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Randy    Camarillo, CA

9/1/2015 6:55:59 PM

My "Baby Boo" is 12 solid lbs. of sleek, lovin' jungle panther and is approx. 8-9 yrs. old. The very FIRST NIGHT that I took him in from out of the cold...he climbed up onto my bed, then onto my chest..."made bread" for a few mins. then proceeded to head bump me multiple times, purring loudly the entire time. Then he snuggled his cold nose into my neck for warmth & comfort. This, after only 8 hrs. from when we first met...Love-At-First-Sight for both of us! For life!!!

Late one night, I needed to walk a couple of blocks down the street to mail some bills. From out of the neighbor's bushes leaped my lil' panther boy, which scared me silly (he's into slapstick)! I told him to "stay, or go home!" but like most cats, he wouldn't listen. He followed me to the mailbox & back. I was curious to see if this was a one-off thing or possibly something we could do on a regular basis. So began our "Adventure Walks", 10:30 PM every night for the next 5 yrs. No leash...he'd just trot alongside me, or slightly ahead of me...disappearing into neighborhood front yards intermittently. The longest one was 2 miles, which took about 3 hrs. (I brought food & water). No matter where I was, he'd come looking for me at 10-10:30, to remind me that it was time for "our adventure".

Eventually, I decided it was time to leash train him, as I was tired of being stopped by the police and having to explain why I was hanging out in front of people's houses so late at night. Of course, Boo would be hiding in the bushes the entire time, literally hanging me out to dry. The conversion to a harness/leash went much smoother than I'd expected. He still loves our special time together and we rarely miss a night! I love my Boo!

I've had and been around many, many cats, my entire life. I don't care what anyone else says, BOMBAY's r THE BEST!!!

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.

Hobie    DesMoinews, IA

1/7/2012 8:28:10 PM

We are owned by a black bombay male. He came to us at 4months old. They said they named him Magic. I just call him Buddy, but my wife calls him psycho becuase sometimes he just stares at an empty corner like there is someone there. I noticed that he seems to get mean after havin g catnip. So we are a catnip free zone now. he loves going outside on his leash, and as long as I stay and walk with him he doesn't try to run off. Can be loving, but not for long spurts. Will wake me at 430am for feeding time by putting his paw on my face and meowing in my ear.

d taylor    balto, MD

9/10/2011 12:59:57 PM

we got our cat raven when he i think A month n he looks just like a bombay he follows me all around the house why it's funny i somtime don't even know he's there untill i leave the room but i love him he gave my a scare at six weeks my bday he ate my plant so off to the hosptil he's fine cost $100.00 happy bday lol why is he so long...

Donna    Beverly, MA

8/13/2011 1:05:13 PM

I got a Bombay kitten in January. He is now 9 months old. He has a little white on his stomach. His name is Midnight. He he lets me know when he wants to play by coming at my leg. He also has a funny cry. He doesn't like to be held a lot but he does like to be patted. Fur is soft and shiny. He does like to lay in my bed with me but not a lot.

Franklin    Simi Valley, CA

4/20/2011 11:56:04 PM

I adopted two kittens last year that look exactly like Bombay's, well one does for sure. The other has all the Bombay features except it has long hair. Do Bombay cats ever have long hair?

John    Washington, IN

2/11/2011 6:39:31 AM

My Bombay found me out in the woods behind our house this past January. I was not a big fan of cats in the house so my wife was surprised when I brought this 3 week old kitten home. My wife is actually the one to discover the kittens breed while watching a special on cat breeds on the T.V. Before I knew anything of the breed I had already named my kitten Velcro in respect of the sound he made as I was peeling him from my pants leg and I called him my domestic panther. I am now a fan of at least one breed of cats.

