My favourite animal

Posted: September 18, 2012 in books

Even though i am in fact a dog owner i am a cat lover! Before my dog i had my cat for 15 years and loved her to pieces! i love a cats independence and their graceful movements, and the way they curl up in your lap. 

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The history of a cat is also one of my favourite subjects, ancient egypt.

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The cat in ancient Egypt was a sacred and respected animal. It was in Egypt that cats were first domesticated more than 4000 years ago, and around 2000 BCE that the fully domesticated cat was brought into the houses of Egyptians.

The ancient Egyptians took their cats on hunting trips instead of dogs, and statues of cats were placed outside the house to protect the inhabitants and to ward off evil spirits. This showed that the cat had become an integral part of ancient Egyptian family life.

Cats were not only protected by almost every occupant of Egypt, but also by the law. So extreme in fact was the devoutness of the Egyptian culture to the cat, that if a human killed a feline, either intentionally or unintentionally, that human was sentenced to death.

Laws were set that also forbade the exportation of cats, though more often than not, many were smuggled to the neighboring Mediterranean countries.

The cat held a powerful spot in the history of Egypt. While she protected the land and its people, she also protected the mystique that was and is the cat in ancient Egypt.

i also love these big guys

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My favourite animal in the zoo! i love anything cats! although i would never get another one because it’s too upsetting when they go! They are the easiest pet to look after since they generally take care of themselves and if you are lucky like i was they won’t use your furniture to sharpen their claws!

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