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Breed Information: Bombay

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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April 4, 20061 found this helpful

Thanks for this information - now I know what I have! A jet black cat with beautiful golden eyes adopted me about two years ago and I've fallen madly in love with her - she's my bedfellow. Her former owner (whoever that was) had her neutered and her front paws declawed, but she has no trouble climbing trees in my yard. She's also a good mouser - I live in the country and have plenty of rats for her to catch. I never knew cats could be so loving until Miss Kitty decided to make me her new mistress.

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November 7, 20150 found this helpful

*Miss Kaley*(BOMBAY)
I laughed whole heartedly when I read about Luna,our cat, is jet black with golden eyes, When we took her to the vet. Dr. showed a pic of her and that is what she was a "Bombay",


My next door neighbor walks regularly, and one day my neighbor knocked on my door and said "this cat followed me home, constantly meowing, I thought you could find a good home for her I think she is very hungry", to say the least. when she came inside we fed her and she ate like a wolf, so We decided to keep her here till we could find her a good home. an aquatint was interested in her, and she mentioned that she had a large back yard that backed up to a busy street. @ that point my husband and I looked @ each other and told this lady that we would keep her. this Cat, has been an amazingly wonderful cat, loving, funny, and VERY-VERY verbal, we to think she also is calling me MOM, & Momma, sometimes my husband comes inside and asks who are you talking to, and of course I told him Kaley, he laughed and said I thought someone had come over to visit us.I told him that it was Kaley!

named after the Kaley on the Big Bang Theory., although my 18 year old cat won't get along with her. Kaley is now about 1 1/2 years old, and glad we kept her, she is so loving, we love her dearly,
she is the joy of our life, she has us laughing at her antics all day long.she now weighs 13 lbs., and sounds like a pony galloping, when she runs around the house, she is very spoiled. All animals should be spoiled, they bring so much fun to life.!
It saddens me when I think of all the lonely animals (CATS-DOGS)outside fending for themselves, cold, hungry, wanting to be loved.
she is now the love of our lives.She greets everyone who come over, and cuddles with them.
thank you Kaley for coming home to us (^..^)
AND as you can see in the second pic, she loves drinking water right from the faucet @ the bar sink!!! which we do not use. great 4 her! we did find a good home for her.

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