A lively cat, the Balinese is also loving and will sit quietly with his owner, purring and being petted.
The graceful Balinese is a medium-sized cat with a long, tubular body. He is definitely a slender cat with fine bones but does not appear to be emaciated.The head is a long triangle and the ears are set so they appear to continue the triangle.
The deep blue, slanted eyes and the darker color on the extremities, tail, ears and face of the cat give the Balinese his own special look.The hair on the Balinese is not really long but is medium in length. You can see the length best by looking at the fur on the tail. The coat is soft and silky and had no undercoat.
Balinese cats are smart, sweet, and fun to be around. Like the Siamese, they are known for their ability to communicate vocally, sometimes nonstop, and therefore this breed is not for everyone. Highly social, Balinese are sensitive to your moods and feelings and are more than willing to cheer you up with some happy chatter if you’re feeling gloomy.
They are agile leapers and will often ride on their people’s shoulders. They love to play and easily learn to fetch, bringing the ball or toy back for repeated throwing. They will keep you entertained with their antics, but possess a loving disposition as well. They can be quite assertive in their requests for attention, but also possess a special dignity particular to the Balinese and Siamese breeds.
Long haired kittens began appearing spontaneously in the early 1900s in otherwise shorthaired Siamese litters. Some fanciers theorize that the gene for long hair was introduced into the Siamese gene pool in Europe after World War I. Since the Siamese was nearly obliterated as a European breed by the war (as were other breeds), breeders may have used other breeds after the war’s end to help rejuvenate the bloodline.
Other fanciers believe that the gene for the long hair is simply a naturally occurring mutation, which is also certainly possible. Both theories have been disputed and both have their reputable proponents, but no one really knows for sure which theory is correct. In earlier years, the words ‘natural mutation’ appeared in the CFA breed standard, but that wording has since been dropped.
FACTS ABOUT BALINESE CAT:
Balinese are reported to have an increased risk of developing a dermatological condition called feline acromelanism. This is an abnormal, genetically determined, temperature-dependent pattern of pigmentation on the legs, ears, tail and face. It does not appear to have any serious health consequences. Balinese also have a tendency to be born with kinked tails and obviously squinted or “crossed” eyes, which are not desirable traits. They also may be prone to breathing difficulties due to nasal obstruction.
These are muscular, athletic animals and should not be thought of as delicate or frail, simply because of their elegant, elongated appearance. They do enjoy relaxing on cushions or couches, especially after a good frenzied frolic around the house.
They can be more vocal than many other cat breeds. However, they typically are not as assertively noisy as their short-haired Siamese counterparts. They can be pushy when demanding attention, and adorably curious when faced with new games or toys.
Unlike most long-haired cats, the Balinese requires minimal grooming. Its coat is long, but also thin, silky, and has no undercoat, which decreases the occurrence of matting. It should be brushed once a week.
From a reputable breeder, $600+ for a pet kitten.It costs about Average $500 – $600 USD.