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Easily recognized for the striking spots on their fur, Egyptian Maus are a breed of domestic cats with a pleasant sounding meow. They are also considered the fastest type of domestic housecat, running at a recorded speed of 30 miles per hour. Egyptian Mau cats are also a relatively rare type of breed.
See the fact file below for more information on the Egyptian Mau or alternatively, you can download our 18-page Egyptian Mau worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
ETYMOLOGY AND TAXONOMY
- The Egyptian Mau cat, or Felis catus, gets its name from the Egyptian word mau, which means cat.
- Recorded genomes show that the Egyptian Mau may be closely related to other cat breeds, namely the Maine Koon, Korat, and Turkish Angoras. Furthermore, the Egyptian Mau belongs to Western-derived breeds, despite initially originating from Egypt.
- After the Second World War, cat breeders developed specific breeding techniques that produced the current type of Egyptian Mau, which still exists today.
- The Egyptian Mau’s body is medium-sized and muscular in build, with its hind legs being longer than those in the front. Adult males can weigh from 10 to 14 pounds, and females weigh from 6 to 10 pounds.
- Its forehead features an M-shaped configuration of stripes. There is also a long dark stripe running from the Egyptian Mau’s head to its tail along the spine.
- There is also a unique flap of skin along the back knee of Egyptian Maus. It allows them to stretch their back legs farther, and it assists in running.
- The Mau’s fur features distinct spots on the tips of its coat. This usually comes in several colors, namely silver/shiny gray, bronze, smoke, black, and caramel. Their eyes are green in color, but young kittens may exhibit an amber color prior to adulthood.
- Being a domestic breed, Egyptian Mau cats have a loyal and friendly personality towards humans. They are very active and have a general control of their environment. They are known to display habits of sitting in high places, such as on top of shelves, to survey their surroundings.
- Compared to most cat breeds, Egyptian Maus are a bit more sensitive to temperature, preferring warmer environments. They are also highly sensitive to medicine and anesthesia.
- The Egyptian Mau is also known to have a very musical and pleasant sounding meow. When stimulated, they exhibit very distinct sounds and vocalizations, which usually signals approval or disapproval.
- In pleasant situations, the Egyptian Mau is also known to exhibit a “wiggle-tail” behavior. This is where the animal wiggles its tail in a position similar to marking their territory but without the release of urine.
HABITAT AND DIET
- Similar to other cats and felines, the Egyptian Mau mostly consumes meat, such as chicken and beef. Their bodies need specific amounts of protein to sustain their active movements. They can also adjust their nutrition if they are given adequate space to move and grow.
- Egyptian Maus, like many other cats, often don’t drink enough water, so pet owners may often supplement their dry kibble with some type of wet cat food.
- Being a domestic breed, Egyptian Mau cats share their habitat with their human owners and generally remain indoors for the majority of their lives.
- The reproduction of a rare breed such as the Egyptian Mau is dependent on breeders and the availability of mates. They can also mate with other breeds, but this will result in a different appearance altogether.
- Cats, however, are generally prolific breeders, accounting for the large number of stray and homeless cats almost anywhere where there is a cat population.
- Egyptian Mau cats in particular have a longer gestation period compared to other breeds. The normal period lasts from 65-67 days, while that of the Egyptian Mau lasts 73 days.
- Similar to the reproductive process of other felines, a female Egyptian Mau will display signs of pregnancy, such as enlargement of the belly and morning sickness. When giving birth, a female cat will lie on her side and press downward to release the kittens.
- Several organizations are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of cat breeds, including the Egyptian Mau. For example, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) provides qualifications to determine the ancestry of Egyptian Maus from the first to fourth generations.
- An organization known as the Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization (EMRO) is responsible for the local and international adoption of Egyptian Mau cats born in the Middle East. They are dedicated to educating more people about the Egyptian Mau.
- EMRO’s felines are not of the Egyptian Mau strand. They are Egyptian street cats coming from the Mau’s region of landrace origin.
Egyptian Mau Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Egyptian Mau across 18 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Egyptian Mau worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Egyptian Maus which are a breed of domestic cats with a pleasant sounding meow. They are also considered the fastest type of domestic housecat, running at a recorded speed of 30 miles per hour. Egyptian Mau cats are also a relatively rare type of breed.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Egyptian Mau Facts
- Mau Meow
- Parts of Mau
- Fast Feline Facts
- More Mau Questions
- Kitty Milestones
- Mau’s Coat Colors
- Mau Maus
- Other Short-Haired Cats
- Taking Care of a Mau
- Cat Mask
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