The Balinese breed is named after the dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali. The Balinese is a long haired mix of the Siamese breed.
Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
Frost, Blue, Chocolate, Seal, Cream, Red, Lilac, Fawn
The Balinese is an interesting cat because no one is really certain how it got its long hair. It could be the result of a mutation or a cross between a Siamese and another long haired oriental cat. Long haired Siamese cats were around before the Balinese, but they weren’t developed and recognized as a breed until the 1950’s.
The CFA fully recognized the Balinese in 1961 and several other cat breed authorities followed suit shortly after.
The Balinese is basically identical to the Siamese cat and as a results they are extremely fond of their owners. This is a breed that loves to watch everything you’re doing and follow you throughout the house, watching every move you make. If you’re on the sofa, your Balinese will be right there with you. If you’re in the bathroom, your Balinese will be right there with you.
If you’re sleeping, the Balinese will probably try and join you. Although he’ll want to be involved in basically every action you’re doing, the Balinese isn’t nearly as talkative as his cousin the Siamese, but definitely not lacking in his ability to let you know how he feels. Ignore a Balinese and you will be promptly told that you need to pay attention and engage with him.
Toys & Fun
The Balinese is a very smart cat that has no problem letting your visitors know what is on their mind. Their intelligence and athleticism means that you will want to keep them busy with puzzles and toys that challenge them to use problem solving skills. Balinese enjoy playing fetch and they can be taught to walk on leashes with some time and patience. It’s recommended that you have lots of high places and cat trees for him to climb. They enjoy a good climb.
It would be wise to always leave an assortment of toys at the disposal of your Balinese. Especially if you are a working pet owner and plan to be gone for 8-10 hours a day. Without toys, the Balinese will find a way to get into anything to keep themselves entertained. Unless you enjoy having all of your toilet paper rolls emptied onto the floor, you’ll want to make sure you keep interactive toys available. The Balinese is a chatty Kathy, but many owners enjoy spending time with breeds that require lots of social interaction.
This isn’t to say that you can’t leave a Balinese alone. They are perfectly fine being alone for hours on end as long as they have something or even another cat friend to keep them entertained. Many Balinese owners recommend that they have a friend. This is a great breed if you’re looking for a cat that craves attention and enjoys sharing the affection.
Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Balinese is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:
The Balines coat is easy to care for. You’ll want to take a fine comb through their silky coat a few times a week to remove the dead hair. The Balinese doesn't have any specific care requirements outside of the ordinary cat.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Children And Other Pets
The active and social Balinese is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority.