Now here is something really cool about tabbies. We all have an M on our heads! Isn't that neat?! Some people say ALL of us have an M. Others say almost all of us do. Well, I can only tell you that I have never seen a tabby without an M so I'll go with the ALL version.
Now we have a tabby at StreetCats right now who agreed to model for me. Her name is Marlo and she is a very sweet tabby. Now this is not unusual. We tabbies are known for the following qualities: intelligence, cleverness, being amusing and warmly affectionate. Ha! Of course those are our qualities!!! And I, as a tabby myself, am a shining example of all these qualities plus that of leadership! Anyway, here is a picture of Marlo showing us the M on her head.
Another story involves a tabby cat who brought warmth and comfort to a shivering baby Jesus by cuddling up with him and purring. Mary was so grateful that she put her initial on the cat's head. And, again, it's been there ever since. Those are nice stories, but the explanation that I heard that I like best is that it stands for Master of the Universe! Yep, now that makes sense!!
Now here's another picture of Marlo that shows you what kind of tabby she is. To me a tabby is a tabby, but people like to call this a ticked tabby, a brown ticked tabby to be specific. See how her stripes are sort of faded and covered by the little white ticking on her fur? I think it makes her look a little dreamy! And that reminds me of another trait that people think we tabbies have. We're magical!! Yep, we are! I know that on Halloween it's the black cats that our caretakers worry about. But in the 16th century we were the favored cats of witches! Of course we were! Anyway, here's the picture of Marlo, the brown ticked tabby. Do you like her necklace? I think most ticked tabbies have a necklace like that.