No, my cat is not a porn star!

 The cat formerly known as Salem. 

The cat formerly known as Salem. 

I actually adopted the best cat of my life from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in 2006.

I went online and made a list of cats I was interested in and then did an in-person visit. Salem climbed right up onto my chest and rubbed his cheek against mine and purred, and I knew he was the one (why can't that happen when it comes to finding the romantic one?!).

I didn't like the name Salem but wasn't sure what else to call him. A friend of mine has a cat named Marcus. I always thought that sounded cute, so I copied it but put a "Mr." on the front to make it slightly different.

 Face/paw

Face/paw

I didn't think much of it since I know lots of cats with a Mr. or a Ms. in front of their names (Mr. Whiskers/Ms. Kitty). I had a roommate at the time who was pretty straight laced.... church on Sunday, Bible study on Wednesday, and she was waiting on God to bring her her man.

I told her I had picked a name for the cat -- Mr. Marcus -- and she looked at me like I was crazy and said, "you know Mr. Marcus is a porn star, right?"

Um, no...how would I know that?

  Mr. Marcus (not the porn star, who will not be pictured here), with Daily Do Good founder Saranah Holmes

Mr. Marcus (not the porn star, who will not be pictured here), with Daily Do Good founder Saranah Holmes

And she said, "EVERYONE knows Mr. Marcus; he's, like, super famous." So then just about every single time I told people what my cat's name was they would say, "Oh like the porn star?"

The reality was he didn't resemble a porn star at all....more like a British gentleman :)  

- Saranah Holmes