In Ancient Egypt cats were held in the highest esteem and penalties for injuring or killing one were severe. They worshipped Bastet, a Cat Goddess, often represented as half feline, half woman. The main center for the worship of Bastet was at the city of Bubastis. Large catteries were maintained by the Temple priests and a vast cemetery of 300,000 mummified cats has been excavated outside the city. Thousands of small cat sculptures, probably left with offerings to the Temple by devotees, have also been recovered at Bubastis.
The Cat Museum of San Francisco will place your kitty under the protective paw of Bastet. Just click here. (Due to a huge number of requests there is a waiting list).