The ancient Egyptians, as a matter of policy, did not let non-Egyptians have cats, not ever. Especially not to take home.
No doubt some cats snuck away anyhow but consider: this makes ancient Egypt, land of a society running on economics and imperatives nobody has quite worked out, land of vast stone structures and arcane, even incomprehensible gods, the crazy-old-lady cat-hoarders of the ancient world.
Explains rather a lot, I think.
6 months ago