The Simple Guide To Bombay Cats

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Bombay Cats At A Glance:

LifeSpan: 15-20 Years

Weight: 8-15 lbs

Eye Color: Yellow Or Green


Coat: Short

Length: 12-20 inches


Personality: Gentle & Affectionate

Everything You Need To Know About Bombay Cats

And this one is special to me because it talks about black cats! I have a special place in my heart for black cats because they are often the ones left and shelters or dumped on the side of the road more than other color cats.

Why? Well, I plan to do an entire post about facts regarding black cats but the short answer is fear.

They see a black cat and they think of them as superstitious and bad luck and therefore don’t want to add them into their home.

How silly right? Silly and sad for the black cats, which just makes me and their awesome owners love them even more. So I’m going to talk about one of 22 different black cat breeds titled the Bombays.

We are going to discuss the history behind the this breed, some health information about them, the typical personalities as well as throw in some fun facts about Bombays. Everyone seems to love the fun facts so I figured I would add them in.

This breed was requested to be researched, so if you have a breed you’re interested in learning about, make sure you go to my contact page and let me know!

History Behind Bombay Cats

Let’s start by talking a little about the history of a Bombay Cat.

This breed tends to resemble the Burmese Cat a lot, partially because they are bred by mixing Burmese cats with American Shorthair Cats to get their ideal Bombay breed. Cat breeders have been interested in this cat breed ever since they came into existence.

This breed hasn’t been around all the long. In fact, the breed started in the 1950s by cat breeder Nikki Horner in Louisville, Kentucky.

She wanted to create a cat breed that closely resembled the black panther.

And from the look of this cat, it’s safe to save she did a pretty good job. She coined Bombay cats as “parlor panthers,” and described their look like the “patent-leather kid with the copper penny eyes.”

Even though this breed started in the 1950s, they were not accepted by Cat Fanciers Association until 1976.

Cross breeding to both sable Burmese and black American Short Hairs are still allowed by the Cat Fanciers Association, although the Bombay is a true breed with its own particular look and characteristics.

Health Information about Bombay Cats

What is a Bombay Cat? This cat breed is known for being short hair black cats.

They have silky black fur, black paws, and yellow or green eyes. The fur of this breed is silky and fine which means they hardly shed. So if you want an animal-hair free house, brush your Bombay and you will have that.

This breed is known for being muscular, which also means there’s more them than meets the eye.

They may look lean, but they will feel heavier than they look when you go to pick them up.

However, their average and healthy weight for this breed sits around 8 to 15 pounds. This will vary by the cat, and usually, males tend to weight a little more than females on average.

This domestic cat breed is prone to overeating, so it is important that owners of a Bombay watch their food intake. This is really one of the biggest health problems with this body type.

Their overeating can cause them to be overweight and put a lot of strain on their little muscular frame. It is recommended that this breed follows the recommended food amounts that are found in the typical cat food bag.

So how long does a Bombay live?

If a cat is kept at a healthy, normal weight, then the average Bombay cat lifespan for this breed is around 15 to 20 years.

This lifespan is actually on the longer ends of the spectrum for a lot of breed with 20 being very old age for a cat.

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The Personality of Bombay Cats

When talking about the Bombay personality, they are highly intelligent, gentle and affectionate. They are one of the closest cat breeds to dogs because of their lap-dog like personality.

This cat breed makes great family pets because they are likely to get along well with other cats as well as children.

My parents found and adopted a cat of this breed. Her personality really spoke for itself.

She was kind and sweet and very welcoming of people. Once she got used to the humans she was around, she becomes the sweetest cat. A perfect example is when my parents adopting their puppy, Lola.

Bombay Cat Personality

Lola was small! Like shockingly small for a puppy. And Penny took it upon herself to act like a mommy to this dog. She groomed her, kept her close, and let her follow her around wherever she went.

Lola is bigger now, and they still chase each other around the house. They wait for each other to go outside, and sometimes even snuggle together when they don’t think people are looking.

What is so sad is that we have to be SO careful with her one time a year. That is during Halloween. We keep her inside because that is the time of year where people will attack black cats because they see them as being ‘suspicious’.

It’s sad and honestly pathetic by the humans, especially considering the type of cat she is.

Are Bombay Cats Rare?

Yes, Bombays are a rare cat breed.

This domesticated cat is bred to look like a wild cat and they resemble a black panther with beautiful copper eyes. While there are many black cats that are various breeds, few are actually considered a true Bombay.

Bombay Cat Facts

Yes! The favorite section of most people’s lives!


Sure, you want to know how long your Bombay cat will live, and where the origination of your breed was from. But what will actually make you interested are the small jeopardy-like facts that you can tell other people about your cat breed?

So without further ado, the Bombay cats 101:

•    The Bombay is a black panther’s “mini-me”

o    This is actually where they have gotten their name, Bombay. The creator of the Bombay breed wanted to make a cat breed that was a mini version of the Indian black panther. So it’s only fitting that when she succeeded, it was considered the black panther’s mini-me! Bombay is a medium sized cat even as an international cat. Although, they are still much smaller than their wild cat ancestors. They are known to resemble the black leopard in the wild.

•    Their ears have a slight curve and are widespread

o    This is one of the defining features of a Bombay characteristics. Here’s the deal, there’s a lot of breeds that can have black cats. So a lot of the time, when people see a black cat, they just assume it’s a different breed. So you have to use these distinctive features to know if the cat is indeed a Bombay.

