How to Groom An Egyptian Mau Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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The Egyptian Mau is a stunning breed of cat that is known for its unique spotted coat and striking green eyes. This breed is highly intelligent and active, making it a great choice for families who are looking for a playful and energetic companion.

Egyptian Maus are also known for their loyalty and affectionate nature towards their owners. They are generally low-maintenance when it comes to grooming, as their short coat requires minimal brushing. However, regular nail trimming and dental care are important to keep them healthy and happy.

Overall, the Egyptian Mau is a beautiful and loving breed that makes a wonderful addition to any household.

Egyptian Mau Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate & Muscular

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Egyptian Mau has a short, silky coat that is dense and soft to the touch. Its coat is known for its distinctive spots and stripes, which can come in a variety of colors.

Egyptian Mau Cat

Essential Grooming Tools for Egyptian Mau Cats

To groom your Egyptian Mau Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Now that we have our tools, we can begin the grooming process!


Grooming Your Egyptian Mau Cat

Grooming an Egyptian Mau Cat

Brushing

  • Frequency: Brush your Egyptian Mau once a week
  • Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.
  • Bathe your Egyptian Mau occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing

The Egyptian Mau is a beautiful and elegant breed that requires minimal grooming. However, if you do need to bathe your Mau, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo specifically designed for cats.

  1. Start by wetting your cat’s fur thoroughly, being careful not to get water in its ears.
  2. Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, being sure to avoid the face and eyes.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  4. After the bath, wrap your Mau in a towel and gently pat them dry.

They may not love the bath, but they’ll appreciate the clean feeling afterwards!

How Often Should I Bathe My Egyptian Mau Cat?

You should bathe your Egyptian Mau cat only when necessary, such as if they get into something dirty or smelly, as they are known for their self-grooming abilities.

How to Trim the Nails of an Egyptian Mau

  • Start by getting your Egyptian Mau comfortable with having their paws touched. Gently massage their paws and give them treats to create a positive association.
  • Use a pair of sharp, cat-specific nail clippers to trim the tips of their nails. Avoid cutting too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  • If your Egyptian Mau has dark nails and you can’t see the quick, trim just the very tips of the nails to be safe.
  • If your Egyptian Mau is resistant to having their nails trimmed, try wrapping them in a towel or using a cat restraint bag to keep them still.
  • Aim to trim your Egyptian Mau’s nails every 2-3 weeks to keep them at a healthy length and prevent them from getting too sharp or causing damage to furniture or people.

Remember, regular nail trimming is an important part of cat grooming and can help keep your Egyptian Mau healthy and happy.

How to Clean the Ears of an Egyptian Mau

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Egyptian Mau securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Egyptian Mau with a treat or playtime for being a good sport during the ear-cleaning process.

Things to Watch Out For:

  • Do NOT push debris further into the ear canal. This can cause serious injury.
  • If your Egyptian Mau shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear cleaning process, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.
  • If you notice any signs of infection or inflammation, such as a foul odor, discharge, or redness, contact your veterinarian.

Cleaning An Egyptian Mau’s Teeth

  1. Start by getting your Egyptian Mau comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  2. Once they are comfortable, introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for cats. Let them sniff and taste the toothpaste.
  3. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and brush in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  4. Be gentle and patient. If your Egyptian Mau resists, take a break and try again later.
  5. Brush their teeth at least twice a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Recommended Frequency: At least twice a week.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home clean. Vacuum carpets and furniture frequently, and wash your cat’s bedding in hot water. Consider using a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Egyptian Maus have short, dense fur that rarely mats. However, if mats do occur, use a metal comb to gently work them out, starting at the tips of the fur and working your way up toward the skin. Avoid using scissors to cut out mats, as this can be dangerous and lead to accidental cuts.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Egyptian Maus are prone to skin allergies and irritations, so it’s important to keep their coat clean and well-groomed. Regular brushing and bathing with a gentle shampoo can help prevent any potential issues. If you notice any redness or itching, consult with your veterinarian for proper treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Egyptian Mau Cat?

You should brush your Egyptian Mau cat at least once a week to keep their short, dense coat healthy and shiny. They are known to shed moderately, so regular brushing will help remove loose hair and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Egyptian Mau Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Egyptian Mau cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their fur of natural oils and cause dryness, irritation, and even allergic reactions. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.