Bombay Cat – Characteristics Temperament Health Care And Training

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The Bombay is a breed of domestic cat that was created in the 1950s by breeding black American Shorthairs with sable Burmese cats. They are named after the city of Bombay, now known as Mumbai, in India. Bombay cats are medium in size and have a sleek, shiny black coat. They are known for their friendly temperament and are generally good with children and other pets.


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Bombay cats can be wonderful, friendly companions for those who give them the attention and exercise they need. Bombay cats are very intelligent and learn quickly; therefore, they respond well to training. They actually crave affection and will return it many times over. Bombay cats like fish almost as much as they like their favourite 

humans, but because of their sensitive stomachs, fish should only make up a small part of the Bombay cat’s diet.


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The Bombay cat breed is generally healthy, but there are some diseases that are more common in this breed than others. Bombay cats are susceptible to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) because their teeth do not meet properly due to their brachycephalic skull shapes, making it easier for food to get trapped between teeth. Bombay cats are not likely to develop more serious periodontitis, however. Bombay cats can also be subject to plaque and tartar buildup since their brachycephalic skull shapes make it difficult for Bombay cats to clean their mouths properly. Bombay cat’s eyes are also sometimes vulnerable to bacterial infections if they are exposed to too much sunlight. Bombay cats are also known to be slightly more prone than many breeds to epilepsy, so Bombay cat owners should watch for signs of this disease if their Bombay seems excessively nervous or has “fits.” Bombay cats may also develop feline acne due to the way that their whiskers rub against food as they eat. Care must be taken to keep Bombay cats clean.


Bombay cats require minimal care and grooming. They should be brushed on a regular basis to keep their coat healthy and free of mats. Bombay cats are generally healthy animals, but like all cats, they may be prone to certain health problems, including respiratory problems, obesity, and dental problems. Proper nutrition and exercise are important for keeping Bombay cats healthy.


Training a Bombay cat can be a bit challenging, as they are known for being independent creatures. However, with patience and persistence, most Bombay cats can be trained to obey basic commands. Bombay cats do not respond well to harsh training techniques; however, Bombay cat owners should keep in mind that Bombay cats can be very sensitive and certain kinds of negative reinforcement may cause them distress. Bombay cats require a gentle touch during training, but they also like to please their human companions and will respond positively to positive reinforcement.

If you are interested in owning a Bombay cat, be sure to do your research first. These cats require minimal care but do have some specific needs that must be met in order to keep them healthy and happy. Make sure you are prepared to provide for all of your Bombay cat’s needs before bringing one into your home. Thanks for reading!

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