Egyptian Mau Breed Information

Egyptian Mau’s normally require high levels of exercise and can get this if they have safe, secure access to a garden. They may even learn to play fetch if you throw suitable toys for them.

They are often seen and not heard, preferring to lie on your lap over talking to you. They seem to love jumping high, so providing them with a cat tree will enable them to jump to somewhere safely.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their cat develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Egyptian Maus are prone to include:

  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency – a rare disease in which the pyruvate kinase enzyme normally found in red blood cells is lacking, meaning the red blood cells die quicker, and fewer are in circulation causing anaemia. The anaemia is often mild and intermittent clinical signs may not be noticed until the cat is quite old.

Coat care:

Although their coat shouldn’t require regular grooming, they enjoy the interaction that comes from being brushed.

Estimated cost over lifetime:

These costs are based on essential items such as:

This does not include initial purchase cost, non-essential items (such as holiday care) or potential veterinary treatment of which an excess needs to be paid before your pet may be covered by pet insurance.

Insure your Egyptian Mau Cat with PDSA:


1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Egyptian Mau Cats that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  1. Dog and cat insurance policies from 8 weeks of age.
  2. 24/7 veterinary advice online or over the phone with Petcall.
  3. Manage your policy online with the PDSA Insure Hub.
  4. Monthly payment at no extra cost.

By insuring your Egyptian Mau Cat with PDSA Pet Insurance you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

For more information on taking care of your cat please visit our kitten and cat section.

Rehoming from a reputable source:

Where you get a cat from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your cat from.

Energy levels
Overall grooming needs
Compatibility with other pets
Tendency to vocalise
Lap cat
Tendency to climb jump
Average lifespan 12-14 years
Coat length Short
Possible health problems Pyruvate kinase deficiency
Average purchase cost £500
Estimated cost over lifetime £13,600 - £15,800
Average weight 4.5kg
Breed group Foreign

Not sure if the Egyptian Mau is the right pet for you?