Virginia    Brooklyn, NY

12/9/2010 9:10:52 AM

We found our cat Naomi in our backyard. She was a 4 month old stray and is still very skittish. She had mites, and we used to wrap her in a towel before administering ear drops, so she wouldn't struggle. To this day, Naomi is terrified of towels. But she loves to snuggle at bedtime. She will boldly demand a treat from any of our guests, and she dances on her hind legs for attention. Everyone who meets her is enchanted. She is kitten sized still, perhaps a dwarf cat. She has the panther like muscular body and drapes over the furniture like a jungle cat. But her coat is solid brown, and she has brilliant green eyes. I wasn't surprised to hear the Bombay originated by mixing in some Burmese. Naomi's coat is that sable brown that Havanas and Burmese have.

Ann    Portsmouth, NH

9/17/2010 7:38:18 AM

We have a Bombay mix according to the animal shelter. He is very affectionate to my husband and me. He talks a lot and likes to play. He will bat at our legs as we go by if we don't pay attention to him. The only problem is he is very skittish. As soon as the doorbell or phone rings, even on the TV, he is gone. He is so bad that some people say I don't really have a cat because they have never seen him. He is so loving to me and likes to sleep on my side when I am sleeping. When he was a kitten he would suck on my eyelids when I was asleep to wake me up, now he jumps on me and kneeds. He always wants to be in the same room as we are and gets very annoyed when we leave the house. His name is Colby Jack.

Michael    Lakeside, CA

8/27/2010 11:42:42 AM

My wife and I own a Bombay, 6-years old, named Nexus...Nexus was born with green eyes, we got him at about 4 weeks...He was a stray, obviously abandoned. He's a "Velcro" cat, sleek, and beautiful....He would have never been abole to be shown, with his emerald green eyes, so we had him "fixed", and he is our wonderful house cat, along with our tabby, Hobo...they get along real well, like brothers....Nexus is about 12 pounds, solid muscle, and shines like patent leather...He is solid black, including his foot pads...He's not real vocal, but "squeaks" instead of meows. He is always on our laps, constantly seeks our attention...If you sit in our house, you have Nexus "glued" to your lap....He's very smart, although my tabby is leash trained, Nexus shows remarkable skill at stealing my wife's pens, and generally just gets into things....We're retired, have no children or grandchildren so we have time to give Nexus the attention he DEMANDS! He has been a blessing to us, along with Hobo....Owning a Bombay is a full-time job....The demands they put on your complete attention are incredible....but we'd never trade him for any amount of anything...He's a great pet, and a beautiful little "panther"....

Meg    charleston, SC

5/27/2010 11:35:54 AM

our kitten approprettly named ebony is the most versitile little kittens around she is so loving and sweet yet has an attitude to let everybody know she runs this house but we couldnt ask for anything more

Barb    Hanover twp, PA

5/15/2010 2:35:36 PM

I was lonley for a more affectionate cat,more so than my older male and beautiful grey female cat.My bombay was a rescue and was the greatest gift ever,very talkative has to have my company and I his(Blackie brat)!!

michael    walla walla, WA

4/19/2010 10:54:54 PM

I had my male nutered and has become more home based and not roaming ase much,but is very fisty and very loveing and protective,and has a star white in the center of his chest we call him shadow

Jeremy    Chula Vista, CA

4/8/2010 11:16:11 AM

My Bombay isn't very affectionate at all. He is very protective and aggressive. He only comes to you when he wants something.

Pat    Las Vegas, NV

3/19/2010 4:28:18 PM

I always thought that my "pound furball" Blackbird looked a lot different than other domestic short-hairs. After reading this, I realize that the characteristics listed for a Bombay fit him to a tee. His coat is coal black, (not a speck of white), has great big amber eyes, and his nose is almost a pug - not what you normally see on domestic short-hairs. He is also not a meower, but loves to cuddle, and can be very mischevious. This guy wasn't a stray; a family was moving away and left him at the shelter when he was two. He is now four, and along with Zorro, my Tuxedo, make my family complete.

Leah    Virgina Beach, VA

2/27/2010 6:19:13 PM

I love my bombay. He is such a sweet cat. For some reason I was so supersticious of getting a black cat but my Onyx is by far the best cat I have ever owned. He has his own unique ways of just being himself. I love my cat and would never trade him for any other cat.

Amber    Tyler, TX

2/7/2010 2:11:51 PM

Very interesting. I didn't even know I owned a Bombay at first!

