The Bombay cat was developed from the Burmese breed.

Bombay Cat

Popularly known as the Black Cat or the Magician Cat, Bombay are a well balanced, muscular cats with a deep black coat. They resemble a miniature form of panther and are extremely active and affectionate. Though Bombay's have a distinctive voice, it is not loud or harsh as that of a Siamese. These felines are quite friendly with humans as well as other pets. Owners need to make sure tyo keep their black beauty away from traffic & wildlife. To know more about the history, appearance and personality of Bombay cats, check out the following lines.

History of Bombay Cat

British Bombay
A Burmese type, British Bombay cat is the name given to black felines, who belong to the Asian group. It came into existence when the Burmese cats were cross bred, trying to develop Burmese cat in various colors. The cat is characterized with a black coat, toes, nose, and copper to greenish eyes. The variety is a shorthair breed of domestic cat, these have a close lying, sleek and glossy black coat with little or no paling at the roots.

American Bombay
Created in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1958, the American breed was formed when Nikki Horner of Shawnee Cattery deliberately bred an American Shorthair with a Burmese. The offspring that was born resembled the black leopard of India and was named after the Indian city, Bombay (presently known as Mumbai). These cats have orange color eyes and are often confused with the British Bombay. Though the two are different from each other, they share a common name, Bombay. In 1976 the Bombay was recognized for championship status in The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA).

Bombay cats are characterized as muscular yet agile felines, with a black coat that is short, satiny and tight to the body. Mostly, they have a round and wide head with a medium short, blunt tapered muzzle. Coming to facial features, Bombay cats usually have copper to green colored eyes and broad, slightly rounded medium sized ears. Though they might look very small, Bombay cats are very heavy and weigh about 5 to 8 pounds.

Bombay cats are much like the Burmese cats, as both have almost same genetic composition. Bombay are fun loving, affectionate cats, craving for human attention. While some cats are very vocal and love to blabber around, others tend to keep quiet. One of the unique characteristics of Bombay cats is that they are heat seekers. Often it is seen that the cat would sleep with the owner either under the covers or on top of the legs, in order to be warm. Though they get along well with other breeds, Bombay cats love to be the boss and dominate around. All in all they can be described as quiet, sensitive, reserved and intelligent felines, who love to be pampered and coddled.