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Active and curious, the Bombay is a medium-sized cat sporting a dramatic and deep black coat. Distinct for its walk that has the appearance of a sway, resembling the Indian black leopard. Aside from its exotic looks, the Bombay enjoys watching the world around her and can be so affectionate that she seeks too much attention from her owners.
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Key Facts & Information
- The Bombay, named for the unusual port city of India, has no correlation with the subcontinent. It was created from a cross between a sable Burmese and a black American Shorthair to achieve that black panther miniature.
- Nikki Horner of Louisville, Kentucky, is known for developing the Bombay in the latter parts of the 1950s. She aimed to produce a sleek cat with a shiny black coat, a compact body, and a friendly temperament.
- The Cat Fanciers Association fully recognized the breed in 1978.
- Aside from the Bombay’s short and glossy black coat, the cat possesses similar characteristics to that of the Burmese. Her rounded skull is mounted by straight, wide-set, medium-sized ears. She also has a short muzzle, round eyes that range in a spectrum of colors from gold to copper, and a medium-length tail.
- The breed generally weighs between eight and 15 pounds; males are relatively larger than females.
- The Bombay’s paw pads are also black.
- The energetic and affectionate Bombay enjoys people and easily adapts to a number of environments and lifestyles. Her calm demeanor makes her a good apartment dweller, and she interacts well with other pets, although she wants to be the top cat.
- Expect these cats to hog the warmest spots inside the house, especially under the covers at bedtime. Most Bombays are vocal to their owners in a distinctive but not loud voice.
- Bombays are sometimes excellent at playing fetch, and some have even learned to walk on a leash.
- They are intelligent breeds that are entertained and will do well with a family who is willing to teach their Bombays tricks, play games, and give them a number of interactive toys.
COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS
- Although they are generally healthy cats, Bombays are also susceptible to a couple of conditions.
- Sinus problems and runny noses. These are upper respiratory infections common in cats, especially in kittens and shelter cats. These infections usually respond well when cured, though some breeds can become quite sick, with severe cases occasionally leading to pneumonia.
- Craniofacial defect. This abnormality is common in newborn Burmese kittens, which may have severely deformed heads.
- Obesity can also shorten a Bombay’s lifespan, so owners should monitor their cat’s weight.
- It is also recommended to neuter these cats at five to nine months old, as Bombays reach sexual maturity as early as five months.
CARE AND DIET
- The Bombay’s short, sleek coat is easily maintained with only a few strokes of the hand or at least a weekly brushing or rubdown with a chamois to get rid of dead hair, distribute skin oil, and polish the coat.
- It is also important to maintain their dental hygiene to prevent periodontal diseases.
- Keep the litter box clean as Bombays are very particular about bathroom hygiene.
- These breeds do not require any specific diet, as long as they are provided with high-quality wet food and some quality dry food as well.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS
- Similar to the Savannah cat or the Bengal cat, Bombays were developed with the goal of producing a domestic feline with an untamed look.
- They also go by the nickname “velcro cats”, as they tend to stay attached to their owners. They seek attention and have been known to follow their beloved human from room to room.
- Although social butterflies, Bombays hate to be left alone for long periods of time since they experience loneliness and depression if left in solitude, which then leads to a destructive behavior.
- American and British breeders performed different approaches to the development of these mini panthers. Unlike American Bombays, the British variants were bred from a cross between Burmese cats and black domestic cats. Although they seem to look similar, these two lines’ main distinction lies in their eyes: American Bombays have gold or copper eyes while their British cousins often sport green eyes.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Bombay across 18 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Bombay worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Bombay which is a medium-sized cat sporting a dramatic and deep black coat. Distinct for its walk that has the appearance of a sway, resembling the Indian black leopard. Aside from its exotic looks, the Bombay enjoys watching the world around her and can be so affectionate that she seeks too much attention from her owners.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
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- Adopt, Don’t Shop
- Two Black Cats
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