There are a number of myths about Bombay cats. Most of these come from history and popular TV shows, where these stunning creatures are usually portrayed as bad guys. And there is, of course, a dose of superstition since black felines have been associated with witchcraft for centuries. You may find it hard to believe, but there are still people who say that the color of fur determines a cat’s personality and influence on people. These are the ones who cross the street when a black feline goes to meet them, take three steps back or spit over their shoulders for good luck. If you are not among them, you’ll find these common misbelieves about black cats funny.
1. Black felines bring bad luck
This myth is probably the most common and most interesting. It states that Bombay cats, because of their black fur and striking yellow eyes, bring bad luck. Some proponents of this theory go so far as to claim that felines are supposedly their enemies. You probably see that these sayings have no point. Black cats were considered devilish creatures during the Middle Age, so they were almost extinct as a species. Although humanity has advanced since then, there are still people who believe these animals are bad luck.
Just in case, they have specific rituals for ‘neutralizing’ it. These acts sound and look ridiculous, but superstitious people are sure they work. Because of notion and mythological beliefs, black cats have been unjustly accused. Fortunately, there are fewer people because of whom these creatures have a negative reputation. Superstition is slowly but surely becoming a part of the past.
The truth is that these loving animals are friends of the house, favorite pets that live with humans for thousands of years. Contrary to popular belief, science has proven that cats are actually a true gift of nature. They can calm you, comfort you, and even help you solve certain health problems. Cat purring has healing properties. And as Bombays are known for loud ‘expressing’ joy and pleasure, hanging out with them is very enjoyable and makes you happy and relaxed.
2. Bombays are hostile
Many people who have no experience owning or caring for cats have been led to believe that black breeds like Sphynx and Bombay are vicious, hostile animals. They may look like that since the black color of the fur gives them a somewhat dangerous look and a dose of mystery. But these kittens, and especially the Bombays, are far from scary.
They are real mollies that will nestle in your lap and purr for hours. Another myth about Bombays is that they are aggressive toward people. That is untrue, although there are some situations when your pet will become hostile. That can happen when they feel threatened or in danger. But they are not evil or vicious. In general, these felines really enjoy human company.
They even get along with other animals, like dogs and parrots. As you can teach your Bombay to walk on a leash, you can freely take them around the neighborhood or in the park. These cats won’t pull the leash or hide from strangers. They may be a little reserved at first but will generally be very friendly to animal lovers.
3. All black cats are bombays
The black color of the fur is really unique, and it must be admitted that these cats look much more elegant and refined than the others. But there are different shades, and it is clear that not every black cat is a member of the same species. Namely, there are over 20 officially recognized races whose members can be black. Indeed, the Bombays are one of the most famous.
This breed is characterized by completely black hair, without any allowed marks or spots of another color. In fact, the fur of these cats is dark blue, but it seems to be black due to reflection. What especially distinguish Bombays are the black pads on the paws, as well as the eyes that are the color of gold or copper. Other colors indicate that the cat belongs to another race, such as Burmese or American Shorthair.
4. Bombays are hypoallergenic
It can’t be said that this is a myth, but a kind of assurance that Bombays are ideal pets for everyone. Sadly, this claim is not true for any cat species, including the Bombays. Despite their short, sleek hair, these felines are not suitable for people who suffer from allergies. Due to the density of the fur, various allergens can remain on it. And since it’s black, it’s hard to spot any dirt or dust.
During the Bombay cat lifespan, this breed keeps great hygiene habits. Still, harmful particles get into the air the same moment when they step into your house or when they lick themselves. If you’re a Bombay’s owner, regular vacuuming and dusting can keep your home clean and free from any allergens. There’s no need to bathe your pet every few days.
Do that only when they get muddy or when their hair is sticky or greasy. Despite these myths, there are actually many good aspects of owning Bombay cats. They are intelligent and easygoing animals that can provide an owner with years of companionship and enjoyment. These felines are fascinating creatures that add warmth and color to any home.