Cat History - Quiz

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Cat Genius!

Bravo! You know everything there is to know about cat history!

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Cat Expert!

You know a lot. Great!

10-17 points


Cat Super Fan!

You like cats, and you know some history, but you`re not a Cat Expert yet.

2-9 points


Cat Fan!

You like cats, but you have a little studying to do before you know EVERYTHING. Improve your knowledge by reading some data about cat history below.

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Have you ever read anything about cats before? Improve your knowledge by reading some data about cat history below.

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About Cat History

  • Cats only became useful to people when we began to settle down, and store surplus crops.
  • House cats seem to have been extremely rare among the ancient Greeks and Romans. Herodotus expressed astonishment at the domestic cats in Egypt, because he had only ever seen wildcats.
  • Several ancient religions believed cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans, that are all-knowing but mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans.
  • To be convicted of killing a cat in ancient Egypt often meant a death sentence for the offender.
Cat in ancient Egypt
  • In the Mahābhārata (a famous Indian poem), a feline called Lomasa teams up with a mouse named Palita to both escape from death while philosophizing about the nature of power.
  • In the Far East, cats were valued for the protection they offered treasured manuscripts from rodents.
  • Islamic prophet Muhammad is reported to have loved cats so much, that "he would do without his cloak rather than disturb one that was sleeping on it". He was also the first who grant cats the ability to always land on their feet.
Cat sleeping in Istanbul
  • When the Vikings invaded Britain about 1000 years ago it is thought that they took some of the domesticated cats (that the Roman Legions left behind) back to Norway with them.
  • For some reason cats came to be demonized in Europe during the Middle Ages. They were seen by many as being affiliated with witches and the devil, and many were killed in an effort to ward off evil. Not until the 1600s did the public image of cats begin to rally in the West.
  • In medieval France, cats would be burnt alive as a form of entertainment. The people collected the embers and ashes of the fire and took them home, believing that they brought good luck.
  • In many countries, cats are believed to have nine lives, but in Italy, Germany, Greece, Brazil and some Spanish-speaking regions, they are said to have seven lives, while in Turkish and Arabic traditions, the number of lives is six.
  • It is believed that domestic cats were brought to Europe around 3000 years ago by Greek and Phoenician traders.
  • Nowadays, cats are the most popular pet animal in the world.

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