Balinese are elegant, well-mannered cats—comparatively speaking, of course. She'll still prowl your high shelves, but she'll be more careful not to knock over your tchotchkes while she does.
This sleek beauty is resembles a long-haired version of her cousin, the Siamese. In fact, some Balinese fans think of this breed as a Siamese-light. Her empathetic, person-centric personality, mixed with lots of intelligence, and a unique, recognizable physique make her a favorite for many families. However, her ways of expressing herself vocally can be a bit much for some homes.
This breed can grow to between 5-8 pounds and lives an average of 15-20 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
You can SEE me thinking
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE BALINESE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Balinese are intelligent, sweet, and highly social. This is a cat who knows her own mind, so don't be surprised if she demands the attention she wants (and feels she deserves). This breed also gets along well with children and dogs.
WHAT IS BALINESE'S BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Balinese are vocal and very active cats. If this furry lady feels some kind of way, she's going to give you an earful about it. Everything everyone is doing in her home is her business, so expect her to keep an eye on you whenever you're in the house. Balinese are also quite agile; yours might enjoy riding around on your shoulders, climbing to the highest shelves or perching on the tops of doors.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY BALINESE ENTERTAINED?
Don't worry—she'll tell you. Balinese like to fetch toys or balls for you to throw, and enjoy any excuse to play with you. She's also a climber, so offer her plenty of high spots (say, the top of the fridge or your tallest bookshelf) from which to survey her domain. Daily play sessions will help keep her active side sated, and give you an opportunity to bond even closer.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO BALINESE LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Balinese look a lot like Siamese, down to the blue eyes, big ears, and colored points. Their coats are longer than the Siamese, and their tails are full plumes. Balinese require very little grooming, but might benefit from a wipe-down with a damp cloth occasionally. Also, as with any longer-hair cat, keep a close eye out for mats or tangles which can be painful for your cat if not removed.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and well-being. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
Brushing your furry friend often helps remove dead skin and loose hairs, as well as shaking debris and dirt loose. Daily grooming will keep your cat from swallowing too much hair while she grooms, which can help cut back on the number of hairballs you accidentally step on while you're barefoot. (An upside for both of you, surely.) Most healthy, grown-up cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.
And remember: even if your cat gets the at-home brush-and-comb treatment regularly, she still might benefit from professional grooming once in awhile.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BALINESE HAVE?
The Balinese is a generally healthy breed. Some may be susceptible to metabolic disorders or dermatological conditions.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE BALINESE GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
As infrequent shedders, Balinese are among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers. But shedding less doesn't make this breed hypoallergenic. Dander (found in urine, dead skin, and saliva), not pet hair, is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. If you're worried about allergies, let's talk about gender: male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. (#FurryFeminism?) You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair landing on your clothes and furniture. (Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers.) If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY BALINESE'S BEST DAY?
This friendly, intelligent feline would love to teach you to give her treats on command. (You might even be convinced that you're the one doing the training.) After tricks and treats, she'll enjoy climbing your room-to-room catwalk and looking down from above before a quick catnap. Finally, she'll want to tell you about her day.
SHOULD I ADOPT A BALINESE?
Balinese aren't for everyone—they're cuddly but also want to roam free around your home, and they will absolutely talk your ear off. But if you're looking for a purr-sonality-filled, intelligent kitty with a distinctive coat and a voice (oh, what a voice!) a Balinese might be just the one for you.
Have you decided that a Balinese is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.