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Bombay Cat

Like a panther in miniature, the Bombay is an elegant yet strong, muscular cat of medium build, with a jet-black coat that has the gloss and shine of patent leather. Their head is rounded, with rounded ears and a broad muzzle, and perhaps their most striking feature is their glorious copper/gold eyes, which are round, full and expressive.  

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

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 - 20 years
Weight:  3.6 - 6.8kg
Colours:  Jet-black coat that has the gloss and shine of patent leather


Family-friendly: 4/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  3/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 2/5
Bombay cat is lying on the flowers field


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. 

Bombay is standing on the balcony

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Kentucky, USA

The Bombay was created in Louisville Kentucky by a breeder who wanted to produce a ‘parlour panther’ - in other words a jet-black cat with stunning copper eyes and a lithe, muscular build. There is little doubt that the Bombay very much fits this brief! 

Ms Horner began her efforts in 1953 by breeding a black American Shorthair with a particularly strong eye colour, to a sable Burmese female. Through a long process of selective breeding, outcrossing and strict control over the line, she was able to consistently produce a striking black cat unlike any other. 

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