Bombay cat

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Close-up of a Bombay cat, with distinctive black whiskers, lips, and nose.
OriginUnited States
Breed standards
Domestic cat (Felis catus)

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. Bombay is the name given to black cats of the Asian group.[1]


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.[2] 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.[2]


The Bombay is a short-haired breed of domestic cat, closely related to the Burmese. Bombay cats are typically characterized as having an all-black coat, black soles, black nose and mouth, with copper or green eyes. The close-lying, sleek and glossy black coat is generally colored to the roots, with little or no paling.

The Bombay has a medium body build that is muscular.[3] Their weight is usually 8 to 15 pounds (3.6 to 6.8 kg) with males typically being heavier than females.[4]


A healthy Bombay can live around 15 to 20 years.[4] They can have some sinus problems, snuffly noses, and gingivitis.[5] Their food intake should be controlled to avoid overfeeding.[5]


A 10-year-old Bombay cat

Bombay cats are highly social and brave; they tend to be attached to their families and crave attention, so cats of this breed are highly suitable for children.[6] Most Bombay cats are not independent, but tend to become more independent with age. 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 to whom they pay special attention 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 it often weighs slightly more than it might appear to. It does not shed as much as other breeds, and requires very little grooming. It tends to get along well with other cats, but an established pecking order occurs in the household. It has a loud, distinctive purr.[7] and is known to be vocal and cry and meow more than other cats.


  1. ^ Fogle, B.: The Encyclopedia of the Cat. Dorling Kindersley Limited: 2008
  2. ^ a b "History". Rokstarr Bombay. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Bombay". The International Cat Association (TICA). Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. 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 4 January 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Bombay Cat". Petfinder. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d "Bombay Cat Characteristics and Personality". Retrieved 12 January 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bombay cats at Wikimedia Commons