Bombay cat breed

No, the Bombay isn’t a miniature panther, but he was bred to look like a smaller version of a wild cat. In fact, his exotic appearance has earned him the nickname “the patent-leather kid with the new-penny eyes.” Learn more about this generally easygoing and pleasant cat and whether he might be the right breed for you.

They’re often laid-back.

He may look wild, but the Bombay is generally a calm, gentle and affectionate cat. In fact, he has a reputation as a lap cat.

They usually enjoy people.

The Bombay usually enjoys hanging out with his owners and greeting visitors. He can also get along well with children, dogs and other cats — though he may expect to be the one to be in charge.

They tend to love attention.

If you don’t have the time or desire to interact with the Bombay frequently, he may not be the best choice for you. This breed tends to be friendly and will likely want to be involved in just about everything you do.

They tend to be intelligent and playful.

The Bombay can learn to retrieve, do tricks and even walk on a leash, but he’s generally not so active that he’ll wear you out with his demands to play. He also tends to be easily entertained — a paper bag will likely keep him as occupied as an expensive toy.

They tend to be easy to groom.

Sporting a short coat with shiny, fine hair, the Bombay usually doesn’t shed much. The coat is typically easy to groom with weekly brushing. The only other grooming the Bombay needs is regular nail trimming and ear cleaning, but only if his ears look dirty.

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