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Basic Bombay Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Weight: 6 - 11 pounds

Bombay Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Bombay History

  • This breed was created not in India, but in Louisville, Kentucky in 1958 when cat breeder Nikki Horner carefully bred a Burmese with an American Shorthair to create a domesticated cat that looks like a small black panther.
  • The CFA, granted this breed championship status in 1976.

Bombay Behavior Concerns

  • The Bombay is generally friendly to strangers, so don't be startled if he beats you to the door to greet houseguests.
  • In interacting with you, the Bombay may make it challenging for you to try to read the newspaper or watch your favorite television show without interruption. This is definitely an "in-your-face' breed.
  • Possessing an easy-going attitude and active approach to life, the Bombay can be easily leash trained, engage in a game of fetch, and happily co-exist with dogs and other pets in the household.
  • Likes to chat, but not as vocal as a Siamese.

Look of Bombays

  • The Bombay conveys two distinctive features: its copper-colored, hypnotic eyes and its all-black satiny short coat - right down to the roots.
  • The Bombay also displays a strong round face with heavy jaws, broad-set ears, full chin and Roman nose with nostrils set low.
  • Its medium-built body is agile and athletic. It is deceptively heavier than one expects when you pick up a Bombay to place on your lap.
  • Even this breed's footpads are deep black.

Grooming Bombay Cats

  • The Bombay's no-fuss coat does not require grooming, but this cat will welcome the attention you give it by brushing or running a damp washcloth across its coat.
  • This breed is not prone to developing matts in its coat.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Bombays

Please consult with your veterinarian about the type of diet and amount to feed your cat during their different life stages. Different breeds may have a greater risk of obesity based upon their diet, metabloism, activity and age. Thus, your veterinarian is your best source of information on this topic.

Fun Facts of Bombays

  • A popular remark among fans of this breed is if you are searching for a pet with the qualities of a dog, cat and monkey, your best bet is to get a Bombay.
  • The Bombay is also fondly known by these nicknames: "Parlor panther" and "patent leather kid with the copper penny eyes."
  • The Bombay owns bragging rights of being the blackest cat among all purebreds.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

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Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.