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.
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
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
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