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Meet the Bombay Cat, a Gorgeous Silky Black Breed

What This Breed of Cats has in Common with Dogs

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IS THE BOMBAY CAT RIGHT FOR YOU?

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    Bombay cats are an active breed who prefer warm climates and the indoors.

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    They do well with other cats and children, making them great family cats.

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    The Bombay cat is intelligent and constantly seeks human interaction.

HISTORY

Despite what their name may suggest, the Bombay cat hails from Louisville, KY, where they were first bred by a woman looking to make for herself a breed that had all the characteristics of a panther. A cross between a black American Shorthair and a sable Burmese, the Bombay was so named for their similarity to the black leopard, found predominantly in India, and as such, named after the famous Indian city of Bombay (now Mumbai).

quick facts

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    Size

    Medium

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    Lifespan

    15 - 20 years

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    Hair Length

    Short

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    Litter Size

    An average of 6 kittens

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    Male Weight

    8 - 11 pounds

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    Female Weight

    6 - 9 pounds

APPEARANCE

The defining characteristics of the Bombay cat are their smooth, shiny, black coat and their stunning, copper eyes. A medium sized cat, this breed has a round, almost flat face with medium sized ears. Their body is not too skinny, and not too wide, and their tail is medium length as well.

PERSONALITY

The Bombay cat is a smart, friendly breed that craves human interaction. They are wary of unknown areas, and are reluctant to go outside. When in a familiar environment, however, this breed loves to play and is great with other cats and children. Some Bombay cats can be quite talkative, while others less so, and when they do, they have a wide range of voices.

color

The Bombay cat is always black.

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health concerns

The average life expectancy of Bombay cats is 13 – 15 years. Health problems specific to the breed are not reported.

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