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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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To: vannrox
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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To: SamAdams76

17 posted on 01/31/2003 3:38:59 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: Skooz
(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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To: NEWwoman
Proof that cats are really (or should be) man's best friend:


21 posted on 01/31/2003 3:44:30 PM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: vannrox
Always love a cat thread.
Noticed this on Yahoo ... Indian planning on cloning cheetah (which has been extinct in Indian for 50 years.


22 posted on 01/31/2003 3:45:16 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Skooz
The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit.

My cat will tell you that any dog is a half-wit. Especially the one that he is forced to put up with.

23 posted on 01/31/2003 3:45:17 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: BunnySlippers
That should have been the word "India" in both instances. Sheesh!
24 posted on 01/31/2003 3:46:48 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: rintense
I have to go now. My cat said get off the internet or I go back to sleeping outside.
25 posted on 01/31/2003 3:46:49 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: JRandomFreeper
You have 6 cats? Wow! And I sometimes feel funny because I have 3 cats, and 2 dogs, and I want another dog...

Sometimes I'm afraid I'll end up as one of those old ladies with 40 cats and 20 dogs!

26 posted on 01/31/2003 3:46:54 PM PST by DBtoo
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To: Bella_Bru
My cat lets me sleep in the house because I am the only one who can keep the Boxer away from him.

I guess he sees me as a bodyguard, of sorts.

27 posted on 01/31/2003 3:47:31 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: BunnySlippers
The Cheetah is my favorite big cat. To pay hommage, I have a deco cheetah tattooed on my left ankle.
28 posted on 01/31/2003 3:48:00 PM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: Bella_Bru
LOL!
29 posted on 01/31/2003 3:48:17 PM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: Bella_Bru
"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."
-- Leonardo Da Vinci
30 posted on 01/31/2003 3:48:22 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: rintense
They are truly lovely. I was glad I ran across the photo this morning ... just look at those back legs. Pure strength!
31 posted on 01/31/2003 3:50:03 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Skooz
My parents have this "wider than long" 17 year old cat. It was my grnadpa's, and when he passed they took her. She despises my parent's Boxer. Of course, he is a bit slow. After a year, he still hasn't realized that if Maggie is under the couch, do NOT try to jam your snout under there to sniff and see what she is doing. Poor Rocky (I know, real original name for a Boxer) has had several gashes on his nose.
32 posted on 01/31/2003 3:50:51 PM PST by Bella_Bru
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To: vannrox
"There are no ordinary cats."
--Colette
33 posted on 01/31/2003 3:53:24 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: SamAdams76
When you live in mud brick houses with dirt floors, do you really need litter boxes? Anyway, there was no distinction between indoor and outdoor cats, and most people probably did not even have what we would consider proper doors, so I imagine the cats simply did their business outdoors as per usual.
34 posted on 01/31/2003 3:54:24 PM PST by Vast Buffalo Wing Conspiracy
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To: Bella_Bru
LOL! Django, my Boxer, learned the hard way as a puppy to keep his nose far away from the cat. He knows to stay just out of claw reach when confronting him.
35 posted on 01/31/2003 3:55:50 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: DBtoo
You have 6 cats?

And 2 large dogs, and the wife has a horse. Actually, it's 6 inside cats and one outdoor cat we share with a neighbor.

We don't worry about being old and having lots of animals, we're planning on how to manage the logistics. ;>)

/john

36 posted on 01/31/2003 3:57:26 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Our kitty litter bill is larger than the GDP of some small countries.)
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To: All
"Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish."
--James Gorman
37 posted on 01/31/2003 3:59:27 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: lizma
Thanks! That little animation is so CUTE!

Perfect vehicle for a Led Zep classic!
38 posted on 01/31/2003 3:59:37 PM PST by petuniasevan
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Signs That Your Cat Is Planning World Domination

16. Sits on your newspaper in the morning and carefully reads the coded message that Garfield sends out every day.

15. Used to sleep on top of TV, now monitors CNN 24 hours a day.

14. Notably absent from home during surprise feline invasion of Poland.

13. When you enter the room, Snowball and the other members of the Tri-Cateral Commission stop talking and begin playing with yarn.

12. Behind the couch you find a forged passport, plane tickets, and nine suicide bombs.

11. What you thought was "heat" is actually a four-legged goose step.

10. Well, "somebody" subscribed to alt.cats.world.domination.

9. Autopsy of the last mouse left on your doormat reveals "tattoo" to be blueprint of the UN Building.

8. Constantly petting that bald man he keeps on his lap.

7. Kitty Chow spilled on the floor spells out "Drop the car keys and leave the door open or the dog gets it in the head."

6. Then -- dead mice in the kitchen. Now -- dead third world dictators in the basement.

5. Judging from the kitchen, he seems to be working on some kind of "land mine" technology.

4. Fluffy is now sleeping only 21 hours a day, down from 23.

3. Has recently been acting somewhat... aloof.

2. What your cat lacks in charisma and good looks, he makes up for with his ruthless handling of rival software companies.

and the Number 1 Sign Your Cat is Plotting World Domination...

1. Somehow, you're now subscribed to "Feline of Fortune" magazine.

39 posted on 01/31/2003 4:02:45 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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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.

My cat wrote this, I'm 100% certain. In the summer Bob brings home a bird or chipmunk at least once a week.

40 posted on 01/31/2003 4:05:10 PM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: ActionNewsBill
NiMH cat brought home a chipmunk captive to question.
Never did get to question teh prisoner, as the second NiMH let him go, he ran off in absolute terror.
I'm pretty sure that the criminal rodent will never do whatever it was that got him collared in the first place again.
41 posted on 01/31/2003 4:15:51 PM PST by Darksheare (<----- Dances a jig on his own grave, and trips.)
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To: lizma
LOL!!!! What a great site!
42 posted on 01/31/2003 4:31:31 PM PST by vannrox (The Preamble to the Bill of Rights - without it, our Bill of Rights is meaningless!)
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To: spetznaz
Thanks for the site. I bookmarked it.
43 posted on 01/31/2003 4:34:00 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: rintense
Cats are a great example of the need to be lazy, to sleep alot, to eat alot, to go out drinking (they like outside water better), to be selectively deaf, to love getting treats,... They should be man's best friend.
44 posted on 01/31/2003 4:36:39 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: spetznaz
Thanks for the web site. Tooooo funny!
45 posted on 01/31/2003 4:45:39 PM PST by FoxGirl
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To: rintense
Great pictures! But how did you get them to sit still for the photographs?
46 posted on 01/31/2003 4:47:03 PM PST by neutrino (Audaces fortuna juvat)
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To: vannrox
Modern Abyssinian cat. Although this color is rare, it is quite persistent when bred with non-abbys


47 posted on 01/31/2003 4:57:20 PM PST by js1138
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To: Skooz
You just ahve to see the link i posted on post no. 7.
48 posted on 01/31/2003 5:34:53 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: vannrox

FOOLISH HUMANS!

We're just fattening you up. Then we will EAT you!

49 posted on 01/31/2003 5:39:43 PM PST by LibKill (ColdWarrior. I stood the watch.)
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To: rintense
They are beautiful!
50 posted on 01/31/2003 5:41:16 PM PST by angcat
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