Bombay cats are solid jet black with amber or gold eyes. They
often referred to by the nick-name "parlor panthers" because they were
specifically bred to resemble black panthers. In the late 1950's a
Kentucky cat breeder crossed black American Shorthair cats with Burmese
cats to develop the breed. Bombays are small and muscular
with a solid feel. The coat should be short, velvety and
stunning black. These cats seek interaction and don't like to
left alone. They are vocal with a deep unique purr and welcome the
company of cats, dogs and especially children.
All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not apply to all individuals. Learn about your potential new best friend and research
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Cool Cat Facts...
Occasionally Bombay kittens are born with the rich brown sable color of
their Burmese ancestors, but while the brown variety still make lovely
solid jet black Bombay cats are allowed in the show ring!
Is a Bombay Cat Right for You?
The Bombay cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. and is a
popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat. The
breed can also be found in Britain, but the British Bombay is believed
to have been derived from Oriental Shorthair stock, not
stock. The coat is short and velvety with a limited
undercoat. Shedding is usually not high, but regular grooming will keep
this beautiful cat glistening black. These
are sturdy small-sized cats that have few breed-related health
issues. They tend to be easy-going and accepting of dogs and other
pets. Because it is relatively active and loves human interaction
a great family cat and is one of the best breeds for
All domestic cat breeds
were developed with a certain look and
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not
apply to all individuals.
Learn about your potential new best friend and research
Bombay Cat Breed Standards
Shape: The head should
be nicely rounded, the features should not be angular and the face
should be full. There should be lots of width between the
eyes. The skull should taper to a short well-developed muzzle with
rounded chin. There should be a visible "stop" between forehead and
nose, but no pug or snubbed quality. The chin should be firm with a
proper scissor bite and full dentition. The ears are medium in size and
apart. They should tilt slightly forward and be broad at the
base with slightly rounded tips. The eyes are wide-set and
with color ranging from gold to copper to brilliant orange. Deep color
is most desireable.
Body and Tail:
Medium sized body, well muscled, powerfully built. This is a cat that
should not appear rangy or stout but medium in build. Males are often
much larger. The legs should be of medium bone and in proportion to the
Feet: Five toes in front, four in back. The tail should be straight and
of medium length with an average taper. A whip-like tail is not
fur should be fine and short with a texture like satin . It should lye
flat and close and have a remarkable sheen.
only accepted color
for the Bombay is black. The black should be rich without sable or blue
tendencies. The color should extend the full length of the hair to the
root. The nose and paw pads must be solid black. Kittens may
a slightly dull or sable quality but should become sleek and darken
This should be a solid-bodied and muscular cat with the pleasing
appearance of a miniature panther. They should feel nicely
lifted and be neither soft nor thin. A medium size cat
with athletic and agile with a calm and pleasant presence and
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should
never be outside cats.
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
what do YOU think
....Inside Cat or Outside Cat? Comment