How Long Do Bombay Cats Live? What Is Their Average Lifespan?

Have you been thinking about bringing a Bombay cat into your life?

Then their life expectancy is one of the first questions you will have!

Luckily for you, you can find out more about this topic in this article. You can also learn more about the issues this type of cat has as well as a few tips on how to make sure their lifespan is pro-long to maximum.

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How Long Do Bombay Cats Live?

What Is A Bombay Cat?

A Bombay cat is a medium-sized cat that is very muscular and round all over that has arisen in the 1950s.  The coat of the Bombay cat is all black, short, and glossy and resembles the black leopards found in the Indian town Bombay, which is why they got that name. They also have a very characteristic walk which reminds of the Indian black leopard walk. They are usually very active, curious cats when they are young and also very affectionate when they get older.

All Black Everything

Not only do Bombay cats have deep black fur, but they also have their noses and the pads of their paws are black. That trait is not often found in other black cats, which makes this breed stand out from the rest.

Bombay Cat Lifespan

Bombay cats can live from 12 all the way up to 20 years. This breed is considered to be one of the healthiest cat breeds overall. Cat kidney failure or cat diabetes are rare. Their lifespan will depend on many factors such as their genetics, activity levels as well as diet, veterinary care, and so on.

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Bombay Cat Health Issues

Even though this breed is generally healthy, there are some problems that affect some Bombay cats. They are usually hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, excessive tearing of the eyes, as well as breathing difficulties due to their short muzzle.

Vaccine Your Bombay Cat

Just like all cats, the Bombay breed is also very prone to bacterial and viral infections such as panleukopenia, calicivirus, and rabies. All of these can be prevented through vaccination. Aside from these so-called core vaccines, which are recommended for all cats, you can also vaccine your Bombay cat to protect them from dangerous diseases like the feline leukemia virus for example.

Caring For A Bombay Cat

Like we already mentioned, the lifespan of this breed or any other breed will depend on many different factors. But the owner can do a lot to prolong the lifespan of their cat. The most important thing when caring for a Bombay cat is to take it to the vet regularly, especially if the cat lives in captivity. There they can monitor your cat’s health, but also give you advice on how to feed your cat, which vaccines should you get, etc. You can also make sure that the environment in which your cat lives is warm enough and allows your cat to be comfortable all the time.

To Sum Up

Bombay cats are one of the longest-living cat breeds and can live up to 20 years! They are very unique in many ways and with the proper care and love from their owner they can live a long and happy life! We also have an article all about interactive pet cams, so check it out if you are interested. To be able to monitor your cat when you are not home, check out another one of our articles all about indoor pet cameras.

Joana has graduated in Linguistics in 2014. and began her work experience as a journalist and freelance writer. Her professional writing experience, as well as experience with pets, brought her to Petovly where she’s an editor. Working on the site, she collaborates with vets and animal shelter workers she has met when she was volunteering as a student. This experience made her an expert in pets’ care, breeds, and diseases.