Cat is honored as a goddess in some eastern parts of Indian subcontinent, especially in Bengal, Orissa and Assam. It is called 'Mother Sashtee'. She is not formally worshiped like many other deities of the region. It is the popular belief that human children are safe and fine if cats are satisfied by their mothers. Hence, women of this region teach the children not to hit the domesticated cats.
Cat was worshiped in Egypt as the most important goddess more than two thousand years ago. There were temples of cat goddess in Egypt.