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The history of cat
The oldest evidence about the first felines specimens date back to Egyptian times, when the capital of Egypt was the town of Bubasti, famous for the worship of sacred cats, particularly appreciated by mice and snake hunters.
A witness paintings depicting cats similar to Abyssin can be easily found in Egypt and in other countries of the Middle East area.
The depiction of the goddess Bastet, portrayed with appearance of cat is very famous.
There is also reference to other cats in the Roman period, and it is mentioned in some writings of the Emperor Cesare Augusto. The spread of the European cat is also due to the Romans.
I order to find the first examples of long haired cats, which were imported into Europe by the explorer Pietro della Valle from Asia Minore area, we must look back to 1500AD.
These white coated cats, progenitors of Persian and Turkish Agora, immediately became the object of desire for nobles and kings.
Previously, however, between the eighth and the eleventh century, there were the Vikings, which were in the middle of their expansion, to disseminate specimens of the first Norwegian Forest cat, their travel companion, useful for getting rid of mice from the holds of ships.
The cat was an excellent accomplice also for Templars, which, around the year thousand, found in the Certosino cat they brought to Europe, a great ally, entrusted to the care of the monks turned out to be noble keeper of manuscripts and miniatures by the attacks of their bitter enemies, the mice.
One of the darkest periods for cats was from 1200 to 1600, a period in which they were considered the incarnation of the devil because of their mysterious nature and were persecuted together with women who were considered witches.
It was tradition, in fact, on the Saint John’s night, to burn alive in the squares hundreds of cats locked up in baskets, together with women accused of witchcraft.
 As a result of the undisturbed proliferation of mice which, helped by poor hygienic conditions, led to the spread of epidemics such as the plague cited by Manzoni in his masterpiece, the Promessi Sposi.
To arrive at the raccoons of Maine we must wait for the known passion of Queen Marie Antoinette for cats.
To this feline, in fact, as history tells, abandoned by the Marquis of Lafayette on the shores of the New World and mated with local seeds, we must address the root causes of the Maine Coon.