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Balinese

Balinese

An Affectionate Family Cat

Alert, Loyal, Powerful

Balinese are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Balinese, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Balinese and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-size, graceful Coat:Medium-length, fine, silky

Length of fur
4

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

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.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • An affectionate companion and family cat

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Requires minimal grooming

Negative Traits: 

  • 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:

Amyloidosis

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Convergent Strabismus and Nystagmus

Separation Anxiety Syndrome

Wool Sucking


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:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Care

    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!

  • Characteristics

    Balinese are curious and affectionate clowns with a big heart.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • An affectionate companion and family cat

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Requires minimal grooming

    Negative Traits: 

    • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

    • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

  • Health Concerns

    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:

    Amyloidosis

    Progressive Retinal Atrophy

    Convergent Strabismus and Nystagmus

    Separation Anxiety Syndrome

    Wool Sucking


  • History

    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.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Balinese shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

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