Bombay cat breed

Biography of Bombay cat breed

Bombay has a combined nature of American shorthair and Burmese cat. You will get this cat as easygoing as an American shorthair and loyal, associative like Burmese. It is also known as a vocal cat.

History and Origins

•            Country of Origin: America

•            Similar breeds: Burmese and black American shorthair

Nikki Horner developed Bombay by a cross between American shorthair and Burmese breeds. Horner wanted to get a breed with Burmese cat appearance with black panther color and green eyes. After many trials were needed to develop this breed, this breed got its name Bombay from the black leopard of India. But this breed didn’t recognize by TICA or CFA till 1970. And finally, the Bombay breed was recognized by CFA in 1978.


Loyal, associative, easygoing and loving


Medium to large


The adult female Bombay cat weighs 6 to 8 pounds, and the adult male Bombay weight is 8 to 10 pounds


Bombay cats are naturally full black.

Average lifespan:

9 to 17 years

Bombay cat price:

The average price of a Bombay cat breed is $600 – $1000, and this price increases when you demand a quality Bombay breed.

Traits of Bombay

  • Bombay cat comes from the cross between sable Burmese and black American Shorthair.
  • Bombay cats can adapt to their affectionate nature and charming look in any situation.
  • Bombay breed is active, playful and can adjust to any new changes.

Care and maintenance of Bombay


Bombay cats require brushing at least once a week. They don’t require much brushing because of the short fine coat. They don’t need to take a bath. However, if the owner wants, he can do it several times a year. Similarly, it is important to regularly care for their nose, teeth, and ear.


The Bombay cat needs animal protein and meat to keep them healthy and active. A Bombay can eat at least 3 to 6 cups of high-quality cat food. When choosing canned food or dry food for your Bombay, make sure that there is no corn or wheat.

You have to ensure that your Bombay cat has drunk enough water. Otherwise, it can’t get proper nutrients from cat food or meat. Most importantly, your cat may be dehydrated. Remember three things when providing water to a cat. First of all, serve fresh water in a clean bowl. Secondly, keep the water bowl 3 feet away from the food bowl. Lastly, arrange an artificial waterfall source for your Bombay because cats like to drink flowing water.


Genetically, the Bombay breed is healthy, but they can get affected by the most common cat disease Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This disease can cause heart failure or death in some cases. However, you can control this with regular treatment.


  1. How do I know if my cat is a Bombay?

The Bombay cat may seem like a traditional black cat in general eyes. But Bombay has an entirely black coat, black nose and paw pads, and green eyes. Moreover, the Bombay cat is different from a black cat in its body shape, weight and personality. For example, a Bombay cat weight is about 10 to 15 pounds, whereas a normal black cat’s weight is 8 to 12 pounds. Additionally, Bombay’s are talkative, curious and easily trained in new things.

  1. What health problems do Bombay cats have?

Generally, Bombay developed without any genetic diseases or health problems. But sometimes, it may get affected by excessive tearing of the eyes and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Besides, this breed may feel breathing difficulties because of their short muzzle.

About the author

Megan D

This is Megan D, the loving mom of all cats. She has been working with cat well fair organization as a cat lover since last few years. Personally, she has ownership of a cat shelter for helpless stray cats. Megan loves to research on all breeds of cat and fond of sharing all experience with the worldwide cat-loving human.

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