Active: Arabian Maus are a highly active cat. While they are loving and sweet, they are not predisposed to be lap cats, they like to play and get exercise.
Size: Arabian Mau cats are medium in size, weighing between 9 - 16 pounds.
Characteristics: Arabian Maus are strong-bodied, very muscular cats - not slender in any way. They have long legs with oval paws and a medium-length tail that tapers towards the tip. The Arabian Mau's round head houses beautifully oval eyes that are truly mesmerizing. These sweet cats have coats that are firm and not too soft, available in a variety of colors including white, black, black and white, red / red white (tabby: mackerel, spotted), brown (tabby: mackerel or spotted), and grey and white (tabby: mackerel or spotted).
Temperament: Arabian Mau cats are lovable, frisky felines. It is a highly adaptable cat and adjusts quickly to new surroundings or people. Constantly seeking attention and affection, do not be surprised if your Arabian Mau follows you around all day. While they are sweet and loving, they are not inclined to be lap cats because they prefer to play and be active. Because they are highly intelligent, their curiosity leads them to explore and can even lead them to be a bit mischievous.
Care: Because Arabian Maus do not shed much, they are very easy to groom. Occasional brushing and combing will help their coat looks its best. Additionally, periodic nail trimming, ear cleaning and bathing will help your Arabian Mau stay clean and healthy.
Coat: The coat of the Arabian Mau is short with no undercoat with little-to-no shedding.
Origin: The Arabian Mau is a cat breed that has been in existence for an estimated 1,000 years. They are a natural breed that originates from the African wildcat aka Felis silvestris. As one of the oldest cat breeds they have evolved over time and adapted to their hot, desert elements to survive and thrive. Over time, industrialization and civilization took over and these desert dwellers began to coexist happily with humans in the newly established city environment.
Today, these naturally bred cats make wonderful domestic pets. In 2004, Mrs. Petra Müller, president of MECATS in the United Arab Emirates began a breeding program to further the breed. With this breeding program firmly in place, the World Cat Federation (WCF) granted the breed provisional status and the Emirates Feline Foundation (EFF) also recognizes the breed.