Mourning Cats in Ancient Egypt

In ancient Egypt, what would a cat owner do if their cat died?

  • A. shave their eyebrows
  • B. walk in circles
  • C. wear black clothing
  • D. drink green tea

40% of players knew the correct answer: A., shave their eyebrows

Cats were considered very special in ancient Egypt, with their ability to protect food from rats, mice, and snakes. When a cat died, it was mummified. And as a sign of mourning, the cat owner would shave off their eyebrows, and continue to mourn until their eyebrows grew back.


Listen and learn more about today's topic with Murray and Tamika.

Question of the Day: Mourning Cats in Ancient Egypt
Cats have had a special relationship with humans throughout history. As Murray and Tamika discuss, when a cat died in Ancient Egypt, it was mummified and its owner would mourn in a very distinctive way.

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