Javanese

Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Vocal
Intelligence
Health
Grooming & Shedding
Kid Friendly
Other Pets

Size

Eye Color

Fur 

Male: 8-12lbs
Female: <8lbs
Blue, Green
Short
Smooth

Colors

Patttern

Longevity

Red, Cream, Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Blue-cream, Lilac Cream
Tabby, Shaded
8-12 Years

History

The Javanese was created by breeding Siamese, Colorpoint and Balinese cats. Oddly enough, the Javanese cat doesn’t originate from the island of Java, a sister island to Bali. They name was given to separate the distance from the Balinese breed which, ironically enough, doesn’t come from from Bali either. Cat names are a strange and sometimes completely illogical process.

The Javanese is simple a long haired variety of the Siamese with the markings of a Colorpoint

Most modern associations of cat breeding considered the Javanese to be a variety of Balinese, despite the clear effort to separate the two in name.

Personality

The Siamese and Javanese are virtually identical in nature.


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 Javanese will be right there with you. If you’re in the bathroom, your Javanese will be right there with you. If you’re sleeping, the Javanese will probably try and join you. Although he’ll want to be involved in basically every action you’re doing, the Javanese 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 Javanese and you will be promptly told that you need to pay attention and engage with him.

The Javanese 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. Javanese 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 Javanese. Especially if you are a working pet owner and plan to be gone for 8-10 hours a day. Without toys, the Javanese 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 Javanese 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 Javanese 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 Javanese 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.

Health

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 Javanese is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:

  • Amyloidosis - A liver disorder due to a protein
  • Asthma - Difficulty breathing
  • Aortic Stenosis - A Congenital Heart issues
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    Megaesophagus - Gastrointestinal related ailments
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    Hyperesthesia syndrome - Neurological problems that lead to over grooming and difficulty being handled
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    Lymphoma
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    Nystagmus - Neurological eye disorder
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    Retinal Atrophy - Eye disorder (but can be tested for)

Care

The fine, silky coat of the Javanese is easily cared for. Comb it once or twice a week with a stainless steel comb to remove dead hair.  A bath is rarely necessary.

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 Javanese is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority.

Breed Recognition