Cat Breeds

Bombay cat

The Bombay cat was intended to be a black version of the Burmese cat, reminiscent of an Indian black panther.


Although this breed was intended to look like a black panther in miniature, the similarity concerns only the appearance, not the temperament. The Bombay cat is not a wild cat, because it originated from two domesticated breeds: American Shorthair and Burmese. The former is intelligent and gentle. Burma is known for its attachment to the family. Bombay cats inherited from their ancestors their best qualities: intelligence, gentleness, emotionality. They are particularly reminiscent of Burmese cats, due to the higher blood share of this breed in the cross.

Certainly, Bombayans can not be called untouchables – they love cuddling and caressing. A daily “miziania” session is simply a must. They easily learn to walk on a leash. They also like to learn tricks and play hunting. They are happy to fetch. They don’t need expensive toys to be happy – they’ll enjoy playing with anything, just an interesting interaction. If you don’t have much time, it’s worth providing them with interactive toys and climbing towers. They are solidly built and agile cats that climb and jump well.

They are active and curious when they are young, they easily adapt to changes. In old age, their need for activity decreases, but they still like to observe the surrounding world, which is why their favorite place is the window sill. They are very tender and demand the guardian’s attention from time to time, e.g. jumping on their knees or grumbling on the newspaper he is reading.

Bombay cat

Due to their friendly nature, these cats are suitable for various families, including children. They adapt to different conditions, but it’s best if there is someone at home all the time. Otherwise, it is worth providing the Bombay cat with the company of another cat, preferably with a similar temperament. Left alone for long hours, this cat can become sad. On the other hand, he feels good in outgoing homes. He gets along well with dogs, of course, provided that the appropriate socialization of animals. He is a rather talkative cat, he likes to “talk” with his guardian.

Bombay cat. Advantages and disadvantages

Bombay cat – what is it like? Learn its pros and cons.


  • congenital malformations may occur
  • you should protect him against overweight and possible diabetes
  • males keep some distance
  • is the dominant cat
  • needs a second cat at home or frequent human presence
  • if you don’t plan to devote more time to your cat, you’d better choose a different breed


  • not requiring care
  • affectionate cat, loves hugging and human company
  • very intelligent, learns quickly
  • active, loves fun until old age
  • accepts dogs and other cats
Bombay cat

Bombay cat. Health

These cats tend to be obese, especially if they don’t get enough activity.

American-type Bombay cats, derived from a cross with American Burmese people (who have persians and exotics among their ancestors) have a clearly shorter nose and a more pronounced stop. They may also have flaws in these breeds, such as undershot, shortened tear ducts, cleft palate and more frequent fetal death.


The Bombay cat can be fed with both dry and wet food as well as food prepared at home. It is important that it is high-quality food, and that the food you prepare yourself is well-balanced.


The Bombay cat does not molt much and is not demanding in care. It’s enough to brush his short coat once a week with a rubber brush.

Bombay cat

Bombay cat. History

The history of the Bombay cat began in the 1950s in the USA. Kentucky breeder Nikki Horner decided to breed a black panther-like cat. To this end, she crossed the male of the American shorthair black coat with the sable (brown) champion of the Burmese breed. The Burmese was to bring a solid build to the crossword puzzle and the American Shorthair cat – a black coat and bright yellow or orange eyes. Years of selective breeding have led to success. The breed was recognized in the late 1970s. It received the name from Mumbai, because there are quite a few black panthers in India.

Currently, there is also a British variety of a Bombay cat, with a different origin than the American one. She was bred from the European Burmese cat and British Shorthair. The basic difference between the American and British Bombay is the eye color. In the British version, green eyes are allowed, while in the US this is a disqualification of a cat from shows. In addition, American cats have shorter mouths and a more pronounced stop. However, the characters of both varieties are very similar. British organizations treat the Bombay cat as a colorful Burmese variation and not a separate breed.

The breed was recognized by the CFA (The Cat Fanciers’ Association) and TICA (The International Cat Association).


Bombay cat – a race not recognized by FIFe

EMS code: BOM

  • Origin: United States / United Kingdom
  • Character: loyal, friendly, intelligent, outgoing
  • Size: medium size
  • Weight: 3.5-6.5 kg
  • General appearance: proportionate, muscular, stocky, well built
  • Head: wedge-shaped, but without sharp contours, slightly convex and broad forehead; wide jaw and strong chin
  • Ears: Medium size, slightly rounded at the ends
  • Eyes: Wide apart, rounded, golden yellow to copper (copper-colored eyes are most desirable)
  • Nose: At the base a clear depression (stop), but otherwise it is straight
  • Torso: strong, muscular, medium length, strong chest, straight back, without rising of the back, elegant limbs with oval paws
  • Tail: medium length, cannot be too thick at the root and should be rounded
  • Limbs: proportional to the torso and tail
  • Coat: short, delicate and close-fitting to the skin, almost without undercoat; has a delicate shine, which is also a testimony to the health
  • Color: black
  • Activity: moderately active, likes fun
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: rather resistant
  • Lifespan: 14-18 years

Interesting facts

As kittens, Bombay cats have little shading on the black coat (sometimes a brindle pattern), while with age, as the black color becomes more intense, this pattern ceases to be visible. Interestingly, in this respect, they also resemble a black leopard, in which the “hidden” speckle pattern in black hair becomes visible, e.g. in the infrared (this is because the speckles are actually blacker than the background surrounding them, but in normal lighting, the human eye does not distinguish it).

There are still crossbreeds with starting breeds, most often with burma, because the Burmese cat’s coat structure and shape are more desirable than those of American and British Shorthair cats. In addition, in litters of Bombay cats, sometimes cats with a coat typical of Burmese cats are stillborn.

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