Cats were considered holy in the halls of ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians held cats in the highest esteem, the penalties for injuring or killing a cat were severe.
Since then, cats have held a unique place in the animal kingdom, in that they are one of the few domestic animals that humans have lived with, loved and even bred, but have never been able to put to work.
Per-Bast: A Tale of Cats in Ancient Egypt
by Kielo Publishing