Bombay Breed Information and Photos

Breed Description: The Bombay is a jet-black cat with a shiny, glassy coat, and eyes that range from gold to copper. They carry Burmese blood and are similar in confirmation, although their head tends to have a slightly more rounded shape. The Bombay is less popular in Europe than in the United States and not as widely bred as some of the other breeds.

History & Origin: This breed started when American Burmese cat breeder, Niki Horner, set out to create a mini black panther. In 1953, she bred a black American Shorthair to a sable colored Burmese. Years of careful breeding produced the Bombay we see today.

Character & Temperament: Because of their Burmese heritage, Bombays exhibit a similar temperament. They are quiet by nature, but are happiest when in the company of their family and do not like to separated from them for long periods of time. They generally get along well with other cats and dogs and are patient with children. Playful and affectionate, this breed has a quiet, pleasant voice, although they are seldom very vocal.

Color: Bombays are jet-black to the roots. A kitten's coat may be initially lighter, but should darker with age.

Coat Type: Shorthair; Bombay's coats have a satin-like texture and a high, glossy sheen.

Grooming: They are easy to care for and require very little grooming. Stroking the cat regularly will keep its jet-black coat shiny and glossy. Claws should be trimmed and ears cleaned only when necessary.

Health Considerations: This is basically a healthy breed, but can carry some genetic defects similar to those found in their Burmese heritage. Some lines can be susceptible to heart, skull and spinal defects. Bombays can also be prone to tearing of the eyes.

Trivia: Because of its glossy coat and coppery eyes, Bombays have been referred to as 'the patent-leather kid with the new penny eyes. Bombays are bred with one another and also with Burmese.

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Amos was a 14 year old Bombay. Amos was a rescue, he wandered into my store one chilly day, scared and very hungry. I soon found out he was a beloved pet of an older lady who passed on and her family threw him out in the cold.

Bombay Amos in Planter Box

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Amanda is a 2 year old Black Bombay shorthair female cat. I adopted her from the Humane Society in April, 2010.

Amanda (Bombay)

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Luna is a 10 month old Bombay kitten. I adopted her in October of 2010. She loves to play with silver tinsel balls and will retrieve the balls when they are thrown.

Luna (Bombay Kitten)

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Tabitha is a 2 year old Bombay, I believe. My cousin found her while on vacation, she was just a kitten and skinny as a rail. They fed her and brought her with them when they came back home. I got her after her father wouldn't let her keep another cat in the house.

Tabitha (Bombay)

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I foster kittens (and moms) from the Wisconsin Humane Society. She and her siblings were feral, but I guess, she made the decision to want to be domesticated, plus she is growing out of her "kittenhood".

A black Bombay housecat named Brie

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