Kitty fact! This breed, despite the name, does not originate in Bali. The origins for this beauty appear to be mostly rumor and speculation. One theory is that the Balinese is a cross between the Siamese and Angora. Another theory substitutes the Angora with Persian. Who cares, we think the Balinese is gorgeous! Named after the graceful dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali, the Balinese could easily be confused with the equally gorgeous Siamese; the main difference is the coat length. The Balinese has longer and silkier hair, and a feathery much fluffier tail.
The Balinese coat is silky and medium length which lays close to is svelte, muscular frame. You may see the Balinese in these various array of point colouration which refers to the cat coat having a pale body and darker extremities, i.e. the face, ears, feet, tail and (in males) scrotum. So for example, seal point Balinese would have beige or fawn coloured body, and dark brown legs, ears and tail. The paw pads would also be brown and the eyes a deep blue. Balinese also comes in. blue point, lilac point and chocolate point. You can look forward to having a Balinese for companionship a long time, as the general life span is 18-22 years, and with the exception of crossed eyes, this breed is not particularly known for any serious physical defects.
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Home environment - As with most cats, they can be sociable when introduced to an environment that is peaceful, stimulating and where they feel safe. This cat can thrive in a household with children who can treat this delicate beauty politely and respectfully. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.
Entertaining – A good butler knows how to entertain! To keep your cat entertained and to help them stay fit and active, provide various play stations and treats. Cats love playtime with their owners which helps them to socialize well and thwarts boredom and troublesome behaviors.
Hair – The Balinese has gorgeous silky hair which allows for easy care. Shedding is to be expected as with any cat however, combing or brushing can be done maybe twice a week to reduce furniture coverage.
Teeth – The use of small finger toothbrushes for weekly clean can help keep your cat’s teeth and gums healthy and may prevent periodontal disease. Careful with your fingers, cats have impressive jaw strength and can give quite a finger crushing bite! Annual checks at the vets will also pick up on anything that might need professional attention.
Nails – Now, be careful with this one. Cat’s nails are live so there is the potential to cause pain especially if the nail is dark and you cannot see clearly to differentiate live areas from ‘safe’ areas to clip. Probably best to schedule a visit to your vets or local shelter where there will be someone trained to carry out this procedure. I clipped my cat Tiny’s nail tips while she sat in the sink about once a fortnight. She would only allow me to clip her front ones and would happily bite her back paw nails at her leisure.
Clean – You can use a soft cloth and wipe the eye area. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you don’t spread any infection. Gently wipe out ears, warm water is fine. Never poke or use cotton buds (Q-tips) inside the ears.
Litter Box – Keep the trays meticulously clean and have more than one (if possible). Remember to keep trays away from food areas.
Roam or not to roam – It’s a good idea to keep your lovely inside, apart from attacks from other cats or dogs or traffic dangers, such a beauty might be stolen. However, if you’re going to allow roaming, remember to microchip and use a collar with an ID tag.
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