Bombay Cat Breed
The Bombay is a muscular cat with sturdy appearance. The body is medium size and unexpectedly heavy. The head is rounded with a short to medium muzzle. The eyes are large and widely spaced. The eye colors are golden. The ears are wide at the base with rounded tips. The tail is thick and even with rounded tip. The weight of the Bombay is around 6-11 pounds.
The Bombay is very similar to the Burmese with the exception of the color. It was breed for the purpose of creating a domesticated cat that resembled a "miniature black panther". The coat is short and has a deep patent leather shine. There is almost not undercoat. The Bombay color is Glossy black, although you could also see some sable color occasionally but these are not accepted. These breed is rare, especially outside United States.
The Bombay is friendly, active and inquisitive with an outgoing personality. They are usually easygoing cats that thrive on human companion and love to sit quietly in your lap. They are not too vocal but have a pleasant quiet voice that you could hear occasionally. They are gentle, smart, loves to play and you could find it most of the time inventing new ways to entertain themselves and their owner.
Is Bombay the Right Breed for You?
The Bombay’s typically prefer to live indoors rather than be an “outside-cat.” They get along well with other cats and dogs, are excellent with children and often are also found greeting visitors. Bombay’s really need attention and company. They are not well when left along for long periods of time. If you have to work or stay away for long time is better to give them another cat for company or just not to get a Bombay at all.
Bombay Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Bombay is around 12-16 years.
Bombay Health Problems
The Bombay is a relatively healthy breed. There major concerns associated with them are cranial deformities, breathing problems and cherry eyes.
Bombay Care and Grooming
The Bombay coat is almost maintenance free. They typically do not require grooming, as their coat is short and stays close to the body. They only need and occasional brush and rub to keep its coat glossy. Do not use a metal comb on your cat, this can damage his undercoat. Bathing is optional. The Bombay cats should not be bathed more often than once every eight weeks to keep their skin from drying out.
It is highly recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Use a special ear cleaner to keep the ear clean and trim off the sharp points of the claws regularly using good clippers.
The Bombay shed some minor amount of hair; therefore may be suitable for those with allergies.