The Balinese Cat is the graceful, exotic cousin of the Siamese. Telling the Siamese and the Balinese breed is a straightforward endeavor- all you need to know is that the Balinese has a longer coat length. Both are characterized with a wedge-shaped head marked by unusually large ears and a svelte yet muscular appearance.
The Balinese cat has eyes that are wide-set and shaped like almonds, and curves outlined by a medium-length coat that’s smooth and silky. Balinese owners will be sure to enjoy the attention they get when they bring this breed home.
History of Balinese Cat
The Balinese’s long-haired attribute is a coin toss between a breeding between the Siamese with a longhaired Angora or Persian or just a result of natural mutation. The Penny Illustrated magazine was the first publication to show a longhaired Siamese variety; then came the registration record at the Cat Fanciers’ Federation in 1928.
Official breeding programmes began during the 50s after longhaired kittens appeared in 2 Siamese litters. Marion Dorsey and Helen Smith each had longhaired kittens, and in an act of romantic gesture, called the breed “Balinese” as they reminded the breeders of the graceful dancers in the island of Bali, Indonesia.
Size of the Balinese Cat
These cats share the same muscular, yet slim body type as the Siamese and can weigh anywhere between 6 to 8 lbs. for the males and 5 to 7 lbs. for the females. The Balinese exhibits extreme grace and agility under finely-formed musculature. Moreover, they can have tails that are a foot long.
Personality of the Balinese Cat
Aristocratic, sophisticated and deeply beautiful with a kid’s heart is what describes the personality of the Balinese cat. Owners should get used to their cats snooping in on what they’re doing and trying to take part in it most of the time. They love to act like your supervisor, hanging around and trying to be helpful in any way they can.
The Balinese can hold a conversation with the best of ’em. They love to meow, purr and use their vocals to try and interact with you or a family member. They love to be around people and will usually find an available lap in the room. At night, expect your cat to be close by and sitting or lying down, ready to be petted.
When they’re not interacting with humans these cats can be found playing, perched atop the highest point in your house or simply wondering what you’re doing with great curiosity.
Balinese Cat Kittens
Balinese kittens are extremely cute and adorable! But you should make sure that you can handle the responsibility of caring for these active creatures. Do your share and search out reputable breeders. Find out what Balinese kittens like to do and what their proper diet are. Buying kittens should be restricted until they’re about 3 to 4 months old, properly vaccinated, inoculated and well-adjusted.
Visit the breeder’s location if possible and get to meet the cat’s parents. Take your pet to a vet for a complete check-up. Most Balinese can live up to 15 years if they exercise, eat a balanced diet and are properly cared for.
Buy only a purebred cat from a reputable breeder. Don’t hesitate to ask about health guarantees in order to prevent future health concerns and genetic problems. Skip on breeders that sell their Balinese cheap and get reasonably priced ones instead. Good owners will raise their litter to the best of their abilities, including providing a healthy diet, vaccinating and doing health testing.
Balinese Cat Health
The breed is generally considered as hale and hearty, but this doesn’t mean they are immune to all common cat conditions. Keep an eye out for lysosomal storage disease and feline acromelanism, a condition that cause coat color changes in respect to ambient temperature.
Care of the Balinese Cat
It’s an understatement to say that this breed requires plenty of attention. If ignored, you can expect these creatures to pout and become destructive. On the other hand, giving your cat what he or she wants ensure a fruitful relationship between pet and owner.
Keep your cat busy with toys, a cat tree and a scratching post for starters. A stimulating puzzle with a reward mechanism can keep your pet occupied for hours on end.
Litter Box Training
Put your cat’s litter box in a quiet place in your home. Moreover, it should be kept spotless and clean all the time. Scoop out the waste and refresh the whole litter box, i.e., replacing all the material with new ones to keep your cat happy. Have your cat checked by a professional vet if he or she suddenly stops using the box.
Balinese Cat Nutrition
Your pet deserves the best kind of nutrition there is. Owners should take the time to find out if dry or wet food is best according to their cat’s stage in life. Keeping your cat’s weight under the optimal range is essential as their musculature can’t support having a heavy build. Allocate plenty of indoor space for exercise and recreation.
Coat Color and Grooming
Balinese, having come from the Siamese breed, share the same color as their cousins. This means they exhibit the usual color range, i.e., fawn, lilac, red, cream, chocolate, blue and frost and have points as a coat pattern. The eyes can exhibit a deep blue color. The fur lies close to the body, but the tail deserves more attention because the fur can grow up to be 5 inches long.
Balinese Cat Grooming
Comb your cat’s luxurious hair once or twice a week to keep it mat-free and healthy using a stainless steel comb. Make sure to check your pet’s ear and trim the nails in a regular manner. Brush the teeth using a vet-approved toothpaste. Don’t forget to comb your Balinese’s tail as well.
Children and Other Pets
Balinese cats are great for active families and those who already have existing pets. They love company, whether it be humans, dogs or other cats. Children should respect and treat this breed politely to ensure a conducive playing environment. Once these cats form an attachment, expect them to be close by or sitting in their chosen one’s lap most of the time.