Jump! the Legendary Tabby

A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.

April 16, 1905
Cat and Chicks

Los Angeles Times
Donald McClarin reports his father has a cat that mothers four kittens and one chick. Rats kill a neighboring mother hen and ten of her chicks, leaving one orphaned chick. The cat “took pity on the chick, making it one of her family until it became a full grown hen.”

April 16, 1905
Affectionate Cat

Los Angeles Times
After returning from a long journey, an unnamed family’s cat, left in the care of a neighbor, runs to greet them. The cat recognizes them from a long distance and runs, “jumping over the carriage wheels into momma’s lap.”

June 10, 1908
I thought you said 'cats'

Los Angeles Times
A manager of a local San Diego department store is surprised to receive his order from a Los Angeles firm containing a mother cat and eight kittens. The Los Angeles firm “had misread the order taking the word “cots” for “cats.”

Humans attach meaning to the markings of tabbies throughout history.  Researchers trace the word “tabby” to Attabiyah, a neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, where silk is produced with wavy patterns, similar to a striped tabby coat. One Christian legend recounts that the "M" on a tabby's forehead is given by Mary when a little tabby provides warmth to a newborn Jesus in the manger. Islam legend connects Mohammed to a lifelong love of cats.  One story includes Mohammed recounting a vision of a woman punished in Hell for starving her cat to death. Like Mary, Islam connects the "M" to Mohammed and cats are respected in the Islamic world, and are permitted inside some mosques.

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