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The Ancient Egyptians and Cats


Nearly all homes had a cat. Cats caught rats and snakes and mice. But that was just a bonus. The ancient Egyptians did not worship cats, but they did believe that cats had magical powers. They believed cats guarded their children and their homes. It was against the law in ancient Egypt to harm a cat. If you killed a cat, the punishment could be death.


The ancient Egyptians used cats in their art and sculptures. When they did, cats were always pictured or positioned with respect. 


The ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet had the head of a cat and the body of a woman. To the ancient Egyptians, Bastet was a protective, gentle goddess.

Draw and colour your own Egyptian cat

Using the image above as inspiration draw and colour your own Egyptian cat. Think about using contrasting colours between the cat and the background to make it really stand out!