Sunday, January 11, 2009
The M on a tabby's forehead
This cat's mother is a brown tabby and his father was an orange. And look at the markings above his eyes, see how one eyebrow is black and one is orange? He's got a bit of both of their genes showing on his face, even though he mostly takes after Mom.
Did you know some stories about why tabbies have "M"s on their foreheads?
"In Christianity, the "M" marking on the forehead of tabby cats is said to be where Mary touched and blessed a tabby cat that comforted her baby.
In Islam, the "M" marking stands for the prophet Mohammed (Muhammad) who had a great fondness for cats. While dogs are considered unclean by many Muslims, cats - who frequently bury their own waste and rarely eat another animal's faeces - are not."
I've heard the Mohammed story before, but not the Mary one! (And I quoted the above text from here).