Egyptian Mau Transformation

Egyptian Mau Transformation

by Lisa
(Manchester, UK)

Púca with whiskers and fur beginning to grow back

Púca with whiskers and fur beginning to grow back

My partner and I went to a shelter to get two kittens but when we got to the top of the queue there was only one left. A lovely black and white short haired domestic - my partner called it Zenith (? I know...). As we were about to leave, the man showing us out said 'You probably won't be interested but I do have another kitten...'

He proceeded to take out what I can only describe as a scrawny rat type creature that made growling noises. Apparently she had been found on the street and brought to them. She was severely underweight - had fleas, worms and most of her fur had been burnt off, including all of her whiskers. I had to take her home. I named her Púca (an Irish word for sprite).

It turned out that she is an Egyptian Mau (black coat) although she was so badly underweight and damaged that the vet didn't realise this until she was about five months old.

She has developed into the most beautiful, loving and intelligent cat (now 4 years old), albeit a bit skittish after her very bad start. She waits for me outside my house when I am coming home from work and proceeds to chatter to me as if telling me about her day!

She curls up on my lap and has the most amazing purr - like three different tones of purr overlapping. She plays fetch with her toys and 'tag'. I will definitely be getting more maus if the opportunity arises for me to have more cats.

Words of advice: if you are getting a cat that needs rehabilitation, try to pair it with a cat that does not. I found that Zenith basically taught Púca how to be a cat again.

LisaEgyptian Mau Transformation to Egyptian Mau

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May 23, 2010
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I LOVE CATZ
by: Lea

Hi! i LOVE egypttian maus! did u know mau means cat!?! in egypttian of coase!


Jan 12, 2010
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BLACK MAU
by: ALF

HI I LOVE THAT PHOTO,IT TO BE A GREAT CAT,IT SHOW MAUS LOVE THERE OWNER'S LIKE BACK IN EGYPT. OUR CATS KNOW THE EXCET TIME WE MY PARTNER COME HOME FRM WORK THEY WAIT BY THE FRONT DOOR TILL SHE DRIVE IN.THEN GO GREAT HER BY JUMPIN IN HER ARMS. YES THEY ARE GREAT CATS ,I HAVE VIDIOS OF MINE AT PLAY AND HUNT LIZARDS UP ON THE TOP WINDOW.OK HAVE FUN .


Oct 16, 2009
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Hi there all
by: Levi

I've been sent this link by Lisa (I'm her partner) and just wanted to emphasise just how bad a state Púca was in. For the first two months she pished on the sofa almost on a daily basis and was a nightmare to live with, to the extent I was threatening to turn her into a kebab (I'm happy I didn't).

If it had not been for Lisa's love and care for Púca she wouldn't have had a chance. Púca always stayed away from me until Lisa went away on holiday, in this time we ended up making some sort of truce with one another. I taught her how to be a pirate by play chasing her and playing cat fishing (a stick with string and a sparkly thing on the end). Whenever she managed to get hold of the toy I would pretend to get her resulting in stroking and pretend grabbing which she loved. Not sure what the moral of that story is but I guess piracy can only be a good thing.

Zenith helped no end as Lisa mentioned, without Zens support Púca may not have learnt how to be a cat.


Oct 16, 2009
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Thanks
by: Lisa, Manchester, UK

Hi

Many thanks all for your comments. I have to say the rehabilitation bit wasn't easy - lots of patience and cleaning!! However, it was well worth it.

I am now working as a volunteer in an animal shelter with cats - my specialty being the abused, damaged and feral cats as aresult of the experience I've had with Púca.


Oct 14, 2009
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Transformation
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Lisa. It's exactly cats like Púca - the neglected, sick and abused - that ever so often will transform into the most loving and beloved companions. They pay back in so many ways. 🙂


Oct 13, 2009
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Beautiful cat
by: Ruth aka Kattaddorra

What a beautiful cat Puca is and what a good tip to have a socialised cat help an unsocialised one !!
I love your cats names, Zenith and Puca,both very unusual.


Oct 12, 2009
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Lovely Submission
by: Michael

Love this article for two reasons, First the inspiring rescue and the rehabilitation plus the nice tip at the end.

Secondly for the fact that Púca is melanistic black as is the feral Egyptian Mau in this photo from Egypt:

feral Egyptian Mau cats and one melanistic black one



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