The Queen of the Fast Lane: The Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau cat breed

Was that a bird? A plane? No, it was an Egyptian Mau! This is the fastest domestic cat breed there is and could be in danger of getting a speeding ticket—the Egyptian Mau has been clocked at running 30mph!

This cat isn’t only special because of its speed. This beautiful, friendly breed is one that you need to get to know, and consider bringing into your home!


The word “mau” means cat in Egyptian. This exotic cat is rumored to be an Egyptian descendent of the African wild cat. The presence of heavily spotted cats in ancient Egyptian artwork supports this theory. The “M” shaped mark usually found on an Egyptian Mau’s forehead is called “the mark of the scarab,” another nod to the cat’s heritage.

Egyptian Mau cat breed


Once you see an Egyptian Mau, you won’t be surprised that ancient Egyptians worshipped cats.The Egyptian Mau’s back legs are longer than the front ones, resulting in speed and the appearance that the cat is walking on tip-toes. The Egyptian Mau’s coat can come in a variety of colors, including blue smoke and solid black, but it’s the only domestic breed with a natural spotting pattern. The Egyptian Mau truly is one of a kind.


While the beauty of the Egyptian Mau will catch your eye, the cat’s personality will make you fall in love with it. This breed is known for being friendly, affectionate, and attention loving around family, but shy toward new people. The Egyptian Mau loves to jump high, ride on shoulders, and loudly trill or chortle when happy or excited. An intelligent breed, you’ll find this feline opening drawers or doors in search of treats or toys.

The Egyptian Mau is a unique cat that would make a great addition to any family! We have no doubt that this show-stopping breed will only increase in popularity the more people learn about it.