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All About The Balinese Cat Breed
Balinese Cat Breed Overview
The Balinese is a slender, svelte cat with long, tapering lines. A medium-sized cat, the Balinese is very lithe – but at the same time – strong and muscular. The Balinese is unique with its distinct range of colors and silky coat that hides a supple and athletic body. A study of contradictions – elegant refinement, but in reality firm and muscular.
They have a glorious, medium-length coat, which is very soft and silky, and lays close to the body. It’s eyes are a wonderful, deep vivid blue.
The Siamese Cat and the Balinese differ in the length of their, but beneath the skin they are identical cats.
Balinese Cat Personality
Balinese cats are a very active and social cat. This breed is also highly intelligent, agile and athletic, and they sure do love to play. In fact they are one of the smartest breeds in cat history, making them quite easy to train.
Balinese are extremely fond of their people. They are know for being very helpful. They’ll follow their people around and supervise everything you do. When you are sitting down, a Balinese cat wants to be snuggled in your lap. At night his preferred spot is sleeping in bed with you, probably under the covers with his head on the pillow.
As a Balinese cat is known to be frequently underfoot, they are not the best choice of cat for older people who may be unsteady on their feet, or use a walker or cane.
It is important to keep a Balinese cat’s inquiring brain active with puzzle toys, and his body exercised with teaser cat toys that she can chase. Make sure to provide a large cat tree she can climb and play on. Balinese like to play fetch, are willing to walk on a leash, and learn tricks easily. They are also very good trainers themselves, and will most likely be running your household before you know it.
It is not wise to leave a Balinese cat without any form of entertainment, or you will likely come home to find that she has reprogrammed your DVR to record only nature shows. Or at the very least decided that your toilet paper rolls and tissue boxes look better empty. So make sure you have lots of cat toys for her to play with.
Balinese makes great pets because they have the ability to key in to the vibes you send them. For example, when you are feeling sad or down – your Balinese cat will usually do their best to cheer you up.
Although not quite as vocal as the Siamese cat, Balinese will communicate freely when they have something to say.
Balinese kitties just love to be by your side cuddling, but are just as happy to play catch with you. They adore attention and are willing to keep you entertained for as long as they can. A wonderful pet for children, they are easily trained because of their high intelligence. They love to show off a few special tricks, once you have taught them!
Balinese Cat Care
The Balinese is generally a healthy cat with no major issues. Because of the silkiness of the coat, an occasional brushing will keep the cat’s coat and skin in good condition. Although your Balinese will usually love as much brushing as you will give her. Use a soft brush for daily care.
Balinese Cat Colors
The Balinese comes in variety of colors and a patters but according to the CFA, only 4 colors (the same as the Siamese) are considered Balinese. These colors are Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point and Lilac Point. All the other colors are considered to be Javanese.
Balinese Cat History
The history of the Balinese Cat breed is a little fuzzy. In the 1900s, this long haired cat was found roaming around in Europe after World War I. It looks very similar to the Siamese breed, in which the people believed that this was a normal “natural mutation.” In the late 1920s, it was registered as Siamese with longhair. In the 1940s, the Balinese breed was taken more seriously and began to start breeding. One of the first breeders was Helen Smith, in which she recognized the cat to have graceful movements like the Balinese dancers.
In the early days of the Balinese, it was noted that they had a heavier body and a heavier coat than the Siamese. This frustrated the Balinese breeders because if viewed these cats bad quality. Eventually, in 1970, the CFA recognized the Balinese breed officially.
Balinese Cat Breed Standards
If you are wanting to show your Balinese, you need to know what the Breed Standard requires. A “Breed Standard” is a set of guidelines covering specific externally observable qualities such as appearance, coat type, eye color, movement, and temperament etc. Here are links to CFA and Tica Breed Standards: CFA & CFA
Balinese Cat Rescue Groups
If you are wanting a Balinese cat, why not consider adopting one from a shelter or rescue? Try this group Rescue Me