Bombay cat

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The Bombay cat is a type of short-haired cat developed by breeding sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats, to produce a cat of mostly Burmese type, but with a sleek, panther-like black coat.


The breed was developed by Nikki Horner, a breeder from Louisville, Kentucky, who, starting in 1958, attempted to create a breed of cat that resembled a miniature black panther.[1] The first attempt was a failure, but the second in 1965, was successful. The breed was officially recognized and registered by the Cat Fanciers' Association in 1970 and The International Cat Association in 1979. Nikki Horner died in 1995.[1]


Bombay is the name given to black cats of the Asian group.[2] It is a cat of Burmese type with a black coat, toes, nose, and copper or green 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.

The Bombay cat has a medium body build that is muscular.[3] Their weight should be six to twelve pounds (~2.5–5.4 kg) with males typically being heavier than females.[4] If healthy, the Bombay can live approximately 15 to 20 years.[4]


Bombay cats can have some sinus problems, snuffly noses and gingivitis.[5] The amount of food should be controlled, so they do not become overfed.[5]


Bombay cats are highly social;[3] they tend to be attached to their families and crave attention, and for this reason, cats of this breed are highly suitable for children.[6] Most Bombay cats are not independent. Older Bombays are somewhat more independent than younger ones. They seek attention from their owners and people around them often and dislike being left alone for extended periods of time.[7] 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.[7] Overall, the Bombay breed is intelligent, playful, and attention-seeking.[7] The Bombay's muscular medium-sized body can be deceiving, as they often weigh slightly more than they might appear to. They don't shed as much as other breeds and require very little grooming. They tend to get along well with other cats, as they have an established pecking order in the household. They have a loud distinctive purr.[7] Bombay cats are known to be vocal and they cry and meow more than other cats.[8]


  1. ^ a b "History". Rokstarr Bombay. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Fogle, B.: The Encyclopedia of the Cat. Dorling Kindersley Limited: 2008
  3. ^ a b "Bombay". The International Cat Association (TICA). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Bombay Cat Breed Profile". Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Cat Breeds – The Bombay Cat – Cats, Chaos and Confusion". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Bombay Cat". Petfinder. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Bombay Cat Characteristics and Personality". Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bombay Cat Information". Retrieved 24 July 2015. 

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