Egyptian Mau Transformation
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.