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An active, curious cat, the Bombay loves watching the world around him and can be so affectionate that he demands time with his guardian.

     Bombay At a glance

Weight range:

Male: large: >12 lbs.
Female: medium: 8-12 lbs.

Eye color:

Copper, Gold

Expectations:

Longevity Range: 9-13 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Tendency to Shed: Low

Coat:

Length: Short
Characteristics: Smooth
Colors: Black
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:
CFA, ACFA , TICA
Prevalence: Rare


The Bombay Cat Breed

The Bombay’s characteristic walk has the appearance of a sway, resembling the Indian black leopard.

The Bombay is a medium-sized cat. When you pick him up, he feels considerably heavier than he appears.

This cat is stocky and somewhat compact, but is very muscular with heavy boning. The Bombay is round all over. The head is round, the tips of the ears are round, the eyes, chin and even the feet are round.

The coat of the Bombay is short and glossy. When the coat is in proper condition, its deep black luster looks like patent leather.

The Bombay has a characteristic walk. His body appears almost to sway when he walks. Again, this walk is reminiscent of the Indian black leopard.

Personality:

Younger Bombays are active, curious cats and adapt very easily to change. At any age, they love to look at the world around them and their favorite place may often turn out to be a window where they can observe the world outside. These cats are very affectionate and will, at times, demand time with their guardians.

The Bombay is well known for jumping on a person's lap and spreading his beautiful body across the newspaper the person is reading. However, as they get older, some Bombays can tend to become a bit too placid, preferring to watch rather than get involved in activities.

Living With:

The Bombay is a very solid cat both in looks and in feel, and has great strength. He is a good climber and jumper and should have cat trees and perches. The Bombay is a sturdy, stocky cat and you might have to watch his nutrition carefully to prevent obesity, particularly if he does not get enough exercise.

While adult Bombays are placid, they also tend to be very kittenish and love their daily play time. They love being adored by their guardian and having their stomach rubbed and being petted. A daily petting session is a must for any Bombay.

History:

In the late 1950s, American breeders desired a cat that had the structure and appearance of the Burmese but wanted the cat to be a deep, glossy, patent leather black. Hopefully, this cat would remind one of the Indian Black Leopard. To this end, a breeding program began using the Burmese and a black American Shorthair with bright, copper eyes. The resulting cat was named the Bombay to remind people of the Black Leopard, which it actually does resemble.

The Bombay was recognized for the show bench in the late 1970s. While still not common, Bombays are crowd pleasers at every show where they are exhibited.