Suze    Lewiston, ME

1/23/2010 5:27:24 AM

Great article.I adopted 2 Bombays after losing my tuxedo last fall; I wanted a black kitten and Julien caught my eye.He was in with his sister,and soon became apparent that he was lost without his litter mate.I went back the next day for Mort.
They are lap cats to the nth degree-out of nowhere we'll get love bombed by one of them seeking a lap.Mort is currently curled up in my lap, purring.They are beautiful,smart,funny and ever so lovable.I lucked out finding them both at the shelter.

Flor    Coral Springs, FL

1/20/2010 1:19:28 PM

We found a Bombay lost in the park just before X-mas and took him home. He has quickly become part of the family, he is lovable, friendly, very expressive and absolutely beautiful. We are so glad to have him.

Diane    Portage, MI

12/27/2009 7:23:05 AM

I liked the article(s). My male 4 month old Bombay is too agressive. He was abandoned as a kitten. I took him in at 5 weeks old. We have a female calico who is 20 years old. He is so mean to her. Always attacking and biting her. He is not social. Bites me too, for no reason. Beautiful but mean spirited. How can I help him through these growing times?

Terry    Haydenville, OH

10/6/2009 11:20:12 PM

I got my female from my neighbor, whose cat had kittens. She was pure black, just like her mother. She was the only female left of the group, but she was docile compared to her 2 brothers. I got her at 2 months. She does not sit on laps, but she will sit beside you and want petted. She has beautiful eyes, and a nice personality. I also thought she was a regular shorthair, but her quiet meows and her speed told me otherwise.

krista    Rogers, AR

9/15/2009 5:39:00 AM

Its helpful but my Bombay is 12 pounder and agreessive behavior

Russ    Denver, CO

8/16/2009 9:39:23 PM

I was amazed as have many others who have commented here. My Sam is totally black and I just figured he was a traditional black cat. However, after reading this article, and stories of other Bombay cats, this describes Sam perfectly. He has a gorgeous sleek black coat and I have always thought he looked like a little panther when he is slinking around in the grass in my backyard. I dont know if this is a normal feature of the Bombay breed, but he has the largest and thickest claws of any cat I have seen before. He is very smart, likes to fetch, is pretty lovey most of the time, doesnt make much noise except when he wants to go outside! He loves to rub his face on mine. He has been the perfect cat. He would walk me to the door when I left for work, and I am sure he heard my keys in the lock, but would be right there when I came home, wanting to be picked up and loved. He learned immediately the only place to sharpen his claws is his cat post! I have never had a cat this smart, this beautiful, this gorgeous!

Nina    Honolulu, HI

8/2/2009 3:09:51 AM

Oh my gosh, my story is almost identical to that of the writer from Beaver Meadows. I had no idea my Leonardo Angus Hellweasel is a Bombay. I just thought he was a typical American Shorthair black cat. The description on this site describes him to a tee. The picture migh as well be a picture of my Leo. I visited a no kill rescue shelter with the intention of getting a tabby kitten. But I also wanted a lap kitty as the tabby cat I already had, which I love dearly, was not the friendliest cat. And after seeing the kittens I decided to go into the adult cattery. Leo picked out my boyfriend immediately, then I held him for almost twenty minutes on my shoulder like a baby as I was looking at other cats. Needless to say, we brought him home. He is the love of our lives. He is the ABSOLUTE PERFECT CAT. He is soooooo sweet, you can hardly hear his meows. He will let us kiss, hug and hold him as much as we want. He will wait to be fed, unlike our tabby. He is shiny, sleek, long and smells so clean. Although he has those beautiful golden eyes that make him look so innocent, he wacks at our 21 pound tabby then looks at us and say "I didn't do anything." We also couldn't believe that someone had left him at the shelter and that we were lucky enough to be chosen by Leo.