•    The Bombay has very distinct golden eyes, which have been called “new-penny eyes”

o    This is another distinctive feature of the Bombay. If you have a black cat that does not have golden copper eyes, then it is probably not a Bombay cat!  Simple as that. However, if you still think there is SOME Bombay in your cat, you can always do a DNA test for your cat. BasePaws has some awesome products and one that will give you the COMPLETE history of your cat. AND, you can use code LLAPTRIBE to get $10 off your order. (TEN DOLLARS! HOLLA!). So if your cat doesn’t have the golden eyes, but does have other distinctive features, maybe it is half Bombay, half another breed.

  •          If you are wondering, how to tell if my cat is a Bombay? The answer is simple, look at the eyes and the ears. That is the easiest way how to identify a true Bombay. (Or of course   a DNA test).

•    As kittens, they are born with a faint tabby-like striping, which fades as they grow

o    I added this fun fact in because let’s face it, it’s kind of cool. Their color pattern changes as they grow! How cool! Their coats are still extremely glossy and easy to maintain. Weekly brushing and a healthy diet help to keep their silky black coat shiny and healthy.

•    They are easy to train

o    Most cats are known for being very independent. They do what they want when they want. And if you want them to do something differently…HA! Good luck! This breed, however, are fairly easy to train. It is always recommended to clicker train or treat train a cat. But Bombay cat breeds are usually easier to train than others.

•    Bombays are fiercely loyal to their owners

o    Like the Black Panther, they love their packs. And there are fiercely loyal to their pack. So if you have a Bombay, they will love you and be loyal to you FOREVER!

•    These cats are Heat Lovers:

o    We don’t mean like like actually looking for heat, but Bombay cats like to be warm. If it’s cold outside, or chilly in the house, your Bombay is very likely to be in the warmest place in the house. They love to curl up near anything warm to have the heat radiating around them. If you live in a cold environment, you will need to make sure that your Bombay is kept warm and snuggly indoors. This is not the cat breed to have as an outdoor cat unless you are in warm climates.

Should I Adopt A Black Bombay? Or A Black American Shorthair?

Think you have a black Bombay? Hopefully this post helped you determine if you do. I also hope if you are considering adopting a kitten that you take a Bombay, or any black cat breed into consideration.

They are not unlucky or evil. They are as sweet and kind as any other cat as long as they are given the right tools to know and love you. I hope you enjoyed this Bombay cat breed information.

If you look at my mom’s cat Penny, you would never think of her as unlucky or scary. In fact, she’s a very lucky cat because she found us for a home. And we were lucky because we got to add a great cat to our family.

Don’t let movies or telltales fool you anymore, black cats are awesome!

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    1. I recently adopted a black cat, he has “penny gold” eyes, but his ears are not completely curved, however they are rounder than my other cat’s. He loves to sleep clinging to me to snuggle up in bed is quite obedient. I think he might be a Bombay, even if he was the only black cat where I found him.

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  4. I have a cat that seems to match all the criteria you have listed as a Bombay breed. I found him through a friend, who found him lost a little over a year ago. He was approximately 4-6 weeks old. He is quite the character. He is completely black everywhere and has the copper colored eyes in all the pictures I have seen and yes he plays fetch, with pretzels or marshmellows. He also loves boxes and anywhere he can be up high. The closer to the ceiling the better.
    My question is how I can verify he is a true Bombay and find other owners of these very unique cats.

  5. I have a 5 1/2 month old Bombay.
    He is being neutered July 22nd, 6months old.
    I took him today for bloodwork prior to surgery.
    Then clipped his claws on one paw and could do NOTHING else.
    He was too freaked out or anxious or scared! I really don’t know.
    I have to make a new appointment for bloodwork and a Gabapentin 100mg capsule 2 hours before his bloodwork.
    He will be sedated!!!!!!
    He has had his 3 vaccinations and cut his claws all 3 times!
    So why did today happen the way it did?

    1. livelongandpawspurr

      Hi Leslie! Unfortunately cats are like humans which means fear can manifest itself from different places. It could have been the vet, the paw could have been sore, or someone in the room could have been anxious and your kitty was feeding off of it. The best advice that I can give you is to take the vet each appointment at a time. If he needs sedated, then go down that best but every visit could be different. And keep a positive attitude when you go into the vet. Cats can feed off of our energies! 🙂 I hope this helps and good luck on your neutering!!! Make sure you check out my tips that have saved my mental health when my kittens were spayed/neutered.

  6. I recently adopted a black cat, he has “penny gold” eyes, but his ears are not completely curved, however they are rounder than my other cat’s. He loves to sleep clinging to me to snuggle up in bed is quite obedient. I think he might be a Bombay, even if he was the only black cat where I found him.

  7. I actually have a Bombay cat she has , yellow eyes, pure black and I even search her picture on google lens it said, Bombay cat.. She is so cute and gentle

    ….. Sometimes she can be mean when you steal her fav, milk
    ….. But still she is the best I named her baghira and she is 2 and half years old

  8. I love the name of your web page! We have a 2 yr. old Bombay. She frequently sits up like a Meerkat, sometimes for several mnutes at a time. She does this to see what is on a table that she might like to play with, or to see exactly where our other cat is, or to get a better look at wildlife on TV. Is this a Bombay trait?
    She is definitely my little shadow and is quite put out if I won’t let her into the bathroom with me or we don’t let her sleep with us (mainly because she sleeps between us until 2 a.m., and then it’s time to play!)
    Our other cat is a Bengal (13) and has to establish his rank as Alpha cat … every day.

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