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Parlor Panther

Black cats have their own magic, but sometimes have a harder time getting adopted than white cats, or buff cats or stripey tigers.

The Venice Cat Coalition rescues many black and B&W cats and kittens each year, and we are especially fond of them because of their gentle nature and easy-going personalities. We find that our foster homes become more attached to the black beauties and tuxedos than many other cat colors, probably because of the loving personality of the majority of the black cats.

If you have ruled out adopting a black or B&W cat because you want a red one, or a white one, please rethink your priorities. We often find potential adopters who would like a lapcat that is very affectionate, and yet they also want a light colored cat even if its own special beauty means the cat likely will be more independent, or even persnickety or bossy.  If you want a best friend personality in a cat, try one of our Parlour Panther mixes. We promise you will be pleased.

Here is some more information on the history of these cats, taken from the Internet.  

The American breed called 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 colored, because of its relation to the Burmese.


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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.

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