BY HELEN PHILBRICK
EDITED BY BENJAMIN LEVESQUE
Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world, loved for their looks and behavior. They have been pets in Ancient Egypt and Ancient China, and were originally kept as such to get rid of pesky vermin and pests and protect food and supplies. In Ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped like gods and goddesses and were respected as hunters. In fact, in Ancient Egypt, people used to sentence whoever harmed a furry feline to death. For a while in the Middle Ages, cats were associated with the devil, making them less popular than before. However, once people got over their false beliefs, cats became the most popular pets worldwide in the eighteenth century.
Although felines change over time, they still have many characteristics their ancestors did. Today’s domestic cats still have the same eating and grooming habits, as well as shape and color. However, some don’t have the same shape– like the old siamese and persian compared to the modern siamese and persian. This is mostly because they’ve been bred for their looks by humans, and because of this, some breeds like the persian have a multitude of health issues.
Nowadays, cats are once again revered by humans, although not as much as they were in Ancient Egypt. They can be bought, bred, or adopted, and they no longer need to fear death because they’re associated with the devil– the time for such foolishness is in the past.