Arabian Mau

Arabian Mau Cat photo

Arabian Mau is a natural breed of shorthair cats originating from wild desert cats, which are well adapted to the extreme hot climate of the Arab countries.

arabian mau cat photo


The birthplace of breed is the Arabian Peninsula. Desert cats have been living there for more than 1000 years: in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. Previously, they lived right in the wilderness, but after the enlargement of cities, Arabian Mau started coming in populated places – there was more food and comfortable homes.

Nevertheless, people did not pay attention to this breed for a long time, as imported cats were in trend. The official program for the breeding of Arabian Mau was launched only in 2004 by Peter Muller, President of the Society of Middle Eastern cats MECATS in the UAE. By 2008 it was already 4 generations of the Arabian Mau (18 cats), and the breed was recognized by WCF organization. We also recommend reading about the Egyptian Mau.

Description of Arabian Mau breed

arabian mau cat breed

Arabian Mau cats are average-sized and weigh 4-8 kg. Tomcats are usually larger than cats and the former look massive.

A detailed description of the breed according to the WCF:

  • Head – it may seem circular, but in fact a little bit more in length, with well defined whisker pads. Profile is slightly curved and the prominent chin is at the bottom;
  • Ears – Large, vertical, located slightly to the side;
  • Eyes – Oval, color blends with the dyeing (usually green or yellow);
  • The body – muscular, strong;
  • Paws – long with oval pads;
  • Tail – Medium length, tapering to the tip;
  • Fur – without undercoat, short, lying close to the body, grown cats have not too silky fur but more harsh.


Arabian Mau breed is very friendly. The main features of their character are exceptional devotion and love to the owner. This cat will always be a faithful companion of a man who cares about it. It also gets along well with children.

Character of arabian mau

Arabian Mau is a very active and inquisitive breed. They are excellent hunters – quick and agile. If the cat walks in the yard, you can easily catch and bring home a bird or a small rodent.

Therefore, if there is a hamster or a rat in a house, it is better not to keep Arabian Mau.
If the pet lives in an apartment, provide him a place for strolling. Arabian Mau loves jumping high.

This cat always guards its territory against potential competitors.

Care and Health

Despite attachment to a person, the Arabian Mau is a quite self-sufficient pet. These cats were living in the desert for a long time, they found food and did care for themselves. Such historical roots made modern Arabians hardy, neat and undemanding in eating habits. That is why they can be prone to overeating and obesity.

arabian mau cat

So, feed these cats balanced dry forage or natural food, rich in protein and fat. No sweets, salty or fried food.
As the breed was originated in a natural way, the health of the Arabian Mau is also excellent. Kittens are born strong and with a boosted immune system. The average life expectancy of cats is 14 years.

Features of care for these pets are standard: a weekly combing (more often – during molting), ear cleaning, and teeth brushing if necessary. Arabian cats are accustomed to heat, so even in summer it is not recommended to bathe them often.

It is advisable to go for a walk with Arabian Mau outdoors as it enhances immunity.


The look of the Arabian Mau is shown on the following photos.

arabian mau cat colors

arabian mau cat colors

Traditional Arabian Mau color is white and red tabby (spotted or mackerel). Sometimes there is the white color. In addition, the breed standard includes other colors:

  • White – pure white without yellow, looks very clean and silky;
  • Black – a completely black without the “rust”, a brilliant tide (very rare);
  • Black and white – two pure colors in different combinations;
  • Brown tabby (mackerel or spotted) – Brown Tabby with dark brown stripes on the back. A typical pattern for Asian tomcats;
  • Gray and white tabby (mackerel or spotted) – any amount of white, Asian standard pattern.
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