Cats are mysterious creatures and are so different from dogs. They have a long history as being treated like gods, especially in Egypt.
In ancient times cats were deities and were treated like divine beings in Egyptian society. There is an aura of mystery that surrounds cats and their sometimes strange behavior. Cats were well-loved in Egypt.
The site of Saqarra was a town just outside of Cairo. A tomb that was 4,500 years old were many cats were found buried. Cats held a special place in the heart of the Egyptian people, and were worshiped. One reason is that cats helped to control the over-abundance of the rodent population.
They protected them because they killed mice and other rodents in their fields and granaries. History on cats go way back thousands of years.
Cats love to sleep in the sun where it is nice and warm. There was an association between the cat and the sun god, Ra. The history on cats date back as far as the predynastic period (5,000 years ago). Some cats were found buried with their owners and were found with offerings indicating they wanted the cat to be provided for even in the after life. Now that is what I call a great love for their pampered pet. There were other cats who were worshiped in Egypt.
Mafdet was a goddess of justice in Egypt
Who was Mafdet?
“Mafdet was the Egyptian lion god of the goddess of justice, judgment, and execution. Egyptian gods and goddesses closely resembled the appearance of humans, but many of their gods, such as Mafdet were also perceived as ‘human hybrids’ depicted with human bodies with the heads of animals.
These symbols were used as a recognition aid and a device to visually convey the powers, identity, and attributes of the deity (god like). Mafdet is depicted with the head of a lioness with a crown of snakes”. Have you ever noticed how a cat has a holier than thou attitude? You can pet them when they want you to pet them
Another goddess was named Bastet the sun goddess
“Bastet is the Egyptian goddess of the home, domesticity, women‘s secrets, cats, fertility, and childbirth. She protected the home from evil spirits and disease, especially diseases associated with women and children. As with many Egyptian deities, she also played a role in the afterlife as a guide and helper to the dead although this was not one of her primary duties.
She was the daughter of the sun god Ra and is associated with the concept of the Eye of Ra (the all-seeing eye) and the Distant Goddess (a female deity who leaves Ra and returns to bring transformation).
She is believed to be the personification of the soul of Isis. She is represented either as a woman with the head of a domesticated cat, a lioness (as goddess of sunlight) or as a desert sand-cat. “She holds with her a sacred rattle, a small bag over her left shoulder, the sistrum on her right hand and has figurines of kittens surrounding her feet.
She possesses the Utchat or Uraeus – the revered, all seeing eye of Ra used as instrument for his vengeance. She is also known by other names such as Bast, Ubastis or Ubasti”. Bast’s was popular for about another 1,500 years.
Is it any wonder that cats are among the most popular and well-loved pets in the world with 74 million living in U.S. homes today. Some say that cats are the most popular pet in U.S. homes, but really they are the second most popular pet in the U.S. with fish being 1st and dogs being 3rd. This was a complete surprise for me I thought dogs were the most popular pet in the United States, but the history on cats go back thousands of years ago.
So then history on cats and and their sometimes strange behavior goes back thousands of years ago and Egyptian history shows that cats were diety (god like) and they are the second most popular pet in the U.S. They have a aura that surrounds them as being full of mystery and their sometimes strange behavior.