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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.

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