Kitten History: Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau's extraordinary appearance originates from ancient Egypt.

By Stacy Hackett

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Egyptian Mau © Helmi FlickYour Egyptian Mau kitten bears the spots and regal attitude of ancient cats worshipped by the Egyptians and painted on the temples. Your kitten seems to know this, demanding respect in her cute, kitten ways. But though the legends add to her appeal, her roots go back to a Russian princess and her precious pet cats.

In 1956, an exiled Russian princess named Natalie Troubetskoy emigrated to the United States with her pet cats: two silver females, Baba and Liza, and a bronze male, Jojo. She settled in New York City and established the Fatima Cattery, and the Egyptian Mau immediately caught the attention of the cat fancy.

As the breeds popularity grew, more and more gorgeous Maus made the rounds of the cat shows, until the breed was finally accepted for championship status in 1977. Today the Egyptian Mau enjoys worldwide acclaim, appearing in shows in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States.

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REGINA    BESSEMER, AL

4/5/2014 6:34:52 AM

MY FIRST CAT AS A CHILD WAS AN ABBY.. LOVE OF MY LIFE. NOW MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE. BUT WOULD LOVE TO BRING AN EGYPTIAN MAU INTO THE FOLD. LIVE IN ALABAMA. SHE WOULD BE KEPT INSIDE. AND SPOILED ROTTEN AS PET ONLY. WOULD LOVE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEWHAT NEARBY BREEDER.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

9/11/2013 10:34:43 PM

Awww!

Anita Roberts    Sierra Vista, CA

3/15/2010 7:00:51 PM

Would like to have an Egyptian Mau kitten - where can I find one in Arizona?

Sarah    Ft. Gibson, OK

9/12/2006 12:31:22 PM

Egyptian Maus are like so cute and awesome and from what I can tell very perceptive about their suroundings. I wonder when they were first discovered since I can't find any information about it. Hope to see more websites about this. Thanks for the information you've given me already on the Maus.

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