The Balinese cat is a breed that descends directly from the Siamese cats. The graceful beauties have their point pattern together, the blue eyes and the inclination to talk. Unlike the Siamese cat, however, the Balinese has a half-length coat and a bushy tail.
With its big ears, straight nose and triangular head shape, the Balinese cat looks really classy. She is not only pretty, but also smart and cuddly. Here are five interesting facts about Balinese cats.
1. The Balinese cat is not from Bali
Although the Siamese cat originally comes from Siam - today's Thailand - but her cousin, the Balinesenkatze, does not reveal their origin by their name. She is not from Bali, but from the USA and is a Siamese with half-length hair, so to speak. The silky fur and the bushy tail probably originated from the crossing of Persian Colourpoint cats or Turkish Angora. Although the first Balinesenkatzen existed in the 1920s, they were neither recognized as a breed nor allowed for breeding.
The American cat breeders Marion Dorsey and Helen Smith did not start to breed the Balinesenkatze until about 30 years later. Smith was of the opinion that "long-haired Siamese cats" was not a fitting name for the elegant beauties. She felt that the lithe walk of the velvet paws was like the graceful movements of Balinese temple dancers, and she called the cat's race Balinese.
2. Balinese cats are especially smart
The Balinesenkatze is one of the smartest cat breeds. She is eager to learn and loves to challenge her clever mind with clicker training, intelligence games and tricks. However, this also means that she tends to stubbornness in the absence of appropriate employment and looking for fun things themselves. If she gets too bored, she may make her voice loud, out of the apartment in an unobserved moment, or scratch her furniture. Keep in mind, therefore, that you will need a lot of time and imagination to keep your Balinese busy before buying such a thoroughbred cat.
3. Balinesenkatzenbabys are born white
Like the Siamese cat or the Ragdoll, the Balinese belongs to the so-called Point cats. This means that she comes into the world quite white and gets her splashes of color on the ears, face, tail and legs over time. The colors approved for the Balinese cat by the European federation FIFé differ from the colors allowed in the country of origin of the breed, the USA. In America, only those Balinese that are typical for the breed and have the following point patterns and coat colors are considered:
● seal-point (black)
● blue-point (dark gray)
● chocolate-point (brown)
● lilac-point (light gray)
In Europe, Balinese cats may also have a so-called ghost drawing - this is called a shimmering or hinted tabby pattern - and not only the variants of the coat color black, but also the coat color red own. In addition, three-color or completely white Balinese are allowed. In other words, the above variations have the following options:
● red-point (red) and red-tabby-point (red with stripes)
● cream-point (cream) and cream-tabby-point
● cinnamon-point (cinnamon) and cinnamon-tabby-point
● fawn-point and fawn-tabby-point
● tortie-point (tri-color) and tortie-tabby-point
4. The Balinesenkatze needs a lot of space
Balinese cats are not only very smart, they are also real energy bundles. To live up to its entrepreneurial spirit, it needs plenty of space for climbing, exploring, clawing and playing games. A great, large scratching post is a must, it is even more beautiful, if everywhere in the apartment small podiums, corridors and platforms for the Balinese are installed. Secured clearance or a large enclosure with an adventure playground is also a pleasure for the active Miez.
5. Balinese cats do not like to be alone
The Balinese is usually very affectionate and enters into a close bond with their favorite people - assuming a species-appropriate attitude and employment. However, this has the consequence that the Balinesenkatze does not like to stay alone at home and can announce their displeasure quite loud. They can partly meet their need for companionship with a conspecific. However, you must be careful in the selection, as the Balinese can be stubborn and does not accept every cat as a companion.
It is best if you adopt two littermates from the beginning. In our guide "Two cats get used to each other: Tips for attitude" you will also find more information on the association of cats. Apart from that, it is advisable not to leave your Balinese alone for too long during the day, as the cats will miss you otherwise. So if you have to work all day and can not do this from your desk at home, another cat breed may be better for you.