They say that cats have been around humans for more than 10,000 years, ever since they were domesticated in order to protect food reserves from rodents and other animals.
The ancient Egyptians worshipped them; in their culture killing a cat in was a death sentence. Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of maternity and protector of the home, was depicted as a woman with the head of a cat.
Since then, cats have stuck with us and become our favourite pets. There are many famous cats: from Puss in Boots to the renowned Grumpy Cat, who graced the cover of New York Magazine.
Without further ado, here’s a selection of three of the greatest cats of all time.
Puss in Boots: whose childhood didn’t include the adventures of this arrogant, devious cat who turned his humble master into the famous Marquis of Carabas? Puss in Boots was definitely one of the first ever PR agents.
The Cheshire Cat: with his complacent and enigmatic smile, this character befuddled little Alice on her trip to Wonderland. Everyone who has a cat recognises his astute gaze and satisfied smile on the faces of our purring furry friends.
Sylvester: he’s the most misunderstood cat in history—the victim of Tweety’s ploys and his supposedly innocent big blue eyes. Who hasn’t felt sorry for this ‘putty tat’ and wished that the sly canary would get what he deserved in the end?
These cats, among many others, symbolise the qualities that we attribute to our feline friends: their cunning, loyalty, eccentricity, and that enviable attitude of total satisfaction.
We’ve left out plenty: Garfield, Felix, and the cat from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, who Audrey Hepburn simply called ‘Cat’ because she didn’t want to get attached. Which one’s your favourite?