Bombay Cat Breed

The Bombay is a kind but active cat. She thrives in active homes with kids and other pets as well as in contemplative flats where she is the centre of attention. She will speak to you in a particular voice, and you will probably find her in the warmest area of your house, whether that be cuddled up next to you in bed or in the sunlight from a window.


Keep Bombays occupied by teaching them new tricks and giving them interactive toys to play with. Bombays are intelligent and quick learners.

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The Bombay is similar to the Burmese but for her black coat. She does, however, have longer legs and a broader physique. She has a medium-length tail and a rounded head with straight, wide-set, medium-sized ears on top.


12 to 16 years

Colour Collection

Bombays have striking, inky black coats. Although the black coat predominates, sable-colored kittens occasionally appear in litters, and some associations allow these kittens to be registered as Burmese. Bombay eyes might be copper or gold in colour.

Hair fall

Bombay cats have a relatively low shedding rate thanks to their close-knit coat. Regular petting and biweekly brushing keep the coat shiny by removing stray hair.


One genetic disorder that Bombay cats are susceptible to is a craniofacial abnormality that can occasionally be noticed in young kittens. However, ethical breeders make every effort to avoid breeding cats who have the gene for this lethal disease. Due to their flat facial form, Bombays may also be more susceptible to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, severe eye tearing, and respiratory problems.

Breed History

In the 1950s, Nikki Horner, a breeder from Louisville, Kentucky, started creating the breed by mating a black American Shorthair with a sable Burmese. All cat organisations presently accept the Bombay, which was approved by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 1978. Outcrossing to black American Shorthairs and sable Burmese is still legal, although it’s not done very often because of the body types of the different breeds.


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