Story of Tabby cat's M on forehead



Found these 3 different versions of why tabby cats have an M on their forehead. Of course, the last is my favorite. :-}
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And so it came to pass that a husband and wife journeyed to a small town called Bethlehem, as the king had decreed that all the people stand to be counted in the small towns and teeming cities from whence they came. The journey was long and hard for both, but especially for the young wife, who was very near to bringing her firstborn son into the world. When they at last reached the crowded and noisy town, the expectant father searched hurriedly for a place for them to rest and where the child could safely be born. But at every door, he was told there was no available room. Finally, an old innkeeper, though having no space left in his inn, took pity on them and offered them shelter in the small stable used by his animals.It was there that the child was born, surrounded by beasts of the field. As the night's cold grew, the baby fretted and cried while his parents pondered how to make him comfortable. His father tried stuffing straw into the open places in the walls, and his mother tried warming him with her meager wrappings. But still, the baby cried on. All the while, a tiny cat watched from the corner. "Of course the little baby is cold," the cat thought. "It has no fur to keep it warm! I will give it mine, and I will lullaby-purr it to sleep." A little jump brought the cat into the manger where the baby lay. There, he quietly gave his humble gift of warmth and love, gently stretching out his thin, fragile little body over the baby's, careful to cover all but the infant's face. The crying was soon replaced by soft purrs and coos, and slowly, the infant smiled. As Mary, the new mother, witnessed this gift to her child, she touched the little cat's forehead. "Thank you, Little Tabby, for your gift of love and warmth. As a sign of my grateful blessing, you and all your descendants will forevermore carry my initial on your forehead."


And to this day, tabby cats are known by the remarkable "M" on their foreheads, and by their extraordinary gifts of love, so gently given.
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It is said that as the Prophet Mohammed was studying scripture, a kitten
crawled into the sleeve of his robe. In peace with the Prophet and the
quiet atmosphere of spiritual study, the kitty curled up and slept in
the sleeve; and Mohammed, very touched by this gesture, cut the sleeve
from the robe rather than awaken the kitten. And then, as a sign of
favor, the Prophet set his initial on the kitty's forehead for her and
her descendants to carry forever.
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And it came to pass that the white cat lurked by the Flying Spaghetti Monster and meowed most piteously.


And His Noodliness took pity on the beast, and flung a meatball at the cat to make it shut up already.

And one strand of one of his Noodly Appendages came off too, and it struck the cat in the forehead, leaving an orange stain on the pristine fur.

Then the cat devoured the meatball, and then leaped after the Flying Spaghetti Monster and rolled around in the mess for a while.

And this was the Orange Tabby.
Other colors of tabby developed later, after the Flying Spaghetti Monster tried to wash the cat...
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