Cats in History

March 28, 2006

The first true cats were found 12 million years ago, at the start of the Pliocene Period.

The first tamed cats were used for pest control, probably around 3,000 BC in ancient Egypt.

The oldest known fossilized record that has a similarity to today’s cats has been aged as 12 million years old.

The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wild Cat, which still exists today.

In ancient Egypt, entire families would shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when the family cat died.

The Ancient Egyptian word for cat was mau, which means “to see.”

In ancient Egypt, cats were mummified; and embalmed mice were placed with them in their tombs.

Morris, the 9-Lives cat, was discovered at an animal shelter in New England.

Nostradamus the French Astrologer, 1503-1566, had a cat named Grimalkin.


One Response to “Cats in History”

  1. M said

    I read some of these facts out loud to my cats Bonita and Leif. They meowed and went back to their business. Leif is taking a nap. Bonita is crawling in the dirty clothes pile.

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