International Cat Day 2022: How long have people had cats as pets? We go way back

International Cat Day 2022: How long have people had cats as pets? We go way back

Published August 8, 2022
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According to the National Today website, “The first historical human record about cats could be found in Ancient Egyptian civilization’s culture…Mafdet was the first known cat deity and was regarded as the protector against snakes, scorpions, and evil during the first dynasty, so for them, cats were not just deities, but also protectors.

“Later, after the Egyptian Dynasty collapsed, cats became popular everywhere. Greeks and Romans used them as pest control, and in the East, cats were originally owned by rich and wealthy people. But during the Middle Ages, in Europe, cats became associated with superstition and suspected of carrying the disease during the Black Death of 1348, that is the reason why too many cats got killed in that era, and it wasn’t until the 1600s that cats’ reputation started to recover.”

IFAW stated, “An estimated 500 million cats are thought to be frolicking in neighbors’ gardens across the world…owning a cat has been shown to improve mental health and to relieve stress, anxiety and depression.”

Some historic days for cats include: In 3,000 B.C. cats in Egypt were first allowed inside; On Oct. 18, 1963, Félicette the cat became the first to go to space; In 1919, Felix the Cat became a cartoon star; in 1982, “Cats” the musical opened on Broadway; in 2004, French archaeologists found a 9,500-year-old cat grave in Cyprus; in 2014, Grumpy Cat’s Facebook page hit 7 million likes.