Gammi    Chester County, PA

7/12/2009 8:32:34 AM

Midnite, my Bombay, adopted me in June 2008, just prior to having my 16 yr.old, Kasey Kitty, die from cancer.
He has been a blessing in pitch black .. I believe he had been an abused cat, had all the signs of ... NOW, he is one happy kitty! He awakens me EVERY morning by putting his paw on my face and head bumping me ... My vet believes he might have been 6 - 7 yrs. old when he adopted me. He is jet black, sleek and has a gorgeous little round head with a short adorable little black nose. Not a white nor colored spot on his coat ... I am absolutely in love with him; he follows me around as a dog would. I feel so blessed to have Midnite! :)

M    Beaver Meadows, PA

5/28/2009 9:55:58 AM

Hi. I LOVE black cats and after my first precious one died too young I was determined to get another. However, I'm a sucker for "pound purries" and once they picked me out I took them home. Anyway, I recently had to make several visits to our shelter and, of course, had to pet every last animal. Each time I was in the female cat colony there was one petite black sweetie that put herself right in my face. I'd bend over to pet a different cat and she'd jump on my back and snuggle my neck. When I stood up she'd stretch out her arms like a toddler wanting to be picked up. And when held she'd just roll in my arms purring like she just couldn't love me enough. Needless to say she now lives with us. With her unique behavior and exceptional beauty we knew she had to be a special breed. After veiwing you site it was obvious she was a Bombay. She looks EXACTLY like your picture and acts exactly as you describe. The retrieving is awesome! We can play for hours and she doesn't tire. She's incredibly energetic, (sometime we can't wait until she goes to sleep,) friendly, personable, totally loving and soooo smart. Agile, sleek, shiny and pantherlike, - curious is an understatement of her sheer nosiness. She is PERFECTLY as you described this breed. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING US FIND THIS INFO! I find it hard to believe such a truly beautiful cat at the pound was not scooped up sooner, and brought a whole new sense of liveliness to our family! Thanks again for the info, your site was well thought out and so easy to navigate. Keep up the good work!

Anita    Dothan, AL

4/2/2009 3:13:06 PM

I just found this website trying to find out what kind of cat I had. Someone had left him out in the woods and we took him home. He is absolutely beautiful with the sleek black coat as described for Bombay cats. He is very loving and wants to be close to your face when held. He can also be very inquisitive....getting into everything. He especially likes the toilet paper roll. I think he does look like a black panther.

mrs. maria jaskolka    clevland, OH

1/24/2009 9:03:19 AM

hello, greetings,
we have an awesome cat he's male bombay
they're very smart an they love to talk an his name
is jerrylee we name after the movie called k-9 cop
an it fits to an t he seems to know when my blood sugar is low an when i'm having an asma attack he'll grabs my husband by the seat of his pants
to says mommy needs your help !!!!!

we love to death ,heis our little bugs!!!!!!

Vic    Winnipeg, MB

1/17/2009 6:40:12 AM

Your description of the Bombay Breed is to a tee describing our male cat Raven. We have had him now for three months talkative and always there,listens well. I had a feeling he was not a mutt. Co-worker told me of your site, to check it out glad I did. Thanks for the info.

barbara    dallas, TX

12/18/2008 10:51:31 AM

I enjoyed reading the information regarding my bombay burmese kitten. She is nine months old. I never owned a black cat and I didn't kmow she was
a special breed. Her name is (Sistah) because I had
her sister (Precious) before I got her and when I brought her home I told Precious I brought your sister for you to play with. The name just fitted. She defintely a "slap cat".

Lisa    seabrook, TX

2/10/2008 7:34:12 AM

How can we tell a bombay cat from a regular Domestic cat. I know my cat is not but is there a way to tell one black cat from another?

Micki    Temecula, CA

6/8/2007 7:26:56 PM

I want to know how large these Bombay cats get?

sheilah park    seaside, OR

3/27/2007 7:32:15 PM

my bombay kitten has long sharp claws she does not pull them in. we named her
domino. i thought your article was verry informative.

Larry    Gulf Breeze, FL

10/5/2006 2:56:33 PM

Interesting article, yet we find that our Bombay "Lady", is not attracted to our lap. She does not take to newcommers at all, and never sits on anyones lap. However, we love her, just the same, we are hopeful for the future.


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