How to Groom A Bombay Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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The Bombay cat is a sleek and muscular breed with a shiny black coat that resembles that of a panther. They are known for their affectionate and playful personalities, making them great companions for families with children or other pets. Despite their energetic nature, they also enjoy lounging and cuddling with their owners.

Bombay cats are intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or walk on a leash. They are also known for their vocalizations and will often meow to communicate with their owners.

Overall, the Bombay cat is a loving and entertaining breed that makes a great addition to any household.

Bombay Cat Characteristics

Bombay cat

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Bombay cat has a sleek, shiny black coat that is short and close to the body. Its texture is smooth and soft to the touch, making it a pleasure to pet.

Essential Grooming Tools for Bombay Cats

cat grooming tools

In order to groom Bombay Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerEar cleaning solutions effectively eliminate unpleasant odors in your cat’s ears by removing wax, debris, and bacteria, thus maintaining cleanliness and promoting overall ear health.
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushRegular toothbrushing keeps your cat’s mouth clean and reduces the buildup of odor-causing bacteria, resulting in fresher breath
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Equipped with our grooming tools, we’re ready to start grooming our cats!

Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your Bombay Cat

Brushing Your Cat

  1. Brush your Bombay once a week
  2. Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.
  3. Bathe your Bombay occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Bombay Cat

drying a cat after a bath

Bathing a Bombay cat is a breeze! These sleek and shiny cats have short, smooth coats that don’t require much maintenance.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose hair or debris.
  2. Then, fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a small amount of cat shampoo.
  3. Gently wet your Bombay and lather up the shampoo, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and wrap them in a towel to dry.

Voila! Your Bombay is now clean and ready to cuddle.

How Often Should I Bathe My Bombay Cat?

You should bathe your Bombay cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain its coat’s health and cleanliness.

How to Trim the Nails of a Bombay Cat

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws.
  • Reward your cat with treats and praise for being a good kitty.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping:
– Trim your Bombay’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of a Bombay Cat

cleaning a york chocolate's ears

  1. Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and treats to reward your cat.
  2. Approach your Bombay cat calmly and gently. Speak to them in a soothing voice to help them relax.
  3. Hold your cat securely but gently, making sure they can’t squirm away. You may want to wrap them in a towel to keep them still.
  4. Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into your cat’s ear. Massage the base of the ear gently to help the solution work its way in.
  5. Use a cotton ball or pad to wipe away any dirt or debris that comes out of the ear. Be gentle and don’t push too far into the ear canal.
  6. Repeat on the other ear.
  7. Reward your Bombay cat with a treat and lots of praise for being a good kitty.
  8. Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat shaking their head or scratching at their ears. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian for advice.

Cleaning Your Bombay’s Teeth

cleaning a york chocolate's ears
Credit: Blue Valley Animal Hospital
  • Start by getting your Bombay cat used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  • Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  • Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  • Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  • Be sure to brush the back teeth as well, as these are often neglected but just as important.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until your cat becomes restless.
  • Repeat this process 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene in your Bombay cat.

Recommended Frequency: 2-3 times a week.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

  • Watch out for signs of flea infestation such as excessive scratching, redness, and small black dots on the skin.
  • To prevent fleas and ticks, regularly groom your cat with a flea comb and use a flea preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Bombay cats have short, sleek fur that is less prone to matting. However, if mats do occur, use a metal comb to gently work them out, starting at the base of the mat and working your way outwards. Avoid using scissors to cut out mats, as this can be dangerous.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Bombay cats have a tendency to develop oily skin, which can lead to acne and blackheads. Regular grooming with a gentle shampoo and a soft brush can help prevent these issues.

How Often Should I Brush My Bombay Cat?

You should brush your Bombay cat at least once a week to keep their short, shiny coat looking healthy and to prevent hairballs. However, during shedding season, you may need to brush them more frequently to remove loose fur.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Bombay Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Bombay cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s sensitive skin. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.