The Balinese cat is a medium sized cat that has very similar physical characteristics as a Siamese cat. The coat, however, is different. The head is long, as is the slim neck. The head is triangular and the eyes and ears are both large, giving the cat an oriental look. In simple terms, the Balinese is basically a long-haired Siamese. The breed actually orginated from Siamese cats that were carrying a mutant gene for long hair. The variation was first noticed in the early part of the 20th Century and came into prominence as a breed in its own right after the Second World War.
The Balinese cat is an intelligent cat that is full of curiosity. It is thought of as a very active breed with an extrovert personality. It craves attention from its owners and will be quite demanding until it receives this attention. Some people believe the Balinese to be a quieter breed and think this is down to the influence of the long-hair gene. These cats are very playful, especially as kittens, and can even be taught to retrieve. The Balinese is a very loyal cat, and quite protective of its owner and territory. This makes the breed quite wary of strangers and even other pets. This breed is not suited to being left on its own so may not be the best breed for those who are out all day.
Build (Male / Female)
Male: 6-10 pounds (2-5kg)
Female: 6-10 pounds (2-5kg)
9 - 15 years on average.
Like many long haired cats, the Balinese requires regular grooming to keep their coats in the best condition. Brushing and combing the hair every day will help to keep the fur free from knots and tangles and will help to discourage hairballs.
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