Bombay Cat

Bombay Cat
Bombay Cat

The Bombay cat breed was developed by Nikki Horner a breeder from Louisville, KY, began developing the breed in the 1950s by crossing a sable Burmese with a Black American Shorthair.

Although outcrossing black American Shorthairs and sable Burmese cat are still permitted, it’s done rarely due to the breeds differences in their body type.

 The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized the Bombay in 1978.

Bombay cat was bred to resemble the black leopard found in India.


The Bombay cat is a medium-sized cat. If you pick this cat she feels considerably heavier than she appears.

This cat has a larger and longer body with long legs. The rounded head is topped with straight, wide-set, medium-sized ears with a medium-length tail.

Bombay cat has a dramatic and deep black coat. This black coat is dominant, but occasionally a litter produces a sable-colored kitten. Bombay cat eye color ranges from gold to copper.

Coat Length: Short

Age Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

Size: Males weighing 8 to 11 pounds and females weighing 6 to 9 pounds.


The cat is active, curious and energetic. She does well in quiet apartments where she’s the center of attention as well as in lively homes with children and other pets. 

You will always find her in the warmest spot, whether that’s in the sunlight from a window or curled up under the covers in bed with you. Bombay cats are smart and learn tricks quickly. So keep them entertained by teaching them new tricks and providing them interactive toys to play.

Feeding & Grooming

Feeding: Every cat is unique and each has their particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. 

Cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food. Proper nutrients will vary depending on age and overall health, so energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat.

Grooming: Bombay cats tight-knit coat shed very little. Regular petting and semi-weekly brushing removes loose hair and maintains the coat’s shine.

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