Bombay cats wear black fur with class! Still thinking that black cats have a connection to witches, bad luck or evil? If so, these kitties will change everything you thought you knew about black cats.

The Short History of the Parlor Panther

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A black leopard – the inspiration for the bombay cat breed.
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Bombay cats are a relatively new breed of cat. It was only in 1953 when American cat breeder, Nikki Horner, began attempting to create the breed. She loved the look of the black panther (a term which does not actually denote a particular species of cat, but rather an all black leopard or jaguar) and wanted her own mini-sized, all domestic version.

The breeding began with an all black American Shorthair male and a sable Buramese female. Horner’s first attempt was not the success she had hoped. It took a few more attempts and some much more careful selection of mother and father to finally get the desired results. She named the breed the Bombay after the city in India known for it’s black leopards. It took about 20 years from the first attempt at breeding for Horner to finally get the breed recognized by the cat fancier associations. Once the task was complete, she retired from breeding.

The Beauty of Bombay Cats

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It is said that the black fur of Bombay cats has the sheen of patent leather. The coat is short, thick, and jet black from root to tip. It is a low-maintenance coat that sheds very little.  The coats of Bombay cats really do look like the coats of black leopards! Everything about bombay cats is black – the fur, the nose leather, and even the paw pads. There is only one exception to the all black rule, their stunning gold to copper eyes.

The body shape of Bombay cats is very similar to that of Burmese cats. They are a very rounded cat complete with a rounded and short muzzle. Bombay cats take on the more muscular frame of the American Shorthair. Larger, longer, and leaner than the Buremese cats, Bombay cats can be deceptively heavy.

Bombay cats are generally healthy breed. The only common health concerns that Bombay cats have are gingivitis, stuffy noses (sinus problems) and a tendency toward over eating. All of these are easily managed by attentive, loving owners.

A House Panther Personality

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These “parlor panthers” make perfect pets for people who want a close companion. They love to be with their humans! These cats are great with children, the elderly, and other pets. Bombay cats grow very attached to their families . Wherever you go, they will follow as closely as you allow (thus they are sometimes referred to as “velcro kitties”). If you want a lap cat, Bombay cats are for you. However, they do not do well being left alone, so they are not ideal for people who don’t spend much time at home.

Bombay cats are also known for their dog-like traits. They love to play and enjoy a good game of fetch! Leash training and going for walks is no problem for this breed either. Another nickname for Bombay cats is the “trucker’s cat” because they don’t mind going out on the road with their owners. Some truckers use them as companions for long, lonely, over-the-road hauls.

Are you looking for a little cuddly panther for  your home? Check out all of the purrfect Bombay cats looking for a home on Petfinder.

 Have you ever had an experience with a Bombay cat?