Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
When we got our Egyptian Mau, I remember how excited we were to have another cat in the family. Our Siamese was aloof and did things on her terms only, but Cleo ended up being another personality entirely. She not only loved us, she interacted with us quite like a dog would. She always wanted to play, called us out when we weren't paying attention to her, and she even slept with different family members when she was tired.
Cleo did have a favorite, my sister, but she was affectionate with everyone. She was quite tolerant of the dogs and played with them sometimes until they got too rough. We learned quickly that an Egyptian Mau was a very unique cat in comparison to our prior experiences. If you want a Mau, just be prepared to play a lot and be called out if you don't. By that I mean that the Mau will meow, chirp and make all kinds of exotic noises to get your attention. I've never heard another cat make the sounds she did.
Another thing to realize is that the Egyptian Mau seems to dislike cold a lot. She was totally in her element in the summer, but when it got cold she always stayed inside and near the heat vents and fireplace. She was the smartest cat I've encountered thus far and her cleverness initiated endless joy and laughter in our family. Even as she aged, she never stopped playing entirely and always loved affection and attention.
If you want a rare cat that is very similar to a dog--loving, intelligent, family oriented, and affectionate--then an Egyptian Mau could just be your favorite cat too.