Is My Cat Part Egyptian Mau?

by Lynaye
(Larned , Kansas, USA)

Ashli sitting by the couch

Ashli sitting by the couch

I think my cat is part Egyptian Mau but I'm not for sure. I think that she has the Gooseberry Green eye color and the spots and some of the face markings. I adopted her for a local shelter in august.

They told me that she was a silver and cream tabby. She also has the coat where the spots and stripes are only in the top of her fur not all the way through.

I have many photos of her because she is very photogenic. I was wondering if my cat could be part Egyptian Mau?


Hi Lynaye... thanks for visiting. Your cat looks lovely. I'll be honest, though, and say that I don't think that she is an Egyptian Mau mix.

Sometimes cats are very close to the purebred breed but have no pedigree or are one removed from purebred (and look similar, therefore) but I think she is too far from the proper Egyptian Mau type to be part Egyptian Mau.

They are foreign in appearance (meaning slender) and have spots. Your cat looks like a dilute blotched tabby cat but she is a very attractive cat and as good as an Egyptian Mau.

If you would like to send me some pictures I'll put them on the page:

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Jan 18, 2011
Photo upload
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

If you want to add a photo to an existing page, you'll have to mail it to Michael. You'll find his contact info on the POC Admin page.

But why not create a new page about your cat? When doing so you'll have the option of uploading no less than 4 pictures right away. 😉

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Jan 17, 2011
Famous question is my cat an Egyptian mau?
by: Anonymous

The famous question, if only I knew how to upload a photo?

Oct 26, 2010
Is my cat an egyption mau?
by: Newcomer

Well, i have no clue what im doing, but i really need to ask the famous question- is my cat part egyption mau? She is no pure-breed. She is grey with stripe/spotted coat with an M on her forehead. She has a bit bigger ears than normal. Her body shape looks like this:


Remember that this isnt her but their body shape is like an exact copy of her body shape! I seriously think she is part egyption mau. sorry for not putting a real picture of her i couldnt get the picture from my camera to my com.

Mar 14, 2010
Tabby calico
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Lynaye. You have a very beautiful tabby cat - whatever her roots may be.
The exact colours are difficult to judge from a photo, but if indeed she is silver and cream, you actually have a calico (black and orange) cat, as silver is a dilluted black and cream a dilluted orange. That's kinda special, I think. 😉

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Mar 14, 2010
Most likely a tabby
by: Phil

I agree with Michael, she does look more like a tabby than a Mau - however, bear in mind that a Mau could also be described as an 'exotic tabby', so there will most likely be similarities (one key trait of tabbys is the 'M' pattern on the forehead). Also, green eyes are by no means unique to Maus! All Maus have green eyes, but not all green-eyed cats are Maus...

All the same, she does look very sweet and photogenic - mind you, I happen to think that nearly all cats are photogenic!


Is My Cat Part Egyptian Mau? — 4 Comments

  1. I have always wondered what type of breed my Galileo is, when I head the description of the Egyptian Mau I think my baby is at least part Egyptian Mau. What is ya’lls opinion as to what he is?

    He has the the gooseberry green eyes, is extremely loyal(following me around everywhere), can jump well over 5 ft in the air, has visible spots on his hind quarters, has extremely long hind legs (longer than his front), and many of the other traits of the Egyptian Mau.

    Here are a couple pictures of Galileo. He is my baby I have had him since he was just 6 weeks old. I am a self proclaimed “crazy cat lady” so I have millions of pictures of him. I just have always wondered what breed he is. Any ideas?

    • Hi Samantha, thanks for sharing pictures of Galileo. Sweet looking cat.

      He is a classy looking mackerel (striped) tabby cat. The Egyptian Mau is a spotted tabby. They are both tabby coats but a different type.

      The original Egyptian Mau (in Egypt right now) is like your cat. The Egyptian Mau that is created through breeding is not a pure cat genetically in that it differs from the original in Egypt.

      So my answer is – yes, your cat has some Egyptian Mau on the basis that they are both tabby cats and both derived from the African wildcat.

      I love the appearance of Galileo.

  2. This is Sullivan Chase. He is a sweet boy, very loving and friendly and full of mischief! We were wondering if he might be an Egyptian Mau mix? Here he is admiring some doughnuts!

    • Hi Shannon. Sullivan Chase may be an Egyptian Mau mix. His features are similar. Although he has a mackerel tabby coat which is a striped coat and as you probably know, the Egyptian Mau is a spotted tabby cat.

      However, there is quite a similarity between mackerel and spotted because often a mackerel tabby coat breaks up to form spots.

      Your cat in any case is a very, very nice mackerel tabby cat. We need to remind ourselves that the Egyptian Mau is also a tabby cat.

      The ancestor of all domestic cats is the near Eastern wildcats and that too is a tabby cat. So you can see that the big overlap between non-pedigree tabby cats and Egyptian Mau. in fact the genuine, original Egyptian Maus in Egypt look pretty much like regular tabby cats.

      You can see that it can get quite complicated. I’ll get back to my original answer which is that there maybe some Egyptian Mau in your beautiful cat.

      Thanks for visiting and showing us your cat.

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