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Cats were much revered in the ancient mythology of Egypt, China, Peru and Poland, among others.

• In Egypt, “the cat goddess Bast (skinny cat above) … became the deity representing protection, fertility, and motherhood.”

80,000 mummified and entombed cats and kittens, dating to 2000-1000 BC, were uncovered by an Egyptian farmer in 1888.

• Greek historian Herodotus wrote that "when a cat died, the household would go into mourning as if for a human relative, and would often shave their eyebrows to signify their loss.”

• Quote is by British author Sir Terry Pratchett (b.1948), whose works include the Discworld fantasy/parody series, has total sales of over 85 million copies

Pratchett is known for his imaginative, comical phrasing, such as: “He'd been wrong, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and it was a flamethrower." He's a major supporter of research into, and awareness of, Alzheimer's, from which he suffers at a relatively early age.