|Ancient Egyptian Cat with Ankh, Pyramids & Hieroglyphs|
by Debbie Hart on Etsy
It's common knowledge that the cat has been domesticated for centuries with some of the earliest evidence, dating back 12,000 years, being unearthed in the Middle East. That's around the time that early man began to settle down and to store surplus grain crops.
Cats that previously had been wild began hanging around grain storage areas in order to take advantage of the mice and other predators that were attracted to the grain. Over time, the more docile felines became members of human households, living indoors, and eventually developed into various breeds of domestic house cats similar to those we know today.
Cats In Ancient Egypt
We know from figures and mummies found in Egyptian archaeological digs that cats were revered by the Ancient Egyptians. Indeed, the goddess Bastet worshiped by that civilization was represented as half woman, half cat. An inscription found in Egypt's Valley of the King reads, "You are the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; you are indeed the Great Cat." Clearly, domestic cats today still hold onto that proclamation as obvious truth and demand to be treated accordingly. (If you don't know what I mean by that, you've never been owned by a cat.)
|Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Japanese Bobtail Garden Sculpture|
by Tyber Katz on Etsy
Cats Bring Good Luck. Or Bad Luck.
In the Far East, for centuries and even today, figures of cats such as this Japanese Maneki Neko, or Beckoning Cat, are thought of as bearers of abundance and good fortune.
On the other hand, during the Middle Ages in Europe, cats, particularly black cats, were mostly associated with witches and the devil and the evil those characters represented.
Even today many people go out of their way to avoid a black cat and what they perceive as the omen of bad luck and misfortune that these animals represent. That superstition may explain why black cats are least likely to be chosen for adoption by people seeking a feline friend. Sad, but true.
Celebrating International Cat Day
Fortunately these days, cats of all sizes, shapes, and colors happily reside in millions of homes in western civilization. In fact, cats outnumber dogs as pets when we count the total number of each in the United States. For those of us who consider ourselves cat people, our lives would not be complete without one. Or three or four.
On this special holiday as we give our beloved felines extra helpings of respect and recognition, most of those pets will nonchalantly stretch, or perhaps stare at us through squinted eyes with their message that, "Ho hum, I am the Great Cat, and cat's the way it is, human." We'll rub our open hands down their spines, smile, and murmur, "Good kitty." Yes, life is good with cats and that is something to celebrate.
So tell us, how will you and your cat celebrate International Cat Day? Sylvia really wants to know.
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