Rise of the Cat Goddess Bastet and the Domestication of the Ancient Egyptian Cat and
In Ancient Egypt, the cat was known as mau and played a significant role in the society and mythology of Ancient Egypt. Even feral and untamed, the cat served a useful purpose for the farmers in Ancient Egypt by protecting their crops from vermin. Cats protected the grainaries of Egypt from rats and mice, and earned respect from the human population of Egypt for their ability to battle and kill Cobras and other snakes. Two breeds of cats populated the region at the time, the jungle cat (Felis chaus) and the African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica).
The African wildcat was more docile and possessed a demeanor that was more conducive to domestication. A mutually beneficial existence where the cats controlled the vermin and the humans tolerated and provided protection from other predators who avoided humans, helped to push along the