How Much Does a Bombay Cat Cost?

Last Updated on April 3, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

With their sleek, panther-like appearance and affectionate personality, Bombay cats make wonderful companions. But before bringing one of these exotic beauties home, it’s important to understand the costs involved with responsible Bombay cat ownership. This article breaks down the expected expenses, from initial purchase to ongoing care, to help you make an informed decision.

How Much Does a Bombay Cat Cost?

Purchasing a Bombay cat from a reputable breeder tends to be more expensive, with prices ranging from $500 to $2,500. Factors like the cat’s lineage and pedigree, breeder reputation, and location can drive costs up.

The upfront cost to acquire a Bombay cat can vary greatly depending on whether you go through a breeder or adopt from a shelter.

Well-bred Bombay kittens from champion bloodlines can cost $1,500 to $2,500. In some cases, a show quality breeding cat can cost over $5,000.

Importing a Bombay kitten from an overseas breeder may cost $2,000 to $3,500 including transportation.

Adopting an adult Bombay from a shelter or rescue is significantly cheaper, typically $50 to $200. The tradeoff is less certainty about the cat’s genetics and health history. Still, this can be a rewarding way to provide a forever home for a Bombay in need.

Either route, initial costs also include:

  • Veterinary fees for an initial exam, core vaccinations, bloodwork, and fecal test ($200 to $500)
  • Spay/neuter surgery if not already done by breeder/shelter ($100 to $300)
  • Microchipping for permanent ID ($25 to $50)
  • Essential supplies like litter box, food bowls, cat bed ($50 to $200)

Cats.com reports that Bombay cats cost between $400-$2,000.

Hepper.com states that you can expect to pay between $15-$200 if you adopt a Bombay, or $500–$2,000 if you buy one from a reputable cat breeder.

Cat Breeds List mentions that the average price of a Bombay kitten typically ranges from around $500 to $700 for pet quality, and $750 – $2,000 for show cats or breeding quality.

Catster.com mentions that obtaining a Bombay cat through a breeder can cost between $500 and $700, but the price can go up to roughly $2,000 for a show cat.

All About the Bombay Cat Breed

The Bombay cat breed traces its origins to a breeding program by Nikki Horner in Louisville, Kentucky in 1958. Horner aimed to develop a cat that resembled a miniature black panther. She crossed black American Shorthairs with Burmese cats to achieve the Bombay’s signature look: a solid black coat, copper eyes, and muscular build.

Today, the Bombay is recognized as a championship pedigreed cat by major registries like TICA and CFA. While not as common as some other breeds, Bombays have a devoted following thanks to their exotic appearance and social, affectionate nature. Bombays bond closely with their families and crave interaction. They tend to be highly observant, intelligent cats that thrive when kept active and engaged.

Monthly and Annual Bombay Cat Expenses

Caring for a Bombay cat requires an ongoing investment in items like food, litter, and preventive medical care. Estimate $50 to $150 per month in recurring costs.

High-quality cat food tailored for the Bombay breed costs $20 to $50 monthly. Feed a combination of wet and dry food.

Litter and litter box supplies add $15 to $30 per month. Bombays need large, extra-deep litter boxes they can dig in.

Toys to keep your Bombay entertained run $10 to $30 monthly. Interactive toys are a must to satisfy their high activity levels.

Grooming tools like brushes and nail clippers cost $10 to $30 monthlyProfessional grooming may be needed periodically ($60 to $100 per session).

Preventive veterinary care including exams, vaccines, and parasite prevention add $300 to $500 annually.

Emergency medical funds should also be set aside. Save $500 to $1,000 per year for potential illnesses or injuries.

One-Time and Infrequent Bombay Expenses

Certain costs only come up occasionally over a Bombay cat’s lifetime. Be prepared for expenses like:

  • Kitten vaccinations – Core vaccines given every 2-4 weeks until 4 months old
  • Spay/neuter surgery – Around 5-6 months old, $100-$300
  • Furniture and accessories – Cat trees, scratching posts, carriers
  • Boarding and pet sitting – When traveling, $15-$50 daily

Major health issues or accidents needing surgery, hospitalization, or ongoing treatment can cost thousands of dollars. Pet insurance can offset these catastrophic costs.

You might also like our articles about the cost of Nebelung cats, Persian cats, or Birman cats.

The Importance of Pet Insurance

Bombay Cat ChillingPet insurance safeguards against financially devastating veterinary bills. For Bombays, it’s wise to invest in a policy given their risk for:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – Heart disease requiring lifelong medication
  • Polycystic kidney disease – Kidney failure necessitating transplant
  • Ringworm – Fungal infection needing months of treatment
  • Periodontal disease – Dental issues that can be painful and expensive

Comprehensive pet insurance costs $20 to $100 per month. Get quotes from several providers and read the policy carefully to understand coverage limits and exclusions.

Ensuring Lifelong Care for Your Bombay

While Bombay cats can live 15+ years, they require attentive care through all life stages to thrive:

  • Senior exams and labwork – Additional veterinary costs for older cats
  • Joint supplements – For mobility issues like arthritis
  • Prescription urinary and kidney diets – For middle-aged/senior cats
  • Chronic medication – For conditions like hyperthyroidism or diabetes
  • In-home care or cat hospice – If your Bombay has a terminal diagnosis

Anticipate spending $5,000+ over your Bombay’s lifetime on medical care alone. Having an emergency fund and pet insurance gives peace of mind.

Final Words

While raising a Bombay cat requires dedication and resources, the loyal companionship and joy they provide is priceless. Do your homework to understand the costs, but also reflect carefully on the emotional rewards of sharing your life with one of these devoted, exotic beauties.

With realistic expectations and proper preparation, you’ll be ready for an incredible journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the health issues with Bombay cats?

Some common health issues seen in Bombay cats include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, polycystic kidney disease, ringworm, periodontal disease, respiratory issues, and eye conditions like progressive retinal atrophy. Regular vet visits and genetic screening help detect problems early.

What is the best diet for a Bombay Cat?

A high-protein diet with plenty of animal-based proteins like chicken, turkey, and fish is ideal for Bombay cats. Feed a combo of wet and dry food. Wet food provides hydration while dry kibble helps clean teeth. Avoid fillers like corn, wheat, and soy.

What is the life expectancy of a Bombay Cat?

With proper care and early disease screening, Bombay cats typically live 15-20 years. Keep your Bombay active and mentally stimulated. Annual vet visits, dental cleanings, a healthy diet, and emergency funds help ensure a long, full life.

Can you leave a Bombay Cat alone?

While very affectionate, Bombay cats can do well alone for periods of time. Provide interactive toys to keep them mentally and physically active. Ideally, limit alone time to less than 10-12 hours daily. Bombay cats thrive with a companion cat or dog at home. Consider a pet sitter if leaving your Bombay for more than a day.

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