Are we certain that the cats weren't just operating the Persians like Mecha warriors?
@Sgt Giggles, we are not
@Sgt Giggles, what is this catatouille?
@Sgt Giggles, They were, I was in that battle as a mercenary for the Egyptians, I can confirm that happened
They were Laser Cats!
Not cats as shields but animals like cats and dogs were painted on the shields in the likeliness of the Egyptian’s goddess. Still worked and made them run away. They then later threw cats in the faces of the captured Egyptians, mocking them for losing a city to protect common animals.
Maybe this is why cats hate us now?
The reason we have cats is because our ancestors saw cat ancestors eating their garbage and thought "awww they're so cute! And too small to kill me!" And the cat fandom grew to a point a group of people worshipped them and this all happened before the internet.
*identifies as a cat to conquer egypt today*
"Modern problems require modern solutions"