Do you worship your cat?
At one point in history, cats were treated better than royalty by the ancient Egyptians but why is that? As most cat owners already know, cats are totally awesome animals! While dog owners will point to the fact they are independent and not fun to play with, if you have a cat, you know this isn’t always true. Cats can be just as playful or even more so than dogs. They also have infectious and complicated personalities once you take the time to get to know them.
While dogs were regarded for their ability to hunt and protect, cats were thought of as magical creatures. Wealthy Egyptian families dressed their cats in the best jewelry and fed them like kings. When cats passed away, they were mummified and families shaved their eyebrows in mourning. When you look at ancient Egyptian artwork, there are statues of cats scattered throughout. Cats were so well regarded that killing them resulted in a literal death sentence even if it was done by accident.
There is more to this story than magic as cats played a large part in everyday Egyptian society as a natural pest control. In ancient Egypt, there was no insect repellent or exterminator. Conveniently located near the Nile River where life flourished, the Ancient Egyptians had to deal with a wide range of different threats in the form of insects, vermin, and rodents.
Rats and mice could chew their way into and cause a lot of damage to grain stores by spoiling the entire food supplies. You could make an argument that this is where the hold “Tom and Jerry” cartoon got its inspiration. Cats kept rodents away from grain stores preventing famine and starvation. Vermin and other insects also caused issues for the Egyptians. Flies, Fleas, Live, Bedbugs, Mosquitoes, and Locusts all caused a wide range of issues. Even snakes joined in on the fun
That’s not all the Egyptians had to deal with. Vermin and insects also caused issues for the Egyptians. Flies, Fleas, Lice, Bedbugs, Mosquitoes, and Locusts all caused a wide range of issues. Even snakes joined in on the fun by causing issues for and scaring the Egyptian people.
Without cats, the Egyptians would have been overrun by multiple different disease-causing pests. It’s also doubtful they could have thrived for as long as they did without them. Because cats played such a large part in protecting the Egyptian people, it’s easy to see why they were worshiped during ancient times. As far as regarding them as magical, you’d have to be a cat owner to fully understand this aspect.
While no one ever mummifies their own cat anymore, there are people who still dress them up in jewelry and feed them as if they were royalty. Our hand-crafted cat jewelry is a way to express our love for cats and pass that on to you. Wearing your cat jewelry is a way to celebrate the history of cats and look good doing so.