egyptian mau breed information

common health issues

Spongiform leukodystrophy is a rare condition in which there is a gradual loss of myelin, the fatty substance that coats nerve cells and allows for normal conduction of nerve impulses. The result is a cat who has difficulty maintaining balance and experiences tremors and progressive limb weakness. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this condition.

The word “mau” is Egyptian for cat, so it’s no surprise that this breed of cat comes directly from Egypt. In fact, it is depicted in ancient Egyptian art and texts, and history confirms that the cats were worshipped as deities and prized pets. Cats were so special to Egyptians that they were mourned and mummified upon their deaths and often were buried with their owners.

They were first brought to the United States in 1956 by the exiled Russian princess Nathalie Troubetskoy. Early on, all of the Egyptian Maus in the U.S. and Canada could trace their roots to Troubetskoy’s imported pair, but more recent importations have expanded the gene pool.

Maus are one of the only naturally spotted breed of cat. They are a very intelligent breed and are known to be fiercely loyal to their families. They are easy keepers when given enough attention, and their spotted coats of silver, bronze or smoke paired with beautiful green eyes are sure to convert even the staunchest “dog person”.

An extremely healthy breed overall, Egyptian Maus are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget, including a brain condition called spongiform degeneration.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your regal kitty’s health ever falters, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
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