Benevolent Cat Deity Hopes to Find Heaven on Earth

Published by Alisa Mullins.

What walks on four legs in the morning, gets a leg up at noon, and hopes to be on the final leg of her journey soon? Sorry, Oedipus—the answer to this riddle isn’t “man.” It’s Egypt, a regal cat who was recently rescued by PETA fieldworkers.

Egypt, a rescued cat, walking toward camera at PETA headquarters

Like the mythological Sphinx of ancient times, Egypt isn’t giving up her secrets. She’s a lady of mystery who simply showed up one day at the home of a kind person in rural North Carolina. While she has the noble mien of an Egyptian goddess, she’d been reduced to rummaging through trash cans, begging for handouts, and sleeping under porches.

Egypt, a gray cat rescued by PETA, playing with a toy at PETA HQ

That’s not a life fit for an Egyptian queen (or any cat), and PETA’s fieldworkers knew the moment they laid eyes on Egypt that she was a treasure worthy of King Tut.

Egypt, a rescued cat available for adoption through PETA, lying on her back

Recognizing that PETA’s fieldworkers were loyal subjects who were there to do her bidding, Egypt followed them around the neighborhood as they cared for other animals in need until she got the point across that she was ready to move into a palace of her own.

Egypt, a rescued cat, looking very serious at PETA headquarters

With the blessings of the kind person who’d been feeding Egypt, the fieldworkers brought her back to the Sam Simon Center—PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters—where she’s holding court like a benevolent deity.

Rescued cat gray Egypt getting a chin scratch at PETA headquarters

Now that she’s been spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped, Egypt is ready to go out and conquer a new empire. You can help ensure that this sweet cat gets a lifetime of adoration worthy of an Egyptian goddess by sending a message (preferably not in hieroglyphics) to [email protected].

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind