Bombay is a medium sized cat, with black fur like patent leather. His head has a gently rounded skull, rounded ears and a broad, blunt snout. Their beautiful copper or golden eyes are well separated and intense and expressive.
The body is firm and muscular, with a straight back and strong. The truffle and the eye contour are black and the pads of the legs are black or dark brown.
The Bombay cat is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beautiful breeds of cats that exist. If you are thinking of adopting a cat of this breed, do not hesitate to educate yourself properly on all its characteristics, the character it usually has as well as the basic care it requires. We will also talk about food and common health issues, which you need to know before you bring it home.
Bombay cats are very similar to small cougars, but differ in a devoted and affectionate character. Today, this is one of the rarest breeds in the world.
Continue reading this Pets Feed breed fact sheet to learn all about the Bombay cat, a breed that begins its story inspired by wild cats from India:
The origin of the Bombay cat dates back to 1950, in Louisville, Kentuky (USA), thanks to the breeder Nikki Horner. His main intention was to create a panther-like cat, with short, shiny black hairs. To do this, he was inspired by his favorite panther, the black leopard from India Bagheera, from “The Jungle Book”, the famous Disney children’s film.
Starting in 1953, Horner began selective breeding of Bombay cats, starting with a short-haired American black cat next to a Burmese cat. It is therefore a hybrid breed and by no means of wild origin. It took a while to properly establish the breed standard, but finally in 1976, the Bombay cat was created: a black cat with shiny hair and copper eyes.
Characteristics of the Bombay cat
The Bombay is a cat of great beauty, domestic by nature, calm and of medium size. Among its characteristics are the muscles of its body, which can make it seem very heavy at first. However, it is a strong and agile animal, even more than its ancestors.
Its most remarkable features are a rather round head, a short muzzle and a medium-sized tail. In addition, the final characteristic to recognize the Bombay cat is that it has entirely black pads, which is very rare in cats. Likewise, during its development and the fixing of the characteristics of the breed, efforts have been directed to obtain a copper or gold color of the eyes, something which also remains in all cases, and they are very luminous.
Agility, beauty and presence are essential among the characteristics of this breed. There is no doubt that it will be an excellent pet for any type of family and that it will not leave anyone indifferent to its beauty.
The size of the Bombay cat is medium compared to other breeds. There are no specific measurements for height or weight, what must be taken into account is that the cat must always be well proportioned, and at an appropriate weight which allows him to show all the agility he has .
For its part, the Bombay cat’s fur is always black, very shiny and short, which can sometimes even have golden reflections. In adult specimens it is not so strange to find small patches of white fur on the lower part of the body, but always at a minimum percentage.
• Weight 3-6 kg
• Growth (at the withers) 25-30 cm
• Life expectancy 12-15 years
Personality and character of the Bombay cat
The Bombay cat is generally a very sociable and affectionate cat, greatly appreciates the company of his loved ones and deeply hates loneliness. In some cases, if this cat spends too much time alone, it may suffer from separation anxiety, a psychological condition that can affect its well-being. He likes to meow to communicate his mood or ask us something, always with a pleasant and soft tone of voice.
Although it is generally a fairly lazy cat, as it spends long hours sleeping and resting, the Bombay cat is a great lover of games and fun, particularly suitable for families with children and other cats, as we said, he is particularly sociable. They adapt well to any lifestyle of the family, provided that he is in charge of offering regular attention to the affectionate Bombay.
In addition, it is a particularly intelligent cat, which can learn different tricks and exercises if positive reinforcement is used as the basis of its “education”, like play and seek, games based on jumps and physical activity and even take a walk with the leash.
Cats in the Asian group are very friendly and affectionate. Bombay cats have characteristic voices and are generally very vocal. They don’t do the classic “meow”, but rather something similar to a twitter – twitter.
They love to be pampered and need to be part of the family, making them great companions.
Asian cats are very intelligent and often solve problems such as opening doors, and tend to get along better with dogs than most cats.
The Bombay cat enjoys excellent health because it is one of the least prone to disease and therefore one of the healthiest among the cat breeds. They can reach 20 years of life. Other than that, some Bombay cats can suffer from a skull defect, a health problem inherited from their predecessors, Burmese cats.
To avoid any health problem, it will be essential to follow the cat’s vaccination schedule and external and internal deworming, especially if it is allowed to go out. Finally, we recommend that you consult the specialist every 6 or 12 months, in this way, we will ensure your good health.
As a rule, breeders recommend feeding Bombay cats with dry professional feed of premium and super premium class. If you still prefer “natural” for your pet, make sure that it is balanced in fats and carbohydrates (because cats are prone to obesity), minerals and vitamins.
Boiled varieties of lean meat and offal, chicken and turkey, boiled vegetables and fermented milk products are perfect for the diet of bombers. Occasionally, a cat can be pampered with boiled egg yolk, and kittens need to be given oat and buckwheat porridge. River fish and smoked and salted “delicacies” from the master’s table are strictly prohibited.
An adult representative of the breed is able to eat continuously, so as not to harm the pet, premium-class dry food is offered for food, excluding the combined diet. But sometimes it is worth giving the domestic predator the opportunity to feast on boiled or steamed meat.
The ratio of meat components and fiber should be 80% and 20%, respectively. From an early age, you need to learn to limit your pet’s insatiable appetite, otherwise overeating will lead to obesity and health problems.
Bombay Cat care
Bombay cats are quite simple and unpretentious in care. Since the hair of cats is short and has virtually no undercoat, combing it with a rubber brush will be enough once a week, more often when molting. After combing, swipe the cat’s body with a wet hand to collect dead hair, and then “polish” it with a suede cloth to give shine. It’s enough to bathe a cat once every six months, especially since bombs are not very friendly with water.
The main thing is to choose a shampoo that matches the type of coat, otherwise it will become dull and dandruff and irritation will appear.
The Bombay cat should cut its nails as they grow, but if the pet makes friends with the claw, you can do without this procedure.
Inspect your cat’s ears and eyes regularly and wipe them with a damp cotton swab as they become dirty. If you notice strange discharge from your eyes or nose, contact your veterinarian for treatment. Since Bombay cays often have problems with the gums, pay attention to the examination of the oral cavity and brush your cat’s teeth with a special brush and paste.
Another nice “plus” of a Bombay cat is its cleanliness. Do not forget to wash the cat’s tray in time and change the filler, then no unpleasant odors will spoil your mood. As a last resort, in any veterinary store you can buy a special spray that will easily eliminate the “amber”.
In winter, when the cat’s body is especially in need of vitamins, you can give her capsules with fish oil rich in OMEGA-3 vitamins, says breeder Elena Zolotareva. – This will make the cat’s coat strong and shiny, relieve dry skin.
Bombay cat breed highlights
- The Bombay cat is a fairly young and rare breed for Russia, which means that the price of purebred kittens is high.
- Due to discrepancies in standards, the “American” and “British” Bombay cats are conventionally distinguished, the latter were obtained without the participation of the American Shorthair.
- The nature of exotic pets is docile and friendly, so they will easily fit into the life of families with children.
- Compared to other purebred cats, they are undemanding to care.
- Bombay cats are prone to overeating, so owners must control portion sizes and frequency of feeding.
- Pets prefer home comfort to free walking, although they easily get used to short walks in a harness.
- They are very thermophilic; they do not tolerate temperature changes and drafts.
- Bombay cats can be called animals with good health, their average life expectancy is 13-15 years.