Balinese cat breed-History, Personality, Care and Facts

Balinese cat Breed

The Balinese is one of the most affectionate cat breeds in the world. A slim body with high energy and well social cat breed who loves human company and easily adopted. 

Balinese Cat

Balinese Cat

The History of Balinese Cat Breed

The Balinese cat is a magical cat. This is basically a variety of longhaired Siamese cats. The early history of the Balinese cat is unknown but The Balinese cat is closely related to the Siamese cat.

It is said that, in the mid-1800s, some Siamese cats were imported from Thailand to the U.S. and UK, some of these Siameses carried the recessive long-haired gene.

There was a record about this, In the year 1871, Penny Illustrated magazine refers to a longhaired Siamese cat on a Chinese tapestry. The Cat Fanciers Federation (CFF) registered them as longhair Siamese in the year of 1928 but very little is known of how they came on.

In the early 1900s, longhaired kittens were born in litters of pedigree Siamese cats. 

How the long hair gene comes in the Siamese cat?

Some people believe the recessive gene for long hair has come from the European Siamese gene pool after World War-I. Some people believe that the recessive gene for long hair comes from a natural mutation. Some people believe the recessive gene comes from a cross-breeding by Siamese with an Angora or maybe a Persian. But no one can say surly how the log hair gene comes in Siamese litters.

The recorded history of Balinese is found in the year of the 1950s when true-breeding programs were popular.

Sometimes, long-haired kittens were born in Siamese litters. They are known as “fuzzy” kittens. This longer coat being undesirable, the breeders Thought that this was a fault in the bloodlines and they sold exclusively as pets.

In the year of 1950, Siamese breeders Marion Dorsey in California and Helen Smith in New York had found two Long-haired kittens in their Siamese litters. The kittens were so adorable looking so the two breeders fell in love with them.

The breeders decided to develop the long-haired kittens as a separate breed and that was the first breeding program for Balinese cats.

The name of "Balinese" does not mean that this cat comes from Bali or Indonesia.

Breeder Helen Smith dubbed the new breed "Balinese." The cats were so elegant and graceful. Of the famous colorful Balinese dancers. So, she chooses the name Balinese for the new breed. There is no connection between Balinese cats and the country of Bali.

In the period of the 50s to ’the 60s the two breeders, Helen and Marion worked together to establish the breed standard and to gain to establish as a new breed. The Empire Cat Show in New York City Helen Smith was the first to exhibit Balinese in CFA in the AOV class and in early 1956 and Mrs. Dorsey showed in a CFF show in Glendale, California.

From the 1960s to 1970s breeder Sylvia Holland worked with all of the Balinese breeders together to establish the breed standard and have it recognized in all associations.

At this time an association was formed by the name, "the Balinese Breeders and Fans of America''. (B.B.F.A.)

All of the breeders help each other by outcrossing the breed to expand the gene pool. In this period Sylvia Holland do hard work and finally, in 1965 they had been accepted in all associations without CFA. But they need CFA acceptance. In the year of 1967, Sylvia Holland attended CFA’s annual convention and saw the Balinese granted Provisional status.

In 1965 and 1967 The Balinese Breeders and Fans of America'' (B.B.F.A.) write the first breed standards which were revised again for CFA in 1970. Finally, in the year of 1970, they were accepted for Championship status.

Finally, in 1979 The International Cat Association recognized the breed and allowed all colors, including red, cream, tortoiseshell, and pointed coats in various shades and patterns.


Physical Structure of Balinese:

The Balinese cat

The Balinese cat

The Balinese is a medium-sized cat with an elongated, tubular body. It is undoubtedly a slender cat with fine bones, and good looking.

The slanted eyes, of an intense blue, and the darker color of the extremities, tail, ears, and face of this breed gives a very special aspect of their own.

Height: These cats measure between 15 and 17.7 cm. 

Weight: The Balinese cat has a weight that varies between 3.6 and 5.4 kg. Males: (large)> 5 kg Females: (medium) 3 - 5 kg

Head: Medium size and elongated triangle. The ears are set in a position that contributes to the triangular appearance

Neck: Slim and long.

Tail: Thin, long, and pointed.

Legs: Strong and long.

Eyes: Medium, almond-shaped, and slightly oblique towards the nose, they are of intense blue color.

Nose: Straight and long.

Body: Slim, long, muscular, but at the same time shows delicacy and elegance.

Ears: Large, and pointed.

Balinese Colour and Coat:

Originally, The Balinese comes were only four recognized colors -

01. Seal,

02. Brown, 

03. Blue, and

04. Lilac. 

Now we see in Frost (light gray), blue, chocolate, seal (seal), cream, red, lilac, fawn (fawn) Colour in the Balinese family.


Silky, smooth, fine, abundant, semi-long on the body, and long on the belly, shoulders, and tail.

Coat color: 

White, with solid spots and tabby spots in various solid and turtle colorations

Hair Length

The hair is not exactly long but of medium length. Its length can best be seen in the hairs on the tail

Pattern:  Points (color at the ends)


Balinese Personality, Temperament, and Behaviour:

The Balinese is an Ancestor of the Siamese. So their temperament is similar to the Siamese but The Balinese is quieter than the Siamese because of the influence of the longhair gene.

Balinese looks beautiful and lovely. They are helpful and like to follow, so all the time they follow you whatever you’re doing. For this following nature, it's easy to train a Balinese cat. Sometimes you feel like they are trained you because as for the following nature they supervise your every move.

The Balinese highly demand human companions and attention. When you are at home your Balinese will not want to lose your focus even for a moment. He will be in your lap when you are sitting down,. When you walk, He will walk close to your feet. When you sleep at night, he will sleep next to you or he will sleep under your feet.

