Cats and humans have enjoyed a mostly symbiotic relationship for up to 12,000 years, to the beginning of domestication. Although cats were domesticated after dogs, evidence of this domestication came from the Island of Cyrus, where a cat had been deliberately buried with a human, dating from over 9,500 years ago. Cats became useful to humans when we began to settle down and live in one place. When settled, humans created stores for food, especially grain, and with the grain came pests like rodents. Cats essentially domesticated themselves, as they invited themselves in. Over time, people favoured cats with more docile traits. The reverence of cats was most prominent in Ancient Egypt. Cats were a popular household pet, and killing a cat in Egypt often meant a death sentence for the offender. Ancient Romans held a similar reverence. By the middle ages, cats became demonized. They became affiliated with witches and the devil, and many were killed in an effort to ward off evil. It is even a common theory that this mass killing of cats contributed to the “Black Death” or the Bubonic plague, as there were no more cats to kill the disease carrying rodents. Not until the 1600’s did the image of the cat begin to change. Now, cats are superstars. They are popular subjects in pop art, and some even have become famous across the internet.