The Bombay cat is a short -haired cat that is a cross between a black American Shorthair cat and a dark brown Burmese cat. These two have been to produce cats that are mostly Burmese type, but with a thick black fur coat like a panther. Bombay is the name given to black cats in the Asian group.
This amazing breed of cat is the dream of a breeder and former cat show participant, Nikki Horner. Horner created a Bombay cat as a mini panther. This breed is named Bombay because of its slender body like an Indian black panther. Some owners state that these cats are also proficient with a variety of tricks that have been trained in a short time. Among the tricks he trained were like taking things or sitting down.
This cute breed was accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1976 and recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association in the same year.
As mentioned before, this pup looks just like a black panther but is small in size. The most interesting thing about this breed is its black fur coat. Short and dense, his coat was thick black and very shiny.
This little one has the same body shape as a Burmese cat. However, his body is slightly muscular than the Burmese and is also longer. A muscular body with a round head shape coupled with short ears, a round nose and medium -sized round eyes. The unique eyes are golden yellow or bright green. When the Bombay cat walks, it has a gait that resembles its big brother the black panther. Below is a summary of the appearance of this breed
- Weight: 3 – 5 kg
- Coat length: Short, shiny
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Black and golden yellow eyes
- Pattern: None
Other than that, this breed can be close friends with only one family member. You can see when it will follow you from room to room. If that’s not enough as evidence, it will also join in or mimic whatever you do in the day. If you are looking for a loving cat, this breed is a good choice. But if you are rarely at home, this little one will be depressed for getting less attention from you. So choose a breed of cat that gets less of your attention.
Bombay cat is also very friendly with guests, small children, as well as other pets such as dogs and cats. You won’t find this black guy hiding under the bed when guests come. In fact it will be part of your conversation. While focusing on that special someone, this cat will ignore anyone in your home. If you are not a special person, don’t be sad if you are ignored.
The Bombay breed is a good choice for your lively family as with this it can adapt quickly when interacting with many people as well as other pets if any. When your cat is not interacting with you or other family members, it will seek rest in a heater hole or on top of the refrigerator because it is very fond of heat sources. The short fur is very easy to care for. Just need to comb once a week and you also only need to bathe it once a week.
- Lifespan: 10 to 18 years
- Intelligence: High
- Active: High
- Vocals: Low, only when necessary
Care and Treatment
Make sure you bring your cat for regular veterinary checkups. Get vaccines and recommended preventative treatments. Bombay cats are generally considered a healthy breed. Here are some conditions that cats may be exposed to:
- Problems with sinusitis and runny nose
- Craniofacial deformity (a common Burmese condition), which is a severely deformed head at birth.
You are advised to spay or circumcise the Bombay breed at the age of 5 to 9 months. This is because this breed reaches puberty as early as 5 months.
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