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Arabian Mau

Cats have been a part of the Arab world since thousands of years. They were living in the deserts and in areas were communities were living.

As the deserts are slowly being changed to cities, the cat population of Arabian countries also moved closer to the populated areas in search of food and shelter. Most of them were living in and around the streets and very few were lucky to be taken into homes of people. Thus they were called the Street Cats? in these areas. The large expatriate population living in these countries some times brought their pet cats from their own countries or were homing only well known breeds. The local people also followed suit and homed only well known breeds. Thus the cats originally belonging to this area were ignored.These cats can be seen in most of the Middle East countries, especially, in the Gulf Countries like the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The Arabian Mau is a natural desert cat of the Arabian Peninsula. They are original breeds and strong survivors of the extreme climate of the Arabian countries.

Ms. Petra Mueller, who has been living in the United Arab Emirates, for the last 14 years has more than 50 Arabian Mau cats in her home, and conducted the first breeding proof of 4 generations. The research has been conducted for 8 years and the breeding proof and other findings has been presented to the World Cat Federation. On 9th & 10th Nov 2007, the WCF President Ms. Anneliese Hackmann, Vice-President Mr. Paulo Ruschi and Judge Ms. Cornelia Hungerecker have seen in total 18 Arabian Mau cats of different colors and age. They were all very equal.

The Arabian Mau cats are: A Natural breed from the Middle East. Arose spontaneously around the Middle East since more than 1000 years. Passed their characteristics intact without any help from the man, to modify or accentuate their morphology or behavioural feature. There are normally 3 kinds are found in the same family - Pure White, Black & White, Tabby Brown with dark brown stripes on the back, Tabby Gray with black stripes. Occasionally Black & Gray too.

The Standard has been drafted by The WCF President Ms. Anneliese Hackmann, Vice-President Mr. Paulo Ruschi and Judge Ms. Cornelia Hungerecker Ms. Petra Mueller President MECATS The Members of the Middle East Cat Society With the co-operation of 58 Arabian Mau cats. 6 years of Observation and study Result from Breeding 4 Generations

Standard Arabian Mau


The medium-sized cat has a large body structure. The entire cat does not appear to be too slender. It shall be very muscular and high on legs. The legs are long with oval paws.


The head appears to be round, but is slightly longer than broad with well visible whisker pads. The profile is slightly curved with a distinct chin.


The ears are large and placed slightly towards the sides.


The shape of the eyes is oval. Eye color matches coat color.


The tail is medium in length, tapering towards the tip of the tail.


The coat is without any undercoat and lies close to the body. In adult cats the quality of the coat should not be too silky; it should feel firm to touch. In kittens a silky quality is permitted.

The Arabian Mau cat breed is a natural breed, so it must reflect the morphology and behavioral features of the cats living on the Arabian Peninsula. The standard has been drafted on the observation and the description of physical characteristics, which have been found in the cats of this area average population, originating form the Middle East and in its descendants. No prefixed model has been followed.

The Arabian Mau cats have been approved by the WCF during the Annual General Meeting held on 2 & 3 August 2008, at Germany. The Arabian Mau cats can participate in International Shows from 1st January 2009.


World Cat Federation gives Life-time approval for the Arabian Mau Cats!

Animal Planet exposes the Arabian Mau Cats to the World! Cats that are found near the homes and streets of the United Arab Emirates and the neighboring countries of the Arab peninsula are no more the ordinary Street cats anymore since they are internationally accepted as the breed called the ARABIAN MAU. The International governing body for Cats, the World Cat Federation (WCF), gave its final approval for the Arabian Mau Cats during its Annual General Assembly held in April 2012 at Germany.


To comprehend this ANIMAL PLANET the world renowned TV Channel for Animals, has broadcasted the episode on the Arabian Mau Cats, in their CAT-101 series ( a clip can be viewed at the Animal Planet, Cat-101 website). This has created a sensation in the USA and Europe for these local cats of Arabia. Many cat lovers and breeders from various countries are visiting the UAE, to see the Arabian Mau Cats and to take a pair with them for breeding in their country and to show at the Cat shows.

Ms. Petra Mueller, who was mainly responsible for the study of the Arabian Mau cats and presentation to the World Cat Federation (WCF) for their recognition has spent over ten years to prove their uniqueness to the WCF. She said, I am glad that WCF and the rest of the world have come to recognize our local cats, the Arabian Mau as an international breed. It was so sad for me to see them neglected, abandoned and abused in the streets of the UAE and other Gulf States. I recognized that they were ignored as there was no awareness about them and people felt no value for them, since they were not a recognized breed like the Persian or Siamese cats. Therefore I wanted to create the awareness about these cats by getting them an international status and recognizable breed name. Even though it took around ten years and considerable amount of funds, it worth it.

Even though the Arabian Mau cats have received international acclaim, in the home countries they are not receiving the recognition that they deserve. We request the national and international communities of these countries to come forward to adopt more Arabian Mau cats. We hope the governmental authorities and animal welfare organizations of the Gulf countries will put more effort to protect and cherish the Arabian Mau Cats.

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