Luckily for me, I’ve processed my feelings, and I’ve gone through the Five Stages of Grief: denial, anger, Internet commenting, cat adoption, African dance, cat returning to the adoption place, watching all the episodes of Murphy Brown, and not giving a flying fart.
Although we do not know a great deal about the historical Prince Djhutmose, isn’t it amazing that we do know that just over 3,000 years ago a young prince loved his cat, a young boy’s love for his cat. Prince Djhutmose was so fond of his cat that he had a fine limestone sarcophagus carved for her, had her body mummified and then carefully buried. The limestone sarcophagus is now on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and shows the cat sitting before an offering table heaped with goodies for the afterlife. It seems that her owner wanted her to enjoy her time after death as much as she had appreciated being a cosseted royal pet in life. We know from the inscriptions that she was called Ta-miu, which literally meant ‘she-cat’ and that her owner was Crown Prince Djhutmose, the eldest son of the mighty Pharaoh Amenophis III and his great royal wife, Queen Tiye.