Let's take some time to look at some of the most famous citizens of Egypt, the cats. The cat as we know it was first domesticated in Egypt. While the dog was assimilated quite easily into human society because of its "pack" mentality, the cat is a loner. In fact, the true domestication of the cat was probably something quite recent, historically speaking, possibly only a few thousand years ago. The first representations of domestic cats in Egyptian art begin about 1450 BC. By contrast, the dog has been alongside us for considerably longer. For many years, about the only domestication the cat probably had was regular feedings, usually of scraps set out for it to ensure that it would stay in a certain location and kill vermin. Thus the cat became a very important resource to the farmer, whose livelihood depended on the safety of his crops. As time went on, the cat slowly became integrated into human society, though still retaining much of its wildness. The cat in Egypt was a sacred animal. First, because it kept down the population of snakes and rodents that often plagued the people of both farm and city, and secondly, it was the totem animal of the goddess Bast. At one time in ancient Egypt, it was considered a crime to kill a cat, even accidentally. The penalty was death. Even today, cats retain their aura of mystery and aloofness. Just looking into their eyes is a magical experience.
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