Thousands of years later we're still worshipping cats, though perhaps not to the same degree as the ancient Egyptians did. Cats make excellent pets because they're fairly self-sufficient, intelligent and often very affectionate - it's no surprise that the cat is such a popular pet, and there are over seven million of them in the UK alone.
If there's a cat lover in your life and you're looking for a great gift idea with a cat theme, here are a few products that make purr-fect gifts for cat lovers, all of which are available to buy online.
Cat Lovers Kit
The Cat Lovers Kit is a gift for the cat itself, as much as it is a gift for the owner! The kit contains an assortment of items that both cat and owner can enjoy, including a laser pointer, catnip, mouse toy, collar and bell.
The Cat Lovers Kit is presented in a neat little plastic pod, so all its contents can be kept neatly together when not in use.
Hairy Cat Soap
The Hairy Cat Soap is cat-shaped and made from pure mild soap, and it works in much the same way as normal soap. However, if you take it out of its packaging and don't use it, after a few days it grows hair.
It's a bizarre little curiosity, and a gift that will make any cat lover smile. If you use the Hairy Cat Soap to wash your hands with, the hair won't grow back... but when the soap has all been used up, there's a cute little surprise in the middle: a tiny plastic mouse!
Control a Cat Remote
One of the most frustrating things about cats - but perhaps one of the reasons we love them so much - is that they do whatever they want, whenever they want. We like to think we're controlling our cats, but deep down I think we all know that really, the cats are controlling us!
The Control a Cat Remote looks like a TV remote control, but it's a little different. For a start, it doesn't require any batteries; it's powered by positive thinking (or is that wishful thinking?) and, instead of buttons that change the channel or adjust the volume, the Control a Cat Remote's buttons provide functions such as "arch back", "remain aloof", "stop moulting" and "eject fur ball".
Cat Crumb Pet
This smart little device is a desktop vacuum cleaner, designed to suck crumbs and other detritus from a tabletop - and it's shaped like a cute little kitty.
The Cat Crumb Pet is bag-less and very easy to use, and at 14cm x 8cm it's the perfect size to fit in the palm of your hand while it clears away crumbs from the table.
Cat Meow Keyring
This charming little black cat makes an adorable attachment to a bunch of keys, or a delightful decoration for a handbag or purse. Press a button and his eyes will light up, and he'll meow.
Cat of Glory Lapel Pin
The Cat of Glory is an Edward Monkton character, and this lovely little lapel pin is a reminder of just how marvellous the Cat of Glory is.
The card on which the pin is mounted proclaims: "And there shall come amongst them a Cat of such GREAT GLORY that all who see it will be sore amazed and marvel at its splendour".
Crazy Cat Lady
Every town has a Crazy Cat Lady who seems to collect stray cats like other people collect stamps.
Our Crazy Cat Lady is a 14cm tall action figure, with an armful of cats, a kitten hanging out of her dressing gown pocket, a wild look in her eyes and a mad mop of hair that any self-respecting Cat Lady would be proud of.
The Crazy Cat Lady also comes with six model cats, which you can arrange round her to really set the scene. And on the back of the packaging in which you'll receive your Crazy Cat Lady, there's a handy quiz so you can work out how close you are to becoming a Crazy Cat Lady yourself.