The cat has unusual history: It has walk the way from being proclaimed a witch and after that proclaimed a goddess. People's attitude towards cats is not unambiguous also: some people love cats, others don’t. Furthermore, those people in whom cats can not provoke love are not much in fact.
The progenitor of all domestic cats is the Nubian wild cat, which was tamed five thousand years ago from the Egyptians.
The ancient Egyptians highly estimated the remarkable ability of cats to destroy rodents. Therefore, it was considered as sacred animals, and the goddess of night, fertility and birth giving Basta was depictured with a cat head. Cats used to live in splendid temples and ate only the most exquisite food, they had their own priests who served and worshiped them. The cats’ temples were rich decorated and furnished with all feline pampering you cat simply imagine. Cat trees, cat condos and beds, we ensure for our pets nowadays are nothing compared to the divine beauty of those ancient temples.
In case of fire, Egyptians were obliged to carry out the cats first and only then they could start putting out the fire. The death of these sacred animals was almost a disaster for the ancient Egyptians. There was even special funeral ceremonial, obliging you to cut your hair and shave your eyebrows. Killing a cat, even accidentally, was punished with death.
The ancient history claims that the Egyptians lost a whole battle with the Persians because of the cats. The Persian king Cambyses gathered a huge amount of cats before attacking one of the Egyptian cities. He released the animals in front of the invading army, and every one of his soldiers was armed with sacred animal instead of shield. Egyptians surrendered without fighting at all: they could not risk the lives of cats.
After the dead of these sacred animals, they were embalmed and buried in small coffins made of gold or silver and richly decorated with gems. In 1860 in Egypt, near Ben-Hassan was found cat cemetery with over 180,000 buried cat mummies.
Some of the ancient beliefs and customs are alive today. In England even nowadays there is a belief that while there’s black cat at fisherman’s home, he is not in danger at the sea. The British believe also that if a black cat crosses the road, that's a good sign. If cats enter your house or room, it means that something nice and good will happen to the owner of the house. The happy life of cats in Europe ended 700 years ago, with the growing power of the Medieval catholic church, which holy anger was brought down on all animals worshiped by the eastern culture and beliefs.
But despite the holy wrath of the Catholic church, cats has survived over the dark centuries and nowadays they are among the most loved and worshiped pets.