No other ancient culture has worshipped an animal so passionately as the Egyptians did with cats.
They were treated with ultimate respect. For the Egyptians, cats were tied closely into their mythology and religion. Mafdet, Bastet and Sekhmet, represented justice, fertility and power respectively. All three were major deities in the Egyptian pantheon.
They were praised for their ability to hunt and kill vermin and venomous snakes. A good attribute to have when a single snake bite is a death sentence.
Thousands upon thousands of cat mummies have been discovered all throughout Egypt. It is thought that a booming industry of raising and supplying cats for the purpose of mummification existed.
Cats were worshipped for over 30 centuries but eventually, their reverence declined once Christianity touched Egypt.