Is Balinese cat talkative?

Yes. The Balinese likes to talk as Like the Siamese but their voice softer than the Siamese. They express their views in a very clear voice. Balinese cat's meow sounds are softer and clear but loudly.  

The Balinese are like a “tell-all” personality and likes to talk with their owners. They tell you their thinking and expect your attention to their thinking. So sometimes you need to do activities with their advice for their satisfaction.

The Balinese is an active and powerful jumper cat due to his slim body. They can easily leap on the top of your refrigerator, bookcases, Almirah, and even the tops of windows or doors.

So if you want a Balinese, you must need Cat trees or high perches. Otherwise, you can lose your Vase or other important furniture.

The Balinese are loyal and affectionate cats. But they never tolerate a third party for their owner’s attention. They accept the owner's company and a part of the owner's family.

If you are busy or doing the job outdoor most of the time then a Balinese is not an ideal cat for you. A good suggestion for this problem, you can overcome this problem by having two cats.

Is the Balinese cat playful?

The Balinese is a highly intelligent and athletic cat. They are playful and love to play. You can provide puzzles, teaser toys, and a big cat tree to keep busy. They also like to play to fetch and walk on a leash.


How is the Balinese cat with the Children and other pets?

The Balinese can adjust well with children and other pets but sometimes they feel threatened by dogs and Kids. They are also very sweet and loves to stay in the company of other animals. If you have pet dogs or kids you must introduce your Balinese kitten to them and make sure that they are well socialized and happy.


The Balinese cat's Health:

The Balinese cat, when descending from the Siamese, may suffer strabismus, which is an alteration of the optic nerve and nystagmus, rapid forward and backward movements of the eye. For the rest, if you vaccinate your cat and take him to the vet with the appropriate frequency, you will not have any problems.

Balinese cat care and grooming:

The care of the Balinese cat is not different from that of another pet, and it is enough to maintain its perfect state of health by going to the veterinarian, deworming it when it corresponds, and having its basic elements inside the home, such as a drinking bowl and feeder, a fluffy bed, litter box, scratching posts and toys.

Balinese cats are very clean. They will immediately grasp the usefulness of the sandbox, even if they are kittens. Of course, it is advisable not to use scented litters, since there are some cats that do not like the smell and carry out their bowel movements outside the litter box for this reason. On the other hand, it is imperative to brush the Balinese cat at least three times a week. If it is done every day, it will take a very short time, just three minutes, and the cat's silky coat will look splendid and without knots.

The cat's eyes, ears, and teeth should also be properly cleaned. A few damp cotton swabs will work for the eyes and ears. For the teeth, a brush or anti-tartar sticks will be adequate. If the outside of the tear sockets is stained with a kind of "rust" by a bacterial infection, rosehip oil applied without touching the eye will be very effective.

Since it is a very neat animal, the Balinese cat does not need to bathe more than once every month and a half, or two. It must be dried thoroughly so that the hair does not tangle or weigh down. It can also be washed without water using detergent powders for dry cleaning, or dry foam. These products should not be applied to the eyes or genitals. The pet groomer must take care of the splendid coat of the Balinese cat.

Balinese cat feeding

Regarding the care of the Balinese cat focused on feeding, it is convenient to feed it with a mixed diet consisting of dry feed, wet feed and fresh homemade food.

The quality dry feed is prepared to meet the basic needs of the cat, depending on its age range. These feed on their packaging announce the ingredients that make up the feed and the appropriate age of the cat. Neutered cats require specific feed.

In wet feed, the composition on the can or blister is also indicated. It is important to know that once the container is opened, the rest must be stored in the refrigerator. The wet feed should not be abused, as it causes tartar and soft, foul stools.

The most suitable fresh foods for your Balinese cat during the puppy period are slices of ham and turkey. It is convenient to cut them into small pieces so that the puppy cat, whose response will be to pounce frantically on the slices, does not choke.

Adult cats, apart from the aforementioned slices, can also eat the following fresh foods: chicken, turkey, hake, cod and salmon. These foods should not be given raw. You have to boil them or grill them previously. The fish will not have spines. These cats must eat foods rich in omega 3 and omega 6 to preserve their precious coat. Of course, if you prefer to feed the Balinese cat only with homemade food it is totally valid. Clean and renewed water is very important that you never lack.

Balinese cats lifespan:

Balance is a long-living cat. The average lifespan of a Balinese cat is 8-13 Years. Lifespan depends on how they grow up. If they pass an obese life they became die in a short time.

 10 Most Facts of Balance cat breed

01. Balinese is a loyal and loving cat, so you can spending a good time with them.

02. For slender and fine-boned body structure, they need more care and exercise otherwise they become obese.

03. If they are falling alone, they can destroy your furniture or will reprogram your DVR, or Tear up your toilet paper rolls and tissue boxes.

04. The Balinese cats like to sleep in soft places and also scratching with their claws. So you need a scratching post for your Balinese. Otherwise, they can be scratching your mattress.

05. They need attention otherwise they may become destructive. Balinese needs a company so you must devote time to them.

06. The Balinese cats are energetic, and Indore cats.  So this breed is recommended for that person who stays home most of the time. 

07. Balinese are suitable for children and other pets.

08. For a Balinese cat, you need an excellent sense of humor because of the talk to you all-time in their language. So you must understand what he wants to say.

 09 Balinese is not perfect for those people who are unsteady on their feet or use a walker because they are frequently underfoot.

10. Balinese is high allergenic and moderately tendency to shed 

How Balinese as a pet cat?

The Balinese are well socialized and indoor cats who love to Company. If you stay home most of the time or you can devote some time to your Balinese or you have two cats then the most affectionate and lovely Balinese is perfect for you.

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