According to an article last month about a Saudi decree banning the sale of dogs and cats in Jiddah and Mecca:

the cat ban befuddled many, since Islamic tradition holds that the Prophet Muhammad loved cats — and even let a cat drink from his ablutions water before washing himself for prayers…there’s no scorn for [cats] as there is for dogs in Islamic tradition…One of the prophet’s closest companions was given the name Abu Huraira, Arabic for “the father of the kitten,” because he always carried a kitten and took care of it.

A number of hadiths — traditional stories of the prophet — show Muhammad encouraging people to treat cats well…Dogs — considered dirty and dangerous — are less lucky. According to one hadith, Muhammad said a Muslim loses credit for one good deed each day he keeps a dog and even said dogs should be killed unless used for hunting or protection.

So the pedophile who started Islam, a religion dominated by in-the-closet homophobes who feel up male reporters in mosques, was a cat man. Hmm.