Origin and Race History
The Balinese cat comes from the Siamese breed. It originated from a natural mutation in the USA in the 1940s. Until it was decided to breed its own line, long-haired Siamese cats were killed in the USA because they did not meet the Siamese standard.
From the 1950s, the conscious breeding took place with the help of Angora cats. In 1983 it was officially recognized by the Federation International Féline. The breed standard of the Balinese cat corresponds almost completely to that of the Siamese except for the description of the peculiarities of the fur.
The breed got its name not because of their origin, but because they are said to resemble the dancers of the island of Bali in their gracefulness and attractiveness. The breed has now arrived in the cat world and is enjoying steadily growing popularity in Europe and America.
The Balinese cat is extremely sociable, both with people and with other domestic animals such as dogs. It is guided by a high level of attention and a pronounced curiosity. The Balinese cat is very adaptive due to its high intelligence.
The life expectancy of the Balinese cat is around 18 years.
Appearance of the Balinese
The Balinese is the long-haired relative of the Siamese cat. Body, legs and tail are just as long and graceful. In terms of breed standard, the Balinese cat can be compared with the Javanese and Oriental Shorthair. She is medium in size, very slim and elegant. Typical for the Balinese is the oriental appearance with the straight nose and the long, slender neck. The head, proportional to the body, has a wedge-shaped shape with large and pointed ears.
The characteristic blue eyes are almond-shaped, lie relatively flat and are curved towards the nose. The silky, smooth fur is of medium length, but somewhat longer and bushier on the ruff, tail and shoulders. It has no undercoat, which gives the coat a flowing impression.
The Balinese come in the same colors as the Siamese. The colors should be as uniform as possible so that markings and shades are easily recognizable.
- Creme-Point (body cream-colored / badge white)
- Fawn-Point (ivory / fawn)
- Blue-Point (cream / blue), Chocolate-Point (ivory / brown)
- Lilac-Point (white / light gray with a pink or lavender shimmer)
- Seal-Point (white / black)
- Red-Point (white / red)
- Cinnamon-Point (white / cinnamon-colored)
- Foreign point (completely white)
The curious and intelligent Balinese cat is one of the relatives of the Siamese cat and the Turkish Angora. As an oriental pedigree cat, it is very temperamental. In addition, the Balinese cat often uses its loud, penetrating voice. She likes to jump and move.
The Balinese cat usually gets along very well with other breeds. Children and other pets such as dogs are not a problem either. The Balinese cat is extremely sociable and always prefers to be around its people and one of its kind.
Her nature can be described as loyal and loving. Because of their high sociality, keeping at least two cats is recommended. If an animal is kept individually, there should be very close contact with the caregiver and the entire family. They love being petted, which they reward with loud purring.
Attitude and Care
The Balinese cat must not be left alone for long. The care of this breed is relatively uncomplicated. Since the coat has no undercoat, the Balinese cat hardly needs to be brushed, if at all. If you still want to brush your cat regularly, it doesn’t hurt, of course, because the close contact helps create an emotional connection between you and your cat.
Health and Diseases
The Balinese cat is relatively robust and hardly susceptible to diseases. However, due to the relationship with the Siamese, there is a risk of confronting hereditary diseases. These include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease, and gangliosidosis, which can lead to restricted mobility.
A comprehensive consultation with a breeder is therefore essential when purchasing a Balinese cat, as this can avoid possible hereditary diseases and defects.
The intelligent and people-oriented cat is particularly suitable for you if you want intensive contact with your animal. The Balinese suits people who have the time and drive to give it the attention it needs.
It should be spatially possible to keep two or more animals, as cats of this breed do not like to be alone and prefer to play extensively with other conspecifics. Furthermore, your cat needs a way to live out its increased urge to move, so there should be enough space in the house or garden.
A Balinese cat is wonderfully suitable for families with children because it is loving, usually uncomplicated to deal with and less prone to illnesses. The cat is also suitable for dog owners, as experience shows that they get along well with animals of other breeds
FAQ about the Balinese cat
A Balinese cat costs between 900 and 1,100 dollars on average.
Balinese live to be around 18 years old.