Cats were central to the culture of ancient Egypt in more ways than we realize.
And understanding typical cat behaviour certainly explains the weird hybrid look of the Sphynx --
The major Egyptian cat goddesses were, of course, Bast (who was entirely feline) and Bastet (who was half-cat/half-woman). But no matter who you were dealing with, their personalities were 100% CAT. Any cat owner will recognize the following scenario --
Learning that the Great Goddess Bast still rules in the heavens clears up a modern mystery, too --
I'm told on good authority that Major Tom tasted like catnip.