Often mummified and sacrificed to the gods, this reverence for the feline is rooted in practicality: When the Egyptians built storehouses for grain, a rodent problem quickly followed. Wild cats were attracted to the rats and mice in the granaries, and quickly became popular for their ability to stop the spread of these dirty, grain-thieving animals. The friendliest cats were kept as pets, and thus the domestic cat got its start.

Travel with Far Horizons to see Egypt on:

The Majesty of Egypt with Bob Brier

The Oases of Egypt with Bob Brier

Also travel with Far Horizons to see Sudan on An Exploration of Ancient Kush with Bob Brier!