From Pharoah Nedeses and Queen Constantiti's visit to the Egypt yesterday, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Already, early in Egypt's Old Kingdom*, between 5 and 6000 years ago, cats had their place -- as in charge. Here is a fragment from the walls commemorating and praising the King of the Cats and the cats in his keeping. Presumably, this King of the Cats is not four-legged, furred and tailed his own self. But he is in charge of the comfortable keeping of the pharoahs' cats, who control the vermin in the Pharoah's graneries and perform other hunting obligations, even retrieving small birds shot (with arrows, of course) in the more still waters.