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About Our Pets: Mischief & Magic

 

Meet Mischief & Magic

Meet Sasha (Mischief aka Bebe) & Wolfie (Magic aka Bobo), our girl and boy Bombay cats. The Bombay breed is comprised of the Burmese and black American Shorthair cats and are known as “parlor panthers”. Love it. Bombays possess a distinctive purr that makes your heart melt.

Sasha as a kitten in her favorite cubby, the bookcase, nestled between my cookbooks.

Sasha was nicknamed “Mischief” because she is always being mischievous trying to get into shopping bags, boxes, packing materials, etc. Although both cats are naturally curious, she is bent on finding out what is what and also just what is going on in her house. This girl lives to play!

Bebe getting into mischief. Er, I mean…Bebe “helping” in the kitchen with organizing receipts in the desk drawer.

We also call Sasha “Bebe” because, well, she will always be our little baby. Since Sasha was a kitten, between the hours of Noon and 2 p.m., every single day after her morning nap, she will seek me out for love and attention. No matter what I am doing, I must stop and provide her the attention she needs. She requires at least 20 to 30 minutes of time devoted just to her and her alone. Seriously. She wants to be held, pet and told how much she is loved…just like most girls. LOL.

Sasha as a kitten looking up at the cat toy I was playing with. The Big Lug snapped this shot.

Wolfie was nicknamed “Magic” because whenever I am thinking of him, he magically appears. Also, he always knows when it is time to eat—usually more than an hour beforehand. He cries incessantly before each meal and begs for food often. (Wanting to overeat is an inherent trait of the breed and we simply must keep him on a firm feeding schedule for steady blood sugars to prevent diabetes.) This boy lives to eat!

Wolfie. Er, I mean…Baron Von Wolfhausen. Wait. No. His Majesty, King Moonracer. Looking so very regal, so very majestic. A “Kodak Moment” in the sun.

Wolfie also adores The Big Lug. Wolfie requires special time once The Big Lug arrives home from work. Wolfie immediately plops down on The Big Lug’s lap. He is also our kneader. Wolfie loves to knead his favorite humans. (This stems from kittenhood when kittens are young and nurse their mother’s milk.) We always tell him, “Thank you, Bobo. It feels good to be kneaded.” LOL.

Little baby Wolfie the day after we brought him home. Look at that little mush! Presh.

Our two kitties, Sasha & Wolfie, keep us in stitches. We’ve never witnessed any two animals that love and adore each other so deeply. They constantly chase each other around the house, bathe each other and snuggle in closely to keep warm and cozy. When one cannot find the other, oh boy! They get worried little looks on their faces and cry while frantically searching for their mate.

Wolfie…still looking magnificent. Hey, he knows he’s a cool cat!

Each has such a tender little heart, too. If one feels left out, they will retreat to a lonely place and sulk. Thank goodness it doesn’t last long. One of us will go and seek out the lost one and then provide immediate love and attention. Then, the clouds part and suddenly all is well in the world.

Pretty Bebe posing for a picture. The serious expression on her face here cracks me up! Note the “foot stooling” little feet!

Also, we will catch our little furbabies with the sweetest expressions on their faces when gazing and pawing gently at one another. They’re such little flirts! The Big Lug and I both readily agree that we must have the best cats in the world. LOL.

Something caught his eye. Probably a bird flying by the window. He’s fascinated by them.

The Bombay breed is known for being very smart. In fact, ours come when we call them by name. And, when we shout out the word “treat”, they come running for their favorite food on Earth, freeze-dried chicken strips broken into little bites. No kidding. They are that smart. They also enjoy riding up high on The Big Lug’s shoulders. The Big Lug is 6’5″ tall and he often feels like a walking cat tree. And, speaking of their cat tree (the real one decked out with special leopard carpet), they love to race up onto it and play “Kitty of the Mountain”. They climb it often like little monkeys!

Bebe, The Mighty Huntress, outside in the grass in early spring.

Our little furbabies are incredibly gorgeous and have the softest, silkiest coats imaginable. We can’t stop petting them and they truly love all of the attention. Often when our little girl sleeps, she looks like a little baby reindeer because she sleeps on her back and her bent legs and paws hang in the air. The Big Lug will see her and say, “Look, we’re ‘reindeering’ again.” LOL.

Something else caught Wolfie’s eyes. Must be a bug or a mouse!

Sasha is our little heat seeker since she is more Burmese-like. She’s a little peanut and only weighs 7 pounds. Wolfie has a bit more American Shorthair in him, so his coat is thicker. He clocks in around 9.5 pounds.

Pretty Bebe posing for a picture on the red wing chair in the living room.

Sasha loves to cuddle up with us to keep her petite paw-paws and little ears warm. In the summertime, she enjoys hanging out in the garage. Her favorite place is a big box of peanuts which insulate her and keep her warm. It’s so funny to open the box lid and see her little black head and ears peeking out from all those light-colored packing peanuts!

Pretty Bebe at her first and only cat show. She was Best in Breed as a kitten.

To show her appreciation for petting her and keeping her warm, Sasha gives these sweet little ‘sandpaper kisses’ as we call them. Because she’s such a little heat seeker, she sleeps with us on especially cold nights. She goes under the covers and Wolfie curls up against us on top of the covers. The Bombay breed is known for burrowing and snuggling. We love it!

Another pretty pose by Bebe at her first and only cat show as a kitten.

After having them in our family for 7 years, we are still in amazement that these very special kitties are ours. We feel so blessed to have these two little “angels with furry faces” as The Big Lug calls them. They are little “attention bugs” and will dog you for it, too.

Our little boy, Bobo, having fun frolicking in the snow in the front yard.

Our sweet Bombays are showered with lots of love and attention and enjoy being bounced and rocked like a baby. I guess I do consider myself their “Momma”. The Big Lug? He keeps asking me, when Wolfie plops down on his chest, “What am I?  What do I look like?” I reply, “You are his favorite human.”☺

Another snapshot of Bobo in the snow.

These two little Bombay cats rock our world and provide such love and enjoyment—more than we could have ever imagined!

Close-up of pretty Bebe posing on the red chair in the living room. Appropriate as it was Christmastime.

Sasha & Wolfie send their licks and scratches to you. And, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

More About the Bombay Cat Breed

The term Bombay cat is used to refer to two different cat breeds, known as the British Bombay and the American Bombay.

General Information

Body: Medium sized, Muscular

Build: Heavy

Weight: 6-13 lbs (2.7-5.6 kg) Males tend to be heavier than females.

Average Lifespan: Approx. 15-17 Years

Known for: Wanting to keep eating. This can lead to diabetes.

British Bombay

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 green or 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.

American Bombay

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 colored or have a few spots of white on chest, ears, or, tail, because of its relation to the Burmese.

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.

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 to be around people generally, Bombay Cats also tend to have a certain person whom they pay special 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.

Reference: Wikipedia.org

 

Bombay Link for More Information

The Cat Fancier’s Association, Inc. – Bombay Breed Profile