Bombay Cat

Bombay cat
Bombay cat
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Temperament          Playful, easygoing, intelligent, sociable
Origin                       United States
Other Names           Black Mamba, Mini Panther
Group                       Medium-sized short-haired
Height                      8″-10″
Body Length            12″-16″
Weight                     6-11 pounds
Life Expectancy       12-16 years
Price                        $400-$2,000

About the Bombay Cat

Stunning looks and an intriguing personality make the Bombay cat a charming addition to any household. These medium-sized shorthair cats are absolutely gorgeous thanks to their pure black coats and their brilliant copper-colored eyes.

Similar to the Burmese cats that make up the breed’s foundation, Bombays tend to be chatty. At the same time though, they are less vocal and far less demanding than their Burmese cousins – probably due to the calming influence of the American and British shorthair cats that make up the other half of the Bombay hybrid.

As family pets go, Bombay cats are outstanding. Rather than bonding with a single individual, they are affectionate toward everyone they know – and they have a tendency to get along well with other pets.

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The Bombay cat does not have any special nutritional requirements. At the same time, it’s important to offer a high-quality diet to ensure that your pet stays healthy for years to come.
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Bombay cats are low maintenance thanks to their shorthair coats. Still, you may want to give your cat a quick brush once a week or so, simply to remove loose hair and reduce the potential for the excessive shedding and hairballs that come with it.
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The Bombay cat is frisky, with a strong play drive. These cats enjoy games of all kinds and they love to climb. A well-stocked basket of toys, multiple scratching posts, and a stout cat tree are essential for keeping this lively feline entertained.
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These cats typically enjoy good health and has a fairly long lifespan that averages about 15 years. Even so, Bombays can occasionally have health concerns including breathing problems caused by their short nose, excessive tearing in the eyes, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


If the Bombay cat reminds you of a miniature black panther, you’re not mistaken! Nikki Horner, founder of the Bombay cat breed, started out with the intention of developing a cat that looked like a small panther. She crossed a black American shorthair male with a female Burmese and eventually the Bombay came into being.

The breed took more than a decade to develop, with American shorthairs and British shorthairs contributing to the cat’s medium size and robust nature. The first breeding took place in the 1950s and despite the cat’s stunning appearance and appealing personality, CFA did not grant official acceptance for registration until 1970.

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Did You Know?

There is a slight difference between American Bombay cats and British Bombay cats. American Bombay cats have golden colored eyes, while British Bombay cats have green eyes.

Bombay kittens display mild but visible tabby striping at birth. The striping disappears by the time the cat reaches adulthood.

Bombay cats can be very demanding. They require plenty of attention and can be friendly toward strangers. While some cats are fine with being left to their own devices overnight, Bombay cats can become anxious when left alone for long periods of time. If you have a Bombay cat, you’ll want to have them boarded or get help from a pet sitter even for short, overnight trips.

The Breed Standard

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Bombay cats have rounded eyes that are set far apart. The color is always gold or copper in American cats and green in British cats, with deeper colors being preferable.


The legs should be well formed and proportionate to the body and tail. The paws should have a rounded profile.


The Bombay cat’s tail should be of medium length, with a slight taper.


The Bombay cat is medium-sized, with a short coat. The body should be well proportioned and muscular.


The head should be round, without any sharp angles. The muzzle should be broad and well-developed, maintaining the head’s rounded profile. There is a slight indentation at the bridge of the nose, leading to a rounded muzzle.


The ears are rounded and set well apart. They should be broad at the base with a slightly forward-facing tilt.


The coat should be short with a fine, satiny texture. Hair should be very shiny throughout.


Bombay kittens often display deep chocolate coloring that darkens with age. Adult Bombay cats should have black hair from tip to root. Nose leather and paw pads should be black.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Bombay cat cost?

Bombay cats cost between $400-$2,000.

How big do Bombay cats get?

Bombay cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Bombay cat might weigh between 6-11 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8″-10″ inches tall.

How long do Bombay cats live?

The Average lifespan for Bombay is 12-16 years.

Do Bombay cats shed?

Bombay are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.