The Balinese is actually a long-haired Siamese cat and has in common with her the ability to communicate loudly and with pleasure. If you want an intelligent, curious, and affectionate cat, you will find a loyal companion in the clever Balinese. Due to their urge to move and their love of discovery, the Balinese need a varied environment with lots of action and numerous opportunities to play and climb. You should spend a lot of time with a Balinese and deal with her sufficiently.
The Balinese resembles the Siamese cat in many characteristics, to which it is also related. The Balinese like to stay close to their people and let them know loudly how they are doing and what they want. In addition, the Balinese have an extremely strong urge to move and a pronounced curiosity. They are also very intelligent and affectionate.
Balinese: husbandry and care
Since the Balinese like to be where something is going on, they definitely don’t want to live alone, but with at least one of their own kind. She also usually gets used to dogs. Thanks to its sociability, this breed is particularly well suited to families with children.
Living purely as an apartment is not really ideal for the Balinese: a secure balcony or garden should be available for their urge to explore and discover. In addition, the elegant cat needs a lot of activity in the form of games with its people, scratching posts, intelligence toys, clicker training, and climbing and hiding places. Make sure that your Balinese never gets bored – she will thank you as a loyal and cuddly companion during breaks.
The Balinese are muscular and slim and differ from the Siamese mainly in their long fur and bushy tail. The semi-longhair cat is a “pointer”: it has darker coloring on the ears, tail, paws, and head. In Europe, the following colors correspond to the breed standards: Lilac-Point, Chocolate-Point, Blue-Point, Seal-Point, Fawn-Point, Creme-Point, Red-Point, Cinnamon-Point, Foreign White (without white markings). Striped points, so-called tabbies, are also permitted for all colors except for foreign white. Tortie points or tortie tabby points are also partially allowed.
As early as the 1800s, when the first Siamese cats came to Britain and the United States from Thailand, there were long-haired Siamese cats. It is disputed why this was so. Some suspect a “spontaneous mutation” others assume that crossing with Persian cats was responsible and that the long-haired gene only appeared in subsequent generations.
The long-haired Siamese cats were initially of no interest to breeders. It wasn’t until 1928 that they were shown at cat shows and also registered as a breed. In the 1950s, cat lovers became aware of the spurned breed and began breeding. Since the name “long-haired Siamese” as a breed name was quite unimaginative, the cats were renamed. The name “Balinese” refers to the graceful gait of the animals, reminiscent of Balinese dancers.
Since the Balinese, as a semi-long-haired cat, has little underfur, it cannot tolerate the cold very well. You should definitely pay attention to this when you give your velvet paw free rein. The Balinese is not only beautiful, like the Siamese it has a very high life expectancy and can live to be more than 20 years old. In addition, she is considered to be the most intelligent long-haired cat of all.