A relative of the Bombay Cat?

When I first brought Raven to the vet’s, she said Raven looked very much like a Bombay Cat. But after checking, she said Raven is not because she has a small spot of white on her chest. The Bombay cat must be completely jet-black. But Raven has the typical Bombay Cat ears, though.

Come to think of it, Vixey too was completely black except for a small spot of white on her chest.

My part-time cleaner saw Raven the other day and she thought Raven looked very familiar. She said Raven may be one of the cats in another house that she cleans.

How and why did Raven come straight into Bunny’s Place (through the grille) on 9th October, at midnight, I’ll never know. She was so, so tiny then.

Anyway, we move on from here. I have to check her incisors to see if they drop. If they do, then she was a big-sized 2.5 month old kitten when she came. If not, she is already 6 months old and she ought to be spayed.

Here’s something about the Bombay cat. Check your black cats – they may be Bombay Cats after all.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombay_(cat):

British Bombay

The British Bombay cat is the name given to black cats of the Asian group.[2] It is a cat of Burmese type with a black coat, toes, nose, and deep, rich gold to copper 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 LouisvilleKentucky, 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“.[3] This earned the Bombay the nickname “parlor panther”. American Bombays have copper or goldeneyes, and a jet-black coat. Occasionally, a Bombay kitten may be born sable colored or have a few spots of white on chest, ears, or, tail, because of its relation to theBurmese.[citation needed]

[edit]Personality characteristics

As cited above, Bombay cats love to eat. It is a part of nature. To reduce the risk of diabetes, it is important to feed them at certain times of the day. This will prevent the gaining of unnecessary weight. Do not fall for the scratching of the food bag or the desperate cries for food. These tactics are used to try to pry out some food from you. It is a very unhealthy habit that can never be broken.

Bombays tend to be attached to their families and crave attention, and for this reason this breed is highly suitable for children.[4]

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.[5]

Although they like to be around people generally, Bombay Cats also tend to have a certain person whom they pay special attention to in their lives.[5]

Overall, the Bombay breed is intelligent, playful, and attention seeking.[5] 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.[citation needed]

They certainly look like small panthers, don’t they?

 Me Raven, not Bombay!

Are you sure you’re not a close relative of the Burmese-Bombay?

1. Loves to eat

2. Craves attention.

3. Not independent, loves to be around people.

4. Playful, attention-seeking.

5. Gets along well with others.

6. Has a favourite person.

5 comments to A relative of the Bombay Cat?

  • bengkai

    Raven can sense that Bunny’s Place is a heavenly animal sanctuary place.

  • Joy E. Saga

    I’m sure she is Raven the Bombay-Burmese … very exotic 🙂

  • Agnes

    Hi Kah Yein
    If Raven had indeed wandered away from home, her owner could be searching for her? Perhaps good to put up a notice with her photo at the guard houses? On the other hand, if she has had a previous owner, her severe mange would have been attended to…just a thought.

  • Maggie Hui

    Hi Dr. Chan,
    Human beings can communicate and I am sure the animals too. So Raven must have gotten news from the other cats that there is a very nice and kind lady (and her family) who will love and welcome her with both arms open wide …and thus the brave little kitty made her way to your house and became a member of your family!!!

    Cheers…..and hope you are feeling better each day over Bosco. Take care. Will email you tonite from home the picture of the key chains that I have made.