When the Javanese isn’t exploring her surroundings or frolicking with her roommates, she’ll be curled up on your lap. Because once she has found her favorite person, she always returns to him for cuddles. If her human does not have enough time, she will loudly announce her dissatisfaction. The Javanese needs action – if you feel the same way, this breed is perfect for you.
The character of the Javanese
Affection, thy name be Javanese! If you own such a cat, you will hardly be able to take a step without this lovely creature trailing behind you. If the Javanese does not receive enough attention, she suffers. Her character is extremely people-oriented, she can spend half the day cuddling and is very interested in what is happening around her. Be careful not to leave potentially dangerous items lying around: the Javanese will find and examine them.
This cat is fun and energetic when she gets together with children or other pets. Hunting games, hide-and-seek, tagging – the Javanese is there for everything and needs these game units like the air to breathe. Try teaching her a few cat tricks: Because the Javanese is intelligent and trainable, she enjoys practicing small routines.
The Javanese is not only physically present. She also listens to you carefully and will certainly interrupt you again and again. This cat is a chatterbox and surprises with a variety of sounds.
If you bring a Javanese into your home, be prepared for your life to be turned upside down. You will not regret it!
The attitude of the Javanese
A Javanese cannot and does not want to be alone. There is nothing she likes better than to bind herself to a person. This cat will take part in your everyday life and keep you on your toes. She is a family cat and loves to play with children who treat her with respect. If she has to be left alone, she suffers. Therefore, she is happy about a feline friend, preferably a Javanese or a similarly cuddly breed. You can also bring them together with a dog. Just give her enough time to get to know him.
In order to do justice to the Javanese’s joy of movement, spoil them with extensive play units. A home full of opportunities to explore keeps them fit and happy. If you keep her indoors, make sure she can’t escape. A well-secured balcony or garden will help the Javanese release energy and keep them busy. Make sure your cat can retreat to a sheltered, warm spot at all times. Due to the lack of undercoat on her fur, she tends to freeze.
Javanese: appearance and care
You can see the urge to move about this delicate cat with its long, slender legs at first glance. She explores her everyday life on her fine, oval paws and flashes you with her beautiful, green almond eyes. Some white females of this breed even have blue or different colored eyes.
The Javanese’s ears are large and their triangular shape complements the cone-shaped head.
The medium-length fur of the Javanese invites you to stroke it. It’s full color, which means the cat doesn’t wear any special markings called “points” (such as a face mask) on its body. Colors include chocolate, cream, blue, black, cinnamon, purple, silver, gold, and white, according to the breed standard. The Javanese coat can have tortoiseshell or tabby variations.
If you run your fingers through your Javanese’s fine, silky coat, you’ll notice that the undercoat is missing. Therefore, this breed of cat does not shed excessively, except at times of shedding. Nevertheless, take the opportunity to pamper your Javanese with a fine comb at least once a week so that her fur does not get knotted. She will surely thank you with cooing noises.
History of the Javanese
The Javanese is also known by the names Oriental Longhair (OLH) or Mandarin. It was created as a “by-product” of an American breeder who was attempting to breed a Balinese, cat with half-length hair and the coat markings and mask coloring of a Siamese cat. In addition to the Balinese, what he received was also the Javanese, which differs from the Balinese in its eyes and the color of its fur. The Javanese is a relatively young cat breed: it was only recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 1979.
If you suffer from a cat hair allergy, the Javanese can still be a cat for you: They shed little and do not spread too much fur around themselves with the allergy-causing protein.
The Javanese is considered hardy, long-lived cat breed. Nevertheless, hereditary diseases can occur. This includes renal amyloidosis, which occurs very rarely but is fatal. Another condition that the Javanese can suffer from is Progressive Retinal Atrophobia: This is a non-fatal eye condition that causes blindness. When choosing a breeder, make sure that they are responsible members of their profession and only breed healthy animals with each other.