My mad Mau…
she's thinking about being irritated here...
I think my cat Bibi is a natural Egyptian Mau. She's a rescue cat - little did I know that this skinny, worm and flea-ridden "ratcat" would turn out to be such a princess!
She's got the Mau features - gooseberry green eyes, the belly flap, the spotted coat, the trills and chortles and can jump and run like crazy. She's very active and loves stealing my headbands and tearing up the rugs. Because she was taken away from her mum so young, she's very small (about 5 pounds - or less than 3kg) and it took her a long time to learn how to catch mice. She's very good at hunting now - and brings them inside alive - which I hate! But we're very close - it's quite an amazing bond.
I tried to make her an indoor cat, because she was getting attacked by the two other alpha cats next door (she's also alpha, but half their size), but she wouldn't stand for it. If it's summer, and I keep her inside, she makes me pay for it later on. She can stare at me in disgust for ages! In winter though, it's different - anything less than 20 degrees C and she's happy to be inside.
I'm moving to a new place and thinking of getting her a companion cat, after she's settled in. She gets so lonely when I'm at work. I was thinking of getting a very docile kitten that she could boss around - anyone got any ideas?
Hi 0celot... thanks for visiting from far off Auz..God I wish I was there right now..
Bibi does look like a natural born Egytian Mau, and I like that. They are meant to be the fastest of all the completely domestic cats (excluding wild cat hybrids).
There are tons of feral Maus in Egypt sadly.
In response to your enquiry, I think you are right about getting a non-alpha type cat although it is hard to tell just from looking whether a cat is alpha or not.
But commonsense dictates that the more passive and less intelligent cats (without wanting to be rude to these darling cats) might be preferable.
The Egyptian Mau is one of the smarter cat breeds but the less smart ones are:
Persian*** (least smart)
I know that if you adopt a Persian it will be a doll face (traditional) and watch out for PKD. Also a cat that is non-alpha or the opposite to alpha, might be too unassertive and suffer so a mid range type cat (in terms of assertiveness) might be the best bet.
See Cat Intelligence.
Other than a cat breed why not a random bred cat and assess him or her on the spot? Not sure how you test a cat for assertiveness though. I might do a post on that.