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Association Internationale du Mau Egyptien (AIME)

A.I.M.E. is an international Mau club group originating in France. They have lovely Maus which both club members and officers are very passionate about. A.I.M.E. has a breedery called "Fondcombe" which was one of the first, and only, international organizations to import Maus directly from Egypt many years ago. EMRO is both proud and honored to be a part of this historic association with the A.I.M.E., and to have them aboard as a sponsor as well. Provided below are reports and excerpts explaining the origin of the Cat and the Egyptian Mau's status of today. Reports are provided in both English and in French.

Reports from A.I.M.E.


Excerpt from the book “à ma fille” by Didier Hallépée, Président of A.I.M.E.;; published by Carrefour du net; reprinted here with permission from the author. Translated from the original French.

Once upon a time, in another era, the Elves were traveling through the world. They were said to be starfarers, refugees from a dying world who fled the dark evil lurking in the galaxies.

They had arrived during the age of the great dragons, those whom we nowadays call dinosaurs. The great dragons' disappearance had reminded the Elves that even as immortal as they might be, they were not eternal - because even gods can accidentally die.

They were living their bucolic way of life, filled with joy and songs in the heart of the great impenetrable Sahara forest, when danger from outer space reappeared. Their unspeakable enemies had finally found them.

Their enemies had the appearance of gigantic wolves on which whose faces one could read a purely malevolent cruelty, a cruelty which was not of this world! This magic cruelty existed ready to feast on the magic of the Elves.

The confrontation was on a par with the magic powers which collided! The final battle was such that magic destroyed magic, leaving only chaos and destruction in its wake, making the Earth shake in its orbit. The immense and magnificent Sahara forest was destroyed forever, having changed into a dry desert. Elven songs would never soar from its lost foliage ever again.

Finally, the time came when the remaining handful of Elves faced what was left of their enemies, the last remnants of the evil powers! Exhausted and worn out, both opponents took a break from battle. Mutual extermination was close at hand, and neither of the two races could dare hope to prosper ever again. To grow and multiply had become a dream of the distant past, now forever unattainable. No stake or reason could justify this fight anymore.

Unable to win, the last survivors used what few of their magic powers remained in the final fight. Magic faced magic one tragic and final time, thus destroying the last remnants of magic on our world. So, too, destroyed were the absolute Evil and the absolute Good, leaving only Hope on our world!

And thus, remained the last survivors of these two races who, deprived of their magical powers, became mortal.

The Elves became Human! The noblest part in them remained the longing for freedom which expressed itself in their communion with nature, in their supple and graceful, wave-like gaits, as well as the strange glance within their green vertical pupils. Thus, the essence of the Elves became the cat! An essence of freedom definitely lost to Man, but which would still be the object of the aspirations most profoundly anchored in him!

The Elves' former enemies, for their part, lost much in size and power, savagery and cruelty, becoming wolves and dogs who lost their thirst for conquest and freedom. They swore loyalty to what remained of their former opponents.

And thus, Man, Cat and Dog were born, and such was the place of each being registered in Heaven - the Man would always dominate and aspire to a freedom which would never truly satisfy him; the Dog, with staunch loyalty, could not even envision his lost freedom anymore and would become companion to Man; and the Cat, infatuated with freedom, would still look at the Man for its lost self, but would never know true Peace. However, the Cat and Dog would forever keep within them a part of the original mutual antagonism which had almost destroyed and annihilated the Universe!

It is said that on this world there is a special place which has been little affected by these transformations. Anubis recited this in his story, which was interpreted and passed on in the Book of the Dead. The last survivors of these once-proud races, so we are told, disappeared in France in the Gévaudan area.

Isis, Osiris, Seth, and others lived their last centuries in the heart of what used to be the impenetrable Sahara forest, soon to become the deserts of Upper and Lower Egypt. Their narratives, badly understood by men, were the basis for the beliefs of the divinities in rapidly approaching state of the new and powerful Egypt.

