The Egyptian Mau Club - Frequently Asked Questions
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The Egyptian Mau Club frequently asked questions

Here you can find frequently asked questions about the Egyptian Mau, if you cant find the answer to your needs you are more than welcome to contact committee members for advice as between them they have a wealth of experience and are always happy to help you can email us at

Will my Mau get on with my other animals?

Litter Tray Problems.

What Plants are poisonous to cats?

What Household things are Hazardous to Cats?

What Foods are poisonous to cats?

Q. Will my Mau get on with my other animals?

A. Invariably the answer is yes. Mau's are sociable playful cats, they are also inquisitive. My experience shows that all kittens that have gone from our home have integrated successfully with Dogs, other Cats, Parrots and even free roaming Guinea Pigs and Rabbits

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  • Mau's live quite contentedly in multicat households

    Egyptian Mau Cat in multicat household
  • Midnight Mau and his husky companion

    Midnight Mau and his husky companion

  • Silver Mau Ollie with his Bengal friend Harry

    Silver Mau Ollie with his Bengal friend Harry
  • Silver Mau with a Japenese Shiba Inu

    Silver Mau Tarjikka Silver Filigree with his house mate Roxy who is a Japenese Shiba Inu

Q. Litter Tray Problems.

A. There can be quite a few teething problems regarding litter trays when a kitten goes to a new home.

These can range from not using the litter tray at all, to going just outside it.

Here are some tips that may help

There are a number of areas that you could look at to ensure your cat feels happy about using a litter tray.

It may be that your cat has experienced pain or discomfort when using the litter tray and associates this with using the tray.

The best advice would be for you to take him along to your vet for a check up - urinary infections can be very painful for cats and can be quite dangerous in males. This was the first thing I noticed when our Boy Sohbek had Cystitis. He had always used the litter tray but now was unproductive urinating outside it. This led to a visit to the vets where Feline Urinary Syndrome [Cystitis] was diagnosed. This can be fatal within hours in cats as the urethra blocks which can cause the bladder to burst so it is always better to check with your vet if you are in any doubt.

A general rule of thumb,

especially for indoor cats, is that you need to provide one litter tray per cat, plus one spare. Cats don't tend to like to share their toileting facilities and, being fastidious creatures, prefer their tray to be clean each time they visit.

Also in multi cat households we unknowingly, sometimes have a little bully

in our midst who will try and prevent entrance and exit to the trays. This can be prevalent if we have covered litter trays as they are easier to guard than open ones.

Most breeders will send a sample of cat litter

they have used for the kittens. If they do not please ask them what type they have used. It can be quite a shock for a kitten that has being used to paper litter to find its self confronted with granular litter which can feel quite hard and gritty on their paws.

Try altering the type of litter you use.

Some cats have a preference. Make changeovers gradually, mixing the new litter in with the old. If you've been using a large granular litter, change to a finer product, and fill the tray so your cat has a good depth to dig in. A litter which clumps when wet will enable you to keep the tray cleaner.

There is a product on the market called Cat Attract.

It is a Cat-nip type product which you can add to litter to try and attract the Cat/Kitten in.

Scooping immediately after the litter tray has been used,

and replacing the litter at least every other day dependant on the number of cats in your household. The tray shouldn't be cleaned with highly perfumed disinfectants, and avoid those containing phenols as these are toxic to cats. It's best to clean the tray with a specific litter tray cleaner, or a warm water and ten per cent biological washing powder solution. And ensure the tray is completely dry before adding new litter.

If your Cat/Kitten has soiled your carpet

wash it with a solution of warm water and biological washing liquid. You can also use specially designed cleaner's such as Urine Off which can be purchased from Pets AT Home or Simple Solution. Other things you can try are moving the litter tray to the soiled spot. Or place aluminium foil over the area. There is no point in shouting or rubbing the cat/kittens nose in it as this will only frighten the Cat/Kitten further and make the situation worse

Litter tray design is also important.

Make sure the tray is large enough for the cat to move around in and, if he's older, that he can easily climb in and out of it. A covered litter tray helps to provide privacy, along with helping to ensure litter remains within the tray, but this might not suit all cats especially if there is a big bully waiting on the other side of the flap. In multi cat households it is better to remove the flap on litter trays so all can have a clear view.

On the subject of privacy, think about where you have positioned the litter tray. If your cat was disturbed or frightened while using the tray, he may be deterred from going back to use it again. Instead, place it in a quiet room where he won't be disturbed by people.

