Cats were massively mummified as religious gifts and were thought to represent the battle goddess Bastet. Cats were also mummified for scientific purposes. In this case, the goal was to help scientists learn more about cat health and anatomy.
Cats were mummified to be sent to places where there weren't any animals to send them. This practice ended in Egypt when dogs started being sent instead. Sending cats abroad rather than humans or animals from other cultures was because Egyptians believed that they were a part of the Egyptian culture even though they were born outside of Egypt. Sending cats instead of people or items from their culture showed that these foreigners were accepted as part of the Egyptian society.
In addition to sending cats as gifts, people also mummified them on their own. They did this by wrapping the body in linen strips and attaching it with cord to a stand called a sahubas. The mouth and eyes are usually closed during preparation of the body so that it can be viewed intact by the gods during ritual use.
After wrapping the body, the priests took blood from various parts of the body to pour over the cat. This was considered a sacrifice to allow the cat to join its master in the afterlife.
Cats were thought to be mystical creatures capable of delivering good luck to anyone who kept them. To celebrate these cherished pets, affluent households adorned them in diamonds and served them regal gifts. The cats were mummified after they died. Their souls would go to heaven to meet with the gods.
In Ancient Egypt, cats were revered as living beings that could bring good fortune to those that cared for them. Cats were often given names to denote their personality traits and sometimes even dressed up in clothes made of silk or linen. Although dogs were used for hunting and protection, it is believed that Egyptians loved cats more than they loved dogs. Cats were chosen to serve as priests during certain ceremonies because they were viewed as a form of life power full of spirit.
In religion, cats were associated with witchcraft and evil spirits. However, this wasn't due to their nature but rather because they ate mice, which were seen as unclean by most Egyptians. Mice were used as currency by some people but not others. It was considered poor manners to kill a cat because they were seen as allies against snakes and other animals who would eat humans if left unchecked.
However, cats weren't always seen as evil. They were also worshiped as deities during certain times. For example, one such deity is Bastet who was invited to attend a banquet once every three years.
The cat was regarded the defender of the Otherworld in ancient Celtic civilization. They were thought to be stoic, silent, and perplexing. The Prophet is represented by the "M" marking on tabby cats. Because of their color, black cats were once associated with witchcraft in Western culture.
Tabby cats have been associated with witches since early modern times. This reputation comes from the fact that black cats are born white and turn black later in life when they start to wear their coat. Therefore, people believed that witches could change the color of their cats by using magic.
In addition to being a protector, the cat has been associated with wisdom and knowledge since at least 400 B.C. When Plato wrote about his imaginary city-state in his book "Republic", he included a parliament where some of its laws were decided by vote. The winner was chosen by lot, which means they would pick a cat out of a basket or bowl of cats to represent what would today be called an election. The selected cat would lie down next to a pillar as a sign of acceptance of the verdict.
This is why cats have been used in elections throughout history: to bring good luck, protect politicians, and indicate which party will rule after the polls close.
Today, black cats are still associated with bad luck, but this belief is mostly found in countries where there are still many people living in poverty.