This Is The Strongest Cat Breed In The World

This Is The Strongest Cat Breed In The World

Weirdly enough, you never really think of
cats as particularly buff animals. Okay, sure, maybe there’s this guy, but he’s
kind of the exception that proves the rule. People tend to think of most felines as graceful,
intelligent, playful and occasionally evil — but never strong. But maybe it’s time that changed. Maybe it’s time for a new perspective on these
sleek little devils. Maybe it’s time humankind came together and
asked… just what is the world’s strongest breed of cat? Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able
to swing by your local Strong Cat competition and grab the pick of the muscular litter,
and literature on this subject is… well, let’s just call it limited at best. “There’s nothing. We’ve got nothing.” Don’t give up just yet, though. In this particular case, speed and agility
might well suffice as an analog to raw strength after all, those are the most obvious positive
characteristics of a cat’s physiology. So it makes sense that a cat who can run at
high speeds and nimbly navigate obstacles is likely to be, in scientific terms, the
swolest cat of them all. According to The Spruce Pets, the Egyptian
Mau is the fastest domestic cat on the planet. Heavily-muscled and strong, this highly athletic
breed’s top speed is about 30 miles per hour, making it just about fast enough to get ticketed
in a school zone. More impressive still, the Egyptian Mau is
believed to be a descendant of the domestic cats worshipped 4,000 years ago by you guessed
it the ancient Egyptians. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the sun
god Ra is depicted as a spotted Tabby cat, and the Egyptian Mau is the only naturally
occurring spotted breed of domestic cat. Logically, then, it’s safe to assume that
Ra, Egyptian god of gods, ruler of the sky, king of the Earth and lord of the underworld
was, in fact, an Egyptian Mau. You know if you’re into all that stuff. The breed as it exists today arrived in Europe
sometime prior to World War II and, like many species, quickly suffered as a result of that
conflict. On the brink of extinction, the breed was
rescued by an exiled Russian princess named Nathalie Troubetskoy. Troubetskoy was a Polish-born nurse who, after
serving in both World War One and World War Two, ended up pretty much saving the entire
Egyptian Mau species single-handedly. “No biggie.” According to legend, Troubetskoy was residing
in Rome in the 1950s when a boy handed her a kitten in a shoebox. The boy had received the little Egyptian Mau
from a diplomat and evidently decided to give it away, because, you know, not everyone’s
a cat person. Troubetskoy, however, became smitten with
the kitten. So she made it her mission to rescue as many
Egyptian Maus as she could. She contacted more diplomats, asking them
to import more cats to expand the gene pool and in 1956, Troubetskoy took three of these
felines to the United States and founded a cattery called Fatima. Before long, Americans had fallen head over
heels for the breed. Obviously, today’s Egyptian Mau’s don’t quite
enjoy the high life their ancestors once had in Ancient Egypt. Even in Egypt themselves, they’re seen more
as pests than gods. Like other cats, they litter the streets of
Cairo, and are outright hated by many of the city’s residents, many of whom mistreat and
disrespect them. Today, Egyptian Maus are intentionally hit
by drivers and ruthlessly poisoned by landlords all in the very same land where killing a
cat was once itself a crime punishable by death. It’s only through the efforts of groups like
the Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization that these cats are sheltered, bred and protected
in their own home country. Still, if history has shown us anything, it’s
that the Egyptian Mau is a hardy cat one that can fall from the heavens to the edge of extinction
and still land on its feet. And, in the end, isn’t that the real definition
of ‘strength’? Uh, no, actually. It’s muscles. Big cat muscles. Sorry, Scottish Folds. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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21 thoughts on “This Is The Strongest Cat Breed In The World

  1. The agricultural revolution happened 10 thousand years ago, not long after people set up farms and lived on them, some cats would come live near by and help control rodent populations. The human farmer would say "hey this little guy is kinda useful" and thus the cat decided to tolerate keeping the human around despite being massively annoying.

  2. VERY interesting story. I'm a cat person as well as a dog person. I ALWAYS click on videos like to this to get informed.

  3. Bo Bo my Egyptian Mau bought me home a rabbit. Caught Bo's colour as she whizzed past me. The rabbit lived and was set free. Bo is extremely fast.

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