The last divinity, Bastet, had successfully kept both her humanity and her thirst for absolute freedom. Everything feline was expressed in her gait and in her look. She looked like a goddess with a cat’s head but, at the same time, conveyed both the bucolic sweetness of her ancient race, as well as the extreme fierceness which had almost overcome their enemies.

And so, Bastet, the last remaining survivor of these fantastic epics, became a goddess to the new people who could never again reach the magnificence of the Elves from whom they originated. Bastet allowed the alliance of her people, the Cats, with the human beings (Man), allowing them to finally live side by side in a rough approximation of the unique beings they once used to be. So, it was in this manner that the Man discovered that the Cat was that special part of absolute which was missing in him.

It’s said that a part of magic still lives in the most antique lineages of the cats in Egypt and that they are able to return fragments of this lost magical past to a few chosen human beings.

Nowadays, the Egyptian Mau still carries within him the ancient blessing of Bastet. Conscious of this wealth, he expresses it by his noble look, his strong independent personality, and his merging tenderness for human beings. According to the legend, the magic can be reborn when one litter of kittens will combine the four colors of the Mau: Silver, Bronze, Black Smoke and Black, provided, of course, that their favorite human being is found to be worthy.

Cat walking away


Excerpt from the book “à ma fille” by Didier Hallépée, Président of A.I.M.E.;; published by Carrefour du net; reprinted here with permission from the author. Translated from the original French.

Distant relative to the cats of the Pharaohs, the cat still has a privileged status in Egypt. Its position in the heart of men remains unchallenged and it claims its full place in the midst of human environments. Nevertheless, it protects its ancestral freedom and, if it prospers in the heart of Egyptian cities, it seldom lives imprisoned in a house. Moreover, these homes generally have numerous openings allowing the cat all the freedom necessary to attend to its activities.

In Cairo as well as in all the cities and villages of Egypt, all you have to do is look around to see a cat perched on a low wall in a hieratic pose evoking the goddess Bastet. In the gardens of museums or hotels, they come to collect their share with the tourists. In markets, they are kings and delight in giblets of fish and poultry which are cast on the ground.

If you watch carefully, you can also see many weasels which, too, venture to claim their share of food. Apparently, cats and weasels are able to quite simply live together.

A striking trait in the cats of Cairo is their great variety of colors. Black, grey and white, striped: the nobility of the streets cat of Egypt was recognized under the designation of "Arabic Mau".

When you look more attentively, you can also see many cats having light gray coats with black spots and displaying wide white areas. These cats’ appearance actually is quite close to that of our current Egyptian Maus if, with the exception of the areas in white.

Many speckled red cats can also be observed, worthy heirs of the cats which were represented on papyri and bas-reliefs in the time of the Pharaohs!

Finally, if you’re patient enough, you can at last perceive this magnificent and worthy offspring of Bastet, sitting or stretching out in the sun in a typically feline posture. Its brown coat is dotted with black spots which highlight its natural nobility. Egyptians call it the Pharaonic cat. To us, it’s the Egyptian Bronze Mau.

"A cat has nine lives - three to play, three to wander, and the last three to rest. No comment."

"It is said that in the eyes of a cat, the pupils fill and dilate with the full moon,
while they contract with the waning of this heavenly body.


"Even if you have just broken a Ming vase, Puss, you will usually be forgiven."

Cat walking away2

From AIME Letter #20 : Le Mot du Mau #20/ Mau New #20 (pp 4-6) ;

Un nouvel adhérent en Egypte – a new member in Egypt

EMRO was named Honorary member of the AIME. EMRO (the Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization) http: //, is an organization established in Egypt which is dedicated to the protection of the Egyptian cats.  EMRO searches for families in Europe and the U.S. to adopt these cats, many of whom are Egyptian Maus.

