The Bombay is one of several breeds created to look like a miniature version of a wild cat. In Bombay’s case, it is the Mini-Me of the Black Panther and does quite a good impersonation indeed. To achieve the breed, breeders took two different paths. In Britain, they crossed Burmese with black domestic cats. In the United States, where the Bombay’s development in the 1950s is generally credited to Nikki Horner of Louisville, Kentucky, the breed was created by crossing sable Burmese with black American Shorthairs. The Bombay is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, The International Cat Association, and other cat registries.
The Bombay is a medium-sized cat, she feels considerably heavier than she appears.
This breed is stocky and somewhat compact but is very muscular with heavy boning. The Bombay is round all over. The head is round, the tips of the ears are round, the eyes, chin, and even the feet are round. The coat of the Bombay is short and glossy. When the coat is in proper condition, its deep black luster looks like patent leather. It has a characteristic walk. their body appears almost to sway when she walks. Again, this walk is reminiscent of the Indian black leopard.
The Bombay is extremely friendly. This cat breed needs one-on-one time with his cat parents. It is a cat breed that does not do well alone all day. The Bombay enjoys snuggling up on your lap and can do so for hours. It is not a very independent cat breed. That said, it may develop a Velcro-like attachment to his pet parent. Younger Bombay kittens are active and playful. Senior Bombay cats tend to enjoy watching and are much less active. This cat breed is perfect for either apartment or farm living. They are quiet cats that enjoy interactive play. The Bombay enjoys playing with anything that is lying around and is playful when there is someone to play with. This wonderful cat breed is super soft to cuddle with and is easy to live with. The Bombay needs plenty of love, fun cat toys, and mental stimulation. This cat breed is not very vocal.
The Bombay is generally healthy, but some of the problems that affect the breed are as below:
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) : is the most common form of heart disease in cats. It causes thickening (hypertrophy) of the heart muscle. An echocardiogram can confirm whether a cat has HCM. Avoid breeders who claim to have HCM-free lines. No one can guarantee that their cats will never develop HCM.
Excessive tearing of the eyes : Bombay cats can also suffer from the excessive tearing of the eyes, which can be treated with drops. As with all cats, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet as they get older, which is when they might start to show signs of developing health conditions.