In this guide
- Balinese Quick Guide
- Balinese Video
- About the Breed
- Breed Size & Personality
- Breed Health & Care
- Common Balinese Questions
About The Balinese Breed
The Balinese are named after the exotic Balinese dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali. They are essentially a long haired version of the Siamese breed Registered by the Cat Fanciers Federation in 1961 and the Cat Fanciers Association in 1970. They have a very level of intelligence and curiosity so it is important that your house is Balinese proof before you consider getting one of these beautiful animals.
Balinese are medium-sized cats typically weighing in at 2 to 5 kilograms.
Balinese cats are essentially identical to their Siamese cousins in terms of personality. Everything you would expect from a Siamese – intelligence, playfulness, high energy, curiosity, vocal – you will get from a Balinese. These cats will follow you wherever you go so it is important that they are part of a household where there are steady feet. Older people and families with small children should ideally pick a more placid breed such as an American Shorthair.
There are a few potential health issues with Balinese cats:
- Amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a protein called “amyloid” is found in the liver (and other organs).
- Asthma/ respiratory disease
- Aortic stenosis and other heart related conditions
- Crossed eyes
- Gastrointestinal conditions such as megaesophagus
- Hyperesthesia syndrome
- Nystagmus, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary rapid eye movement
- Progressive retinal atrophy, there is a genetic test is available for this.
Caring for a Balinese
The fine coat of the Balinese is relatively simple to care of. Combing at least once every weeks with a standard stainless steel cat comb should suffice to remove dead and loose hair. Regular dental checks and brushing will be required along with ensuring there is no build up within the ears and if so to clean these out. It is recommended to keep the Balinese indoors to avoid contracting any disease from other cats and dogs however this may prove impractical due to the high energy nature of the breed.
With Kids & Animals
The Balinese will love children however as mentioned previously the breed is known for always being around your feet so you will need to be careful with young children as there are fall risks associated to owning a Balinese. That being said they will enjoy endless company, learning tricks, sitting in your lap and sleeping in your bed! As with all cats and dogs it is important to slowly introduce cat-friendly pets to the family to ensure everyone gets along.
5 Common Balinese Questions
We’ve collated answers to some of the most common Balinese questions.
Where do Balinese cats from from?
Balinese cats are essentially Siamese cats and it is unknown if their longer hair is due to mutation or cross breeding with other breeds such as Turkish or Persian breeds.
What colour are Balinese cats?
The Balinese comes in the same point colours as the Siamese – seal, chocolate, blue and lilac.
How long do they live for?
Balinese cats can have a life span of up to 20 years.
Are Balinese cats hypoallergenic?
Yes, Balinese cats are hypoallergenic.