EMRO is taking care of these and other cats living in Egypt. The Pharaonic Maus which, such Sahourê, Maslama and Otta, would make splendid exports for breeding, but this is not their only concern and objective.  They rescue the cats off the streets which may become the origin of new breeds:

The Arabian Mau (pre-recognised by the WCF), is a short-haired cat living in the Middle East. It is a natural breed that developed in the arid desert area of the Middle East for more than a 1,000 years. These street cats can be found all around the Arabic peninsula: United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. These desert cats are capable of coping and surviving the harsh, high temperatures of these areas; they can be found in different colours – White (the most common), black (less seen), black & white, brown tabby, (a bronze colour with a marble effect), grey (grey tabby stripes or spots on the back with large patches of white under the belly areas).

  1. The Blue Mau (already recognised by CFA)
  2. The Red (copper) Mau
  3. The long-haired Mau (Shirazi Mau)

There are already enthusiasts who have dedicated themselves to the animal husbandry and breeding of these Egyptian cats. However, to successfully introduce a new colour demands dedication, patience, and time. The newly established breed is, of course, dependent upon the tastes of the public. There is no clear indication that these breeds will be cross-bred during the next few years.

Note:  Our internal regulation forbids us to conduct any type of hybridization, that is to say, the use of Mau’s genes to be introduced into other breeds.  In this case, it would not be a new breed (except in the case of the Arabian Mau).  Even if we have our doubts regarding the pertinence of new colours, we wish to extend our best wishes to those enthusiasts who have the courage to follow their cross-breeding passion.

Kofu (left), was adopted and is living in Germany. Dido and Fido at EMRO waiting to be adopted.
Kofu Dido and Fido

Catpaw Walk

(Dans le français)

From AIME Letter #20 : Le Mot du Mau #20/ Mau New #20 (pp 4-6) ;

Un nouvel adhérent en Egypte – A New Member in Egypt

L’EMRO a été nommée membre honoraire de l’AIME. L’EMRO (Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization) - - est une association sise en Egypte et dédiée à la protection des chats égyptiens. L’EMRO trouve des familles en Europe et aux Etats-Unis pour adopter les chats recueillis, et parmi ceux-ci de magnifiques maus pharaoniques.

L’EMRO s’occupe de tous les chats d'Egypte. Les maus pharaoniques qui, tels Sahourê, Maslama et Otta, feraient de magnifiques imports ne sont pas leur seule préoccupation. Les chats des rues y ont aussi la place qu’ils méritent. L’EMRO s’occupe aussi de ces chats qui sont à l’origine de nouvelles races :

Le mau arabe (pré-reconnu par le WCF) : chat à poil court peuplant l'Asie Mineure. Il s'agit d'une race naturelle qui s'est développée dans les aires désertiques d'Asie Mineure depuis plus de 1000 ans. Ce sont les chats des rues que l'on trouve dans toute la péninsule arabique : Emirats Arabes Unis, Qatar, Oman, Koweit, Sultanat d'Oman, Bahreïn, Arabie Saoudite. Ce sont des chats du désert capables de supporter de fortes températures. Ils existent en différentes couleurs : blanc (la couleur la plus commune), noir (la couleur la moins répandue), noir et blanc, brun tabby (comme un bronze à motif marbré), gris (gris tabby sur le dos avec de larges zones blanches dans la partie inférieure).

  • Le mau bleu (déjà reconnu par la CFA)
  • Le mau roux
  • Le mau à poils longs (Shirazi Mau)

Il existe déjà des passionnés qui veulent se consacrer à l’élevage de ces chats égyptiens. Cependant, introduire avec succès une nouvelle couleur représente beaucoup de travail, de la passion, de la patience, du temps. Et c'est sanctionné par le goût du public. Il y a peu de chances que nous croisions ces chats avant de nombreuses années.

Une remarque en passant: notre règlement intérieur nous interdit l'hybridation, c'est-à-dire l'utilisation du mau dans d'autres races. Dans le cas présent, il ne s'agirait pas d'une autre race (sauf pour le mau arabe). Même si nous avons des doutes sur la pertinence de nouvelles couleurs, souhaitons bon courage à ceux qui ont cette passion.

Kofu, chez Suha en Allemagne. Dido et Fido en attente d’adoption à l’EMRO.
Kofu Dido and Fido

Divider Flowers



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