How Big Do Bombay Cats Get? Bombay Cats Size Guide

The cats, when born, are just so little and frail. They slowly and gradually grow up and finally turn into big, active cats. The journey from being so little and delicate to turning into big huge felines involves a number of things.

Depending on the breed, the cat’s sizes and weights differ. Some cats get fat easily, and some even may suffer from obesity, if their diet isn’t controlled

Let’s find out about a little black panther called Bombay cat.

How big do Bombay cats get? Medium-sized muscular Bombay cats get fat easily to the extent that they might even start suffering from obesity. Their weight is usually between 8 to 15 pounds ( 3.6 kg to 6.8 kg ). Bombay kittens size is 5 to 12 pounds usually.

Knowing cats size is important if you are planning to own one, as this quality can affect your decision and choice.

The medium-sized muscular Bombay cats are heavier than it looks when you pick it up. Their sleek body makes a false impression on others. Though Bombay cats are of average size, they have a strong and cobby body. Their necks are short as compared to other cats and have a round head and curved hips. Their feet are round too.

Bombay cats size

To have an idea of how big Bombay cats get, it is recommended to look and have knowledge about their parent cats. The information about parent cats won’t only tell you about their size, but you will also get to know about other physical characteristics and traits of Bombay cats

The attractive Bombay cats are a product of Burmese cats and American Shorthairs. Both of the breeds have different physical characteristics and traits; among them, the best ones are inherited by Bombay cats.

Now, let’s find out the size of Burmese cats and American Shorthair.

Burmese cats weigh between 8 to 13 pounds and American Shorthair, one of the parent cats of Bombay cats, weigh between 6 to 15 pounds. Now it’s obvious that Bombay cats will weigh similar to their parent cats. So the average Bombay cats weight is between 8 to 15 pounds.

Their weight is much like American Shorthairs, but physically they are more similar to Burmese cats.

Bombay cats male and females

Its quite easy to distinguish between male and female Bombay cats but let’s see what the difference on the basis of size

The male Bombay cats weigh more, so are generally heavier than female Bombay cats. Knowing which one is the larger cat will be helpful if you are unable to differentiate between male and female Bombay cats. The larger cat will be male Bombay cat.

Difference between Bombay breed and other cat breeds sizes

The average weight of other cat breeds is mostly between 8 to 10 pounds, but Bombay cats weigh more, which make them look different from other breeds.

When Do Cats Stop Growing?

Generally, Bombay cat achieves their sexual maturity at the age of 5 months. However, physical development continues and takes more time. Mostly male Bombay cats reach their full size, or complete physical development occurs at the age of 2.

Of course, not all Bombay cats can be of the same size. Even all males or all females can have different sizes. It can be said that not all of the Bombay cats are of medium size some may between small and medium, and some may be between medium and large.


A healthy Bombay cat can live for 15 to 20 years. Some of the health issues are inherited. One of the major reason behind unhealthy Bombay cats is overfeeding. Overfeeding can have a worse effect on their health. Bombay cats may even suffer from obesity because of the uncontrolled diet.

To keep your lovely Bombay cat healthy, it is vital to have a check on their eating habit and to provide them with the best food. Your cat will not only live longer but will have a healthy and happy life.

Which factors can affect your decision to have Bombay cats because of their size?

  • The place where you live can affect your choice. Big cats, of course, needs more space than small cats. Though Bombay can adjust in small homes too, they are more comfortable in  larger homes than those that are jam-packed homes. Large size cats need more space to roam around.
  • If you are planning to adopt a cat for the first time, then I will suggest you go for a small size cat, not a big one. Though it’s not difficult to handle the big Bombay cat, it’s preferable to have a smaller one first.
  • If you don’t like big cats, then I won’t recommend Bombay cats but if in case you love big cats and want to feel their presence around you then go ahead and get a  Bombay cat as soon as possible. You will surely enjoy the company.

Big Bombay cat

As I have said before Bombay cats generally weigh more than other cat breeds. But sometimes Bombay cats get really big and weigh more than their average weight. That’s when you should take your Bombay cat to a vet. A consultation will help you to have a better idea of their health.

Interesting facts about Bombay cats

  • Bombay cats are also called black panthers, but in size, they are not at all like panthers. GREAT.
  • Bombay cats are named after a port in India.
  • Bombay cats have a rounded body.
  • Bombay cats are expensive.
  • Bombay cats walk in a different way.

Other Medium Sized Cat Breeds

British Shorthairs

Just like Bombay Cats, the British Shorthair is another cat breed that has a medium sized built. The average British Shorthair weighs around 3 to 8 kilograms and is about 56 to 64 cm in size. The overall average height of a British Shorthair is between 12 to 14 inches. In reality the British Shorthair are a slow maturing cat breeds that do not reach their adult size until about three years of age. Like most cats breeds, the males are much larger than the females. These beautiful creatures are affectionate but the love handling has to be on their terms. The key to please a British Shorthair is to not pick it up and wait for the kitty to come to you. British Shorthairs are not lap cats.

Exotic Shorthair

Another medium sized cat breed is the Exotic Shorthair. This is actually one of the cat breeds that look much bigger than they actually are. These felines grow up to be weight up to 15 pounds on average. The Exotic Shorthair has a short and dense coat which is easy to groom. These beautiful creatures are a mix of the American Shorthair and Persian cat breeds. They have the cuddly looks of a Persian and the less shedding quality of the American Shorthair.


Another medium sized breed is the Persian cat breed. They usually weigh between six to 13 pounds and they are about 10 to 15 inches tall. Persians are the perfect lap cat. They are not too big and not too small, just the perfect size to sit in your lap. These beautiful creatures love to cuddle and they are super affectionate. Persian cats are not very active and they prefer to spend their days lounging around the house. I myself have two Persians and let me tell you, these beauties are everything a cat owner wants. If you are someone who likes a cat that is ready to play all the time, then these felines are not for you.

Related questions

Do Bombay cats take time in toilet training? NO, Bombays are trained quite quickly. These cats are intelligent and learn things fast. All you have to do is guide them; they will follow your instructions properly.

Can Bombay cats be of white color? No, Bombay cats do not have a white coat. They are well known for their jet black hair. Though Bombay kittens have some white hair,  with the passage of time they, too turn black.

How do I make my cat gain weight? Your cat’s weight-gain food should have a high energy density. This allows your kitty to eat less but still get everything they need from their diet. It should also be highly palatable to stimulate their appetite, and easy to eat; correctly sized kibble or softer textured food can encourage your cat to eat their food.  

Why is my cat so skinny? There is really no simple answer to these questions. Your cat might be skinny due to a number of reasons. The first thing you should do is take your kitty to the vet to cancel out any underlying illnesses your cat might be experiencing. Another reason for your cat being skinny might be malnourishment, Make sure to provide your cat with a diet that is high in protein derived from animal sources.

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Nadine Oraby

My name is Nadine; I am a passionate writer and a pet lover. People usually call me by the nickname “Joy” because they think that I am a positive and joyful person who is a child at heart. My love for animals triggered me to create this blog. Articles are written by vets, pet experts, and me. Thanks for visiting. Your friend, Nadine!

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