Balinese cats are very friendly and social. They
generally enjoy being around people and other cats, though they
are likely to become more attached to one person than the others.
They are affectionate, lively, curious cats. They are active cats
that leap like acrobats and enjoy playing. Though the Balinese has
a long coat, it requires little grooming, since it does not have
a double coat, like most long-haired cats. The Balinese is a loud
cat, like the Siamese, but it is slightly less vocal and has a softer
voice than the Siamese.
The Balinese is descended from the Siamese, whose origin is not
known for sure, but is suspected to have come from Siam (Thailand).
It is not known where the first longhaired Siamese cat was born,
but the first purposefully bred Balinese was born in the United
States. They are no uncommon in the United States, but are still
uncommon in Europe.
The Balinese has the same body type as the Siamese, except for its
medium to long coat and plumed tail. It has a long, slender, medium-sized
body. The head is a long, medium-sized tapering wedge shape. The
eyes are almond shaped, medium-sized, and slant towards the nose.
The ears are quite large, pointed, and wide at the base. The nose
is long and straight. The neck, legs, and tail are long and slender
like the rest of the body. It weighs 6 to 11 pounds.
The coat length is medium to long. It is longer on the body, belly,
and tail. The fur creates a plume on the tail, which is a prized
characteristic of the Balinese. The coat is fine and silky, with
no undercoat. The Balinese is accepted in the same colors as the
Siamese. These colors include Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue
Point, and Lilac Point. If they have other color point patterns,
such as Red Point and Cream Point, they are known as Javanese. However,
in the UK, this separation is not made, and all color points are
considered to be Balinese.
This cat is naturally active. It enjoys playing and exploring, but
does not generally need a regular play and exercise schedule to
maintain its health. It will initiate various activities on its