Bombay cats are creatures of high vitally and energy. They are a relatively “young” breed having been obtained from the crossing of an American Shorthair and a Burmese. The American breeder who offered the world this shiny black diamond is Nikki Horner. She started her attempts at obtaining a “parlor panther” in the late 1950s and kept trying until she obtained the whished result in 1965. It was only seventeen years later that this cat would be officially allowed to participate into feline competitions.
The Bombay cat is a happy and involved cat. It will follow you around the house. It will try to get involved in your daily work just because it enjoys spending time with you and it loves to offer its company. This is a highly social cat. It will run at the doorstep when it hears the doorbell and greet whoever is coming over. It is friendly to guests and children. It will muse you with its innumerable ways of playing and it will surprise you with its inventiveness. It loves to play with anything from little bits of paper to small paper balls. It is smart and playful enough to enjoy expensive and home made toys equally.
There are two branches of the Bombay breed. One of them, the American one is known to have reoccurring malformed members. The kitties are born with cranial malformations and are put to sleep at birth. The other branch of the breed is the Australian one. Fortunately these kitties are happy and healthy; there has never been any report of genetically challenged members.
Morphologically the Bombay is a bony, compact cat. Its strong muscles are very well developed and it is surprisingly robust for its dimensions. The head has a round shape and its large ears are set far apart. The eyes vary in color from greenish to copper. Copper is preferred by breeders and judging committees. The coat must be perfectly black. Undercoat and coat must be black, with the hair of a glossy black to the roots. Bombay members do not require high maintenance. The usual once a week combing, with a slightly more frequent rate in shedding seasons, will suffice.
If your schedule requires long hours away from home and you are keen on getting a Bombay you should probably start considering another pet as a companion. Bombays get along fine with other animals in spite of the fact that they will tend to be the dominant one. Under no circumstances should you make this pet spend time alone on a regular basis. This is a highly people oriented animal and also considerably social. It will feel miserable and may even display unwanted behavior if left alone too long. Bombay cats want and will require lots of attention. They are not the quiet Chartreux or the independent Russian Blue. They are quite vocal and will “talk” to you…….some members more than the others. Just know that should their food ball ever be empty or should they feel neglected you will definitely hear from them. This is a breed that can be successfully trained to walk on a leash, so it can always fill in for those “dog” qualities you may have dreamt of when planning to go for a spin. They will cuddle beside you and you may even find them under the blankets with you, as they are always seeking heat and affection.
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