“Parlor Panther” Has an Exotic Appeal
Exotic animal enthusiasts often look for pets with a unique appearance, something that might be reminiscent of a wild species. The American Bombay cat is no exception.
In 1958, Nikki Horner crossbred an American shorthair and a Burmese with the intention of creating a domesticated cat that resembled a wild panther.
Horner, a prominent breeder in Louisville, Ky., was inspired to name her newfound cat breed after the black leopard of Bombay, India. She spent the next 18 years developing the American Bombay cat, and in 1976 the breed achieved Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) Championship status, impressing judges and cat owners alike.
The American Bombay and British Bombay cats are sometimes considered to be one and the same. While the two breeds share the name “Bombay,” they are actually two different types of cats.
If you’re interested in owning a cat that likes to play fetch, can be trained to walk on a leash, and gets along well with dogs and people alike, then the American Bombay will suit your needs.
This cat is extremely personable and intelligent, with a lively zest for entertaining itself and others. This breed adapts easily to its living quarters although it, like the Burmese, tends to prefer to be the dominant cat in the household.
While the American Bombay is known for its delight in playing games, it also presents a calm demeanor during down time. The cat will prosper from a generous amount of your time and affection and will return it in kind — particularly during bedtime. These cats are heat seekers and will take every opportunity to snuggle, often finding their way under a blanket or tucked into your lap.
With its sleek black coat, muscular build, a blunt muzzle and round, tapered copper-colored eyes, the American Bombay cat was created specifically to resemble a panther, on a smaller scale.
You may be surprised to find out that this wild-looking feline is one of the most affectionate, playful and personable of cat breeds.
American Bombay cats are not large in size; typically, males weigh between 8 and 11 pounds and females average between 6 and 9 pounds.
While an American Bombay male may not reach his full physical development until he is nearly 2 years old, he will reach sexual maturity much sooner. In fact, it is possible for a male to sire a litter at 5 or 6 months of age.
It is recommended that you discuss with your veterinarian the right time to spay or neuter your American Bombay cat.
In addition, this cat breed will share a genetic health history with both the Burmese and American shorthair cat breeds. Be sure to schedule bi-annual examinations with your veterinarian so that preventative measures may be taken to ensure your cat’s optimal health.