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Egyptian Mau

A spotted playfull friend...

Egyptian Mau
origin:Egypt
weight:2 to 5 kg
in/out: Indoorsize: Mediumfur type: short
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History [ edit ]

The Egyptian Mau is a natural, and probably the most ancient, breed of cat, which origin is lost in time. It is believed that this breed descended from a spotted subspecies of the African Wild Cat domesticated by the Egypians between 4000 and 2000 BC. Hieroglyphs depicting the Egyptian Mau (Mau is the Egyptian word for the divine cat) were found on a temple wall in the south of Cairo dated around 2200 BC. The Mau was extraordinarily valuable for the Egyptians who worshiped it as a god. When a cat died is was mummified, entombed and mourned by the Egyptians. This breed was first seen in Europe in the 1950’s and in 1957 was imported into the USA. The Mau, is one of only two naturally spotted cat breeds still in existence, the other spotted cats being the result of selective breeding. Therefore, it is not surprising the awful amount of attention that its striking appearance attracts at cat shows and the increasing number of its fanciers. However, it is still an uncommon breed.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Egyptian Mau is a strong, medium-sized cat, with well-define