A Brief History of House Cats
Cats over millennia
- The ancient Egyptian reverence for cats is well-known - scientists found a cat cemetery in Beni-Hassan with 300,000 cat mummies. The Egyptian goddess of love, Bastet, has the head of a cat.
- Ancient Romans held a similar reverence for the cat, which were seen as a symbol of liberty.
- Cats became demonized in Europe during the Middle Ages. Many were killed in an effort to ward off evil. Only in the 1600s, the public image of cats began to rally in the West.
- Nowadays, cats are superstars in comic strips and television shows.
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