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Bombay Cat Breed Information


Bombay cats were first bred by Nikki Horner in the United States in the 1950s. She wanted a “miniature black panther” and set about doing so by crossbreeding a black American Shorthair with a sable Burmese. After several years, she finally got the results she was looking for: one of the sleekest kitty breeds today. At around the same time, breeders in Britain crossed slightly different cat breeds to get the same result: black domestic cats and Burmese.

Bombay kittens are generally medium to large and muscular with a heavy build and a short muzzle. This is one of the many cat breeds with round, large eyes and the eyes of Bombay cats range from copper to gold. As mentioned earlier, they are one of the sleekest kitty breeds and to complement this, their fur has a satin-like texture and a nice sheen. Their black coat is short but the color may not be fully developed until they reach two years old. Because of their short coat, Bombays requires almost no maintenance although they enjoy brushing of their fur.

This is one of the late maturing kitty breeds in terms of growth as they may not be full grown with their complete muscle development until they reach two years of age (although Bombay kittens reach their sexual development slightly earlier than other cat breeds). Full grown Bombay cats are generally between 6 and 11 pounds with males weighing more than females. They are generally healthy and have an average lifespan of between 15 and 22 years. Their only health problem is their desire to eat a lot which can lead to the development of diabetes.

In terms of personality, Bombay kittens are a great choice for any type of family due to their easygoing nature. They do, however, love attention so if you are thinking of adopting a Bombay cat, make sure you have time to play with him. Bombay cats not only love attention from their humans, but they are also one of the kitty breeds that gets along great with other pets as well as children (but be warned that your Bombay will want to be in charge of the other pets). Bombays can be very talkative, but don’t worry; they are not as talkative as some other cat breeds such as the Siamese. This breed is also very intelligent so you can even teach your Bombay cat tricks.

Bombay Temperament

The Bombay is:

  • Energetic.
  • Affectionate.
  • Intelligent.
  • Like to interact with people.
  • Enjoy playing games.
  • They often seek heat and make their way into bed covers.
  • They have a soft voice and can be rather vocal.

Where does the Bombay come from?

The Bombay comes from breeding a Burmese with either a Black British cat or an American Short Hair cat.


What type of Body does the Bombay have i.e. coat, patterns etc?

The Bombay cat is:

  • Medium size.
  • Very good bone structure.
  • Strong muscle development.
  • A heavy cat for its size.
  • Rounded head with sharp angles.
  • Larger than normal space between the eyes.
  • Muzzle is broad and quite rounded.
  • Rounded eyes.
  • Eyes are coloured gold or copper.
  • Medium sized ears.
  • Ears are pointed forward slightly.
  • Ears are set well apart.
  • The tail is of a medium length and straight.

Their coat should be close lying to their body with a satin feel to it with a patent leather look. The coat should also be black rite down to the roots.


What type of coat does a Bombay have?

The Bombay has a very attractive sleek black coat.


Food the Bombay eats

The Bombay will eat any food you provide him or her with though you may find them watching you eat. They tend to keep a balanced weight no mater what they eat though a healthy diet is recommended.

Is the Bombay an indoor or outdoor cat?

The Bombay is best kept inside and makes a very good cat for a flat owner. They also get on well with other pets.


Does the Bombay have health problem?

The Bombay has no breed health problems though a healthy diet is recommended along with vet cheek ups. For more Information about bombay cat breed information, click here.

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