Just an FYI, the title of this post refers to “crazy.” I am not referring to my mental illness, but rather my very strong fondness for cats. Well, mostly just my cat 😉 If this post doesn’t emphasize how weird I am about cats, then perhaps the fact that my eBay shopping cart is full of cat-shaped teapots, all of which I have yet to pull the trigger on, might clue you in to my extreme fondness.
A fellow blogger, who goes by scorpionglow and who has been supporting my blog for quite some time now, suggested that Chester, my cat who I like to pretend we all know and love, might actually be some part Egyptian Mau. This got me excited, to say the least. I had never heard of the breed before, but I always thought Chester looks exotic somehow and when I looked at the African wild cat, he closely resembles his wild ancestor. I have always gotten compliments on how vivid and beautiful his markings are. His vet even said once, “Wow, that is a beautiful cat,” or something to that affect.
So, as usual, I Googled “Egyptian Mau.” I got pictures of cats that look exactly like Chester! I went to a few websites to learn about some of the characteristics of the breed and was surprised to find out that the traits that make this breed identifiable, describe Chester to a T. Let me go through those traits with you.
Now, you will think I’m weird about this, but he’s such a gorgeous little guy that I have to share it. We had a kitty photo shoot today and I took as many pictures as I could in order to capture the features I’m talking about.
1. He has an extra flap of skin attached to his hind legs and belly. I always thought it was a weird feature because he’s not fat. He’s a good weight, but it seemed like he had some excess skin there, like he was recovering from bariatric surgery. Turns out, Maus have this flap of skin to help them run better, like a cheetah has. I tried to take a picture of it. He doesn’t stay still standing up long, so this is the best I could do.
Also, his back legs are slightly longer than his front legs, which I’ve always thought was kind of funny looking on him. This too is a Mau trait.
2. His eyes are the color of gooseberries. I have seen gooseberries only a handful of times, so I had to search these too. I have to admit, his eyes are quite pretty and definitely gooseberry-esque. Now I admit, this picture was not taken today, but this is one of the best pictures I have of his eyes. The flash always makes him squint 🙂
3. Perhaps the thing I love most about the little guy is his markings. They are so vivid and dark compared to the solid color underneath and his coat is so shiny and pretty. Maus are known for markings in certain spots. The scarab, M-shaped marking on his forehead is characteristic. He has the mascara line at the corners of his eyes extended toward his ears. He has a necklace and broken necklaces on his neck. He also has a very dark line running along his back, which is yet another trait. Actually, I just noticed that this picture below is a good shot of his eyes 😉 Spoke too soon.
4. His personality is just like that of the Egyptian Mau (according to what I read). He attaches to me much more than he does my boyfriend, sorry honey but we both know this is true. He is a very personable cat and he always greets me at the door. He is very active and sometimes, I would say, hyperactive. He is VERY intelligent. He takes no interest in laser pointers. He knows two tricks: 1) sit, 2) play dead at the sound of a finger “gun.” He sat in front of the vet on command and the vet was shocked. He said, “does he always do that? I’ve never seen a cat do that.” It was really funny actually. The thing I love about Chester the most is not the way he looks, but his personality. He is the funnest part of our lives, that’s for sure.
Please let me know what you think! Also, send any cat-shaped teapots my way 😉 Thanks for reading as always.