The Black Cat (Also known as the Magician Cat.)
The British Bombay cat is the name given to black cats of the Asian group. It is a cat of Burmese type with a black coat, toes, nose, and copper to greenish eyes. The close-lying, sleek and glossy black coat should be coloured to the roots, with little or no paling. The Bombay is a shorthair breed of domestic cat, closely related to the Burmese.
The American cat breed, named Bombay, was bred in 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky, when Nikki Horner of Shawnee Cattery deliberately bred an American Shorthair with a Burmese for the purpose of creating a domesticated cat that resembled a "miniature black panther." This earned the Bombay the nickname "parlor panther." American Bombays have copper or golden eyes, and a jet-black coat. Occasionally, a Bombay kitten may be born sable coloured, because of its relation to the Burmese.
The successful breeding produced offspring that resembled the Black Leopard of India, hence the Bombay name, this was taken from the old Indian city of Bombay, now named Mumbai.
Throughout the rest of the world, with the exception of South America, the black cat is almost universally reviled as a harbinger of bad luck, an omen of the dark side.
Ireland, always a treasure trove of mythology, appointed the black cat as a helpmate of healers, and, at the same time, a witch's familiar. This shows the pagan influence of sun and moon cycles on the human psyche.
The black cat, a carrier of magic, was a representative of darkness. But, owing to fur that could also turn into moon glow, or silver, the black cat was given a dual identity. Furthermore, black was the byproduct of fire; fire, to the ancients was a thing of beauty, utility, and great power. All these aspects were, and are, present in the black cat.
This easygoing cat is suited to those who want an attentive and loving pet.
Bombays tend to be attached to their families and crave attention, and for this reason this breed is highly suitable for children.
Bombay cats are not independent. They seek attention from their owners and people around them often and dislike being left alone for extended periods of time.
Although they like attention, Bombay Cats also tend to have a special person which they pay close attention to in their lives.
Overall, the Bombay breed is intelligent, playful, and attention seeking. They tend to get along well with other cats, as they have an established pecking order in the household. They have a very distinctive purr and love to snuggle. On cold days they can be found next to any source of heat they can find.
The Bombay fur is short and glossy. When the fur is in good condition, its deep black luster looks like patent leather.
The Bombay has a characteristic walk. His body appears almost to sway when he walks. Again, this walk is reminiscent of the Indian black leopard.
Kittens may start out very timid, as they grow and mature its personality will come through. It is known as an Apartment Cat in the United States, due to its undemanding and non-destructive traits.