Written by Bengt Stendlert
Beloved Prophet Muhammad [Peace Unto Him And His Progeny] awoke one day to the sounds of the Adhan. Preparing to attend, he began to dress himself; however, he soon discovered his cat Muezza sleeping on the sleeve of his prayer robe. Rather than awake him, he used a pair of scissors to cut the sleeve off, leaving the cat undisturbed. When he returned from the Mosque, Muhammad received a bow from Muezza in gratitude and in return he stroked him three times.
Another legend holds that the ‘M’ marking on the forehead of the tabby was created by the prophet as he rested his hand lightly on the brow of his favorite cat.
Muhammad advised people to treat their pets as a member of their family, and by this he meant to take good care of them. His conduct reflected his words. He seemed to treat his cat in the same way as cat lovers do today; It is also believed that when the Prophet gave sermons within his household he would often hold Muezza in his lap and he would also drink from water previously drunk by his cat.
[al-Tirmidhi, 92; al-Nasaa’i, 68; Abu Dawood, 75; Ibn Maja, 367.]
He also did his ablutions from the same water that was drunk by a cat.
[Sunan Abu Dawud 1#76]