Routine Care: Balinese cats need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won't drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: Despite their long hair, they shed little, and require brushing only once or twice a week.
Dental: Balinese often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Balinese are curious and affectionate clowns with a big heart.
Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
An affectionate companion and family cat
Good with children and other pets
Requires minimal grooming
Very talkative, has an opinion about everything
Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation
Whether you are considering adding a new Balinese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Balinese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Balinese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Balinese could encounter:
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Convergent Strabismus and Nystagmus
Separation Anxiety Syndrome
The Balinese breed is the result of selective breeding of purebred Siamese cats that carried a spontaneous genetic mutation for a long haired coat. One of the two fanciers who developed the breed in the 1950’s decided that the beauty and grace of the breed was similar to that of Balinese dancers, and so came the breed name “Balinese.” Bali’s have blue, almond-shaped eyes and long creamy colored coats with dark color points on their face, ears, lower legs, paws, and tail. They do not have an undercoat which makes their hair less likely to mat. Balinese are highly social cats that enjoy interaction with people and other animals. Like their Siamese relatives, Balinese are vocal and like to carry on conversations.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Balinese shows signs of the following: