Geometric patterns, obelisks, and hieroglyphics aren't the only things heavily featured in ancient Egyptian art - cats hold a particularly significant position in that realm as well. Most of these depictions showed the unique status they held, especially for inhabitants along the Nile River. Initially thought of as tame-worthy predators, they gradually role to become symbols of protection and divinity, states the Missouri State University's assistant professor of history and Egyptologist, Julia Troche.
Besides the divine role they possessed, evidence suggests that cats held an integral role in ancient Egyptian life. And it doesn't end there. Ancient tombs are often found to possess not just a human body but also mummified cats alongside them. Evidently, these four-legged creatures held an important role in the afterlife, too.
Ancient Royals Made Cats Trendy
As is the case with the elite and influential these days, ancient Egyptian royals held the role of trendsetters from fashion to food to felines and everything in between. In theory, cats weren't only celebrated and held in such high regard due to the religious aspect, but also because of the fondness royals took to them. These royals opted for giants cats, letting them eat from their plates, and dressing them in gold.
The gods of the ancient Egyptians were believed by them to assume different forms and as time progressed, assuming the form of animals, especially cats, became very common. These cats weren't worshipped as the divine themselves, rather only as of the vessels their gods choose to inhabit. Due to this, the breeding and mummifying of cats became common in ancient Egypt. Not only that but, eventually the killing of cats was forbidden, except for the purpose of mummification.
Companionship in the Afterlife
When ancient Egyptians kept cats as their companions and live-in pets, this companionship continued into the afterlife. Julia Troche explains that the tombs were used as the place to showcase your life (things you enjoyed doing), your family, and your greatest awards and titles. The fact that cats were included in their departure to the afterlife depicts the importance they held in the lives of ancient Egyptians.
All in All
If you thought your obsession with your cat(s) is normal in today's day and age, you might want to take a look at how the ancient Egyptians treated their furbabies back in the day. Not only did they get all the pampering in this life but also accompanied their owners to the Hereafter for some extra loving.