The ancient Egyptians had many pets. But cats were not pets. Cats were magical. The ancient Egyptians believed that cats guarded their children and their homes.
Nearly all homes had a cat. Cats also caught rats and snakes and mice. But that was just a bonus. What people wanted was their family protected. If you killed a cat in ancient Egypt, the punishment could be death.
The ancient Egyptians used cats in their art and sculptures. When they did, cats were always pictured or positioned with respect.