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Balinese

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Sweet natured, intelligent and comforting, this beautiful creature has a kind heart and will love spending time with you each day. The Balinese is full of beans, playful and a gorgeous looking cat.

Where I'm From

The potted history of Balinese cats is an unremarkable tale. They’re not even from Bali! Legend would have it they developed from Siamese cats that carried a natural mutant gene for long hair. In 1928 the Cat Fanciers Association registered this breed as a longhair Siamese.

After WWII, three breeders fell in love with these creatures and had great success with breeding programs. They found that when two longhaired Siamese cats mated, the longhaired coat was passed onto the kittens.

The feline’s journey wasn’t without a bump however. Cat fanciers who were true to Siamese cats weren’t happy with a newer breed trading under their name, and so the breed came to be renamed as Balinese.

What I Look Like

Balinese are medium sized cats with graceful yet muscular bodies. Their heads are wedge shaped and their eyes are bright blue. In almost every respect they resemble the Siamese breed although there are a couple of very obvious differences; the long hair and plume tail.

As with the Siamese, they come in seal point, blue point, lilac point and chocolate point varieties.

How I Act

The similarities between the two breeds don’t stop with their look. Balinese cats enjoy interacting with their pet parents just like their Siamese relatives. They’re vocal creatures who like to be heard and appreciated.

The breed is good-natured and playful which is a perfect mix for a family pet. Kids will have a tough time matching their boundless energy, but they’ll have fun chasing toys and playing fetch with them.

Balinese are considered one of the most intelligent breeds of cat and it’s said they can sense a person’s mood. If you’re in a glum state, you can look forward to some feline comfort from this breed. These cats really love spending time with people and other animals, so if you buy this breed, make sure you have time to spend with them each day.

Looking After Me

The Balinese is a high-energy cat who may politely ask for seconds at dinner time. Keep a close eye on their meal portions otherwise you may end up with a seriously pudgy cat! Aside from a hearty appetite, this breed doesn’t have any serious health problems.

Hopefully you find grooming your cat an enjoyable experience because this cat needs a regular brush to prevent knots developing. Once a week should suffice, but you should consider more frequent grooming if you want your pet to get used to it. In terms of shedding, you’ll be pleased to know your Balinese kitty won’t leave too much fur around.

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How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.