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Bombay Cat Info: History

Nikki Horner started to develop the Bombay cat breed in 1953 from combining black American Shorthairs with Burmese cats. She wanted a cat breed with a dark black coat and bright copper penny eyes.

Early efforts were unsuccessful and in 1965 she finally found a winning breed combination. In 1970 when the breed was accepted for championship competitions, Nikki Horner stopped breeding cats, but other breeders worked to keep the breed alive.

Bombay Cat Female Bombay Cat aged 7 - wikimedia user Pititebilette


Herb and Suzanne Zwecker were two people who had a major influence on the Bombay cat breed’s development and progression. They developed new lines and in 1979, TICA accepted the Bombay for championship competitions.

Bombay Cat Info: Description

To get an idea of the look of the Bombay, just think of a small version of the Black Panther. The Bombay cat comes in one color only – black. Imagine the deepest, darkest, midnight black you can and you will have an idea of the color of this cat’s coat.

The tight, short coat has a shiny, glossy sheen to it that makes grooming easy. A brushing once a week to remove loose hair is all that is needed to keep the coat in top condition.

Bombay cat info

This cat breed is medium sized and well muscled. The ears are medium sized and set well apart. The head is rounded with large wide-set eyes. The Bombay cat’s eyes can be rich gold or copper colored and makes for a stunning contrast to the black coat.

The Bombay breed standards call for brilliant copper eyes but as this is a very hard color to achieve, gold is accepted as well.

Bombay Cat Info: Personality & Temperament

The Bombay is an easy-going, inquisitive and loving cat that loves to play and play some more. They are very people-orientated and will greet you and any visitors at the door.

Bombay cat breed Bombay cat (photo by Dave, July 2005)

This cat breed simply loves to be around people and does not do well on its own. You should consider getting a companion cat if you are going to be leaving your Bombay alone for long periods of time.

If properly integrated, the Bombay cat gets along well with other pets such as dogs and because of its loving nature, is the perfect cat to have with children.

Health Issues

Bombay cat breed

The Bombay cat and the Burmese are closely related and share the same health and genetic problems. These two cat breeds have the same head and body type.

Some of the main health issues of the Bombay cat include cranial deformities, breathing problems and excessive eye tearing due to the foreshortened nose.

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My Bombay's name is Luna and she is the sweetest most loving cat ever. We rescued her from a cat sanctuary. She sleeps with my husband and I every night, …

my Bombay is named Boomer. One day my husband was standing at his brother drive way when someone threw a kitten out the window. He picked him up and brought …

bombay cat named lady Not rated yet
lady came to us from playing with our other cat, than when we lost our cat lady stayed around and it took almost a year be for we could touch her . than …

Evil is his name Not rated yet
I got a black kitten with the coolest eyes, he was the runt. First name Evil, not very mean attacks without warning - you get the picture. Anyway got him …

evil is his name Not rated yet
i got a black kitten. with the coolest eyes , he was the runt. first name blacky, not very mean atasks with out warning. you get the picture. any way got …

Beegie May Be A Bombay Not rated yet
The truth is we fell in love with our two month old kitten the minute she got our attention at the Warren County Humane Shelter. I had adopted a younger …

Beegie the Sweetest Bombay Not rated yet
We adopted our sweet cat from our local shelter. We looked at several cats there, but when we took Beegie from her cage to see how she was, she was the …

Grace and Olympia Not rated yet
My dad was driving home from valet parking when he saw 2 yellow eyes watching him. He stopped the car and opened the door. He said "come here kitty!" The …

CeCe the Bombay Beauty Not rated yet
CeCe was rescued from death row at a Colorado animal shelter. I really didn't want another black cat because our black cat Rosie had recently died. But …

Sheldon- My British Bombay Not rated yet
When my husband and I first got Sheldon, our British Bombay, at 9 weeks old, we had no idea what his breed was. He was the spunky black kitten with greenish …

Patti Lemaire Not rated yet
My little rescued Bombay is perfect. She is 10 yrs old now and still the size of a kitten, maybe 4-5 lbs but tough as nails. Her best friend is our standard …

Lady J Not rated yet
I think my cat is a bombay. Lady J is the sweetest cat. Although makes a lot of noise when she needs attention. She plays well with my puppy. A toy yorkshire …

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