Fun Facts



Cats were found to be living peacefully among humans as early as 3000BC in Ancient Egypt. Archelogical studies has shown that the African Wild Cat is the primary ancestor of the creature found living in many people's homes. Scientists and historians believe that the African Wildcats started approaching Egyptian grain stores along the banks of the Nile due to the large number of mice and rats in that area. Proving to be an efficient exterminator of the excessive amounts of rodents, the cats quickly gained the affection of the Egyptian people. Due to the low number of predators in the area, the first domestic cats were able to flourish their populations, breeding a large number of kittens in each litter - quickly establishing themselves in the region among us.

Most like due to their usefulness at protecting food stores, the Ancient Egyptians began to regard their new feline houseguests as sacred deities. Named "miw" by the Egyptians, cats were held at a high standing in their owners household, earning official elbalming and burial privlages when they died. Female cats were considered linked to the Egyptian goddess of war Sekhmet, while the tom cats were considered to be sacrad the the Egyptian sun god Ra. Often times, enormous tombs were dedicated to the burial of these beloved felines.

Despite the Egyptian's efforts to prevent the exploit of their sacred pets, the Greeks stole the animals to help control their own rodent problem. When domestic cats began appearing in Europe in 900BC, the Egyptians began selling cats to Romans, Gaels, Celts, and other Europeans, causing the cat population to spread worldwide.