A Cyprus cat is a breed to revere. They have been around for the past 4000 years or so and in 2004, archaeologists uncovered their remains along with their human counterparts. Surely this cat breed is one of the oldest examples of a domesticated cat.
There is evidence to suggest that these cats are linked to St. Nicholas of the Cats, a Byzantine monastery, because they were imported during the 4th century to help control an infestation of dangerous snakes in the building. Whilst these cats used to be quite common in native Cyprus, today they are rarely observed in coastal areas of the country.