Bombay | Cat Breed Guide

Bombay | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Bombay looks like a miniature panther but is a sweet, friendly cat who is good with children and other pets and loves to be an active part of the family.

Weight: 6-11 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Temperament: playful, affectionate, smart

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

The Bombay was created in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1950s by crossing a black American Shorthair with a sable Burmese. The result was a medium-sized, sleek black cat with a rounded head and short muzzle. The cat has large gold or copper colored eyes and has been called “the patent leather kid with the new penny eyes.”

This “mini panther” is all black, right down to her toes. She’s a laid back, social and inquisitive feline. She is very smart, so she can be taught to fetch or walk on a leash. She gets along well with all members of the family, including other pets. 

She is not an aloof cat – some may call her the “Velcro” cat. She may demand attention, whether it’s to be played with or to be held and petted. She can be very vocal and will speak with you—or at you. 

Because she loves attention, she can be a good companion for children.

The Bombay likes learning tricks. A good puzzle toy that rewards her with treats is a good way to keep her entertained.

Because of their satiny coat, extra pounds don’t show on the Bombay, so it’s important to keep an eye on her food intake and weight.


The Bombay has a thick, shiny black coat. She sheds very little, so weekly brushing is sufficient to keep the coat healthy and in good condition.

Health Concerns

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Eye tearing
  • Breathing difficulties

The Bombay is generally healthy, but they may be susceptible to an inherited heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Because of their short muzzle they may also have breathing problems and excessive eye tearing.