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Egyptian Mau?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
sorry if this is the wrong place for this, but im wondering if my cat is actually an Egyptian Mau.

can anyone give me a description of them so i can know for sure?

i have a few pictures too





what do you guys think?

i have also had a lot of people tell me her back legs, and ears are a little big, and they have never seen a kitten play as much as her

she follows me around like a little dog also, wherever i go, she follows
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by slvr98camaro View Post
sorry if this is the wrong place for this, but im wondering if my cat is actually an Egyptian Mau.

can anyone give me a description of them so i can know for sure?

i have a few pictures too





what do you guys think?

i have also had a lot of people tell me her back legs, and ears are a little big, and they have never seen a kitten play as much as her

she follows me around like a little dog also, wherever i go, she follows
Looks like a blue bengal
post #3 of 23
I like her tail-short and fat.
post #4 of 23
I think we kinda need to see her face too. I have an Egyptian Mau. You can compare your cat to my cat's face.
post #5 of 23
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heres a pic of her face, flash was a bit too bright for her

post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe View Post
Looks like a blue bengal
thanks, i looked up blue bengals, and personally i think she looks more like a egyptian mau, plus one website said that bengal cats do not have spots on their belly, and mine does
post #7 of 23
Looks like a spotted tabby DSH to me, not an EM or Bengal.

I think Bengals do have spotted bellies, don't all tabby patterns?
post #8 of 23
She looks like a very cute DSH.
post #9 of 23
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i didnt realize that regular cats could come in spots also

i looked at this picture:

and thought thats what my cat must be, because its like a 99% match
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by slvr98camaro View Post
thanks, i looked up blue bengals, and personally i think she looks more like a egyptian mau, plus one website said that bengal cats do not have spots on their belly, and mine does
Yes all bengals MUST have spotted bellies. The standard was just changed to patterened bellies because some of the marbles have more swirl like markings but the spotteds all have spotted bellies.

In her face picture i cant tell what eye shape she has because her eyes are closed. If she was a bengal she would definately be a blue bengal.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by slvr98camaro View Post
i didnt realize that regular cats could come in spots also

We have a spotted feral cat that we feed. He looks just like your cat but he's brown, not silver.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by slvr98camaro View Post
i didnt realize that regular cats could come in spots also

i looked at this picture:

and thought thats what my cat must be, because its like a 99% match
Yes there are spotted tabbies that are not occicat, mau or bengal.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by slvr98camaro View Post
i didnt realize that regular cats could come in spots also

i looked at this picture:

and thought thats what my cat must be, because its like a 99% match

Your cat has grey markings like a blue. The cat in this picture has black markings and is a silver.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by slvr98camaro View Post
i didnt realize that regular cats could come in spots also
There are different types of tabby pattern http://www.messybeast.com/spotted-cats.html
post #15 of 23
Very pretty blue spotted or a broken mackeral tabby kitten - domestic sh. Maus are not common cats so its unlikely she has that in the background.

And Maus only come in 3 colors - silver, bronze, or black smoke
post #16 of 23
It's always hard to tell from pictures, but I would agree with GK's opinion.

Definitely not an E. Mau.
post #17 of 23
Bottom line is that without paperwork, you'll never know. So just enjoy your blue spotted tabby and don't worry about what breed/breeds she is.
post #18 of 23
Whatever she is, she's gorgeous!!!

Nothing jumps out at me, other than DSH.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Very pretty blue spotted or a broken mackeral tabby kitten - domestic sh. Maus are not common cats so its unlikely she has that in the background.

And Maus only come in 3 colors - silver, bronze, or black smoke
There are blue Maus too. This is from the CFA breed profile:
"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."
post #20 of 23
Thanks Nec - I didn't know that - see I still learn something new Still the kitten is DSH and not a Mau
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Thanks Nec - I didn't know that - see I still learn something new Still the kitten is DSH and not a Mau
Yes I agree. The head and ear shape don't reallyl look like a Mau to me...

I did have a rescued foster kitten once that looked like a Mau! I know they are not a common breed but she really did look like one so I just called her an Egyptian Mau mix because the resemblance was so great. She was colored like a (somewhat dark) silver Mau and she had the eye and head/face shape similar to a Mau... I don't really know what the breed's personality is like so I can't say whether she matched it, but she was playful and outgoing and very active. She was also VERY destructive-- she chewed a poster off the wall of my bedroom, she chewed up a book cover, and even chewed up our 25-foot phone cord! Of course she was a teenager when we had her...
post #22 of 23
The dilute colors are probably popping up from the imports that were brought in under the previous importation policies. Recessives are forever, so when the dilutes pop up, they're Maus, but there's not much more that can be done with them.
It is terribly unlikely that a dilute kitten would ever leave a breeder's watchful eyes, since they are even more rare than a regular Mau. There are only a handful of Mau breeders out there and it often takes over a year of being on a waiting list to get one.

Either way about it, though, your kitten is perfectly stunning. Feel confident that he could easily hold his own as a HHP at a cat show.
post #23 of 23
You are right on the recessive genes - long time ago in the Cornish Rex breed (in England) there was an accidental litter with a persian. Thus the longhair gene is in the pool with the rexes. I've seen one longhair rex and know of 2 of them that exists. The one I saw was a white one and really looked "ugly" - like a rag mop. In the other LH rex, the owner kept him shaved down so he would not look as messy.
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