WHO’STHATCAT? BY ERIKA SOROCCO
AdAptAble is my
The Bombay goes with the flow and
will seamlessly adjust to any new sitch
you throw his way — be it moving to
a smaller space or introducing him to
your new significant other. Just make
sure that he remains top cat!
9top cAt, huh? So do they get along with
other animals? Most definitely! They
will easily accept any new creature in
the household and quickly form BFF
bonds; but, they like to be the boss.
Seriously though, who doesn’t?
moving under the
Ummm … just the Bombay. He’s a hog
when it comes to finding the warm-est spot in the house — and he’s not
above curling up under the covers at
night to keep warm. But beware, he
may not be able to resist taking a nibble on your toes!
Writer and blogger Erika Sorocco
has written about small mammals
and cats for 10 years. A former
freelance music writer for The
Californian newspaper, Erika currently fuses her love for felines and fashion
together in the blog Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans
( cateyesandskinnyjeans.com), where she waxes
poetic about her favorite makeup look (cat
eyes, of course) and love for cozy knit sweaters
(which she unwillingly shares with her cats
Minky and Gypsy). Follow Erika on Twitter at
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did you heAr WhAt
Though the Bombay doesn
hold a candle to the Siames
in terms of conversation skil
the breed is known for bein
vocal — especially when
trying to get your attention
Which is, honestly, 24/7.
1/leAther And gold
The shiny, wet-look coat and gold-to-copper
eyes have left the Bombay breed bearing the
nickname “the patent leather kid with the new
A breed thAt didn’t
They come from the pairing of a black
American Shorthair and a sable Burmese in
1953 by breeder Nikki Horner. She wanted to
develop a “parlor panther” with exotic looks
but a domesticated personality. It took quite a
bit of trial and error for Horner to produce her
dream cat. After an arduous process of selective line breeding, she was able to consistently
produce the sleek feline — officially earning
Cat Fanciers’ Association recognition in 1976.
3 hi, my nAme is ... As the result of a breeding between an
American Shorthair and a Burmese, you would
think that the name would pay homage to
ancestry, right? Wrong. Because the Bombay
was inspired by Horner’s love of black panthers, the cat was named after Bombay (now
known as Mumbai), India.
4/did thAt cAt just fetch?
Heck yes! The Bombay is one of
those cats who possesses the curiosity and general mischievousness
associated with felines. He also enjoys
walking on a leash and retrieving
objects you might toss his way. That’s
so fetch, right?
reasons to love