The Bombay cat not only looks gorgeous. She is intelligent, affectionate and loyal, and can become a wonderful companion and valued member of any family.
There are actually two types of cats named Bombay. One is the Self Black version of the Asian group of cats, and the second (which we’re talking about here) was first bred in America in the 1950s. The breeder crossed a Sable Burmese with a Black American Shorthair in an effort to create an exotic, panther-type cat. The cat is named after the Indian city of the same name (today known as Mumbai).
This Bombay cat is a muscular yet agile creature that is known for its glossy and satin-like black coat. The Bombay cat has a rounded and wide head and a wide jaw which tapers to a short muzzle and nose. Their chin is firm, even determined, and it has beautiful, large wide-set eyes which are generally copper or golden in colour. The Bombay’s ears are medium-sized and have a rounded tip. It has medium length legs, with the front legs being slightly shorter than the back. Its paws are oval-shaped. The tail tapers to a rounded tip and is medium to long in length.
With its short, tight coat, the Bombay can go without regular grooming. Simply patting and stroking your cat will help to keep the coat glossy and get rid of any dead hair. It is only on very rare occasions that they shed a lot of hair. A healthy diet will also help to keep the coat shining.
Size and Health
Bombays usually weigh between 4 and 7kgs and they generally live well into their later teens. There are no ailments particular to their breed, but as with most pets, regular check-ups are always a good idea, especially as they age.
The Bombay loves being indoors but is also a high energy cat. They like to keep active so scratching posts and a variety of activities are a good idea. They generally eat only what they need and are not likely to suffer from obesity.
Bombay cats tend to be curious and they’re smart. They’ll poke their noses about to explore what’s going on. Some have been known to chew through bags to get to the tasty grocery shopping. Always be careful in securing your garbage as they are quite likely to devour something that is bad for them, like chicken bones.
Above all Bombays love and crave affection. They love nothing better than napping on a lap or curled up next to you. Some have even been known to leap on their owners back or curl around their neck in their desire for warmth and attention. They often bump heads and rub noses and when they are happy you’ll know it as they tend to get very, very loud. Their purring can sometimes even be heard in the next room, and they may be talkative.
However, while they like to make noise, they don’t always like to be surrounded by it and can become uneasy and tense where the environment is noisy. It is therefore important to keep your Bombay secure and away from loud noise.
Bombay cats will live with other cats if needed – as long as everyone is clear that they are in charge. Surprisingly, they also can get on with dogs. Again, as long as the dog knows its place!
Bombay cats are suitable for families. They love the affection that family members bestow and most are generally happy to play with children before having a nap on someone’s lap. A quiet, loving household makes the ideal home for a Bombay Cat.