Egyptian Mau color
The Egyptian Mau comes in three colors that can be shown in championship classes: Silver, Bronze, and Smoke. Also accepted for registration purposes, but not for showing, are the solid Black and the dilute versions of the “primary” colors: Blue Silver, Blue spotted (dilute bronze), Blue Smoke and the solid Blue. Although the black and the dilute Maus are not eligible for showing, they make excellent pets like all other Maus.
Egyptian Mau Appearance
This shorthaired breed is blessed with gooseberry-green eyes, a twitching tail, and a coat that comes in silver, bronze, or smoke beneath the natural spots. That’s right. The spots are also on the skin.
Some people confusion the Egyptian Mau with the Ocicat, which also sports spots. The Mau features a rounded, wedge-shape head and lithe, muscular body.
Grooming needs are minimal. Their easy-maintenance coat will benefit by being wiped down by a damp washcloth once a week or so and keeping the nails clipped.
Females weigh between 6 and 10 pounds and males average between 10 and 14 pounds.
While the breed standard calls for an even-tempered feline, many Egyptian Maus are anything but that. It tends to be the Egyptian Mau’s nature to be fearful and gun shy, hiding under furniture when company arrives; breeders must take great strives to over compensate for this with a lot of early, hands on socialization during kitten-hood. Many Mau kittens need this treatment to become loving, well adjusted cats. Those cats who do not receive this sort of care are known to growl, scratch, and hiss when a new or uncomfortable situation comes about. The cats that do receive proper socialization, however, make the best living companions.
Unlike many breeds that only deal with their humans when they’re hungry, the Egyptian Mau is always seeking company. The average Mau is quite clingy to his owners; some will take to only one member of the family, while others will take over the entire household. Whichever way it goes, once the Mau has bonded, he is your lover for life and will actively participate in anything that you are doing (whether you want him there or not). As the Egyptian Mau is incredibly intelligent, they have been known to break open closed doors by either slamming against them, or by twisting the doorknob. Privacy is a rare luxury with a Mau in the house, and often times you will hear them chortle a “welcome home” song, a “let me in” plea, or just a general speech about their day.
Egyptian Mau Price
The cost may vary greatly from breeder to breeder. The cost may or may not also include other services such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, shipping… etc. Some breeders may also have retired breeding adults available for a much lower fee.
The average cost for a pet Egyptian Mau is $550-$900 +. The average cost for a show quality Egyptian Mau is $1,000-$1,500 +. The average cost for a breeding quality Egyptian Mau is $1,800. Color affects the price. Silver is generally most expensive, followed by bronze, followed by smoke. The Egyptian Mau waiting list can be anywhere from 6 months to a year. Most kittens are already spoken for before they are born.