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Cats were special! 

Nearly all ancient Egyptian homes had a cat. But cats were not pets.

The ancient Egyptians believed that cats had magical powers. They believed cats protected their homes and children from danger. They kept a cat for protection. 

Cats did keep down the rat population and they did chase away snakes. Cats were much more important to the ancient Egyptians than that. You can see examples of the cat in their art, pictured in positions of respect and honor. 

You were in big trouble if you hurt a cat in ancient Egypt. Your punishment could be death! 


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