If a cat is urinating by outside doors and windows

it is a good idea to see if there are any other cats in your garden. My boy is absolutely incensed by the presence of next doors cat Tigger in our garden. When he sees Tigger he immediately starts to spray urine under all the windows and by the outside doors. If this is the case move the litter tray nearer the outside doors to ensure that your cat/kittens smell is strongest.

Another problem can be your Cat/Kitten not covering their stools

or doing their stools outside the litter tray. This is called Middening. This is usually a bid for dominance in the house hold. Its more likely to happen in multi cat households than single cat households. It is always worth, however, checking with your vet if your Cat/Kitten suddenly starts to do their stools outside the litter tray. It could be that they have some discomfort in their intestine and bowels which is making them act this way.

There are chemically induced plug ins and sprays that can help alleviate stress, and stress can be the root cause of these problems. One is Feli-way spray and plug in and the other is Pet Remedy plug in and spray. Both can be purchased from your vet, Pets AT Home. You may get them cheaper on Amazon and from Purrsonal Touch Who are on line suppliers for cats

If all else fails you can engage the services of a feline behaviourist and whilst you are waiting I strongly recommend the use of Puppy training mats or similar type bed mats for children be taped over the offending areas.

If you would like to talk to someone about any of these issues a good starting point is the breeder who you bought your Cat/Kitten from. Alternatively feel free to contact any of the Egyptian Mau Club Committee members who between them have many years of breeding and rearing Kittens, you can email us at

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Q. What Plants are poisonous to cats?

A. There are perhaps more toxic plants than non toxic

Below are a list of links to websites that give names and illustrations of outdoor plants and indoor plants which are toxic to cats.

1. CatStuff: Plants Toxic to Cats

2. - Plants, Flowers & Herbs, Plant Basics


But first and foremost


Lilies - the stamens can easily be removed but ALL parts of the plant are poisonous to cats if eaten.

Lilies are beautiful flowers, exotic in appearance and heavily scented. They are often included in bouquets and floral arrangements, but cat owners need to know that they are extremely poisonous if eaten, or even if pollen is accidentally swallowed whilst grooming after brushing against a lily. It is thought that all parts of the lily flower and plant are poisonous to cats if eaten, and the effects are very serious and very fast. Only a very small amount needs to be eaten to cause devastating effects. Unfortunately kittens are most susceptible, not only because of their size but also because of their natural curiosity and tendency to investigate everything. The poison acts mainly on the kidneys and is absorbed very rapidly. The first sign is usually severe vomiting but cats may also show loss of appetite, depression, salivation, twitching or collapse. Sadly, a high number of them will die due to irreversible kidney damage. Others will survive but have permanent kidney damage. Only a lucky few will survive without long-lasting effects. The most important factor in treatment is seeking rapid veterinary help. Any cat which has been seen to eat part of a lily or is vomiting and has had possible contact with lilies, should be considered a veterinary emergency. There is no specific antidote to lily poisoning, but the chance of survival will be increased by giving fluid therapy as early as possible. By placing the cat on a drip, the kidneys are helped to eliminate the toxin and limit the damage to the kidneys. The rate of administration of fluids will be much higher than usual and will need to continue for several days if the cat is recovering. If a cat is presented very early, even before vomiting has occurred, it might be useful to induce vomiting to try to stop toxin being absorbed, or to lavage, or wash out, the stomach or to try to line the stomach with a charcoal substance to reduce further absorption. Other drugs may be given as well, particularly if there are neurological symptoms such as twitching, salivating or fitting. If you own a cat it is worth considering keeping lilies out of your house altogether, or at least out of reach. Bear in mind that a healthy curious cat can reach most things if it puts its mind to it!

If you are worried that your cat may have eaten part of a lily, or about any other health problems, please contact your vet immediately

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Q. What foods are poisonous for cats?

A. Below is a list of foods which your Cat should not eat

Onions, Garlic, & Related Root Vegetables

Onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide) which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount.

Green Tomatoes, Green (raw Potatoes)

These foods are members of the Solanaceae family of plants, which includes the Deadly Nightshade, and contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid called Glycoalkaloid Solanine, which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms. The leaves and stems are particularly toxic. (Tomatoes in pet foods are ripe, and should cause no concern because they appear in relatively small amounts)


It's becoming more widely known that chocolate is very toxic to both cats and dogs. Theobromine is the offending substance here. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, D.V.M. has an excellent article on the symptoms, effects, and treatment of chocolate toxicity.

Grapes and Raisins

These foods' toxicity has mainly been found in dogs, in quantities of varying amounts. The ASPCA advises: "As there are still many unknowns with the toxic potential of grapes and raisins, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center advises not giving grapes or raisins to pets in any amount." That's good enough for me.


