Balinese Cat – Full Profile, History, Diet and Care

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Balinese cats are among the popular cat breeds and they are best known for their intelligence, their friendly, inquisitive and playful nature, and their outstanding looks. These cats are very vocal and very demanding too. They are often compared with Siamese cats and the main difference between them is that the Balinese have a long coat, silky hair and a plumed tail. Balinese cats have few similarities like Siamese cats such as wedge-shaped head, blue eyes, large triangular ears and striking colour points.

History of the Balinese

Balinese cats do not have a long history. These cats were first introduced in the late 1940s in the US after long-haired Siamese kittens appeared in a litter. These cats were named after exotically graceful dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali but they do not have any link with Indonesia. Balinese is a longhaired variety of Siamese cat. The reason behind their long hair is the result of a natural mutation between Siamese cats and long-haired breed such as a Persian or Turkish Angora.

Though these cats are very similar to Siamese cats they are not referred to as ‘Long-haired Siamese’ within breeding circles. They are considered as pure breeds and were given official championship status in 1961 by The Cat Fanciers’ Federation.

Balinese Cat Breed Overview

Balinese cats weigh up to 6 to 11 pounds and they are about a foot and a half long. These are medium-sized cats and they have a creamy white body with a variety of colour points on the face, ears, legs, and tails. Balinese have a deep blue or vivid blue eye and their life expectancy of 12 to 20 years.

The personality of Balinese Cats

Balinese cats have a very demanding and friendly personality. They love playing with people and are very fond of people who love to play with them. They will keep following their owner and will poke their nose to the tasks they will do in front of them. Balinese love to be in your lap whenever they will find you sitting on your sofa or bed. They will also follow you to your bed in the night to sleep with you. If you will take them outside to play then they love to learn new games and even they can solve the small puzzles.

Balinese cats are not as loud as Siamese cats but they are still very talkative. These cats are attention seekers and they expect their owners to pay attention to them.

These cats are very intelligent, agile, athletic, and loves to play. You can keep them busy with brain active puzzle toys and other body exercises like taking them outside and asking them to chase the balls or other toys. Being intelligent they also love to learn new tricks.

You will be surprised to know that Balinese cats are so fond of the human company that they easily get depressed when they are left alone for a longer period of time. You need to spend time with them and they will be your best friend forever. They just expect their owners to spend time to them when you are at home. These cats are very loyal to their owners and they will keep your food fresh and happy all day long by doing many silly things.




Balinese cats do have some health problems and few may be genetic in nature. You will find similar problems in Balinese as well as in Siamese cats. Few of these problems are listed below:-

  1. Eye problems: – The common eye problem these cats develop is progressive retinal atrophy. They can also be prone to being cross-eyed
  2. Liver Amyloidosis:- Amyloidosis is a disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in the liver. This disease reduces liver functioning and can also lead to liver failure.
  3. Respiratory Issues:- They also develop Asthma/bronchial disease.
  4. Heart Problems:- Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis including ciliated cardiomyopathy.
  5. Gastrointestinal conditions:- They develop gastrointestinal conditions such as megaesophagus.
  6. Nystagmus:- It is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary rapid eye movement.
  7. Neurological problems:- Hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem that can cause cats to excessively groom themselves, leading to hair loss, and to act frantically, especially when they are touched or petted.
  8. Lymphoma:- Balinese can also develop lymphoma

Balinese Care

As these cats have long and silky hair so you need to comb them once or twice a week. This is the best method to remove dead hairs and excessive dander. As bath is necessary for us same it is for Balinese cats. You need to bath your cat once every week.

You need to brush the teeth of your Balinese to prevent periodontal disease. If you can brush their teeth daily then it is best for their dental hygiene though weekly brushing also serves the purpose. You must also wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Always use a separate cloth for each eye so that any infection of one eye doesn’t spread to other. Keep checking their ears in a weekly routine. Whenever you find ears dirty then wipe them with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth.

Try to keep the litter box spotlessly clean as Balinese cats are very fond of bathroom hygiene. Never let your cat go outside alone as some other animal can attack them. Also keeping them indoor will protect them from diseases spread by other cats.

Diet and Nutrition

You must always feed Balinese with high quality diet that is enriched with protein. Healthy diet will keep their weight related problems always and will also help them to develop muscles. They are very picky eaters and they love wet diet. While feeding them with wet diet it is necessary to check their dental hygiene to prevent them from developing gum disease.

Children and Other Pets

Balinese are perfect choice for families those have children and cat friendly dogs at home. They love to play with kids and with other pets. These cats are very peaceful with cats and dogs who respect their authority.



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