So why does the tabby cat have the familiar Mmark on his forehead? Here is as pretty an explanation as you could find: in the stable at Bethlehem, Mary had trouble getting the infant Jesus to fall asleep. None of the beasts in the stable was able to help, but in came a tabby cat, who lay next to baby Jesus. The cat purred contentedly, and the baby fell asleep. Mary was so grateful that she blessed the cat, who ever since has had the M—for Mary, or Madonna — on the forehead.