Temperament: active, friendly
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Recommended for: families
While many cat breeds are named after their country of origin – such as the Maine Coon or Siamese – the Balinese isn’t one of them. Said to be long-haired mutants of Siamese litters, Balinese are now recognised in their own right, although sometimes confused with other Siamese-influenced breeds such as the Birman, Ragdoll, or Himalayan.
Appearance: Although silky-coated, the Balinese has a slim, sleek body type with typical Siamese-dark markings on the mask, tail and feet. Like Siamese they have four main colours, seal, chocolate, lilac and blue. The eyes are blue.
Temperament: An animated cat, the Balinese is said to be less vocal and demanding than a Siamese, although still full of energy and mischief.
Health: A healthy cat with no serious problems. Fur balls can form when the silky coat is shedding. Ask your vet for an appropriate dietary additive if this is a recurring problem.
Ideal owner/housepet potential: Balinese are suited to people who want a pet which is actively involved with the family, not a breathing doorstop. They enjoy having people around and may “visit” neighbours if left alone for long periods of time. They seem well-suited to families with school-age children, although many are contented pets of single and retired people. They seem satisfied with a life indoors, although the silky coat can shed surprising amounts of hair on clothing and furniture, especially coming out of winter! Many can – and will – climb curtains and furniture.
Grooming: Although considered a longhair, the coat is silky and doesn’t usually matt. Regular grooming isn’t really necessary although it will minimise loose hairs being dropped around the house.
For further information
Penny Lane Cattery
Phone: (03) 5424 1623
Alcira can refer people to breeders throughout Australia.