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The Cat in Ancient Egypt
Tour Egypt ^ | FR Posts 1-30-2003 (April 1st, 2001) | By Ilene Springer

Posted on 01/31/2003 2:29:42 PM PST by vannrox

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A very good article.
1 posted on 01/31/2003 2:29:43 PM PST by vannrox
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The ancient Egyptians didn't really worship cats, they just knew from experience that the cats would get on top of everything they built anyway, so they just carved cats on top of everything, avoiding deep scratches to their furniture.

My own theory, based on looking around the room and being looked down on from heights by 4 of our 6 cats.

/john

2 posted on 01/31/2003 2:42:12 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (How exactly did the cat get on top of the grandfather clock?)
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To: Dog
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3 posted on 01/31/2003 2:43:32 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (How exactly did the cat get on top of the grandfather clock?)
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To: vannrox
attack by the foreigners, the Egyptian released thousands of cats at the front lines. Seeing the onslaught of these terrifying creatures, the foreign army retreated in panic

This is BS. The Egyptians would never have put cats in harm's way; they had laws against causing cats any harm or stress.

Bubastis was destroyed by the Persians in 350 B.C.

Ironically, the Persians DID use cats in battle. When the Egyptians were at war with the Persians and the Egyptians were wearing down the Persian army, a Persian general came up with a plan. Because he knew of the great love and reverence with which the Egyptians treated their cats, he ordered his soldiers to capture as many cats as possible from the city. When they had enough, they returned to the city of Pelusium and lined up for battle. When the dust cleared, the Egyptians were horrified at the number of their terrified cats that were running over the battlefield. Rather than harm the cats, they surrendered the city to the Persians without a fight. It was a devastating loss for the Egyptians (Coll, 1997).

4 posted on 01/31/2003 2:43:42 PM PST by petuniasevan
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To: vannrox
Cat lover bump.
5 posted on 01/31/2003 2:51:38 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: NEWwoman
Another cat lover bump.....

>^..^<

6 posted on 01/31/2003 2:59:13 PM PST by Sungirl (Cats Rule....Dogs just drool.....)
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To: vannrox; JRandomFreeper; NEWwoman; Sungirl
This is a hilarious site that all cat lovers (and quite possibly even those who despise cats) will like:

Link to www.mycathatesyou.com

7 posted on 01/31/2003 3:14:28 PM PST by spetznaz (When i say i am perfect people say i am arrogant .....but i am just being darn honest!)
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To: Sungirl
Cat lover bump, but not too loud as don't want to disturb Thud.
8 posted on 01/31/2003 3:20:02 PM PST by ofMagog (Greetings to all. Doing OK up here with Thud and Dog.)
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To: vannrox
Man, I hope my cats don't see this article. They are insufferable as it is.
9 posted on 01/31/2003 3:22:49 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: vannrox
Bump
10 posted on 01/31/2003 3:23:41 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tag Line Service Center: Get your Tag Lines Here! Wholesale! (Cheaper by the Dozen!) Inquire Within)
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To: vannrox
Many Egyptian parents named their children after cats, especially their daughters

Me too - meet my daughters Fluffy, Tiger and Simba.

11 posted on 01/31/2003 3:24:28 PM PST by T Minus Four
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To: JRandomFreeper
I like your theory. I get looked down on by the feline as she reclines on top of the fridge.

Cats are so cool!

12 posted on 01/31/2003 3:27:07 PM PST by Luna
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To: vannrox

Diaries of a cat and a dog


EXCERPTS FROM A DOG'S DIARY

Day number 180
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 181
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 182
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
1:30 pm - ooooooo. bath. bummer.
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!


EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape,and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded; must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair...must try this on their bed.

DAY 762... Slept all day so that I could annoy my captors with sleep depriving, incessant pleas for food at ungodly hours of the night.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was. Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time, however, it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes filled with what they call "beer." More importantly, I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Alas, due to his current placement in the metal room, his safety is assured...for now.

But I can wait, it is only a matter of time....

Day 775 - The horrors! The worse creature my captors could have devised to torment me with was another hideous cat! I can't stand the way it lies around and looks at me as if it knows more than I do. This creature seems to despise me as much as I it. I had held out a passing notion that another of my own kind would have enabled me to conspire against the villains who hold me; now I see that I was wrong. What a dreadful creature! And yet they coo over us both. Can they not spot my innate superiority?

Day 776 - The other cat and I, though we can not stand one another, have yet managed to both pee copiously behind the couch, on the so-called "shag" carpet. I have taken a lesson from my rival and begun sleeping on top of my captors' heads in the hope of suffocating them.

Day 779 - Yes, they are monsters, but I am so happy. They fixed the other cat. It's sadistic, it's sick, it's inhuman, it's what their great leader "Bob Barker" commands, but -- the Sphinx be praised -- I support it wholeheartedly!

Day 780 - Got stoned on cat nip tonight. At the height of it all, I had a vision, a hallucenogenic revelation: they are the prisoners and I am the captor! Why haven't I seen this all before?


13 posted on 01/31/2003 3:30:34 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: Sungirl
Cat lover bump.


14 posted on 01/31/2003 3:32:01 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (Boom Shakalakalaka Boom Shakalakalaka)
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To: petuniasevan
Interesting.

Viking Warrior Cats

15 posted on 01/31/2003 3:33:48 PM PST by lizma
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To: vannrox
Just curious...what did the Egyptians use for litter boxes?
16 posted on 01/31/2003 3:36:04 PM PST by SamAdams76 ('Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens')
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17 posted on 01/31/2003 3:38:59 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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(My 24 pound cat as if speaking to me..)
"I will deign to let you touch my paw. Begone now, wretched human. You may worship us from afar. GIMME THE STRING YOU TWIT!!!!"

Cats are so interesting. Wonder what goes on inside their heads... And why they seem so interested in staring at us.
18 posted on 01/31/2003 3:40:24 PM PST by Darksheare (<----- Dropping in from some random hole in space-time.)
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To: vannrox
Excellent article. I have an Egyptian Bastet sculpture that I just love. Here are my babies...


19 posted on 01/31/2003 3:42:30 PM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: vannrox
My cat insists that she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra's favorite feline. I am dubious. She acts regal but just doesn't seem to pull it off. She calls me a peasant.
Maybe so, but only I know how to run the can opener and she shuts up when I remind her of that fact.

It's good to be the King.

20 posted on 01/31/2003 3:43:02 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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