Breed Name: Balinese Cat
The Balinese feline breed is famous for intelligence, striking beauty, inquisitiveness, companionship, and playful personality. They are rather demanding and also often vocal. It arose due to a sudden genetic mutation in the pure Siamese breed, creating a long coat type in cats. The beautiful Siamese is a slim cat with perfect bones that doesn't look emaciated.
Size: Medium-sized cat
Weight: This medium-sized cat weighs between 8-15 pounds
Height: 8 to 11 inches
Life Expectancy: 15 to 20 years
This medium-sized cat has a medium to long silky coat that lies close to its body and prevents matting. Coming in cream or white coats, the Balinese also have a color-pointed appearance similar to the Siamese in the same traditional colors including chocolate, blue, lilac, and seal.
Unlike most long-haired cats, the Balinese has no undercoat. This means she has a silky, close-fitting coat rather than a fluffy coat. Balinese tails are hard and furry, with hair that competes with the rest of their points. Since it looks almost like a Siamese cat, this cat is characterized by a wedge-shaped head, large ears, and a slender, long body.
It is believed that Siamese long-haired kittens began appearing spontaneously in litters during the 1990s. Long known to display an unwanted recessive gene, these kittens were traditionally given away as pets and neutered.
In the early 20s, some breeders began to admire long-haired Siamese and began keeping them for display. In 1928, the American Cat Fanciers' Association recognized the long-haired Siamese for the first time. By the 1950s breeders began working seriously on creating cats as their breed. Long-haired cats were given their name by Balinese breeder Helen Smith. It received championship recognition by the CFA in the year 1970.
Originate with the first Siamese felines that were moved from Thailand to the UK and the US during the 18th century. The Balinese feline breed actually appeared from intentional breeding efforts on the basis around naturally expressed genetic traits.
Breed Type - Family/guard:
Perhaps better suited to a home having adults only or a home with older kids, Siamese are the best companions. These felines are extremely devoted to their family members and engaging communicators. In almost every way aside from the coat, when you choose a Balinese, you will actually own a Siamese.
She will roam around you from one room to another, incorporating in deep conversation the whole time. As an intelligent and adoring feline, the Balinese will eagerly notice everything you follow and do throughout the home. Unfortunately, this cat breed is not for guard duties. While their existence offers warmth and companionship, their role is to be loving family units rather than guarding belongings.
Because of their clever personalities, these cats can be trained much easier than other breeds. The Balinese felines are likely to extend the curtains and jump on the leading of your furniture. In order to train your pet, you can invest in a few top-notch perches – hammocks, cat trees, and shelves.
Begin with slow and basic commands like stay and sit. Meanwhile, add some rewards and treats. To keep them highly active and engage their intelligence, use toys as much as possible. Although they are very beautiful and smart, still sometimes they act like clowns because of their funny and silly antics.
Health & Care:
While Balinese are typically healthy cats, they can have some of the common hereditary conditions like Siamese. They can be prone to eye problems, neurological problems, respiratory issues, heart problems, etc. To prevent any of these issues from occurring, rigorous health inspections from a good breeder will be helpful.
If you enjoy a peaceful environment, this cat breed may not be the right fit for your home. Since they are known to be vocal, owners will need to interact with them at all times.
Due to their loud and dominant personalities, Balinese need communication, which means they are not suitable to be left unattended. However they are intelligent and active and they need the enrichment that the great outdoors like the yard, can offer. Therefore, it is essential to provide your Balinese with more room and space to play, climb, and watch birds.
Note that these cats are very curious and love playing. Hence, it is necessary that you invest in plenty of scratching posts and toys to keep them stimulated and entertained.
Because of their fine and slender boned build, the Balinese must be taken care of well so that she doesn't become bulky. If given plenty of exercise space, your feline is typically able to avoid getting too heavy. What’s more, keeps your cat active with play sessions keeping toys like laser pointers and feather wands. For their mental stimulation, you can invest in a puzzle feeder. Target for at least half four of engaging play regularly to keep your feline companion happy and fit.
Balinese coats do shed seasonally, which is why they don't demand too much care. While they have a silky, medium-length coat, they are highly susceptible to getting mats or tangles. Brushing once a week will be required to keep their coat in good condition.
Additionally, their notable big ears may require extra attention when it comes to cleaning. Some state that Balinese are a hypoallergenic cat breed, though, no scientific basis behind it. Like other regular breeds, your Balinese friend benefits from often vaccination, a yearly veterinary cat health inspection, and feline parasite control.