In celebration of the cat
Cats have been in favor and disfavor since recorded history.
They have been worshipped as Gods, and feared as demons. This will be a page of constant additions. An eclectic gathering and sharing of history, stories, light-hearted, and not so light-hearted. if you have a tale, picture, or site let me know and i will post it here.
the Delta city of Bubastis. A protectress of cats and
Vast catteries were kept in the temples, and to kill a cat was punishable by death. Cats were mummified and placed with deceased Queens and Kings of Egypt, to accompany them to the next world. if a pet cat died a natural death the household members would shave off their eyebrows in mourning.
bast in hieiroglyphics:
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this" Anonymous
The Egyptians had strict laws prohibiting the export of cats; however, because cats were
valued in other parts of the world for their rat-catching prowess, they were taken by the
Greeks and Romans to most parts of Europe. Domestic cats were also found in India, China,
and Japan where they were prized as pets as well as rodent catchers.
(now, that one is believable..how many of you that are owned by cats..sit quietly rather than move to distrub the sleep of the cat lying on you?)
Slippers. A gray cat with six toes on each paw, favored by President Theodore Roosevelt, who is said to have allowed the cat to appear at diplomatic dinners. (allowed? allowed!!!! no one allows a cat!?)
one knows exactly when or how the cat first appeared on Earth. Most investigators agree,
however, that the cat's most ancient ancestor probably was a weasellike animal called
Miacis, which lived about 40 million or 50 million years ago. The first true cats were found at
the beginning of the Pliocene Period, which was about 12 million years ago. The
evolutionary processes led to three main types of cats:
fate of the cat underwent a radical change in Europe during the Middle Ages. It became an
object of superstitions and was associated with evil. The cat was believed to be endowed
with powers of black magic--an associate of witches and perhaps the embodiment of the
devil. Persons who kept cats were suspected of wickedness and were often put to death
along with their
Cats were hunted, tortured, and sacrificed. On religious feast days, large numbers of cats were sometimes burned alive as part of the celebrations. Live cats were sealed inside the walls of houses and other buildings as they were being constructed, in he belief that this would bring good luck.
As the cat population
dwindled, the disease-carrying rat population increased, a
"One cat just leads to another" ernest hemingway
cats never populated Northern America. The first domestic small cats were brought to this region
by early explorers and colonists.
"I gave my cat a bath the other day ... they love it.
He sat there, he enjoyed
it, it was fun for me.