For the cat, unlike the dog, the stages that led it to become the sweet kitten you crouched on your lap are not so clear.
Instead, it is very clear that it was he who allowed himself to be tamed for quite sometime after the domestication of the other domestic and courtyard animals.
He snubbed us bipeds as long as we were nomads and decided to approach us only when we became settled in the age of the ancient Egyptians when he decided to settle near Egyptian cities and villages to hunt mice that threatened the abundant crops.
Note that I always remember the fact that he decided to approach us, and not vice versa, in fact, as National Geographic says, “the cats have domesticated themselves” and it was mice and rats that favored the approach between us and they basically followed the mice and stumbled inside us!
Never encounter was more appropriate, so apt that the Egyptians literally fell in love with our little cats so much as to worship them as real gods, both because they helped defend their precious cereal stocks and keeping mice away kept diseases away, both for their reserved and mysterious nature.
The goddess Bastet was depicted as a woman with a cat’s head, it was forbidden to hurt or kill a cat (the penalty was death) and for Egyptian families, the family cat, called “Mau”, was buried with great honors.
From Egypt, the cat arrived in Greece and ancient Rome and soon replaced other small animals that the Romans kept hunting mice and became known throughout Europe.
Unfortunately around 1200 its characteristics of pride and mystery and the connection with many pagan rites put the cat in an uncomfortable position, during all the Middle Ages Christian superstitions associated cats to the devil, some printers and authors of the time even equated