If you guessed cats were the most popular pet in ancient Egypt, you would be wrong. There were many cats. In fact, every family had a cat. But cats were special! They were magical. The ancient Egyptians believed cats watched over their children and their homes. So cats were not considered pets. They were considered guardians (although they were treated like beloved pets, well fed, hugged and petted.) But cats were not given names.
There were many sacred animals in ancient Egypt besides cats. Falcons, or hawks, were sacred, as were scarab beetles.
The most popular pet in ancient Egypt was probably a dog. Unlike cats, dogs were given names. Other popular pets were monkeys and baboons. There was a fad for a while to keep crocodiles as pets, but crocodiles were not very friendly, and the fad did not last very long.
Some ancient Egyptians tried to teach their pet tricks. The kids loved to teach monkeys to toss down fruit. But monkeys are thieves. They might toss down fruit, but they were just as likely to steal it back again.
Animals were very important to Egyptian farmers. They kept goats, pigs, ducks, cows, geese, cattle, and horses.
There were many wild animals in ancient Egypt, some of whom were very dangerous like hippos and snakes and jackals. There were also many fish and birds and bugs!