The Bombay cat breed is a cross between the Burmese and the American Shorthair. The breeder’s original goal was to have a domesticated cat that resembled that of a black panther. You may find them intimidating at first, but they are the cutest companions you can ever have. They are easy to care for and love to cuddle.
Some are born relatively healthy and are usually not prone to any particular disease. On this page you can read more about possible health problems in cats. Because of their energy and curiosity, they need stimulation to be happy. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of energy to keep her engaged and alert.
Tips for caring for the Bombay cat
- Brush their coats
These cats don’t necessarily need a lot of grooming. You can brush their coats occasionally as they need fur that is soft and smooth. Once a week is more than enough, and you can stroke them to remove the dead hair and spread their natural oils all over your body.
- Buy curry brushes because they are great for these types of coats
- You need to bathe them when they get messy. It’s no fun having them walking around spreading mud in your living room.
- Wipe the corner of your eye
- Wipe the corners of your eyes as these breeds are prone to excessive tears. They can be irritating, so look for dried tears and remove them as soon as possible. Use a damp cloth, being careful not to touch her golden eyes. Warm water may be enough to remove the built-up eye mass, but be careful.
- Clean your ears
All cats’ ears need to be cleaned regularly. If you notice a significant build-up of wax, you may need to use a dampened swab or cotton ball to remove it. If you’re not sure what to do, contact your veterinarian and see if they can gently bathe your pet. Read more about normal ear wax formation on this page: https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/what-normal-earwax-pets.
- Trimming the claws
Trim and trim the nails at least twice a month, or more often if necessary. You may notice that the nails become sharp or extra long. Your cat can often get stuck in tight spaces because of their feet, and if so, this may be the best time to shear them.
- Start doing this while the Bombay cat is still a kitten. You need to handle it while its claws are extended and they should get used to it. You should also get them used to hearing the sounds of the clipper. Practice on a piece of pasta whenever they’re around.
- Before cutting, you need to avoid the blood vessel and pink nerve inside the nail.
- When trimming, it is best for your pet to be completely relaxed on your lap with their head pointing away from you. Lift your paws and gently push the pads away to see the elongated claw.
- Keep in mind that cutting it out can take a lot of time and patience on your part. You can get your nails done in two days if needed.
- Brush teeth
Brushing your teeth can be a challenge for many pet owners. However, this is still important to their health, so it is best if you get them used to it.
- Start by getting them used to brushing their teeth. Practice this by lifting your gums and gently rubbing your finger in your mouth. If you agree with this step, you can gradually move on to brushing your teeth with toothpastes specially developed for you.
- Give them a small amount of toothpaste to see if they like it. Apply only a small amount, being careful to reach the molars. The rubbing should be gentle enough and careful not to injure the gums.
- While brushing your teeth, look for signs of gum disease. If your cat’s gums are generally rosy and healthy, then there is nothing to worry about.
Maintaining their health
- Selection of the best pets from excellent breeders
You have to choose legitimate breeders and those who can provide you with healthy cats. The Bombay cat breeds should have been treated and raised at home by the breeder so that they can give you more information about their diet and possible diseases. If possible, try to visit her place and meet the kitten’s parents. Ask about health guarantees and testimonials to ensure your pet isn’t born with any congenital health problems.
- Look out for difficulty breathing
This is a pet with a relatively short snout. Because of this, they usually have problems with brachycephalic airway syndromes. In the first few days after adoption, see if they are snoring or breathing loudly. In a more severe case, determine if your pet gets tired quickly or is only breathing through their mouth.
- The first time they pass out you will need to take them to the vet as it could be a heart problem.
- In-house treatments include keeping them at home, helping them lose weight as they are prone to obesity, keeping their stress levels down, and discouraging strenuous activities.
- Your veterinarian may also give you corticosteroids, anti-inflammatories, oxygen treatments, and other organic alternatives if they show symptoms related to difficulty breathing. If necessary, surgery can be done.