Per The International Cat Assoiation (TICA):  The Egyptian Mau has often been thought of as aloof and shy.  However, the breed has a special affinity with its people.  It forms a close bond that is very different than other breeds.  A typical Mau will command your attention.  It will not allow you to push it away.  It craves the touch of the special person(s) that are his and his alone.  He is the center of your world and the Mau knows this.  He takes over your life with his incredible but gentle persistence. The breed is intensely loyal and yet happy to go about the business of being a cat.  But when the Mau is ready for you, there is no stopping the love, attention and adoration that the Egyptian Mau is going to bestow on you.