In Ancient Egypt the status of the cat rose from being a sacred animal to being the most esteemed deities of allcreatures. It is believed that originally the wild cats would hunt snakes and vermin in Egyptian villages which was a blessing for the people so they in return would leave out scraps and food to encourage the cats to enter their villages.

The cat was a symbol of fertility and motherhood and is depicted in the book of the dead as the defeator of the evil Apep. It also symbolises recovery, independence and freedom of thought.