Big thanks to Joey and Maggie at The Long and Short of It All, who found this breaking news story on the recently found 2000-year-old temple possibly dedicated to Bastet. There's a photo of a lively sculpture to go with. Boy! You guys lost no time getting to me with that one!
"It is said, too, though I cannot say if the story is true, that Cambyses conquered an Egyptian city once, by the help of cats; that is, when his soldiers were just going to attack the town, he gave to each of them a cat, instead of a buckler. The Egyptians, of course, would not fight with cats, and rather than let one of them be hurt, they allowed their city to be taken." -- From The Cat and Her Cousins, 1871.