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The American Bombay is a breed distinctly different from the Bombay of British ancestry, sharing only its name. The American Bombay was developed in 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky, when an American Shorthair cat was bred with a Burmese cat. The resulting offspring was a beautiful jet-black cat that resembled a miniature black panther, earning the American Bombay the nickname of “the parlor panther.”
This striking breed is usually black, but may occasionally be sable due to its Burmese heritage. Their shiny black fur is offset by piercing copper or golden eyes. It is an intelligent and playful breed and becomes quite attached to its families, both adults and children alike. American Bombay cats prefer the company of humans to the great outdoors and have adapted well to indoor lifestyles given their relaxed attitudes.
Although intelligent, American Bombay cats are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses American Bombay Cats are prone to include chronic disease such as diabetes; heart problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye issues such as glaucoma; congenital conditions such as nasal dermoids; and thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your American Bombay cat has the misfortune of inheriting more than a strikingly colored coat, you’re protected.