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Bombay Cat

Like a panther in miniature, the Bombay is an elegant yet strong cat that’s curious, active, and highly affectionate. They love spending time with their owners and can be very social with other people too. As extroverted as dogs, the Bombay cat breed is perfect for even first-time owners!  

12 - 20 years
3.6 - 6.8kg
Jet-black coat that has the gloss and shine of patent leather
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Calm cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

Bombay cats can suffer from:
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem. 
- Burmese head defect which is a condition where the face and skull do not form correctly.
Testing available:
- DNA testing for polycystic kidney disease and Burmese head defect which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by these conditions

Bombay Cat Appearance 

A muscular cat of medium build, the Bombay Cat characteristics include a jet-black coat that has the gloss and shine of patent leather and a rounded head with rounded ears and a broad muzzle. Perhaps their most striking feature is their glorious copper/gold eyes, which are round, full, and expressive.

Bombay Cat Personality 

Like a monkey, cat, and dog all rolled into one, the Bombay is a very personable, if mischievous breed, inclined to invent new ways to entertain themselves if given the opportunity. They are outgoing, intelligent, and friendly, and will get along well with family, other pets, and friends.  

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History and Origins

Outdoors or Indoors

Enrichment and Specific Needs

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Bombay Cats

Suitability for Family Life

Bombay Cat Fun Facts 

  • It’s possible for a Bombay kitten to be born pure white but the colour is not something lasting. Their coats will surely darken withing the first few months and will get to be fully black by the time they’re adults. 
  • Their name ‘Bombay’ was chosen by the breeder since they very much resemble the black leopards from Bombay/Mumbai, India. 
  • Although American and British Bombay kittens are very similar, they do have one distinctive difference. American Bombays can have copper eyes while British Bombays usually have green eyes.  


Is a Bombay cat a rare cat? 

Yes, Bombay cats are known to be difficult to find and could likely only be acquired from a certified Bombay cat breeder. 

Are Bombay cats friendly? 

The Bombay cat personality is outgoing, and they can be friendly towards anyone. However, they also tend to be dominant so they might be very protective of their spaces, items, and even people. 

Are all black cats Bombay cats? 

While all Bombay cats are black, not all black cats are Bombay and there are many cat breeds that can have black coats. 

Can a Bombay cat have a white patch? 

Although Bombay kittens can sport white patches, as they grow up and become adults, their coats should darken to become fully black.