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Javanese

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A Playful and Friendly Cat

Active, Intelligent, Muscular

Javanese are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Javanese, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Javanese 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-sized, graceful, long, muscular Coat:Medium length, fine, silky, lying close to body

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

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: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she 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: She has long hair that will need brushing every other day.

Dental: Javanese have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice 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!

She is a mild-mannered, good-natured, happy cat who will love to spend time with you.

Positive Traits:

  • May meow to communicate with you!

  • Loves jumping and being in high places

  • Requires only moderate grooming

  • Sweet, playful, and friendly

Negative Traits:

  • May meow or growl to tell you she she has had enough attention.

Whether you are considering adding a new Javanese 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 Javanese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Javanese 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 signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Javanese could encounter:

Suspected Disease Risks

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

Developed in the 1950’s, the Javanese cat is an Oriental, crossed with the Balinese and the Colorpoint Shorthair. Their long, single layered coat can be tortoiseshell, chocolate, blue, seal, lilac, or red and cream and has “points” like other oriental breeds. The Javanese loves to chat, often voicing its demands with a loud, low-pitched meow. Javanese are very curious and enjoy playing games. They like to perch in high places, such as a cat condo, a bookshelf, the top of the refrigerator, or even on the shoulder of a family member.

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

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

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she 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: She has long hair that will need brushing every other day.

    Dental: Javanese have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice 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

    She is a mild-mannered, good-natured, happy cat who will love to spend time with you.

    Positive Traits:

    • May meow to communicate with you!

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • Requires only moderate grooming

    • Sweet, playful, and friendly

    Negative Traits:

    • May meow or growl to tell you she she has had enough attention.

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Javanese 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 Javanese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Javanese 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 signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Javanese could encounter:

    Suspected Disease Risks

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

  • History

    Developed in the 1950’s, the Javanese cat is an Oriental, crossed with the Balinese and the Colorpoint Shorthair. Their long, single layered coat can be tortoiseshell, chocolate, blue, seal, lilac, or red and cream and has “points” like other oriental breeds. The Javanese loves to chat, often voicing its demands with a loud, low-pitched meow. Javanese are very curious and enjoy playing games. They like to perch in high places, such as a cat condo, a bookshelf, the top of the refrigerator, or even on the shoulder of a family member.

  • Watch Out For

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

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

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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