A page about the Bombay cat written in a style that I hope is suitable for children and people who like to read plain English. Visitors are free to use the text on this page. The pictures are protected and can’t be used.
The Bombay cat is a miniature black panther for the home and a well recognized breed of cat, but quite a rare cat. This cat is named after the city of Bombay but does not come from Bombay in India, which, by the way, is now called “Mumbai”. Perhaps the cat should be renamed “Mumbai”. No, the city should change their name back to Bombay instead…There are two types of Bombay cat. One is American and the other is British.
Bombay Cat History
In Louisville, Kentucky, America (see map), a lady whose name is Nikki Horner, decided that she wanted to breed a domestic cat that looked like a black panther. Around 1958 Nikki created the Bombay cat. She did this putting together a “sable” colored Burmese cat with a American Shorthair cat that had a black coat. These cats mated and the kittens was not to her liking. She tried again with different cats and eventually, in the 1960s, created a jet black cat that she liked. The coat of the Bombay cat is a single coat and it lies close the cat’s body. People say that it looks like “patent leather”. I’ll explain these words:
- “Sable” – grayish yellowish brown.
- “Patent leather” – this is normally used when writing about glossy or shiny black shoes.
Please remember: the real black panther is usually a black jaguar, a large wild cat living mainly in South America. This cat has a faint pattern. The Bombay cat does not. It has a sheer, glossy black coat over a muscular body.
In the United Kingdom (UK) the Bombay cat is a type of Burmese cat. It has the same solid black coat as the American cat. The British like to call them “Asian cats”. In America the Bombay is no longer a black Burmese cat.
How The Bombay Cat Looks
The fur is short and the color is a shiny, jet black. It is as if the coat was painted on. The cat’s body is medium in size and shape. This is a muscular and solid cat, but a normal looking cat in all ways. The head is round and you can’t help notice the strong copper colored eyes. “Copper” is a metal and the color “copper” is a mixture of red and brown.
The muzzle is short. The “muzzle” is the part of the cat’s anatomy that includes the nose, mouth and whiskers. This cat should have normal features so the muzzle should not be too short. Although some breeders do breed this cat to have a very short muzzle.
The Bombay weighs between 6-11 lbs or 2.5-5 kilograms. As the Bombay has a single coat it is easy to look after by the cat and human caretaker.
This cat likes laps. This is probably because the Bombay likes heat but then don’t all domestic cats? It has the same or similar personality of the Burmese cat. But beware. Each cat has its own personality and character. You cannot say that all the cats of one cat breed are the same.
In general this cat likes being around people. They like to be near the human who looks after them.