History of the Balinese
The Balinese obtained their name from graceful dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali. The Balinese is considered to be the longhaired variant of the Siamese. It is thought that this long haired combination is the result of breeding a Siamese with the Persian or Turkish Angora.
Size and Age
The Balinese are medium sized cats that weigh about 6 to 10 pounds when they are finished growing. You can expect neutered and spayed cats to weigh more than cats that have not yet been fixed. The average life span of this cat breeds tends to be around 10-14 years.
It is suggested to comb the Balinese twice a week to avoid mats. Use a stainless steel comb to remove dead hair that could contribute to hair balls. A flea comb can be used if you suspect fleas.
A bath is usually only necessary if your companion gets into a nasty substance such as dirt or mud. Cats are very self-sufficient in the grooming department unless they are sick or aged.
Nail trimming may be done every 3-4 weeks to prevent them from getting their claws stuck on fabric. Nail trimming is easy to perform and this task can be demoed by your veterinarian.
Both mixed breed and pure bred cats can have health problems as they grow older. The Siamese and Balinese are both prone to the same type of medical conditions.
The most common issue with Siamese and Balinese cats tend to be bladder stones, glaucoma, heart disease, and an increased rate of having periodontal disease as they age.
The most important thing you can do for your Balinese is to keep him at a healthy weight with the proper diet. Feeding the proper diet and brushing your cat’s teeth can prevent a myriad of problems in the future.
Caring for your Balinese
Because cats grow the most within their first year of life, feeding kitten food is ideal up to one year of age. Kitten food contains a higher protein content that will facilitate his growing needs and high activity level.
You will want to provide plenty of opportunity for exercising and accustoming him to new situations. I recommend supplying scratching posts, cat towers, cat tunnels, and catnip mice. Providing interactive play sessions 3-4 times a day to the tune of 10-15 minutes is also a great way to get started on the right foot. Click here to see what toys work best for interactive play sessions.
Under one year old is a great time to introduce him to walking on a leash, nail trimming, and bathing. Your cat should ideally see your veterinarian once per year for a physical examination so issues can be detected early and treated as needed. Monthly flea prevention starting at about 8 weeks old and yearly vaccinations are highly recommended after the first round of shots are done.
Brush the teeth daily to prevent periodontal disease and tartar formation. Clean the ears once a week with a ear cleaning solution from the veterinarian to prevent ear mites or debris build up.
The litter box should be cleaned twice a day to reduce odor. Use a non-clumping cat litter for cats under 4 months of age.
Personality of the Balinese
They are very identical to the Siamese cat in personality. They are not as vocal as the Siamese cat, but is just as helpful and opinionated as they are.
Just like the Siamese, they are very energetic and agile. They like to play and be involved in every activity. Their high intelligence may lead them to open up closets or turn on faucets if entertainment is not provided. The ideal toys for this breed is puzzle feeders and feather toys. The Balinese is a very devoted to their owner and thrives in a household that can give them bonding time.
- Social Requirements
- Children Friendly
- Pet Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Health Issues