Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted May 02, 2014
The Egyptian Mau is one of the oldest existing breeds of domestic cat. This is the only one naturally spotted, meaning the spots are not the result of breeding. This breed is the very same cat worshiped by the Egyptians.
People initially fall for their beautiful coat, as I did, but fall even deeper for their temperament and personalities.
The Egyptian Mau cats are fiercely loyal to their human families, and once bonded to their guardians, they choose to be worshiped. Generally speaking, they don't take to strangers.
These idolized animals are not so talkative, but they will alert their humans if something is awry, as an empty food dish. Their voices are melodious and quiet, however, and not annoying as some other cat breeds may be. They do have "conversations" with their guardians, making a variety of sounds like "chortling."
The Egyptian Mau cats are highly active and playful, so they need climbing tools and space.
They are semi independent and semi compatible with children and other pets.
Knowing the breed as I do now, it is obvious why these cats were worshiped by ancient Egyptians, but also by modern cat lovers as well.