While avocado is healthful for humans, it is mildly toxic to cats. The leaves, seed, tree bark, and the fruit itself contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.


Although milk is not toxic to cats, it may have adverse effects. Simply put, adult cats fed a nutritious diet don't need milk, and many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that the lactose in milk and milk products produces stomach upset, cramps, and gassiness. If your cat loves milk, and begs for it, a small amount of cream may be okay, two or three times a week. (The more fat in the milk, the less lactose.) Another alternative is Goats milk and Lacto free milk a product made from skim milk where the lactose has being removed. All Supermarkets sell these along with ready made cat milk products such as Toplife [made from Goats Milk]


While Xylitol is deadly to dogs, causing hypoglycemia, and potential liver failure, so far, the Pet Poison Helpline has not indicated its toxicity to cats.

These are the most commonly seen "people foods" that are potentially harmful to cats. The bottom line is to feed your cat nutritious food developed with his needs in mind and choose treats designed for cats instead of table scraps.


Cats can be addicted to tuna, whether it's packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won't hurt. But a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it won't have all the nutrients a cat needs. And, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning. Remember the saying, "Honest as a cat when the meat's out of reach." Your cat will see an open can of tuna next to the sink as a dinner invitation


Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing alcohol -- none of it is good for your cat. That's because alcohol has the same effect on a cat's liver and brain that it has on humans. But it takes far less to do its damage. Just two teaspoons of whisky can cause a coma in a 5-pound cat, and one more teaspoon could kill it. The higher the proof, the worse the symptoms.


Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a cat. And there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. In addition to tea and coffee -- including beans and grounds -- caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It's also in some cold medicines and painkillers.

Fat Trimmings and Bones

Table scraps often contain fat trimmed off of meat and bones. Both fat and bones may be dangerous for cats. Fat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause intestinal upset, with vomiting and diarrhea. And a cat can choke on a bone. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your cat's digestive system

Raw Eggs

There are two problems with giving your cat raw eggs. The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. The second is that a protein in raw egg whites, called avidin, interferes with the absorption of the B vitamin biotin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with your cat's coat.

Raw Meat and Fish

Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. In addition, an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, which is an essential B vitamin for your cat. A lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems and lead to convulsions and coma This does not include propriety made raw food products which have being made with specialist knowledge.

Dog Food

An occasional bite of dog food won't hurt your cat. But dog food is not a substitute for cat food. They do have many of the same ingredients. But cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids. A steady diet of dog food can cause your cat to be severely malnourished


Small amounts of liver are OK, but eating too much liver can cause vitamin A toxicity. This is a serious condition that can affect your cat's bones. Symptoms include deformed bones, bone growths on the elbows and spine, and osteoporosis. Vitamin A toxicity can also cause death.

Too Many Treats

Eating too much too often can do the same thing to cats that it does to humans. It can lead to obesity and even diabetes

Yeast Dough

Before it's baked, bread dough needs to rise. And, that's exactly what it would do in your cat's stomach if your cat ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch the abdomen and cause severe pain. In addition, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it produces alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning

Your Medicine

Ingesting a drug prescribed for humans is one of the most common causes of poisoning in cats. Just as you would do for your children, put all medicines where your cat can't get to them. And never give your cat any over-the-counter medicine unless advised to do so by your vet. Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen and Aspirin are common in pain relievers and cold medicine. And they can be deadly for your Cat. If you drop any medication on the floor please ensure you find it before your Cat does. Cats are very inquisitive and often eat things from the floor. Aspirin and Ibuprofen often have a sweet sugary coating which Cats find irresistible. Aspirin causes acute Liver and Kidney failure and can kill with in hours.

Kitchen Pantry: No Cats Allowed

Many other items commonly found on kitchen shelves can harm your cat. Keeping food items where your cat can't get to them and keeping pantry and cupboard doors closed will help protect your cat from serious food-related illness

No matter how cautious you are, it's possible your cat can find and swallow what it shouldn't. It's a smart idea to always keep the numbers of your local vet, or the closest emergency clinic at hand where you know you can find them. And if you think your cat has consumed something that's toxic, call for emergency help at once.

What Cats Can Eat

Cats are carnivores and need meat. Talking with your vet about the cat food you provide and following the directions on the label will help ensure your cat's diet is balanced and your cat stays healthy. An occasional taste of cooked boneless beef or brown rice can be an OK treat. But it's best to keep it small and infrequent.

If You Think Your Cat Has Been Poisoned Contact your veterinarian Immediately

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Q. What Household things are Hazardous to Cats?

A. If you have a Cat or a Kitten you will know that there is all sorts of dangers they can get their selves into.

Below are a few things that can unwittingly cause danger.

