How cheetahs ware domesticated as house pet in Ancient egypt


The reverence that the ancient Egyptians had for felines is well established. The reverence that the ancient Egyptians had for felines is well established. Not only were they profoundly useful around the house as a means of pest control, , keeping down incursions of creatures like snakes and other vermin, , keeping down incursions of creatures like snakes and other vermin, but they also had close associations with several different Egyptian gods over the centuries. but they also had close associations with several different Egyptian gods over the centuries. With all those divine felines, it’s no surprise that ancient Egyptians were obsessed with cats and many kept them as pets, it’s no surprise that ancient Egyptians were obsessed with cats and many kept them as pets, even the big ones. Egyptian royalty, and other high society types of the time kept large cats, Egyptian royalty, and other high society types of the time kept large cats, such as lions, or cheetahs from Sudan, as house pets. such as lions, or cheetahs from Sudan, as house pets. Cheetahs would probably have been much better suited to an indoor life than lions, Cheetahs would probably have been much better suited to an indoor life than lions, given that an adult cheetah would only get to be about as large as a medium-large dog by today’s standards. given that an adult cheetah would only get to be about as large as a medium-large dog by today’s standards. Cheetahs have a generally friendly nature and weren’t particularly afraid of humans, Cheetahs have a generally friendly nature and weren’t particularly afraid of humans, which no doubt made them easier to trap, and there was an actual trade involved in trapping, taming, and training the large cats. and there was an actual trade involved in trapping, taming, and training the large cats. Cheetahs not only were they sometimes kept as pets, on the owner’s death they would be buried along with them both for companionship on the owner’s death they would be buried along with them both for companionship and because it was believed that the cat’s speed would take the owner’s soul to the afterlife more quickly. and because it was believed that the cat’s speed would take the owner’s soul to the afterlife more quickly. The Egyptians tamed and trained cheetahs for hunting, as well as keeping them as exotic pets. Notice that I say trained, not domesticated Notice that I say trained, not domesticated which would suggest a level of intentional breeding and selection that was noticeably absent for a couple of reasons. which would suggest a level of intentional breeding and selection that was noticeably absent for a couple of reasons. One is because of the previously mentioned trade in training adult cats, and another is that cheetahs apparently don’t breed well in captivity. One is because of the previously mentioned trade in training adult cats, and another is that cheetahs apparently don’t breed well in captivity. One is because of the previously mentioned trade in training adult cats, and another is that cheetahs apparently don’t breed well in captivity. it was preferable to catch wild adult cats, rather than cubs, it was preferable to catch wild adult cats, rather than cubs, since adults already had fully-formed hunting skills gained in the wild. That meant that they would require less training, to hunt effectively with men. Similar to hawks, the cats were kept blindfolded in the field, Similar to hawks, the cats were kept blindfolded in the field, until prey had been flushed out, then the cheetahs would be turned loose to run the prey down. until prey had been flushed out, then the cheetahs would be turned loose to run the prey down. Cheetahs are smaller than the other large cats, usually only weighing between 45 and 60 pounds, but are the fastest land animals in the world, usually only weighing between 45 and 60 pounds, but are the fastest land animals in the world, usually only weighing between 45 and 60 pounds, but are the fastest land animals in the world, able to reach a top speed of around 70 mph. The cats tire easily, though, and can only sustain that level of speed for a few minutes at a time. The cats tire easily, though, and can only sustain that level of speed for a few minutes at a time. The cats tire easily, though, and can only sustain that level of speed for a few minutes at a time. Their speed, combined with their excellent daytime eyesight, made them extremely well suited for the job, and the style of hunting they used wouldn’t have over-taxed the cat’s stamina. Given the expense and relative difficulty of finding, and taming cheetahs, Given the expense and relative difficulty of finding, and taming cheetahs, however, hunting this way was a sport reserved for the rich and the royal. however, hunting this way was a sport reserved for the rich and the royal. The relatively low population of cheetahs, combined with the cost and relative difficulty of finding The relatively low population of cheetahs, combined with the cost and relative difficulty of finding catching, and training the cats meant that hunting with them was more of a diversionary practice for enjoyment, rather than practicality. that hunting with them was more of a diversionary practice for enjoyment, rather than practicality. Even so, it’s clear that the ancient Egyptians Even so, it’s clear that the ancient Egyptians held the cheetah in a regard as high as all the other felines, and that they played an integral role in Egyptian life and culture. held the cheetah in a regard as high as all the other felines, and that they played an integral role in Egyptian life and culture.

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2 Responses

  1. Lawrence Gale says:

    awesome content you deserve more views

  2. Xây dựng says:

    Wow never know Cheetah is friendly that way 👍

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