mau don’t expect to let it be independent and lie around the house. They are athletic and love to climb places and serve to be great company.

Happy Mood and Health to your cat and lots of Purrrss to you!

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