Pet Adoption | R/F Humane Society: The Legend of The Tabby "M"


These 4 adorable faces are here to tell y’all the legend of how they got that very distinctive “M” on their foreheads.

The first legend comes from the ancient Egyptians. Cats were called Mau, and the word “Mau” translates to seeing, or light. Since cats’ eyes appear so luminous at night, they are associated with the moon, and their marking is said to reflect that relationship.

The Islamic world contends that Mohammed had a tabby named Muezza who saved his master’s life by slaying a snake that had slithered into Mohammed’s sleeve. The grateful Muhammad stroked her back – hence cats never fall on their backs. He also put his noble hand on her forehead and that is why every tabby has four dark lines on her forehead.

One of the most popular of the “M” legends which goes back to the birth of Jesus. As the story goes, when the baby Jesus was lying in the manger, he began to shiver and cry.

Mary spoke softly. “I don’t know what to do. I thought you were hungry, so I fed you. I thought you were wet, so I changed you. I thought you were cold, so I wrapped another blanket around you.”

A small stripped cat who’d witnessed the scene leaped into the manger, cuddled next to the child and began to purr. It was the sweetest lullaby imaginable. The baby stopped crying and drifted off to sleep.

In her gratitude to the cat, Mary marked her own initial upon the tabby’s forehead so that tabby cats would forever remind the world of how one of their kind had comforted the newborn Jesus.

Whichever legend you believe, and although it would be very nice if they had a home for the holidays, William, Wanda, Webster & Wayne want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

The Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport/Fulton
1308 Myrtle St

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