The tinsel is very dear to my heart as I once had a Persian who swallowed a 12 inch length of Tinsel. This did not become apparent until it impacted in his rectum and had to be removed by our vet. Christmas is a lovely time for our selves and Cats and Kittens. It is important though that they are policed whilst near Christmas trees with vast amounts of lights, tinsel and glass Wesley bobs. We have had kittens that have lived in our real Christmas tree, so much so the tree was decorated on Christmas Eve and taken down on Boxing Day. The sound of shattering glass balls soon teaches one to go out and buy ones that bounce when they hit the floor!!!

Tinsel, Thread, Dental Floss - Cats love string games,

and they are quick to pounce on demon string whenever they see it. Fun! However, if your cat swallows some thread, it can cause severe intestinal damage and may require expensive surgery to remove.

Mini Blinds

- Cats, especially kittens, can easily hang themselves on mini blind cording. Discourage climbing the blinds by firing the squirt gun or shaking a dozen or more pennies-in-a-can.Unfortunately I know of a kitten that was strangled by a mini blind.

Treated Toilet Water

- Keeping an automatic cleanser cake in the toilet is convenient, but it can be deadly if your cat drinks it. The best solution is not to use that method of sanitation. But if you can't, then train whomever needs training on how to keep the lid down.

Rubber Bands

- Some cats go nuts over rubber bands, but if swallowed they can be life-threatening. Keep them out of kitty's reach.

Plastic Bags

- Cats can suffocate themselves with plastic grocery bags or dry cleaning bags, so stash out of reach.

Open washing machines or tumble dryers

are very tempting, especially if they have dry or warm clothes inside which make a nice bed.

Hot hobs

especially those which are smooth and just look like an extension of the worktop. Keep kittens off worktops for safety as well has hygiene reasons.

Paper shredders

which attract the inquisitive kitten paw or nose with horrible consequences.

Small holes or chimneys

which are dark and attractive to nosy kittens or fearful cats.

Large ground level fridges

where the kitten can climb in easily when you are putting the milk away and don't notice.

Plants and cut flowers

kittens can nibble these out of curiosity and indoor cats may chew because they do not have access to grass etc outdoors.

Cleaners, bleaches, disinfectants etc

often kept under the sink but which may spill and coat a cat's paw and will then be groomed off.

Needles and thread

left lying around which attract play and are easily swallowed or wrap around the tongue.

A rickety ironing board and iron

left to warm up may tip over if climbed by a curious kitten. Likewise a cooling iron may still be pretty hot.


may prove exciting because they move when the kitten prods them with a paw and then tries to chew them. Some cats seem to be attracted to chewing wires which is rather a dangerous pastime and they may need to be covered or put in covers temporarily or permanently.

Christmas trees!

All those dangling baubles will prove irresistible and the challenge of climbing the tree too much for the adventurous kitten. It may be worth putting the tree in a different room for the year the kitten is small or having a smaller one up high and remaining vigilant. This is where a kitten pen comes into its own when you have to leave the kitten alone with the tree. Pieces of tinsel, holly and mistletoe berries (which are poisonous) etc which fall off as the plants dry inside and could be eaten.

High rise cats

For cats kept in high rise flats, there is always a great danger of falling from windows or balconies. There are companies which produce screens for windows which all them to be opened and the air to flow but keep cats from climbing out. Likewise, balconies can be cat proofed so that cats can't fall off. Sometimes people mistakenly think that cats fall on their feet wherever they fall from, this is not true. Although one of the cat's unique characteristics is its ability to land on its feet after a fall known as its righting reflex, cats may not land safely after every fall and from any height (many are injured). As a cat falls it enters into an automatic sequence of events that allow it to flip over in less than one tenth of a second information from its eyes and balance in its ear set into action a sequence of automatic movements that first turn the cat so that its head is horizontal and upright, then bring its body round as well. Nerves in the spine cause the back end of the body to follow. The tail acts as a counterbalance to prevent over-rotation and by arching its back to absorb some of the shock of hitting the ground, the cat can often land successfully and without injury. However, cats are not infallible. City vets are used to treating cats with high-rise syndrome, cats that have fallen off balconies or out of windows several storeys up. Some have remarkable escapes from death even then, but there are many serious injuries too. A very common injury is a broken jaw, which results from the sheer speed of the fall and the cat hitting its jaw on the ground as it lands on its feet and its legs act as shock absorbers to some extent. Nature only designed cats for short falls from trees, not tower blocks. Owners who live in flats are still recommended to prevent cats from going on the balcony and to keep mesh over the windows. Apparently most falls happen when cats are distracted by birds or clouds passing by.

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