You’ll like this large format picture of four beautiful Egyptian Mau kittens.
Said to be descended from the African wildcat, the Egyptian Mau is also said:
- to be the fastest domestic cat over the ground (31 mph top speed but this is anecdotal) with a belly flap to make the cat more flexible and
- the only naturally spotted cat.
“Mau” means cat in Egyptian. This is a strikingly good looking cat with gooseberry coloured eyes.
Is this the cat that ancient Egyptians kept as companion animals? Well, not quite because this is a very “refined” version of the cat that was a companion animal in those days. These cats were bred in America. If you want to see what the ancient Egyptians kept as cats you’ll can see them on the streets in Egypt today; spotted cats like these but rough and ready. The same cats from 4,000 years ago are the forerunners of today’s domestic cat.