The Bombay breed was developed in the United States by Nikki Horner in the 1950’s. She bred for coat color using black coated American Domestic Shorthair felines and the Burmese breed to acquire the flashy eye color. In Britain, breeders crossed black domestic cats with Burmese. The breed accomplished championship status in the Cat Fancy Association in 1976 and continues to be a winning breed.
With much the same standard as the Burmese this feline has the short, sleek coat of the American Domestic Shorthair emphasizing its muscular build. The coat must be black. The head should be similar to a wild panther, round with a short snout. The breed should have gold to copper colored eyes.
The Bombay makes a great pet. It can be trained to leash, loves to fetch and must be part of the family. Kittens can be brought home at the age of sixteen weeks. New owners are advised to spay or neuter the kitten and keep them as indoor pets. Vetstreet recommends weekly brushing of coat and teeth and keep claws trimmed.
For those area owners who would like a cat to show this is the breed that will get results. Consult with your breeder, join the breed clubs and enjoy competing with this rare feline.
Milwaukee cat lovers can find breeders through the Cat Doctor, Vetstreet, or the Cat Fancy Association.