As you know, the ancient Egyptians mummiﬁed the human dead. They thought so highly of cats that they mummiﬁed them too—or, at least, upper-class Egyptians could afford to do so. Since the Egyptians believed that the afterlife was essentially like earthly life, they mummiﬁed mice to place in the tombs as food for the cat mummies. In 1890, over 300,000 cat mummies were found at one site in Egypt. Most were in cases of engraved wood, with the bodies wrapped in colored bandages. The world’s museums display cat mummies along with the human mummies.