Federation Internationale Feline World Cat Federation
This feline breed said to be a descendant of the African wild cat has been dwelling in the desert regions of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain for over 1000 years. Living in the arid regions, they came closer to human population primarily seeking food and shelter as the deserts started getting urbanized. These cats would initially be wandering on the streets, in alleys or even in any house.
When officials from the World Cat Federation paid a visit to Dubai during the twenty-first century, they caught sight of these unique cats. Petra Muller, UAE based German and director of the “Middle East Cat Society”, Dubai took the initiative of organizing a selective breeding program of this breed. In fact, she had been taking note of their behavioral traits since a long time and is credited to have named them as “Arabian Mau.”
Ms. Muller’s efforts paid off as these desert cats gained a provisional recognition by the WCF (World Cat Federation) in the year 2008 as a pedigreed breed at their Annual General Meeting held in Germany. They were permitted to participate in different cat shows in 2009. It has also been recognized by the Middle East Cats Society as a formal breed. The three coats of these cats that the WCF identifies are tabby, bicolor and white.
The Arabian Mau is a domestic short-haired cat. This landrace native of the desert regions of the Arabian Peninsula, thrives well in the streets, conveniently adapting to the extremes of temperature. Being medium-sized, it has a firm body, well-developed muscles, long legs and oval shaped paws. It is round-headed with little curves on its nose, well-pronounced whisker pads, firm chin, and slightly slanting eyes.
The head appears to be round, but it is slightly longer than broad with well defined whisker pads.
The profile is slightly curved with a prominent chin.
The ears are large and slightly set to the sides.
Eye shape is oval. The eye colour corresponds with the coat colour.
Body is strong.
The overall appearance is of not being too slender.
The cat should be very muscular and high on legs.
The tail is medium-long and tapering towards the tip.
The coat is without undercoat and close lying to the body.
The texture in adult cats should not be too silky, it should be firm to touch.
Weight — 4-8 kg.
The Arabian Mau Cat is known for how well it can adapt to new environments. They are always positive about a new place to explore! This cat breed goes out of its way meet new people. Owners find it very cute that the cat will interrupt whatever it is doing to greet new visitors at the door. The Arabian Mau Cat can not get enough interaction. Owners of this cat should expect to see it along their side most of the day! This cat is good for homes with children. It does a good job tolerating their unfledged behavior. People that have dogs in their household may attempt to bring the Arabian Mau Cat into their home and yield positive results. This cat has little problem sharing its living space with dogs. The Arabian Mau Cat is not affectionate. Do not expect this cat to curl up next to its owner when they are having a bad day. Arabian Mau Cats are extremely playful. Owners can expect this cat to be ready to play at almost any moment in the day. This cat has a little more energy than other breeds, which makes it more active. Learning routines and some moderate training should be expected for the Arabian Mau Cat because they are smarter than the average cat.
Owing to their active nature, they need at least 10 to 15 minutes of regular exercise to maintain a good physical and mental health. You can arrange for a fenced yard if you have a garden or pen space in your house for them to run and play about freely. Give him a lot of toys and be their playmate to help them burn their energy in a positive way. You can place a cat tree at one corner of your house in case there is limited space for it to jump.
As it is a minimal shedder, less amount of grooming is needed. Brushing its coat on a weekly basis will facilitate in removing dead hairs also maintaining the glossiness. Since most cats have the risk of suffering from gingivitis, clean your pet’s teeth on a regular basis either using clean gauze or a vet approved toothpaste and brush. Trimming their nails when required and checking their ears are other hygienic measures to be adopted to minimize infection.
Lifespan — 14 years.
Shed very little.
No special treatment needed.
These hardy cats have a strong immune system with no known genetic health problems as such. They may be prone to the common feline diseases. Therefore, do not forget to vaccinate them on time. However, its owners should make it a point to provide them adequate warmth and not expose them to the chilling weather.