If you’re looking for an exotic, playful, and most of all, loving cat, you cannot look past the Balinese. Here’s what you need to know.
While the Balinese is a breed in its own right, they are essentially a long-haired Siamese cat. That is, while they have an absolutely beautiful, silky, flowing coat, they also have the same slim and sleek body of a Siamese, and the same markings, with darker markings on the mask (face), tail and feet. The Balinese comes in four main colours – seal, chocolate, lilac, and blue. They also have striking blue eyes.
The Balinese cat is one of the true people cats as they absolutely love their owners and want to be involved in everything that they do, whether that’s making the bed, cooking dinner, or anything else. The Balinese also loves to play, and will turn anything into a toy. In fact, the Balinese has pretty much the same temperament as a Siamese and this also means that they are as vocal as their Siamese cousins, willing to talk to you about anything and everything.
The Balinese will live on average for 10 to 14 years. Even though the Balinese is the longer haired version of the Siamese cat, there is not much grooming involved. This is because they have only a single coat, and no undercoat. All that you have to do is give them the occasional brushing, and to clip their nails as necessary. You do have to be careful to maintain the Balinese’s diet though so that they retain their sleek shape.
Their loving temperaments make them the ideal family pets, and they develop extraordinarily strong bonds with their owners. Balinese cats are suited for all types of families as they are so easy going but be aware that they do require a lot of attention, so will require a companion if you will be out for a lot of the time.