In this guide
- Bombay Quick Guide
- Bombay Video
- About the Breed
- Breed Size & Personality
- Breed Health & Care
- Common Bombay Questions
About The Bombay Breed
The Bombay, even though the name would suggest, has nothing to do with the famous Indian city of Bombay. The Bombay is actually the product of a very keen cat breeder called Nikki Horner. The US breeder wanted a cat that had the muscularity and sleekness of the Panther with a friendly, affectionate temperament and the Bombay is the result of that journey. A cross between a sable Burmese and black American Shorthairs were used to breed the Bombay. First bred in the 1950s they were officially recognised in 1978 by the Cat Fanciers Association.
Bombays usually weigh-in at between 3 and 7kg.
An energetic and friendly cat the Bombay is highly adaptable and can mingle with other pets quite comfortably. The Bombay is known to want to be the top cat in the family. The Bombay is a smart animal and can learn tricks and has even been known to be comfortable on a leash. If you have the time to bond and play with your cat then a Bombay is a great choice.
Bombay cats are generally heathy however as with all pure breeds there are some conditions to be aware of, one which they share with Burmese, craniofacial defect. This genetic condition causes kittens to be born with severe head defects.
Caring for a Bombay
A very limited caring regime is required. Sometimes all that is required is a good stroke and maybe a brush once a week to ensure the coat is shiny. It is very rare that you will need to put your Bombay in the bath.
The usual health checks are also recommended such as checking ears, eyes and teeth. Keeping litter trays clean is also important as Bombays can be very particular. It is also recommended that Bombays are neutered between 6 and 9 months as they are sometimes known to mature as young as 5 months old.
With Kids & Animals
Bombays enjoy children and cat-friendly pets however as with many breeds this is only with pets and children that treat them with respect. Bombay cats are known to have a need to be the top cat in the house!
5 Common Bombay Questions
We’ve collated answers to some of the most common Bombay questions.
Where do Bombay cats from from?
Kentucky, USA – first bred in the 1950s between a black American Shorthair and a sable-Burmese.
What colour are Bombay cats?
The dominant gene creates a black Bombay however they have been known to appear in sable colour.
How long do they live for?
Expected life span is 20 years.
Are Bombay cats hypoallergenic?