"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” - Terry Pratchett
The Ancient Egyptians worshipped Bastet, the half woman, half feline Goddess of protection (and, of course, cats). Of the cat gods, Bastet is probably the most well-known, but did you know there is a long history of cat worship and reverence across many cultures? Thor gifted the Norse goddess Freya two large cats to pull her chariot; the Chinese cat god Li Shou protected crops; white cats carried out the Welsh goddess Ceridwen’s orders; and the black cat Ovinnik looked after animals for farmers in Poland. What is it about our feline furrends that they continue to hold us in their paws? Is it the elegance of their grooming regime? Could it be the playful prowl as they hunt the toys lurking beneath furniture? Perhaps it’s the thrumming purr that signals not just their own contentment, but ours, too? Here are 5 reasons to keep worshipping cats:
1. Cats have a way of looking at us that make us feel all fluffy on the inside.
Image: Charlie & Oscar, rescue cats via The Pet Connection
2. Who can resist this look of innocence and adoration?
Image: Wattle the Ragdoll
3. Cats have a beautiful ability to make you smile no matter how rough the day has been.
Image: Vegas, rescue cat via the RSPCA
4. As Charles Dickens wrote, "What greater gift than the love of a cat?"
Image: Tully, rescue cat via the RSPCA
5. Cats will spend their whole lives making their humans feel purrfectly content.
Image: Jeff the Cornish Rex (still handsome at 17 years old)
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