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.
Am I the pet for you?
- Playful, full of energy and good with kids
- Sheds little for a longhaired cat
- Suited to indoor life
- May get lonely without a human or animal companion
- Likes to jump and climb, so may wreak havoc on curtains
- Can be a greedy eater
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