Bombay Cat

The Bombay has a sleek, black coats, and brilliant golden-yellow eyes.


There are two distinct origins of this breed, developed on opposing sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S. the Bombay was the result of a planned mating in the late 1950s between a sable Burmese and a black American shorthair. The objective was to create a domestic cat that resembled a black, mini-sized panther. The breed have been recognized in the U.S. with full status since 1976. In Britain, the Bombay is a more recent breed. It is related to the Asian group of cats.


Essentially, this is a solid-black Burmese with the same type and body conformation as the Burmese. The coat is short and close-lying, but unlike that of the Burmese, it is jet black with a distinctive sheen.

Origin: U.S.A./Britain

Grooming: 2/5

Activity: 4/5

GCCF Group: Foreign Shorthairs


Athletic, outgoing and intelligent, the Bombay is a sociable animal with an equable temperament.

It is one of the most affectionate cats in the breed and needs your upmost attention. This is not a cat that can be left at home for hours while you are away to work. It needs a lot of attention.

Leaving this cat alone over an eight hour work day will cause this kitty extreme stress and hordes of behavioral problems. Keeping this kitty happy is a task that often ends in failure.

For this reason, this kitty does best with someone such as a retiree, stay at home mom or dad or in a community where it can interact with those that can provide it tons of attention, care and love.

It was originally bred to be a parlor panther. This cat is medium-sized and perfectly black. It is best known for its patent leather fur coat. The eye color is gold or copper and adorns a sweet expression. Kittens are not as beautiful as the adults. It does take three to four months for them to show their true beauty. But once they mature, they are everything a Bombay Cat can and should be.

This kitty will greet you at the door when you come home and show you extreme affection while you are together. Simply said, this cat gets along with everyone and everything. This includes dogs, other cats and pets. This is a great second cat to have in the household. This cat loves small children and adults.

Although the Bombay Cat will love everyone in the family, they do choose one person to pay extra attention too. In the winter time a Bombay will find the warmest person or place and camp out for most of the winter season.


The Bombay can be an over eater and it is best to monitor their diet. Leaving a dish out with food all day can lead to disease and other disorders. A healthy diet with schedule feedings will ensure a healthy cat.

Suitability as a pet

Like all cats within this group, the breed enjoys — and demands — attention. It will thrive in an active household and does not like being left alone without the companionship of another pet.

Gallery of Bombay Cat