The Bombay Cat
The Panther in Your Living Room
With 30 points of the
standard given to color, the Bombay cat is
with a round head (25 points) and coat and body (20 points each) that
distinctive. Their eyes
are gold to copper colored.
allows outcrosses to the black American shorthair and the sable
always to maintain an individual color and characteristics unlike
breed. This is a medium sized cat that is normally friendly and
should be well muscled and weigh a little more than they appear.
Developed in the 1950s by
the late Nikki Horner she sought
to produce a domestic cat with the appearance
of a black panther.
selection, outcrossing and inbreeding produced a black cat with the
was looking for. This is a breed that can sometimes be leash trained
and can be
creative in finding their own entertainment. They are normally good
animals and have an easy going nature.
They are similar to the
Burmese in many ways with a medium
length of body. The head is distinctive and of course the defining
color of the
coat sets the Bombay
cat distinctly different from the Burmese.
They have minimal
grooming other than brushing especially
during the seasonal shedding. A good diet keeps the coat in good
small amounts of hair may be shed just by normal stroking. This breed
people and is sometimes nervous with disruptions and loud
help the cat deal with this but keep an eye out for hair loss that can
their stress load is too high. They will hide anywhere a predator can’t
They normally get along
with dogs with an odd understanding of the pack
of dogs, something that may be seen as dominating against their fellow
They love people and are
intelligent, curious and agile when
investigating new things. This is a breed that will chew through bags
to get at
food which can get them in trouble. They
love attention and are eager
that soak up attention and “fussing over.” They are sensitive and can
to strangers, liking a quiet home life. When content it’s not uncommon
them purr across the room but they are otherwise typically quiet cats.
be quite talkative but this is a breed that craves being with people.
Bombay cat highly
cat despite appearing like a
miniature panther. A “patent leather” shine to the coat is sought after
they observe carefully their environment. Some precocious males can
kittens as young as five months, long before their adult size of 8-11
This is a good breed for
a solid cat loving person with
little disruption to the home on a regular basis. The Bombay
is most content with a lap and retreat
places to hide when things get overwhelming. A warm spot to lay – under
covers in cold weather thank you very much – and they’re affection and
entertainment beyond what money can buy!
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