The Balinese is quite close to the Siamese, from which it descends straight. He has a less strident voice and a long hair. Its maintenance is not more difficult. His diet should be monitored so that he does not suffer from obesity. Moreover, it is a cat very close to his master. He is intelligent and emotional, very active and athletic. Hunter in the soul, he likes to climb and gain height, but also play.
The Balinese comes straight from the United States and not from South-East Asia as one might think. Its appearance occurs in the litters of Siamese, in the heart of the 1920s among American breeders. Siamese have short hair, and therefore the vision of a cat with long or medium-long hair challenges.
These first Balinese were sold in order to avoid any defects in Siamese reproduction. However, from 1950, an American named Marion Dorsey decided to start breeding what she considered a potential new breed. Helen Smith was at his side to help him in his task. The Balinese name was given as a reference to Bali dancers. The breed was recognized in 1961.
His body : The Balinese has a long body. It is elegant and proportionally well built. He is at a medium height. His frame is described as fine although it is not necessarily very thin in nature.
His hair : The Balinese has a hair that varies from mid-long to long. He is silky and lying all over his body. It does not have any undercoat. The quality of the hair is what differentiates it from a Siamese for example.
Its color : The Balinese standard accepts many colors. The main pattern is the colourpoint (ends darker than the body). For the rest, the dress can be frost, blue, chocolate, cream or red and lilac.
Its head: It is the first characteristic of the Balinese. His head is more triangular than round or elongated. This gives it a majestic air. At first, however, the Balinese had a rounded head. Only the different posterior crosses have changed this morphology that has become so special.
His eyes : They are almond shaped and blue in color.
His ears : The ears of the Balinese are rather large and pointed, fine.
Its tail : It is rather well supplied and carried with lightness. It can look like a feather.
Behavior and character
|Potential to play|
|Tendency to meow|
Like the Siamese, which he holds many characteristics, the Balinese likes to use his voice . As a result, its repeated meowing can make it annoying from this point of view, even if its volume is slightly lower. This is a very sensitive cat and very attached to his master. He does not hesitate to follow him everywhere, all the time, which can make him pot of glue. He likes to be in the center of attention , and does not endure well when other people try to steal the show . On the other hand, it supports other animals very well . It can easily be agood playmate for children. The Balinese has a seductive side that makes it very special. He also feels when his master is not feeling good or sad. He will not hesitate to comfort him with cuddlesand a presence .
|Cohabitation with children|
|Sociable with other animals|
The Balinese needs to gain height . He is active , always moving and needs to climb to flourish. So, no question of adopting this cat without a cat tree that goes with it. He is also a hunter in his soul. He must also dominate his territory to better see his prey. An apartment can quickly be too narrow for this feline who needs space for his well-being and satisfy his needs. Thus, a house with a garden will allow it to be able to go outside more regularly.
The Balinese has an iron health , although several genetic diseases can affect him. Thus, it will be subject to progressive atrophy of the retina or to glaucoma and strabismus . His eyes should be regularlyanalyzed and cleaned to prevent any risk. In addition, he is also affected by pancreatitis and amyloidosis. This is a cat who must be physically active so as not to risk being overweight. Rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza are as many vaccines as for many cats.
To guard against these risks and insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets advises you a Balinese cat insurance .
The life expectancy of a Balinese is between 10 and 15 years .
Calculate the human age of your Balinese!
Maintenance and hygiene
|Easy to groom|
|Cost of maintenance|
Despite its mid-long to long fur, the Balinese requires little maintenance . Indeed, a weekly brushing isenough for this race, with the help of a comb. In addition, he loses only a few hairs during his moulting period.
It is recommended to clean the eyes and ears of the Balinese regularly to avoid any risk of infection. In addition, the weekly brushing must be done with rigor to allow the dress to keep its shine and its beauty.
Price and budget
The purchase price of a Balinese is between 500 € and 600 €.
ANNUAL MAINTENANCE COST
The cost of annual maintenance of a Balinese is between 280 € and 450 €.
Be careful, the Balinese must keep his pretty slender figure. In no case should he be overweight. A supercharger is strongly discouraged. His diet should be in line with his lifestyle, health and morphology.