Cats, Gods & Goddesses

Freya with her cats

If you’re interested in working with deities that represent cats. Then you might like this post. Nonetheless I think this post is pretty interesting. I was googling and searching for gods and goddesses that were represented by cats. And I was disappointed that it weren’t that much (I’m sure I missed a few). Most of them were lions or tigers – Yes, they are felines. Yet, I think I found some interesting gods and goddesses that I’ve never heard of before! Enjoy!

Bes (Bisu) – Egypt
This demi Dwarf lion God of luck and fortune is also the protector of households, mothers and children. He was a favorite of many women in Ancient Egypt.

Bastet (bast, Pasht, Ubasti en Bubastet) – Egypt
A protective goddess, that sometimes appeared with the head of a lioness to protect the king in battle. She is also seen as the goddess of fertility, and she had the power to summon a solar eclipse. She is also the protector of cats, women and children, and the Goddess of the sunrise. Her duty changed over the years.

Maahes – (Mihos, Miysis, Mios, Maihes, Mahes) – Egypt
lion-headed god of war. His name means “He who is true beside her”. He was seen as the son of Bastet, Maahes was a deity associated with war and weather, as well as that of knives.

Mafdet (Maftet) – Egypt
Mafdet protected you from snakes and scorpions and was often represented as either some sort of feline or mongoose. Her duty was also to protect the king’s chambers and other sacred places.

Durga and her tiger.

Mut – Egypt
An ancient mother goddess, and she is another deity who can have a fully human or lioness-headed form. Apart from the cat and the lion, her other sacred animal was the vulture.

Neith (Nit, Net, Neit) – Egypt
Another mother of the gods, and the goddess of war and of hunting. Neith was often seen as a woman holding a bow and arrow, but at other times she is depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness.

Pakhet (Pachet, Pehkhet, Phastet, Pasht) – Egypt
Her name means “She who scratches” and she is considered a synthesis of Bast and Sekhmet.

Sekhmet (Sachmet, Sakmet, Sakhet, Sekmet, Sakhmet, Sekhet) – Egypt
She was originally the warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing for Upper Egypt. She is shown as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. And they said that her breath created the desert.

Tefnut (Tefenet) – Egypt
Another goddess with a lion head. is a goddess of moisture, moist air, dew and rain.

Dionysus (Roman name: Bacchus) – Greek
The god of wine and celebrations, art and theater. His symbols are the grapevine, ivy, cup, tiger, panther, leopard, dolphin and goat.

Hera (Roman name: Juno) – Greek
Her symbols are the peacock, pomegranate, crown, cuckoo, lion and cow. She’s the goddess of family and marriage. But she was known for her jealous and vengeful nature.

Aradia – Italy
Aradia is a goddess of protection, fear and security. She can take the form of a cat.

Durga – Hindu
Durga is a goddess that rides on a tiger. She has eight arms, and each hand holds a weapon. She is the goddess of victory of good over evil.

Qunayir – Hindu
A goodhearted goddess that will help young children in distress to find her temple, if she thinks they are cat-persons and will be amenable to her service.

Freya  ( Freja, Freyia, Frøya, and Freia) – Norse
Associated with love, beauty, fertility, war and death. rides a chariot driven by two cats. Stories go those cats are Norwegian Forest cats.

15 Responses to “Cats, Gods & Goddesses”

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  2. Fairy Dharawat

    Hi there I stumbled on your blog and so happy I am. I write about cats too and while doing some research I stumbled upon your site. I am writing about cats and goddess ‘Freya’.

    I love the feel of your blog it is wonderful, informative and fun.

    Keep writing and thanks for the infor. provided through blogs.


    • Dianda

      Thank you very much!
      I just took a look at your site, It is beautiful! So kudo’s to you!
      I think you might find me on your blog so now and then, haha. ;)

  3. Karen Gosselin

    Great post. I’ve been looking for cat related dieties for artwork ideas and also came up with next to nothing other than Bastet. (Although I did forget that Durga rode a tiger into battle against a demon).

  4. pennydreadfull

    What about Cath Palug (Celtic)? Hard to find much about this fierce cat goddess :) Very informative post and have enjoyed it :)


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