Bombay breed information

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Own a Bombay cat, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Medium
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Coat: Short hair, easy to care for
  • Exercise: Medium

Bombay personality

The Bombay, a beautiful cat first bred in the 1950s as a cross between a sable Burmese and a black American shorthair.

Although the Bombay will look like a medium sized cat, you will be surprised at how much heavier they are. Whilst they are active cats they are also very curious and love to sit in the window watching the world go by.

Expect to find a Bombay curled up in your bed as they love the warmth, nearly as much as affection!

The Bombay shares many of its characteristics with a Black Panther. They have a distinctive purr, loud enough to hear across the room and a when they walk their bodies appear to sway, much like the big cat!

Bombay Cat

Common health problems and illnesses

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

A form of heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be inherited in some Bombay cats. It causes a thickening in the wall of the heart, which restricts blood flow which can then lead to heart failure.


Bombay's like to eat, and can pack on the pounds very easily if you don't watch what you are feeding them. Keeping your cat at a healthy weight is important, and is an easy way to protect their overall health. Obesity is more common in old age as your cat will naturally become less active.


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