Egyptian Mau Breed Council


Feline Genome project

Directions to take cheek swab sample:


Ideally a cheek swab sample should NOT be taken right after the cat has eaten!


  1. Use a clean dry Q-tip. Cut off one end. Do not touch the collection tip of the swab with your fingers.
  2. Insert the Q-tip between the cat’s cheek and gum and roll it for a couple of seconds.
  3. ALLOW Q-TIP TO AIR DRY! (otherwise it molds!)
  4. Place dried Q-tip in a clean envelope (one Q-tip/envelope).
  5. Write the name of the cat on the envelope and it’s CFA/TICA number.
  6. Fill out the sample collection sheet (sample sheet is an attachment to this e-mail). On the sample sheet provided, record number of each sample with information about the cat from which the sample was taken (breed, age, sex, any health problems).
  7. Wash hands between samplings if you take samples from more than one cat.


Both you and your cat’s identity will be kept anonymous for any of our research!


Thank you for your willingness in participating in our research. If you have any questions, my e-mail address is located below.


  1. Please ship the samples to the following address through Fedex (check the freight collect, and our Fedex account number is: 136997750)


Dr. Shujin Luo

Rm 632, School of Life Sciences, Peking University,

5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100871, China

cell: +86-182-1062-9824

office: +86-10-6275 2307


  1. Send the sample collection sheet to If available, please also send digital photo and pedigree of each sampled cat.


Please send information sheet in following format with samples:

Sample collection sheet

Cat Name Breed Coat Color Pattern Sex Age Notes

Please include

Your name, address, email address

pedigree of cat and picture of each cat as well  if possible







Egyptian Mau Breed Council Meeting

June 27, 2014  6PM



Jill Archibald

Becki Bergeron

Karen Bishop

Laurie Coughlan

Tim Fowler

Linda Humpage

Melanie Morgan


bulletCongrats to this year’s winners –
bulletImports – Can use C.A.T.S. to register f1-3 generations from imports
bulletEgyptian Mau Summit planned for GEMS fourth weekend of July
bulletEducation row with exercises will be monitored by Susan Melia
bulletSeminar/potluck after the show to go over education cats and excercises.
bulletUpdate on the 99-lives genetic process – Egyptian Mau representing is GC BW NW Emau’s Diamonds R Forever Of Emauge. Blood has been submitted. No updates yet.
bulletAmmonium Urate project- Leslie Lyons moved and requested blood work in addition to chek swabs – that bloodwork has been sent. We await updates.
bulletSilver search – the search for the inhibitor gene continues and word is they are getting very close. 
bulletBreed Council booth updated to include additional banner with latest NWs. Thanks to Rebekka Lokke for design and Emauge for sponsoring
bulletBreed Booth present at World Show, National Capital, GEMS, Crab and Mallet, Freestate Feline Fanciers. 
bulletValidity of certified pedigrees from other associations – discussion on whether we should establish a policy as to what we should accept given obvios inaccuracies from some registries.
bulletPK Deficiency – once again we discussed the current testing procedures and need to test our breeding cats.  Also discussed lack of information and need to educate ourselves on the problem. Historically we have not seen a lot of symptoms – this was confirmed by all breeders present – none of us had a cat diagnosed with any problems consistent with the deficiency.  Discussed the  danger of overreacting and limiting the genepool but also the the need to ideally breed for NN cats. All members are urged to forward test results to for inclusion in a database tracking the status of breeding cats.
bulletBreed Council Secretary meeting with CFA Board – went over the agenda and determined that there were not any “hot” issues
bulletMember issues - none
bulletGEMS Show – update from Show manage Tim Fowler. Invitation to attend to all extended.


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