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The Autari name is registered with both the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and the Kennel Club and we are also members of the GCCF Breeder Scheme and Egyptian Mau Club. We Specialise in stunning Silver Egyptian Mau’s and breed for health, temperament and type.  

The origins of the Egyptian Mau

The exact origin of the Egyptian Mau is not recorded and

therefore cannot be known for certain. The Egyptian Mau is

often said to be descended from African wild cats, and its

ancestor is depicted essentially unchanged in wall paintings

of Ancient Egypt. The breed name itself references the

Middle Egyptian word Mau (literally, cat). In Ancient Egypt,

Mau's were used for hunting due to their bird-like voices.

They were small enough not to carry away the prey

for themselves and were able to alert hunters to the

location of the prey without scaring off other animals of prey.

The modern Mau is said to have originated in 1952, in Italy,

when exiled Russian Princess Natalie Troubetskaya met the

cat of the Egyptian Ambassador to Italy.  She convinced him

to obtain several cats from Egypt for her, and she began to

breed them. From her the Mau has been described as having a "troubled" look, with

their round eyes and open expression. The Mau achieved championship status in some organizations in 1968. There were attempts by British breeders to create Mau's from cross-breeds of Abyssinians, Siamese and tabbies, however these did not resemble the true Mau's. This mix became the basis for the Oriental Spotted.  Egyptian Mau's will either have a 'scarab beetle' or 'M' marking on their foreheads, those with the latter tend to be from the United States