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The Bombay cat is a stunning, solid jet black cat with deep amber or gleaming gold eyes, an affectionate,  calm, family-oriented disposition and movie star good looks. 

A relatively new breed of cat, they are often referred to by the nick-name "parlor panthers" because they were specifically bred to resemble tiny 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, solid black. Toenails, toe pads and nose leather must also be solid black, and each individually hair is rich black allthe way down to the root without fading. 

There is both a British Bombay and an American Bombay. While there are some physical differences between the breeds, including the fact that green eyes are acceptable in the British cat, both cats have the same lovely, happy and mellow personality and both possess the legendary Bombay love for children.

Bombay cats are exceptionally people-oriented and really don't like to be left alone, so singles and time-strapped households might consider another option. 

Otherwise this is an exceptional pet, active, busy and vocal with a deep unique purr and open heart that welcomes the company of cats, dogs and most especially children.


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The personality of the Bombay cat is bright, active and very friendly.

A superior choice for someone looking for a real buddy, their calm demeanor also makes the Bombay an excellent travel companion.

Not the best choice if you want some alone time or plan to leave the cat alone, busy singles should definitely consider another breed because resentfulness and even spiteful behavior is possible if they feel they are being ignored.

Bombays are sturdy small-sized cats that have few breed-related health issues. 

They are an excellent choice for big, busy families and households with children because they tend to be very easy-going, calm and accepting of dogs and other pets. 

Because it is relatively active and loves human interaction, the Bombay is a great family cat with a patient, soulful and happy disposition that makes it one of the best breeds for children. 

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 British Shorthair stock, not Burmese stock and is just slightly different. 

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. -Bombay Cat Facts

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Bombay kittens tend to be just a little less rowdy than some other breeds. Even at a precious age they are bright, eager and very people-conscious. 

Because of this they tend to be quick learners and easy to train. They are neat and fastidious about their potty habits, even when only a few weeks old., and even the youngest kittens will soon fall into a routine with the family schedule

Kitten-proofing is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing any kitten. 

High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong urge to explore.

In Appearance,  the Bombay kitten looks very much like a miniature adult. They tend to have a bit of "baby fuzz" that they loose at about six months, and when born their eyes may be blue, brown or green before turning copper or gold at about one year old.  

Although it is a very well-known breed, they are not always readily available and one looking for a pure bred Bombay kitten to buy may have to search a bit to find a Bombay cat breeder.

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Head 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 set well apart. They should tilt slightly forward and be broad at the base with slightly rounded tips. The eyes are wide-set and rounded 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 body. 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 desireable. 

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Coat: The fur should be fine and short with a texture like satin . It should lye flat and close and have a remarkable sheen.

Color: The 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 have a slightly dull or sable quality but should become sleek and darken with maturity.

Overall Appearance: This should be a solid-bodied and muscular cat with the pleasing appearance of a miniature panther.  They should feel nicely weighted when lifted and be neither soft nor thin. A medium size cat with athletic and agile with a calm and pleasant presence and a playful personality. 


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  • Occasionally Bombay kittens are born with the rich brown sable color of their Burmese ancestors, but while the brown variety still make lovely pets, only solid jet black Bombay cats are allowed in the show ring.

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