1.Balinese Cat History
The Balinese cat is the result of a concerted effort in the 1930s and 1940s to produce a longhaired, pointed cat. This breeding strategy was eventually successful. The Balinese, considered to be a cousin of the Siamese, is known for its grace and poise and they are often called the ‘Bali dancer of the cat world’, which is the source of the exotic name. Their strong personalities make them wonderful pets and loving companions.
Even before there was an effort to develop a longhaired version of the Siamese, there were occa- sionally kittens born to Siamese parents that had semi-long hair. Most breeders of Siamese kittens ignored or discarded these kittens, but some thought they were desirable enough to make a breed out of them. And so began the effort to create the Balinese.
Whether the longhaired Siamese is a result of hybridization or mutation is not entirely clear. Regardless, Siamese breeders took exception to the label ‘longhaired Siamese’, and so a woman by the name of Helen Smith proposed the name Balinese, since the graceful cats reminded her of the Bali dancers she had once seen. The name was quickly accepted by the Cat Fanciers’ Federation in 1963.
Though continued out crosses with the Siamese have led to a shortening of the Balinese coat, they are still a distinct and recognized breed. In the beginning, there were only four accepted color chocolate, blue, seal, and lilac. But other colors weren’t far behind and in 1979 red, cream, and tabby patterns were added to the acceptable colors list. It was still some time, however, before any of these colors in combination with white were considered acceptable. Today, most colors and patterns are acceptable by most cat associations around the world.
2.Balinese Cat Appearance
The Balinese is very much like the Siamese except for the longer coat. This long haired breed is elegant, graceful, and muscular in an understated sort of way. The long coat lies close to the body.
There is no undercoat, making grooming easier and limiting the mats that often form with other long haired breeds. The tail is long and plumed with hair that can grow up to five inches in length.
- The body is a creamy white and the markings on the coat should be restricted to the tail, legs, ears, and face.
- The eyes of all Balinese should be brilliant blue, very much like glittering sapphires.
- The legs should be long and the body should be svelte.
- Some of the larger cats can weigh as much as eight pounds, though most are closer to six pounds.
- This breed does need some grooming to remove dead hairs and keep the cat comfortable, but the coat doesn’t really mat so a weekly brushing is really all that is required.
3.Balinese Physical Characteristics
- Body: Moderate size. Graceful, long, and svelte; a blend of firm muscles and fine bones . Abdomen tight. Shoulders and hips continue same slick lines of the tubular body. Hips never wider than shoulders.
- Head: Long, tapering wedge; moderate size at good proportion to its body. Wedge begins at nose and flares out in straight lines to ends of ears forming a triangle shape, without a break at the whiskers. Muzzle nice, wedge shaped. Nose straight and long, a continuation of its forehead. A minimum of the width of the eye between its eyes.
- Ears: Sticking to the lines of the wedge, Large is size, pointed, and wide at its base.
- Eyes: Almond-shaped; moderate size; neither protruding nor recessed. Slanted toward nose harmony with traces of ears and wedge. Uncrossed. Eye color deep vivid blue.
- Legs and paws: Leg bone structure long and slim; hind legs higher than front. In good proportion to body. Paws dainty, small, and oval. Five toes in front and four in back.
- Tail: Tail hair is spreading out like the plume. Thin and long Bone structure, tapering to a fine point.
- Coat: Medium length, longest on the tail; lying close to the body. Fine, silky, and without downy undercoat, may appear shorter than it is.
- Color: Its Body in spite of subtle shading when enabled. Allowance made for darker color in older Balinese cats, but there must be a definite contrast among body color and points of its body. Mask, ears, legs, feet, tail dense and clearly defined, and most of the same colour. Mask shades whole face overall whisker pads and is connected to ears by tracings; not extend over the head top. No ticking or white hairs in points.
The Balinese standard is almost identical to the Siamese and the Colorpoint Shorthair standards.
The main differences are color and hair length. In addition to seal point, chocolate point, blue point, and lilac point, CFA accepts the Balinese in red point, cream point, cinnamon point, blue-cream point, red-cream point, fawn-cream point, lilac-cream point, and in these colors in the patterns lynx point, tortie lynx point, particolor point, and tortie particolor point.
While having the same conformation as the Siamese, the Balinese appears to have softer lines and less extreme body type because of the longer hair. Because the fur is only semi-long and lacks the downy undercoat, the coat doesn’t tangle and even show cats require little grooming.
Fanciers have two body styles from which to choose the Extreme and the Old-Style Balinese:
- The Extreme Balinese cat is the one you’ll usually see at cat shows.
- The Old-Style Balinese cat, recognized by UFO, while still slender and refined, is not as extreme in head or body type.
- The old-style versions of the Siamese breeds are making comebacks among cat lovers who remember with affection yesterday’s Siamese, less svelte and sleek, fewer health issues, and with the same sparking, chatty personality as today’s Extreme Siamese.
- UFO also accepts the Old-Style Siamese and the Old-Style Colorpoint Shorthair, CFF accepts the Old Style Siamese, and TICA accepts the Old-Style Siamese under the name “Thai.”
5.Balinese Cat Types
(A) Standard Balinese Cat
- Place of origin US
- Date of origin 1950s
- Breed registries CFA, FIFe,
- Weight range 6–11lb (2.5–5kg)
A longhaired version of the Siamese, the Balinese is an exquisite cat with the slender, graceful outlines of its relative draped in a flowing, silky coat. Records show that longhaired kittens have appeared occasionally among shorthaired Siamese litters for many decades, but it was not until the 1950s that some breeders began to develop the new look.
