The Bombay cat could refer to one of two different breeds. The British Bombay cat or the American Bombay cat. The British Bombay is the name given to black cats of the Asian group. They are of the Burmese type and have an all-black coat, toes and nose. There should be no paling or dilution of the sleek black coat. The American Bombay cat is the result of breeding between the American Short-hair and a Burmese cat. The goal was to breed a cat that looked like a black panther. The American version was developed in 1958 in Louisville by Nikki Horner of the Shawnee Cattery. The coat is the same jet black color as the British Bombay.


The Bombay cat has a very unique voice. This is not the traditional "meow" that most cats have. This applies to both the American and British breeds of Bombay cat. These cats are very affectionate and loving with their owners. They are considered to be heat-seeking cats, which means they love to curl up on their owner's laps to stay as warm as they can be. Bombay cats are curious and intelligent, like most cat breeds and are very playful in their youth. They crave the attention of their owners and will follow them from room to room.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 12 pounds (6kg)

    Female: 8-12 pounds (3-6kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    The Bombay cat usually lives from 9-13 years.

  • Litter Size

    On average the litter size will be 6 kittens.

  • Grooming

    The short-haired Bombay cat is easy to groom. Brushing and combing the coat once a week will keep it in great condition and keep the fur free from knots. This cat is a low shedding cat.

  • Recognition