Balinese is an American-originated breed that comes from natural mutation. This breed got its name compared to the graceful dancers of the Island of Indonesia. They are well-known for having a plumed tail and sticky coat. Do note that Balinese is also known as a vocal cat breed.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: Thailand
Similar breeds: Siamese
Bali is an island in Indonesia, and the Balinese breed is named from that Island. But there has no notable relation between Bali Island and the Balinese cat. It originated in the United States in 1940 from natural mutation. Hence, the Balinese breeding program was started in 1950. Cat Fanciers’ Federation approved the Balinese breed as an organized breed in 1961.
Sociable, friendly and talkative
The adult female Balinese cat weighs 5-8 pounds, and the adult male Balinese’s weight is 8-12 pounds.
Balinese are primarily entitled to light coats, shaggy undercoats, and inflated tails. Similarly, their facial area and tip of their hands are black, called seal points. Besides, chocolate, blue, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, red, and cream points are some recognized colors of the Balinese breed.
Adopting cost of Balinese is only $75-$100, but this price will be higher up to $1,000-$1,500 if you buy from a breeder.
Traits of Balinese
- Balinese are very knowledgeable in understanding the owner’s emotions, sadness, and happiness.
- They are entitled to loving temperaments and love to make bonding with people.
- They are vocal cats and love to talk with the owner in different situations.
Care and maintenance of Balinese
Balinese are entitled to a silky coat that is quite easy to maintain than other cats. Besides, the shedding potential is very less. So, you can maintain their coat by brushing them once a week.
Nail cutting, nose, eyes, and ear cleaning are a few more important parts of grooming. Use particular nail clippers for nail cutting. And use a soft cotton cloth to clean the eyes and ears. As well, brush their teeth daily with a vet-recommended toothpaste
If you want to ensure proper nutrition for your adult Balinese cat, let them eat at least two times a day. In the case of Balinese kittens, this food amount would be four to five times because kittens burn energy.
It is good to know that Balinese cat growth is very good for other cats, so they need proper food. Canned wet food is a good source of nutrition, even if it is better than dry food. So, you can provide wet canned food with regular homemade food. Don’t forget to give fresh water and must keep the water bowl three feet away from their food bowl.
Balinese is a healthy breed with no disease history from their genetics or hereditary. But this breed is sensitive to anesthesia. So, it is a bit difficult to apply anesthesia to this breed before any surgery. Moreover, Balinese are prone to be affected by Amyloidosis. Consult with a vet before common surgery like neutering, spaying, and dental cleaning.
- What is a Balinese mix of?
Balinese comes as a longhaired Siamese breed. The breed is named after the graceful dancer of Bali Island. It is thought that Balinese has come from the cross between a domestic Siamese and longhaired Persian or Turkish angora breed. But many think that the Balinese originated from natural mutation.
- Do Balinese cats shed a lot?
Balinese is a single-coated cat that sheds less. The coat length of the Balinese cat is medium, silky and tends to lie to the body. Even its wondering that Balinese sheds very less than their long coat.
- Are Balinese cats talkative?
The Balinese cat has a lot of similarities with the Siamese breed. It is known as a talkative breed, but it is not much talkative as the Siamese breed. Balinese is extroverted and love to get attention in all matters. So, it would be great to bring a Balinese when you have enough time to care for them and give attention to them.