Balinese Cats are a breed of oriental cat that resembles the Siamese in their markings. They have silky coats and fluffy tails. The key difference between the Balinese and the Siamese is that they have longer hair than a Siamese.
They have long fur but it lies flat, so they aren’t quite as fluffy as a Himalayan. They don’t shed as much as a Himalayan and do not have problems with matting like many longhaired breeds have. This is because their coat is not a double coat like other long haired breeds. They are one of the few “low maintenance” long haired cats
They have an interesting shape to their head, it is like a long wedge that starts at the nose and spreads out as wide as the tips of its whiskers. Their skull is flat when viewed face on and the ears are triangular and erect. They have a thin, lean build that has more muscle than you might think at first glance.
Their resemblance to the Siamese cat is because they were a “spontaneous longhaired mutation of the Siamese cat” (quoting the Cat Fanciers Association). Not only are they similar in appearance but they are similar in personality as well.
Balinese are very intelligent cats. They express this intelligence mischievously at times as they are looking to play clown around you. Make sure you spoil your Balinese with lots of toys! They also have an affectionate side to them and if you get one you will never be lacking for a companion. They’ll try to play with you and will be vocal with you. They will be wherever you are in the house.
All in all a Balinese Cat makes a great family pet that will get along well with children and other pets.
With good care they will live 10 – 14 years.
Where to get a Balinese Cat Breed?
I always recommend you adopt a cat from a cat rescue or animal shelter. Too many cats end up in shelters and rescues simply because of overpopulation. And please spay and neuter your cats to reduce overpopulation.
If you can’t find one at a rescue or animal shelter a breeder is a great way to go – especially if you think you might want to get involved in showing cats.
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