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History of Cats Part I The Egyptian Goddess “Bastet”

May 14th, 2008 · No Comments · History of Cats

No one knows exactly when or how the cat first appeared on Earth. Most investigators agree, however, that the cat’s most ancient ancestor probably was a weasel like animal called Miacis, which lived about 40 million or 50 million years ago.Miacis is believed by many to be the common ancestor of all land-dwelling carnivores, including dogs as well as cats. But apparently the cats existed for millions of years before the first dogs. Perhaps best known of the prehistoric cats is Smilodon, the saber-toothed cat sometimes called a tiger. This formidable animal hunted throughout much of the world but became extinct long ago.Cats in the Ancient World The first associations of cats with humans may have begun toward the end of the Stone Age. It took many centuries, however, for the cat to become established as a domestic animal.

scared-catAbout 5,000 years ago cats were accepted members of the households of Egypt. Many of the breeds we now know have evolved from these ancient cats. The Egyptians used the cat to hunt fish and birds as well as to destroy the rats and mice that infested the grain stocks along the Nile. The cat was considered so valuable that laws protected it, and eventually a cult of cat worship developed that lasted for more than 2,000 years. The cat goddess Bastet became one of the most sacred of all figures of worship. She was represented with the head of a cat. Soon all cats became sacred to the Egyptians, and all were well cared for.  She was one of the daughters of the sun god, Ra. She was often represented in statues as a cat or as a human figure with the head of a cat. A temple was built in her honor at Bubastis. Bast is first and foremost a protectress; specifically of the royal house and the Two Lands. Later she got the life-preserving goddess of joy and protector of women. However, Bast’s original role did not include the “cat as sex symbol” archetype. Worshiped in the Delta city of Bubastis and usually depicted as a cat or in human form with the head of a cat, Bast was seen as a protector of cats and those who cared for them. After a cat’s death, its body was mummified and buried in a special cemetery. One cemetery found in the 1800s contained the preserved bodies of more than 300,000 cats.

We believe the origin of Catnip was found in a field by the Cat Goddess Bastet.  She gave the name Catnip due to her extreme fondness CNGB_catnip_bagfor this herb.  Why do cats enjoy this plant to such a degree? It just pleasantly stimulates cats’ pheromonic receptors.  Catnip, also known as Napata is genus of approximately two hundred and fifty species of blossoming plats in the Lamiaceae family.  Our Organically Grown Catnip is the “Cat’s Meow”. Where and how it is grown is very important. And we offer the best and your cats will know the difference. Absolutely the strongest catnip on the planet!

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