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!
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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
Best Flea and Tick Collar Available
The Seresto collar is a 8-month preventative for fleas and ticks available for dogs and cats. I had a client yesterday say it is the best tick prevention she has ever used for her outdoor cats and she will never use anything else. Seresto collars are much safer than the over-the-counter Hartz and Seargents -type collars. Unlike those collars they do not use organophosphates or amitraz which can be toxic to you and your pet if ingested. When you apply the collar, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. It is a break-away collar, so if your cat becomes tangled, it will break off. However, the company (Beyer) will supply you with one replacement collar, if you contact them. Although it is available over-the-counter, I recommend getting the collar through your veterinarian due to the fact that we are seeing knock-off versions and counterfeit products that can cause toxicity. .
From sat14 507 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 534 days ago
Adopt a Bombay from a shelter near you