The Balinese has an outgoing personality and is bursting with energy and curiosity. Although not as loud-voiced as the Siamese, it is attention-seeking, and also has a strong streak of mischief— owners of a Balinese would be well advised not to leave this cat to its own devices over long periods.
(B) Balinese Javanese Cat
- Place of origin US
- Date of origin 1950s
- Breed registries CFA
- Weight range 6–11lb (2.5–5kg)
This enchanting cat is a development of the Balinese (opposite), the longhaired relation of the Siamese, with which it shares an identical breed standard in terms of conformation and coat quality.
The difference between the two is the range of additional colors and patterns in the Javanese, which were acquired mostly through crosses with the Colorpoint Shorthair.
Lithe and athletic despite its delicate appearance, the Javanese has a strong character to match. An affectionate, communicative cat, it loves to follow its owner around—when it is not prying into every nook and cranny of the house. The silky coat does not mat and is relatively easy to groom.
If you want to understand the personality and temperament of the Balinese cat, look to the Siamese.
- A Balinese cat is one of the most vocal of cats, often having little “conversations” with the people around them.
- They are also loyal and love to be around people, though they can play the aloof game as well as any other cat out there.
- These cats are incredibly intelligent and easily bored, so work to keep your feline companion occupied.
- Balinese are curious, outgoing, intelligent cats with excellent communication skills.
- They are known for their chatty personalities and are always eager to tell you their views on life, love, and what you’ve served them for dinner.
- They often keep up a running monologue; they are not for those who think cats should be seen and not heard.
- Balinese are in tune with your moods and will be right there to cheer you up if you’re sad or to share your joy when you’re happy.
- Vocal themselves, they respond to your tone of voice, and harsh scoldings for minor infractions hurt their sensitive feelings.
- A coaching tone and positive reinforcement are more effective for correcting unwanted behavior.
- Balinese are agile and athletic, and if allowed will hitch a ride on the shoulder of any willing human.
- They love to play and easily learn to fetch, bringing the ball or toy back for repeated throwing.
- They keep you entertained with their antics, but have a loving, devoted disposition as well.
- They can be quite assertive in their requests for attention, but also possess a special dignity particular to the Balinese cat and Siamese breeds.
The Balinese cat can become destructive
if left alone for too long, so if you have to be away from the house for more than four or five hours, you should probably consider getting a second cat. They need the companionship and they’re less likely to dig a hole in your prized couch if they have a friend to occupy their time.
It’s important to note that the Javanese is very similar to the Balinese cat
In fact, since some associations still only recognized the four original colors of the Balinese, other colors are usually assigned to the Javanese. These two breeds are almost identical, however, and many enthusiasts make no distinction between them.
Both breeds live for many years and have no breed-specific health issues. They also make excellent companions for people of any age.
Because the two breeds are so similar, and because most associations do not recognize the Javanese as a separate breed, I will not be covering the Javanese as a distinct breed. If you’re interested in the Javanese, just look at the Balinese.
Balinese cat is characterized:
- Energy Level: High
- Noise Level: High
- Compatibility with other cats: High and with high sociality
- Compatibility with other pets: Medium
The slick coating of this Balinese doesn’t lose much and can be easy to groom together with weekly cleaning. The single additional care he takes is a week nail trimming and intermittent ear cleansing. They could form periodontal disease, therefore it is critical to brush his own teeth acquainted with a vet-approved pet toothpaste and also program furry cleanings as needed.
The Balinese cat is an active and lively cat and certainly will take approximately 80 Kcals of food per kilogram bodyweight every day. Such a cat rarely overeats and can let you know just how much he requires daily.
Foods That are Toxic to Cats Clearly, human food is not good for keeping a cat at a normal weight, but there are also many things we eat that are toxic to felines. Do not ever give your cat:
- any form of alcohol including beer – grapes or raisins
- onions or chives
- raw eggs
- yeast dough
- Although Extreme Balinese are generally healthy and long-lived if kept inside, the breed has a few inheritable conditions and diseases. In particular, hereditary liver amyloidosis has been found in some Balinese lines.
- In addition, incidences of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of the heart muscle that decreases heart function, have been found in some lines, but they seem to be at a lower risk for the often-fatal feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) than some other breeds.
- Some Balinese are also prone to plaque buildup, tartar formation, and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontitis.
Routine Health Care for Your Pet
In truth, you are the real foundation of your pet’s health care program. Not only is it up to you to establish and maintain a working relationship with a qualified veterinarian, but you are also the one who will have the greatest sense of your cat’s overall state of well-being, due to familiarity and daily association.
Clearly, in choosing a vet, you want a doctor with experience treating Maine Coons. I am also a huge advocate of the feline-only practices that have been growing in popularity for the past 25 years. The clinics are much quieter, which keeps the cats calmer, and the vets engage in ongoing contin- uing education in advances specifically related to the treatment of companion felines.
Spaying or Neutering
Spaying and neutering is usually performed before six months of age, although some breeders prefer to wait until the cat is 10-12 months of age, in order to give as much benefit as possible from the hormones on the bone and joint development. read more about Spaying or Neutering a Cat
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