The Roman Cats

Ancient Rome adopted a practical aptitude with respect to cats, liking them for their ability for hunting but without giving them any special affection.

Although the goddess of freedom sometimes was represented with a cat at her feet, most of the representations of cats in the ancient Rome illustrated daily situations that don’t suggest any kind of worshipping or mystic powers.

For example, a mosaic of Pompeii shows a tiger like cat attacking a dove: the cat is presented in a lively way, without any kind of idealism. However, the roman army acknowledged cats as great guardians of their food provisions and took them with them to the Gaul and to Brittany.

Colonial roman families liked to have pets (many had big felines besides having domestic cats) and there is no doubt that some cats were crossed with felis silvestris, the wild cat who by that period was common on the British Isles and in Western Europe.

When Romans retired to Rome in the IV A.C. century, they left their cats behind.

Mahoma and His Female Cat
After the death of Mahomet in the year of 632 A.C., the Islam extended itself towards the east by the south of Asia and towards the west by the coast of North Africa. In the Islam cats  occupied a special place. Mahomet had a female cat that he loved very much-called Muezza. They say that on certain occasion he cut the sleeve of his tunic to avoid perturbing the cats sleep. Also, he washed himself with the water he had seen Muezza drink.

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