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Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt. Some examples, owners would shave off their eyebrows whenever their cat died. The whole family would go into mourning. Anyone who killed a cat would be stoned to death.

In fact, in 1890, there were 300,000 cat mummies found at one ancient tomb complex in Egypt.

Cats were well protected in that culture.
 
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The cat in ancient Egypt, or miw (to see), was a sacred and respected beast. These small companions fascinated the Egyptians, and were venerated by all. It was in Egypt that the cat was first domesticated 4,000 years ago and where they were held in the most admiration and respect. There is evidence of wild felines around the banks of Egypt, but it was not until around 2000 BCE that the fully domesticated cat was brought into the houses of Egyptians.

The first domesticated Egyptian cats in Egypt were more than likely used for warding off the common asp and other snakes, and the typical chasers of rodents. Slowly though, the cat became more to the Egyptians than just a normal animal, the cat became a god.
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Yes, cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt, and I think one of my cats, Emma thinks this should still be the case!!! She is such a kitty diva....but I love her of course.

Will post photos of my five furbabies soon.

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Yes I knew also, I love History!
Like Faye's Emma, my Lady Brenda thinks this still should be the case...
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Hi Faye and welcome,so sorry about you house and cats.I'm Cheryl,owned by 7 fluffy kids.What are your other cats names?xxxxx
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Cats (Felis silvestris catus), known in ancient Egypt as the miw, played a large role in ancient Egyptian society. Beginning as a wild, untamed species, cats were useful for keeping down vermin populations in the Egyptians' crops and harvests; through exposure to humans, the cat population became domesticated over time and learned to coexist with the human population.
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cats were worshipped in ancient egypt. Some examples, owners would shave off their eyebrows whenever their cat died. The whole family would go into mourning. Anyone who killed a cat would be stoned to death.

In fact, in 1890, there were 300,000 cat mummies found at one ancient tomb complex in egypt.

Cats were well protected in that culture.
that is so interesting. Cat is adorable
 
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300,000 cat mummies!!! WOW that's a lot!!!
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Cats, known in ancient Egypt as the miw, played a large role in ancient Egyptian society. Beginning as a wild, untamed species, cats were useful for keeping down vermin populations in the Egyptians' crops and harvests; through exposure to humans, the cat population became domesticated over time and learned to coexist with the human population.
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yes, you are right. And to kill a cat also meant execution. The King Tut exhibit was recently at a local museum. There were many cat mummies and beautiful solid gold caskets for their cats on display. The egyptians mummified their cats after death to ensure their arrival in the afterlife with their owners! I like the way they thought!!!!!!
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