Kitten History: Bombay

The Bombay is the result of a mix of a black American Shorthair male with deep copper eyes, and a sable Burmese female.

By Stacy Hackett

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Bombay © Helmi FlickBlack as midnight, sleek as a panther your Bombay kitten charms with her exotic beauty. Such good looks are what drove Nikki Horner to establish the Bombay breed.

After hearing many cat lovers comment in passing that they'd love to own a panther, Nikki decided to take up the challenge to create a breed with all the exquisiteness of the wild, black cats. She began her breeding program in 1953 with a black American Shorthair male with deep copper eyes, and a sable Burmese female. After years of careful selective breeding, she could consistently produce her unique domestic counterparts.

Eighteen years later, the Bombay was granted Cat Fanciers Association championship status. Today, these sleek black beauties enjoy popularity with cat lovers of all ages. 




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Dennis    Elmira, NY

9/27/2013 7:44:13 AM

I have a 12 pound 7 year-old Bombay. Very friendly black cat except for his white spot on his belly. If you touch his belly he tear your arm off. He has learned to walk on a leash. He taught his younger sister, by showing her, how to walk in a harness. He does not purr( don't know why) but love the attention. Not a lap cat but will sit near you. Would never trade either of my kids in. Their names are Tiger (Bombay) and Noel.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

9/2/2013 11:43:41 PM


Nya    Manhattan, NY

3/5/2012 2:05:14 PM

My Max rescued me at the pound January 5, 2009. I was searching for a male kitten to grow-up with my daugther,Simone. She had her sights set on two tiny, white kittens; however, they were already adopted. I asked if there were no more kittens, when the keeper showed me Max. His name was actually Max and he choose me! He is the love of my life and simply adore him! He is the sweetest, gentleman cat you could ever hope to meet! He is a great companion to Simone, his mini "Mistress". He is not shy and secure with his maleness. He does tea parties, doll play, HW, artwork and cuddling with ease! Up until recently, his "Mistress" thought that if we fed him more, he reach maximum "Panther" potential. Then about two week going, we found a book called "Cat Breeds of the World" by Desmond Morris. Simone said she would find Max there and sure enough; he was there under Bombay Cat. He is the absolute sexiest cat i have ever seen. Everything is black! His coat is the most beautiful shade of black and soft as downing. His paw pads, nails and lips are all black with golden eyes. He is the most affectionate, loving creature you could ever hope for. Max will always have a place in our hearts and our beds:)

Chef Bufo    Mt. Airy, MD

2/10/2012 7:41:38 AM

We brought a black female Bombay from a pet store in 2002. She is the most wonderful cat we could ever hope for. She has gorgeous yellow eyes, a shiny black coat and a white star on her chest. She sits on my chest (all 13 pounds of her)and on my husband's lap when we are watching TV. We have never heard her meow - only small squeeks sometimes. She loves to play on paper, especially grocery bags. Her name is Dazi. We love her so much.

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