Bombays may look like little panthers, but their sweet and devoted personalities are anything but wild. In fact, these cats can be downright dog-like, loving to cuddle, curl up under your covers, play fetch, and even go for a walk on a leash. (No wonder they're sometimes called “Velcro cats.”) The Bombay's a take-charge kind of kitty, but will happily coexist with other pets as long as they know who's running this circus.
This breed can grow to between 6-11 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I talk when necessary
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE BOMBAY'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
This is a dog in a gorgeous black cat suit, and having one cross your path can only make your day better. Bombays love to love their people, and they're particularly good with children. While these kitties are cuddlers, they're usually polite and gentle about trying to catch your eye (and your scritches).
WHAT IS BOMBAY BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Expect to find this cat to come sit by your side the minute you hit the couch. They live for your attention and love to spend time with you, whether that's outside on a leash, playing fetch, or just purring for neck-rubs and cuddles.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY BOMBAY ENTERTAINED?
Your clever, curious Bombay loves to play with you. She'll gladly learn tricks to impress you, and will enjoy outsmarting puzzle toys. Though she's not a super-active cat, your Bombay will happily walk with you on a leash if you want her to.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO BOMBAYS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Bombays look like tiny panthers: sleek and sable, with coppery eyes that are set wide apart. Even their paw pads are jet black. This breed is basically Halloween in feline form—or the Patronus of your high school Goth-phase self.
They don't shed much, and will enjoy a weekly brushing with a rubber currying tool.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and well-being. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BOMBAYS HAVE?
As a breed, Bombays are generally healthy. Some are susceptible to heart disease, eye ailments, and difficulties breathing. Gingivitis is also sometimes an issue.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE BOMBAYS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Bombays aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair landing on your clothes and furniture. (Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers.) Brushing can help cut back on airborne allergens. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY BOMBAY'S BEST DAY?
Many cats keep somewhat to themselves, but not this kitty. Bombays want to spend as much time with their people as they can. Throw a toy mouse for her to chase and retrieve, take her out for a leash walk, or just let her cuddle up with you.
SHOULD I ADOPT A BOMBAY?
Bombays are a wonderful choice for families in search of a cat who'll love all household members equally. She's playful and affectionate, but won't make you crazy climbing shelves and hiding your shinies. If you ever wanted to bring a black panther home and play fetch with her, the Bombay is your breed. This gorgeous black cat can only bring you luck.
Have you decided that a Bombay is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.