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
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 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