The Javanese cat is one of the semi-longhair cats and is also called Oriental Longhair or Mandarin. She is a very strong character and a friendly cat.
History and Origin of the Javanese cat
The Javanese cat is a fairly young cat breed. Although a “Siamese Longhaired” was presented for the first time at a cat exhibition in 1928, the breed known today as the Javanese cat probably has a different origin. It came about when American breeders tried to breed a long-haired Siamese cat in the 1960s and 1970s.
They succeeded and the Balinese are closely related to the Javanese. They differ in that Javanese cats are solid or patterned while Balinese cats have point markings like a Siamese cat. In 1979, the American breeders’ association CFA recognized the Javanese cat breed as a separate breed. Some other organizations list it as a variant of the Balinese cat.
Essence and Character
Javanese cats are extremely affectionate and very attached to their humans. They love to cuddle and cuddle. They don’t like to be left alone and it can happen that they react offended when they feel neglected. But they are not just couch potatoes, they love to play and romp. They also get along with children and are therefore ideal family cats. However, the children should be old enough to understand that the cats also want to be left alone.
They usually get along well with other cats, especially other Javanese cats. They are highly adaptable and are comfortable in any environment as long as their humans are with them. In addition, Javanese are highly intelligent. They learn tricks easily when taught through play. Javanese cats are far removed from pure obedience and the will to please, the will to please their people, which is characteristic of most dogs. The Javanese cat is also known, if not notorious, for meowing loudly and with pleasure. She is extremely communicative. And this mewing doesn’t always sound melodic to human ears.
The Appearance of the Javanese Cat
Javanese cats are medium-sized cats and resemble their relatives, the Oriental Shorthair cats. They have a triangular, wedge-shaped head with an elongated nose without a stop and thus without the snub nose typical of cats. The ears are relatively large and also triangular. The almond-shaped eyes of the Javanese are particularly impressive. They usually glow green. White Javanese can also have blue eyes. Some Javanese cats are even odd-eyed, meaning they can have one green eye and one blue eye.
The body is elongated, slender, and delicate. This makes it look particularly elegant and graceful. However, she is also muscular, which allows her to jump amazingly high. Another peculiarity of the Javanese cat is that the hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The back, therefore, rises backward. Overall, the Javanese struts high-legged through its feline life.
Their fur is semi-long and has a silky sheen. It can have the most diverse colors and drawings. They are often found in the colors white, black, blue-grey, cream, red, cinnamon red-brown, or chocolate-brown. Different patterns such as tabby, brindle, or tabby cats are also allowed and look pretty. A Javanese cat does not have an undercoat. They, therefore, do not lose quite as much hair as other semi-long-haired and long-haired breeds.
Attitude and Care
Javanese cats are considered adaptable and hardy. There are no known hereditary diseases that require special care. However, since their fur is quite thin and has no undercoat, they are more sensitive than other cats. You should keep this in mind, especially in the cold season.
Outdoor Cat or Indoor Cat?
Even if the Javanese cat has a high urge to move, there are many indications that it should be kept in the apartment or in the house. For one thing, with such noble pedigree cats, it is always safer to keep them indoors, since pedigree cats are often stolen. On the other hand, Javanese are quite sensitive due to the lack of undercoats. People-related as they are, they will not have the urge to go on a big tour and would rather stay with you. But they are happy about a secure balcony or garden, because like all cats they love to lie in the sun.
How Much Activity Does the Javanese Cat Need?
Javanese cats are very playful and have a remarkable urge to move. They, therefore, require a great deal of employment, especially if they are housed. Of course, they prefer to play with you. You can also try clicker training with them, for example, or teach them tricks in other ways. If you don’t have that much time for your four-legged friend or if you’re working and traveling for hours, you shouldn’t keep a Javanese alone.
Not only would she be constantly offended because you leave her alone, but she would also suffer from the loneliness. It would be best if you kept a pair of Javanese so they can play and cuddle together. Other cats are often overwhelmed by the exuberant temperament of a Javanese. You should also provide the Javanese with enough opportunities to play and run around. In particular, they like to use scratching posts in different sizes.
Grooming and Feeding
Despite the length of the coat, the Javanese do not have any special requirements when it comes to grooming. It is enough if you brush them once a week.
You don’t have to pay too much attention to the food either. Of course, you should value high-quality food so that your Javanese cat stays healthy. Sugar and other additives should be taboo. Cats like small portions, but three to five meals a day.
Purchase of a Javanese Cat
If you are considering adding a Javanese cat or two to your family, the first thing to consider is whether you will have enough time for them, now and in the future. Javanese cats can live up to 20 years and they generally remain active into old age. If you go on vacation frequently, she will resent you. Are you still determined to get a Javanese?
Then you should look for a reputable breeder. Trusted breeders are affiliated with a breed association and they will give you the opportunity to visit the kittens, their families, and their homes before making the decision to purchase. You can already tell from this whether the kittens were allowed to spend their first weeks in a loving environment with a responsible breeder. The breeders will answer all your questions. The kittens will have had their first vet visits by the time they move in with you. But you also have to reckon with costs of 900.00 euros to 1,100.00 euros, because responsible breeding with good nutrition and regular visits to the vet is expensive. Offers below that should make you suspicious.