When in Rome, Pet a Kitty…

Photo: discovery.com via Deb Collins/Flickr

While driving to work last week, this story came on over the radio waves via Morning Edition on NPR. It reminded me of the feline residents of this popular American landmark:

Photo:healthypetu.com

The cats in Key West came under similar scrutiny a few years ago when there was a movement formed to have them caged. As far as I know, that never came to fruition and something tells me the same thing might happen with the kitties in Rome. The Romans should take a cue from the Ancient Egyptians, who viewed cats as spirtual guardians and protectors. In fact, this quote might convince them to think a bit harder before banishing their furry friends:

 … “Whoever kills a cat in Egypt is condemned to death, whether he committed this crime deliberately or not. The people gather and kill him. An unfortunate Roman, who accidentally killed a cat, could not be saved, either by King Ptolemy of Egypt or by the fear which Rome inspired.”*

Photo: http://pictures-of-cats.org/cat-history.html

*http://ancientegyptonline.co.uk/index.html