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Javanese cat - Breed Profile:
Origin: Siam (Thailand)
Physical characteristicsJavanese cats have a lot in common with Balinese cats: the two breeds share the same body type, coat length and temperament. The only difference is the colours. As well as in the Balinese and Siamese, you can come across two types of the Javanese cat: the extreme and traditional one.
The extreme Javanese has a typical Oriental look: a slender body and elegant lines. In spite of such a delicate look, these cats are muscular enough to jump incredible heights from a standstill. The head is a rounded wedge with very large pointed ears that continue the lines of the wedge. The muzzle is long and the nose has no stop.
The traditional Javanese has a stockier body and a rounder head type of the traditional Siamese.
Both the types have almond shaped eyes of vivid blue colour, slightly slanted towards the nose. The tail is long and tapering.
TemperamentLike the Abyssinian and Egyptian Mau cats, Javaneses are very active cats that require a lot of attention. Intelligent and demanding, they love playing with humans and making "toys" out of everything they can find. Curious and mischievous. Beyond doubt, every single corner in your flat will be investigated, including the refrigerator and the washing machine. They can be very persistent if they want something, and they will surely let you know about their needs: Javanese cats are quite talkative. Some owners even say, "If your Javanese is quiet, it is most probably asleep". Like Bengal cats, they can be taught some dog games such as fetch. When they are the centre of everyone's attention, Javanese cats are happy. They are very affectionate (sometimes even too much) and will gladly sleep on your lap when the play time is over. But don't misunderstand it: the latter is for them to decide. Reprimands may hurt your cat's sensitive feelings, and you may even find your Javanese sulking under the bed. To bring back your feline's disposition, don't forget about yummy treats and apologetic petting.
Coat and groomingThe Javanese cat has a long coat, but it lies very close to the body and, thus, seems shorter than it is. The coat on the tail spreads out in a rich plume. There is no undercoat, so brushing once in a few weeks should be fine.
The possible colours and patterns are the red point, cream point, lynx (tabby) point, and tortie point.
HealthNaturally healthy and long-living cat breed. However, some bloodlines are prone to hereditary liver amyloidosis, plaque buildup, tartar formation, and gingivitis. It is recommended to have annual veterinary checkups.
Other interesting factsThe breed has Siamese heritage.
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