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Bombay

Bombay

Affectionate and Friendly

Dependent, Eager to please, Sociable

Bombays are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Bombays, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Bombay and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-size, muscular Coat:Fine, short, satin-like texture

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Bombays need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Bombays have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Bombays are an inquisitive and lap-loving companion that can be demanding of attention but is well suited to active homes with multiple pets.

Positive Traits:

Has a quiet or soft voice

Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

Affectionate; forms strong bonds with family

Loves jumping and being in high places

Loves to play games

Friendly, extroverted personality

Negative Traits:

May want to constantly be involved in your activities

Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

May meow constantly to get your attention

Tends to be the alpha cat in multi-cat households

Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly


Whether you are considering adding a new Bombay to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bombay will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bombay you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Bombay could encounter:

General Disease Risks

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

The Bombay is a hybrid breed that was developed in Kentucky from crossings between Sable Burmese and Black American Shorthairs. This sleek all black feline resembles a miniature black panther with golden or copper eyes and has earned the nickname “parlor panther.” Bombays are intelligent and playful companions and can be easily taught to walk on a leash and enjoy a good game of fetch. They are highly affectionate Velcro cats that love to snuggle and are content to lie on your lap and purr for hours. Mature Bombays are noted to be calm and frequently found lounging in the warmest spots of the house. The Bombay is outgoing and expressive; they will often be the first to welcome and entertain guests.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Bombay shows signs of the following:

Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: Bombays need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Bombays have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Bombays are an inquisitive and lap-loving companion that can be demanding of attention but is well suited to active homes with multiple pets.

    Positive Traits:

    Has a quiet or soft voice

    Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

    Affectionate; forms strong bonds with family

    Loves jumping and being in high places

    Loves to play games

    Friendly, extroverted personality

    Negative Traits:

    May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    May meow constantly to get your attention

    Tends to be the alpha cat in multi-cat households

    Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Bombay to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bombay will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bombay you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Bombay could encounter:

    General Disease Risks

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

  • History

    The Bombay is a hybrid breed that was developed in Kentucky from crossings between Sable Burmese and Black American Shorthairs. This sleek all black feline resembles a miniature black panther with golden or copper eyes and has earned the nickname “parlor panther.” Bombays are intelligent and playful companions and can be easily taught to walk on a leash and enjoy a good game of fetch. They are highly affectionate Velcro cats that love to snuggle and are content to lie on your lap and purr for hours. Mature Bombays are noted to be calm and frequently found lounging in the warmest spots of the house. The Bombay is outgoing and expressive; they will often be the first to welcome and entertain guests.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Bombay shows signs of the following:

    Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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