Balinese Cat Breed
The Balinese is a beautiful balance cat with smart and alert expression. The body is slender and elegant with a royal appearance. The head is long and wedge shaped with a fine muzzle and elegant lines. The eyes are widely spaced and Oriental in shape. The eye colors are brilliant blue. The ears are large, pricked and wide at the base. The tail is long, slim, plum-like and tapering to a point. They move very fast. The weight of the Balinese is around 6-11 pounds.
The Balinese have a silky flowing coat that is medium-long in size and lying flat. They are the semi-longhaired variation of the Siamese with similar colors and patterns the only difference is its charming plume tail. They have a relatively little or not undercoat. The Balinese born white and the points on their legs, ears and tail will appear later. The most common colors are: seal point, blue point, Red and cream, chocolate point, lilac Point, Tortie point and lynx (Tabby).
The Balinese strong personality is similar to the Siamese. They are extremely vocal and talkative, very demanding and highly inquisitive. They are very active, affectionate and love to be the center of attention. The Balinese is very intelligent and easy to train. The Balinese is rated amount the most intelligent of long haired breed. They are also very playful and remain like that during their entire lives. The Balinese gets along well with other cats, dogs and other household pets. They are good with children and are very attached to their owner.
Is Balinese the Right Breed for You?
Balinese can adapt well to apartment living. They are extremely sociable creatures that could be unhappy if not getting enough attention. The Balinese need your company most of the time and are not recommended to leave them along for long periods of time. If you have to work or stay away sometime is better to give them another cat for company or just not to get a Balinese at all.
Balinese Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Balinese is around 16 or more years.
Balinese Health Problems
The Balinese is a relatively healthy breed. There major concerns associated with them are Nystagmus (eye squint), Crossed-eyes, heart disease, and upper respiratory tract infections.
Balinese Care and Grooming
The Balinese coat is relatively easy to maintain comparing with other semi-long breeds. A weekly brushing and combing is recommended. Do not use a metal comb on your cat, this can damage his undercoat. Bathing is optional. The Balinese cats should not be bathed more often than once every eight weeks to keep their skin from drying out.
It is highly recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Use a special ear cleaner to keep the ear clean and trim off the sharp points of the claws regularly using good clippers.
The Balinese are average shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.