Bast: a lioness goddess of the sun throughout most of Ancient Egyptian history, but later she was changed into the cat goddess- Bastet. She also was changed to a goddess of the moon by Greeks occupying Ancient Egypt toward the end of its civilization.
So cats became animals sacred to the solar deity. Egyptian Bast Bastet Cat Goddess Cat Leaning on Candle Pillar Statue. This beautiful depiction of the cat headed Egyptian Goddess Bast is something to see.