The Bombay can be considered a cobby cat , for combining the strong bearing and rounded lines with the agility of a panther. He has inherited from his Burmese predecessor, the affable and playful character, making him an excellent company.
He owes the American shorthair, with whom he is also related, a short hair, in this case a shiny jet black , and extremely striking eyes in golden or copper tones. A feline, without a doubt, elegant and with an overflowing personality.
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Characteristics of the Bombay cat
Also called ‘ panther cat ‘, it is a medium-sized feline, with delicate movements and a soft meow. Its legs are slim and its body is muscular without being excessively compact.
|Origin America (USA)|
|Weight of 5 to 7 kg males and 3 to 5 kg females|
|Short, fine, dense and satiny hair. Jet black color|
|Ears broad at the base, inclined forward and with rounded tips|
|Large eyes, sometimes slanted, separated from each other and in yellowish colors, from gold to dark copper|
|Medium-sized, straight and wide tail. Tapers towards the tip|
|Estimated longevity of 9 to 16 years|
|Difficulty caring for it low|
Character of the Bombay cat breed
This breed refers to an extremely affectionate, calm and intelligent cat. He adapts easily to changes and gets on with happily if he has to live in a small apartment. Despite being a good hunter, it prefers indoor environments for its warmth.
Feel a strong attachment to its owner . In fact, he hates loneliness, developing anxiety symptoms if he remains alone for several days. He gets along well with children, as well as other pets. He is sociable and needs to feel supported.
Did you know that Bombay treasures a great memory? This breed is very intelligent . Therefore, if you have a copy in your home, we recommend that you provide interactive games for the times when he must be alone. It will be much more bearable for you.
He is curious and playful, he will always be willing to play with you. He even agrees to go out for a walk with a necklace. Of course, it has a very developed ear, so it does not tolerate noisy environments.
Recommended care for the Bombay cat
To keep it healthy and happy you should brush it every 2 days. In addition to being a comforting experience, you will collaborate in the suppression of dead hair and, above all, in the stimulation of the secretion of natural oils that give it that lustrous shine on the hair .
It is not a breed that loses a lot of hair as it is very attached to the body. Use a fine-toothed comb to brush it. Do not bathe him if it is not strictly necessary. In fact, it is preferable that you rub it with a silk or velvet scarf to enhance its shine.
The Bombay is a voracious feline. Consequently, you should provide him with a balanced diet, rich in protein and adjusted in cereals. It is advisable to ration the daily amount in two doses, in the morning and in the afternoon, to prevent overweight.
If you wish, you can opt for vitamin and mineral supplementation to complete your care. Do not forget to deworm and vaccinate according to the established schedule. Take him to the vet for regular check-ups 2 times a year.
Bombay breed health
The Bombay is one of the longest-lived cat breeds that exist . Not surprisingly, you can reach 20 years of life if you receive the appropriate care. Among the most outstanding conditions, it should be noted cranial malformations and kidney pathologies .
The malformations of the skull correspond to a congenital disease that it shares with its predecessor, the Burmese cat . In turn, due to your predilection for food, if you do not perform a minimum of physical activity, you can develop obesity , with the associated risks that it implies.
History of the breed and fun facts
Bombay was created in the late 1950s in Kentucky (USA). Specifically, in 1958 after the crossing of a brown Burmese and a black American shorthair. His breeder and creator of the breed, Nikki Shuttleworth Horner wanted to obtain a black Burmese.
However, he achieved a more striking and surprising specimen. He inherited from the Burmese the affectionate and sociable temperament, while from the American he took his short hair and those enigmatic eyes. The wild side of a miniature panther with the sweetness of a feline.
Given its similarity to the Indian panther, Nikki decided to call this breed ‘Bombay’. It was officially recognized by the CFA in 1976 . However, it remains unrecognized outside the US today in countries such as Great Britain.
Do you know that his eyes turn green over the years? Unfortunately, Bombay are rare and little known outside the US Quite a find for cat lovers from the old continent, don’t you think?