Weighing anywhere between 3.6 and 5.5 kg, the Bombay cat was bred to resemble the black panther. As such, it was called the “mini me” version of the wild cat.
Being a crossbreed, this feline has both traits of its parent breeds in varying degrees. Its sleek, compact, and medium-sized body is very much reminiscent of the Burmese. It is lean and muscular and, as such, is actually heavier than it looks. It has a rounded head, full face, and medium-sized ears that are slightly rounded at the tips. The slight forward tilt of its ears gives this animal an alert appearance. Its muzzle is a bit short, which puts it at risk for breathing issues.
Its large and round eyes are one of its most striking features, with some describing them as akin to “bright copper pennies”. The British Bombay cat tends to have golden or green eyes. The American variety is likely to have copper, orange, or gold-hued eyes.
The rest of its body includes an ample chest and legs that are proportionate to its body’s dimensions. Its tail tapers from its base and ends with a blunt tip. The Bombay’s feet are round, with black paw pads underneath.
The strikingly glossy, dark coat is short-haired and is jet black right to its roots. This breed’s coat colour does not reach its richest raven hue before it turns 2 years old.
Being a short-haired kitty, the Bombay is easy to groom and also does not shed much. As such, a weekly brushing is sufficient to keep its coat in good condition.