Also called an Oriental Longhair, the Javanese has no connection to the island Java in Indonesia. Nor are they the color of coffee. Honestly, their lovely white coats make them look more like cream.
Built like supermodels, Javanese are long and slender. Okay, most supermodels don't have bushy tails. Which is too bad, honestly——that would really spice things up at Fashion Week. The Javanese resemble colorful, longhaired Siamese, and they are one of the rarest breed of cat in the world.
This breed can grow to between 8-15 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I'm a chatty catty
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE JAVANESE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Javanese are intensely loyal and want to be with you as much as felinely possible. These cats are also extremely intelligent and intensely social. If you're not going to be home much, be sure your Javanese has a furry friend at home to keep her company.
WHAT IS JAVANESE BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Javanese are very chatty kitties, so if yours has something on her mind, expect to hear about it. These are athletic—even acrobatic—cats. If you can't find yours, check the top of the fridge.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY JAVANESE ENTERTAINED?
Javanese take to training like a duck to water, so teach yours tricks and basic commands. They'll also eagerly play games with you, especially if they involve fetching or leaping.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO JAVANESE LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Javanese look like someone swirled a Balinese around in a rainbow. Lilac point, chocolate, blue, and seal Javanese are not permitted to compete in Cat Fanciers Association events, however. Their eyes are a striking deep blue, and their wedged-shaped heads have big bat ears.
Weekly brushing will take care of this easy-keeper. A freshly bathed Javanese is super soft, and might make the bother of an occasional bath worth your while.
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, grownup 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.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO JAVANESE HAVE?
Though a generally healthy breed, Javanese can be prone to sternum deformations and heart disease, as well as eye disease, slipping kneecaps, and asthma. They're also greedy little buggers, so be conscientious about portion control.
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 JAVANESE GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Javanese are among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers—they are infrequent shedders. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds 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.
WHAT IS MY JAVANESE'S BEST DAY?
Start your day off right: wake up to your chatty catty letting you know it's time to get up—and more importantly, it's time to feed her. The Javanese much prefers a set routine and someone to keep her company, so her best day will run like a Swiss watch. She also enjoys exploring drawers and cabinets, so why not stash a catnip mouse or jingle bell someplace for her to find? If you need to be away from home often, consider finding your Javanese another furry buddy so she won't be lonely.
SHOULD I ADOPT A JAVANESE?
Have you ever thought, you know, it's just too darn quiet around this house? Have we got a cat for you! Your Javanese will keep a running monologue going through your every waking hour. These are smart, interactive, and loving feline friends. If you can find one, she'd love to follow you home.
Have you decided that a Javanese 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.