Bombay Cat

Read our comprehensive guide to the Bombay Cat breed, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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History of Bombay Cats 

 

Bombay cats were the brainchild of an American breeder named Nikki Horner, who wanted a cat that had the same build and appearance of a Burmese cat but with a deep, glossy black coat. To achieve this, she crossed a Burmese cat with a black American Shorthair and began successfully developing the Bombay Cat breed in the 1950s.

The Bombay cat was designed to emulate the Indian Black Leopard – which is where they got the name Bombay cat from. The breed is quite a genetically distinct one and was given official recognition by the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) in 1970 and the TICA (The International Cat Association) in 1979.

What to expect when caring for your Bombay Cat

Common Bombay Cat Health Issues

Bombay cats are a relatively healthy breed – their Burmese genetics help in this particular area. Owners should still keep an eye on them as they are still prone to a few health issues.

Sinus issues can be a problem for many Bombay cats, and they may be prone to excessive tearing of the eyes too. Bombays are also more prone to respiratory issues which occur due to their flat facial structure.

Conditions like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickening of the heart muscle), asthma, gingivitis, and dental disease are also common concerns for Bombay cats.

How Much Grooming do Bombay Cats Need?

Bombay cats short, sleek and glossy coat tends to take care of itself, and they only shed a little – though it can increase a little during traditional shedding seasons. However weekly brushing should be enough to keep on top of this.

Bombays can be prone to gingivitis so take extra care with their dental hygiene and be sure to brush their teeth a few times a week at least and maybe look into some regular tartar-fighting treats for them too.

Bombay cats will also need their nails trimmed every few weeks.

How Much Exercise do Bombay Cats Need?

Bombay cats require daily exercise – the breed can get a little chunky as they get older, especially if their food intake isn’t properly monitored. To avoid this, measure their meals carefully according to their size and age so you know they’re getting the proper level of nutrition.

Couple this with a regular exercise schedule with plenty of playtime to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Even as young kittens, Bombays love to play fetch and stay active, and due to their sturdy and stocky build they will need to stay active to maintain a healthy body type.

  1. Bombay Cat Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Bombay Cat

    Bombay cats’ personalities are inherited from their Burmese roots. They’re very social, intelligent and active cats, and they love to explore the world around them. You can often find them perched by a window observing the world outside and watching others play outdoors. Bombays are very affectionate cats and are known for jumping onto a person’s lap and stretching themselves out regardless of what the person is doing. They tend to form very strong bonds with their family units and thrive when in the company of humans. No two Bombay cats are the same however – as they were bred from Burmese and a domestic black American shorthair, their individual personalities can vary a lot.

  2. Are Bombay Cats Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family

    Bombay cats are incredibly friendly and loyal cats that tend to get very attached to their owner and other family members. They are the perfect addition to any big and outgoing family, particularly one with other pets. Bombay cats can be a bit shy initially, but once they warm up to you, they will love you. And once you become friends with a Bombay cat, be prepared to give up your time as they’ll demand a lot of attention.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
9-13 inches
Weight:
8-15 pounds
Temperament:
Sociable, affectionate and playful
Lifespan
9-15 Years
Average Cost:
£50

Bombay Cat FAQs:

Do Bombay cats require a lot of grooming?

Bombay cats’ distinctive coats are short and glossy, and so do not require a significant amount of brushing or grooming as their fur is short and glossy.  

Do Bombay cats get on well with other animals?

Bombay cats have a social and outgoing personality and so they tend to get along well other pets once they are properly introduced and socialised.

There are a number of common health issues that Bombay Cats are prone to, and as a pet owner it’s worth considering insurance to help protect against unexpected vet bills. Take a look at Asda Money Pet Insurance to see the kind of cover you could get for your cat.

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