For over 1000 years the Arabian Mau has roamed the cities and deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. Though often still seen roaming the streets in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, the Mau has become a cherished member of many households. As a naturally developed breed, the Arabian Mau has stayed very true to its natural feline inclinations, and the potential owner of this cat should be prepared for a companion that is intelligent, savvy, and athletic. Arabian Maus can also be affectionate and social pets, with a natural curiosity that drives them to greet every guest at the door.
Appearance / health:
The Arabian Mau is a medium sized cat with a solid, muscular body, and long legs. The head is round, with a long face and a slightly concave nose. The Arabian Mau’s has slightly slanted, oval eyes that come in all varieties common to cats. Their ears are distinct, large and pointed, and developed to help the cat dissipate body heat in the scorching temperatures of the desert. Likewise, they a short-haired and entirely lack an undercoat, which means they shed very little. Coat colors and patterns are varied, but tend towards combinations of blacks, browns, grey, and white, as well as red and brown tabbies.
As a natural breed, the Arabian Mau has remained a hardy and healthy cat.
Behavior / temperament:
The Arabian Mau is loving cat, devoted to its owner. Social and interactive, the Arabian Mau will enjoy spending time with its owner, but may not be much of a lap cat. They are active, curious, and athletic with superior jumping skills, so expect to see them perched in the highest recesses of your home. Because they evolved to survive the harsh desert climate of the Arabian Peninsula, the Arabian Mau may tend to be less active during the day and more active at night. They tend to be good hunters, and are not picky about their food. The Arabian Mau gets along well with older children and other animals, though males may be territorial towards other males.
intelligent cat, low maintenance cat, elegant look, sleek body, great pet, large ears
wild characteristics, mischievous
Eastern Wildcat Ancestor, different meow, close lying coat, slender face, wildcat subspecies
"I moved to the Middle East (UAE, Abu Dhabi) and the first thing I did was rescue a baby kitten. It's crazy to me considering I have a Persian as well and they differ so much in personalities. Persian's are MUCH more domesticated whereas Mau's have such a primal wild personality. Mina is a wonderful cat and she's incredibly intelligent, she knows exactly what's going on. She constantly voices her opinions and will alert me when it's time for her dinner as well as time for me to get into bed so she can sleep with me. She's very active, constantly bouncing around, playing with the other cat (which took her a long time to get used to) and she's always up for some playful hand vs. cat wrestling. Her health has always been an issue, at first it wasn't but as she's aged, we've had issues with her teeth and her in general. Her health hasn't always been the best, she was very sick a year or two ago however she came out of it and is feeling MUCH better. She requires a lot of attention and a lot of love, just like any well deserving pet. Overall, I'm very lucky to have had her as a companion when I had first moved to the UAE and I'm still lucky to have her now.."
From lululol Nov 7 2015 4:34AM