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Balinese Cat Breed: Characteristic, Personality & Care

by Mohamad Rustam
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The Balinese cat is a variation of the traditional Siamese that features everything people love about the older breeds but in a furrier package. The long, silky coat is the hallmark of breed and reason for its existence; it’s also what you know and loves about Siamese: playful, intelligent cats with active talks. The Balinese cat is a unique breed of long tapering lines, very lithe but strong and muscular. They are easily recognized by their interesting range of colors and silky coat that hides a supple athletic body.

In the beginning, Balinese cats were heavier, with big heads and long coats. Over time though, cat breeders have been breeding them to look more like modern Siamese but in a different way than what is used today for most breeds as they tried outcrossing their original stock with that of parent breeds such as the classic Siamese.

The Balinese cat is known for its intelligence, inquisitive and playful nature, striking beauty. The breed arose from a spontaneous genetic mutation in the Siamese that caused it to have longer fur types.

The Balinese cat is nothing like its relatives, the Siamese. This breed was created in America after long-haired kittens appeared unexpectedly from a litter of purebred Siamese cats. The name “Balinese” came about because of how graceful and elegant these animals were considered to be: just as beautiful dancers gracefully move through the Temples on Bali Island! While this new breed didn’t have much history behind it at first, breeding programs became popular by the 1950s so that more specimens could be found for purchase around North America and Europe.

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Height 8 – 11 inch
Weight 8 – 15 pounds
Kid-Friendly  High
Friendliness  High
Shedding Amount Medium
Playfulness  High
Life span  8 to 10 years
Intelligence  High
Vocalness Medium
Colors Grey. white, black, orange, silver, brown, cream

Appearance

The Balinese cat is a Siamese-looking feline that never had to work and get into debt. The medium-to-long, corn silk coat resists matting and sits closely against the body accentuating its lean physique. Their coats are white or cream in color with points similar to their Siamese counterparts but only come in traditional colors like black or blue point for warm climates while lighter hues of browns exist for colder regions where they live.

The Balinese prefer a coat that is of medium length and has a silky texture. Other features include the long, tapering form with softer lines than its Siamese counterpart due to fuller coats; it’s both dainty and muscular. The eyes are slanted, vivid blue in coloration while their ears are remarkably large open-pointed having linear profiles as well. Colors for this breed include standard colors like seal point, blue point lilac points, or chocolate points which share similar qualities with the Siamese cat.

Finally, these cats have tails plumed or ridged by hair matching the rest of their colored points as well which can be either straight from single sections separated at intervals down its length (plume) or grouped together tightly so it appears thicker than normal hairs(ridge).

The Balinese cat has a long, shingle-like head and triangular ears. Her eyes are deep blue with darker extremities and tails; her coat is silky without an undercoat.

Characteristics

The Balinese cat, also known as the “long-haired Siamese”, has a long and silky coat that is easy to maintain. They don’t have an undercoat which means they aren’t prone to getting tangles or mats like other breeds with dense fur coats. Brushing out any dead hair every week should keep their coat clean and healthy-looking without requiring too much time in grooming them daily or weekly depending on your schedule/lifestyle! The main body of the Balinese cat’s creamy white coat often times comes paired with distinctive color points found within its face, tail full length along all four legs.

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Body

The Balinese cat is a medium-sized, graceful creature with long and slender features. It has the perfect combination of fine bones and firm muscles that create sleek lines in its figure – from shoulders to hips. Hips never widen beyond shoulder width while the abdomen remains taut at all times.

Legs

The Balinese cat’s legs are long and slim. The hind legs are higher than the front, which is in good proportion to its body. It has dainty paws that have five toes on each paw except for four of them at the back part of its foot.

Head

The Balinese cat’s head is a long, tapering wedge that starts at the nose and forms with no break at the whiskers. Wedge generally flares out in straight lines to tips of ears forming an upside-down triangle shape without any breaks or dips. The muzzle is fine, measuring between one-third and three-quarters as wide as it is high (one eye width). A continuation of forehead leads into long noses which are usually not less than two eyes apart from each other

Eyes

The Balinese cat’s eyes are Almond-shaped and deep, vivid blue. Slanted toward the nose in harmony with lines of wedge and ears. Medium size neither protruding nor recessed.”

Color

You can easily identify the Balinese cat by its light body color with a darker shade around it. This is usually seen in older cats, and their colors become slightly faded as they get old. The mask on their face covers both sides of it from ear to whisker pads, which are connected together at times through faint tracings.

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Care

The Balinese cat may be a good choice for people with pet allergies. While the Balinese sheds regularly, they produce less of Fel d1 and 4 proteins that are allergens to many humans. The Balinese cat is intelligent and graceful but is also known as clowns because of their silly antics. The Balinese cat is a very active and social breed of medium-sized cats. They enjoy playing, so you need to own toys, scratching posts, or enrichment ideas for it to keep them entertained.

The Balinese are a healthy breed, but they’re at risk for certain health concerns because of their limited gene pool. For Balinese cats, one potential issue is Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which can lead to blindness. They are also at low risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). One concern they have with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, where enlarged heart muscles decrease the function of the heart.

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