Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Colorado, United States
Posted Jan 18, 2011
The Arabian Mau is an exceptional cat. One thing to consider if adopting a Mau in the Middle East is you are typically adopting a "street" cat. That means your cat will likely retain a lot of his/her wild characteristics even when raised in a home.
My Mau, as with most, is low maintenance, affectionate, agile, strong, endlessly curious, and highly interactive. He is also extremely vocal and has a different meow for each member of the family. As his "mother", he has a high-pitched, excited meow especially for me. My Mau is a bit rough when playing suggesting he might have a hard time distinguishing between hunting and playing, so as with any pet, I would supervise your Mau's interactions with your children.
I don't know if this is standard with the breed, but my cat LOVES water and actually gets in the shower with me. If a sink is turned on, he is in it and flushing the toilet brings him running to watch the water swirl. My guess is, as a desert cat, they get water when they can.
One of the more interesting and frustrating things I've experienced with my Mau is his pure hatred of my Australian Shepherd. My Arabian Mau is openly aggressive to my dog and often times I have to stop him from attacking her. My cat is male so it's possible it's territorial. I hope they will eventually work their differences out but so far, not so good. Luckily, my shepherd is old and simply isn't interested in the cat or his constant verbal attacks.
Two final (and unusual) things about my Mau: (1) He sleeps in his kennel. I think this is probably instinct. Street cats tend to hide to sleep in a familiar place to ensure their safety. (2) He fetches. Honestly. I throw his mouse toy for him; he brings it immediately back and places it on my lap. No, I'm not joking.
Every cat is unique but the Arabian Mau is an especially wonderful breed for the right family.