Lucky Bombay: Facts About the Favorite Black Cat You May Not Know

465832477Bombay cats, a popular breed of black cats, is the only recognized cat breed whose only acceptable color is black. This small but strong kitty earns its standing as one the favorite pets to have as a pet—it is intelligent, beautiful, and boasts a loving demeanor.

The Bombay is also a highly social breed that loves to be in the company of others. They tend to be attached to their families and love to be around children. Unlike most other cats, the Bombay breed is not very independent. Aloof is not in their vocabulary!  These felines tend to seek attention from their owners and dislike being left alone for extended periods of time. However, even though they love to be around most people, Bombay Cats tend to have one certain person whom they pay special attention to in their lives. If it is you, you are lucky! These snugglers have nothing but love to give.

Overall, the Bombay breed is intelligent, playful, and affectionate. They tend to get along well with other cats and animals in the home and, according to anyone who owns one—they make the coolest furry companion possible.

Interesting Facts About Bombay Cats and Black Cats You May Not Know

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Bombays are Meant to Look Like Miniature Panthers

Bombays are often referred to by the nickname “parlor panthers” because they were specifically bred to resemble tiny black panthers. Not only do they look like panthers, they sound similar too. They may be mini, but their distinctive purr is, at times, loud enough to hear clear across the room.

Bombays Love Heat and Finding Warmth

Bombay’s are “heat-seekers”, they simply love to be warm. You’ll often find your Bombay sleeping in the sunlight or next to heaters when it’s cold. And their favorite spot? Usually it is right on top of their owners to cuddle up with some warmth.

Bombays are Not From Bombay

The Bombay, named for the exotic port city of India, has no connection with the city or country. It was created from crosses between sable Burmese and black American Shorthairs to resemble a black panther. The Cat Fanciers Association gave the Bombay full recognition in 1978.

Bombays Have Dog-like Personalities

The Bombay cat has a friendly and rather dog-like personality. Bombays are often good at playing fetch, and some have even learned to walk on a leash. This is a smart cat that loves to play, and will thrive with a family who is willing to teach him or her tricks, play games, and provide plenty of interactive toys.

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Black Cats Like the Bombay Are Lucky (We Promise!)

Black cats were not always considered bad luck!  Black cats were worshiped in ancient Egypt, and owning one was thought to bring good luck. Sometime during the Middle Ages, Europeans got the idea that black cats were associated with witchcraft when a few elderly women who often fed and cared for stray cats were misidentified as witches. The cats were “accused” of being their conspirators.

This superstition does not translate to many parts of the world. Here is where black cats are considered lucky:

England and Ireland – If a black cat crosses your path it signifies good luck.

Scotland – A strange black cat arriving at your home means you may win the jackpot! A stray black cat arriving on your doorstep signals prosperity.

Japan – black cats are considered symbols of good luck, especially for single women. Owning a black cat is thought to attract potential suitors.

Pirates – It gets pretty complex with pirates. If the black cat is walking toward you, it’s bad luck. If it’s walking away…that’s good. If the cat walks onto the ship and then back off, get off the ship because it’s going to sink!

Suffice to say, Bombays (and all black cats) may have had a bad rep in the past, but the world is opening their eyes to see…these are the cool cats that reign over all other cool cats.