While fanciers might at first be attracted to the Egyptian Mau’s beautiful spotted coat, most become enthusiasts because of the breed’s temperament and personality. Maus, like their ancestors that were invited along on the duck hunts of their Egyptian companions, love to fetch. In fact, they love any play activity that mimics hunting behavior, and if allowed outside will become very competent (some might say savage) hunters.
That’s not to say they are not devoted to the humans who pay them homage. Fanciers describe them as fiercely loyal cats that generally don’t take to strangers. Once they bond with their human companions, they choose to be worshiped by their own family, rather than by the entire human race.
While not overly talkative, Maus will let their family know if something is amiss, particularly if that something concerns their food dishes. Their voices are usually melodious and quiet. When engaged in conversation with their human companions, Maus wag their tails, tread with their feet, and make a variety of sounds that fanciers call ‘chortling’.
One of this breed’s most striking features is its random, distinctive spots. Considerable variety exists in placement and shape. The spots can be large or small, round or oblong, or combinations thereof. What is important is that the spots be vivid and distinct, with good contrast between the background color and the color of the spots. The face bears tabby markings including the characteristic ‘M’ on the forehead, which is sometimes described as a scarab beetle mark. Two mascara lines grace the cheeks. The first begins at the corner of the eye and continues along the cheek’s contour. As the story goes, ancient Egyptian women patterned their elaborate eye makeup after the Mau’s markings.
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