With a sleek, midnight black coat, muscular frame, and copper penny eyes, it’s no wonder the Bombay is sometimes called a “house” or “parlor” panther. Their exotic look is where the jungle cat analogy ends, however: the Bombay is a fully domestic cat, the product of a breeding program which bred a majestic black American Shorthair to a beautiful sable Burmese. The result is a stunningly beautiful cat with a mischievous, affectionate, and family-loving personality. If you’re looking for a cat that is just a little bit ‘dog’ and a little bit ‘monkey’, read on because the Bombay might be for you!
A distinction is made in some circles between Bombays bred in Australia and New Zealand, which are referred to as "Australian Bombays", and Bombays bred in the USA or from lines imported from USA, which are referred to simply as "Bombays".
Appearance / health:
The Bombay is a medium-sized cat with a robust frame and a muscular build. They have a round head with a short muzzle, and medium, wide-set ears. Their eyes are large, round, and come in brilliant shades of gold and copper – the eyes of the Bombay are one of their most distinguishing characteristics. The Bombay’s coat is short, satiny, and lies close to the body, and only requires minimal grooming. The Bombay comes in one color and one color only: gleaming, glossy, pitch black down to the very root of the hair. The toes and nose of the Bombay should be black as well.
The Bombay is a healthy breed with a long life span, living 15 to 20 years.
Behavior / temperament:
The Bombay loves to be loved, and they will be your constant companion if you’ll let them. They crave attention and cuddling, but unlike some lap-cats, the Bombay also has an inquisitive, mischievous, and playful side. This, combined with their easy-going and affectionate nature, makes the Bombay a particularly great family pet. The Bombay is anything but an independent cat, and they dislike being alone for long periods. For this reason, some Bombay owners choose to have two cats, so they can keep one another company. At the end of the day, the Bombay will be there at the door, welcoming you home with a head-butt and a purr.
The Bombay is a vocal breed, and not necessarily soft spoken. Be prepared for a highly opinionated cat that wants to have their say!
social nature, Mini Panthers, affectionate blackcats, velvet coats, temperament
urinary tract infection, insistent meowing
unique vocalizations, Louisville Original Bombays, Golden eye, vocal cat
No Kitty, Don't eat that. -sigh-
All in all, I couldn't ask for a better cat, he is my soul mate. He gained his name after I couldn't decide what to name him and he started responding to "Kitty." Over the course of the three years that I have owned him, he hasn't had any health problems except once, my husband decided to leave cotton balls sitting out and he managed to eat one. One 1600 surgery later, he was healthy again after getting a cotton ball lodged in his intestines. Besides that, we have had no issues, the only tough thing is breaking his chewing habit. He is so friendly, and such a cuddly cat, he'll even yell at you if you don't give him enough attention. I've read that Bombay cats all have a very even temperament, and I have never experienced a negative reaction out of this cat no matter how much pecking and pawing he received (he has been around children a lot, but does not live with them) Bombay's are a great family breed and would absolutely anyone would benefit from having one in their home..
From kbohrer Dec 27 2016 1:03AM
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 112 days ago
Salem Jinx the Black Bombay of Extreme Unluck
We got Salem Jinx as a kitten; he was born on my husband's family's farm. At first, this was the best kitty ever- very cuddly and cute as most kittens are. He would jump and play and chase laser pointer lights. However, we noticed as he got older, he got more and more aggressive. With the thought we may eventually want to breed him, we never had him fixed. That may have been our error.
As Salem Jinx reached maturity, he began "scent marking" everything in our house. He started refusing to use the litter box as well. He got mean towards our daughter (then a toddler), scratching and hissing at her. I got pregnant and I swear he could tell and was very unhappy about it.
Eventually, we decided it was time to move the kitty out to the garage/outside. I provided him with ample food and water during his time out there as well as providing him access to the great outdoors (limited by a fence). One day, my seven-month-pregnant self went out to check his water and found it empty. It was a very hot day, so I decided to pick up the bowl and take it inside to refill it. Apparently, during his time outside the house, Salem Jinx had gotten very territorial. He attacked my leg when I grabbed his water bowl, putting four deep puncture marks into my leg and causing it to bleed. After this incident, knowing we were bringing a newborn into the house soon, we decided Salem was never meant to be a pet. We took him back to the farm and set him loose with the other farm cats- where he has been happily mousing ever since.
In short I think breeding and gender have a big influence on Bombay. Please take this into consideration when choosing your pet..
From nikiahunt May 19 2015 7:51PM