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Overview of Balinese Cat

In a nutshell, the majestic Balinese cat is pretty much a Siamese with long hair; but they are also so much more than this! Unlike the Siamese cat, the Balinese cat is not named after the region they hail from. Instead, these medium-sized cats are named after the grace and elegance of Balinese dancers. The origins of the breed are unknown, but the first breeding programs began in California and New York during the 1950s when breeders noticed long-haired kittens appearing in their Siamese litters and wanted to develop these special kitties further. They have the same stunning sapphire blue eyes as the Siamese and are also color pointed (meaning that color is only found on the face, ears, legs and tail with a contrasting creamy white body), but their plumed tail and long silky coat are all their own. They come in various pointed colors and patterns, from seal point to the rare lilac tabby & white point. Some say that the Balinese are the most intelligent of the longhaired cat breeds, so they should not be left alone for long periods unattended. These elegant kitties have a single coat that sits close to their long, slender body. Their lack of undercoat reduces the likelihood of matting so brushing them twice a week will keep them looking their best!

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Balinese

Hereditary Liver Amyloidosis:

Occurs when amyloids, which consist of abnormally folded protein, are deposited in the liver and various organs and tissues of your kitty’s body. This leads to the disruption of normal liver functioning and can eventually lead to organ failure, if left untreated.

Recommendations for Hereditary Liver Amyloidosis in Balinese Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Balinese

Dilated Cardiomyopathy:

Is a common heart disease in cats where there is an enlargement of certain chambers of the heart and the heart cannot pump blood properly, resulting in congestive heart failure.

Recommendations for Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Balinese Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Balinese

Bladder Stones:

Like many cat breeds, the Balinese cat can develop bladder stones. This condition prevents normal urination as the urethra and/or bladder becomes blocked by these stones. The sizes of these stones can range from large to small bits or a mixture of both.

Recommendations for Bladder Stones in Balinese Cats:


The Balinese cat demands a lot of attention and gets into mischief whenever possible, so they are happiest in households that are committed to playing with and training these active kitties. Balinese kitties can make a toy out of literally anything - like that little toy mouse, a leaf that blew indoors, a piece of paper, a plastic bag, etc - which will amuse them for hours on end. They get along great with children and other pets! The Balinese cat is for you if you want a kitty with stunning blue eyes, a silky coat and the desire to follow you around from room to room, making a game out of anything!

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