Arabian Mau

History

The Arabian Mau is the native domesticated cat of the Arabian Peninsula and Arabian Gulf region. It is believed to have been present in the area for 1,000 years.

Ms. Petra-Khadija Mueller conducted a 5 year study of the breed in the UAE / Dubai and in 2008 the Arabian Mau received breed recognition by the World Cat Federation (WCF). Arabian Mau cats can participate in International Shows from 1st January, 2009.

Temperament

Generally Arabian Mau cats have very loving temperaments. The main feature of this cat breed is their devotion, love and affection for the owner. This cat will always be a reliable companion to an individual that loves it and cares for it. The Arabian Mau gets along very well with children and other animals. These cats are neat and take care of themselves very well.

Arabian Mau cats were adapted to a desert life style and had to hunt for food themselves; possibly because of this they are not picky about food and they seem to love eating. They like to play and so this breed is very active and curious. They are good hunters, quick and agile. Cats that are allowed to go outdoors will easily catch prey and bring it back home. These cats easily jump and jump high. Outdoor cats like to walk around their territory and their house; Arabian Mau are very territorial breed. Males always guard their territory from other male cats.

Health

The Arabian Mau breed has good health generally, as it is a natural breed. Kittens are born strong and healthy, as the cats have a good immune system. In comparison, both pedigree cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature.

Grooming

Grooming is very easy, the cat does not shed hair so much. By brushing the coat from time to time will remove dead hairs and intensify the beautiful gloss of the coat.

Standard Arabian Mau

Females are medium sized and elegant; however, males can be much larger. They have muscular bodies though females are slightly smaller. Their legs are long with perfectly oval paws. They have large ears. The tail has medium length with tapering toward the tip. The head appears to be round, but it is slightly longer than broad with well-defined whisker pads. Ears are large and well set. Their eyes are oval and match the coat colour. The fur is short and has no undercoat, besides it lying close to the body. The coat should not be silky. The colours can be different but the most recognized are red, white, black, black and white, brown and brown tabby.

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