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Bombay Cat

This ebony beauty was bred to look like a Panther but despite their wild appearances, are lively and affectionate companions. 

Bombay cats, despite the name, aren’t from India and were in fact, bred in the USA in the 1950’s. They were developed by crossing Burmese with black American shorthair cats to create a cat with looks inspired by the Indian Black Leopard. 

They are a muscular, medium sized cat weighing up to 7kgs and are black with orange or green eyes.


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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics


USA, 1950’s

Also known as 



20 to 30cms, 3 to 7 kgs

Weight Range

3 to 7 kgs



Life expectancy

10 to 17 Years


Soft and short, minimal grooming required 


Affectionate, energetic, outgoing

Exercise requirements

High, enjoy playing 

Best suited for 

Couples, families, elderly 

Apartment Friendly



Bombay cats are known for being affectionate and outgoing making them a popular choice for families. They are energetic and enjoy playing so provide plenty of toys and cat trees for them to climb on and scratch. Because they tend to enjoy companionship, they can become lonely if left for long periods of time. They may therefore be better suited to a household where someone is home to keep them company, or perhaps adopting two could be a way to ensure they have suitable company if you are out a lot. They are well suited to apartment living if they are given plenty to keep them occupied. Keeping your Bombay cat indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure helps keep them safe from roads, other cats, snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat. 


With a short soft coat, minimal grooming is required, but it is a good idea to get your Bombay used to being gently brushed from an early age. Brushing helps to remove loose fur. A cat grooming glove is a great option for the Bombay cat. You may not notice your cat scratching like you would with a dog, but the cat flea "Ctenocephalides felis" is the most common flea found on both dogs and cats. So, make sure your kitty is on flea control all year around and tick control if you are in a tick area. 


When choosing a food for your Bombay, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. As diabetes is noted in the top reasons for Bombay cats to visit the vet in 2020, always ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity which is a risk factor for diabetes. Always ensure your Bombay has a constant supply of fresh water available, and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common Health Concerns 

Traumatic accidents ranked as the second most common claimed condition for Bombay cats in 2020. It may be possible to help your Bombay cat avoid outdoor accidents by keeping them indoors or in a suitable cat friendly enclosure. 

According to PetSure data from 2020, the five most common reasons for a Bombay cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) are as follows:  



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Pleural effusion (fluid within the chest cavity)




Traumatic accident




Respiratory tract problems, including bronchitis, coughing




Kidney failure







Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Bombay Cat names 2018-2020

Most popular names

  1. Coco
  2. Ebony
  3. Midnight
  4. Abbie
  5. Ashe
  6. Bell
  7. Flash
  8. Freddy
  9. Jet
  10. Leo

Most popular female names

  1. Coco
  2. Ebony
  3. Abbie
  4. Bell
  5. Lucas
  6. Lucky
  7. Luna
  8. Midnight
  9. Milly
  10. Nova

Most popular male names

  1. Ash
  2. Flash
  3. Freddie
  4. Jet
  5. Leo
  6. Midnight
  7. Milo
  8. Obi
  9. Salem
  10. Toby

Did you know?

Bombay cats are said to be rather talkative companions who converse with various meows and have a very loud purr! 

Where can I get a Bombay cat? 

If you are looking to add a little mystery into your life with a beautiful black cat, get in touch with your local animal shelter or rescue organisation where you may just find your perfect Pantha-like puss!  


  1. Wikipedia, Bombay Cat, Accessed on 03/03/2021
  2. Cat Fanciers Association, The Bombay, Accessed on 03/03/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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