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Balinese cat - Breed Profile:

Origin: Siam (Thailand)
Seal point, chocolate point, blue point and lilac point
Size: Small to medium
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Every few weeks
Talkativeness: Very vocal
Activity Level: Very high
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Physical characteristics

The Balinese cat has the same body type and physical characteristics as the Siamese cat. There are two types of Balinese cats:
- the extreme Balinese with a svelte and elegant body, wedge-like head, and large ears that continue the triangular shape,
- the traditional Balinese which resembles the traditional Siamese.
The eyes are almond shaped and vivid blue in both the varieties.
The only difference between the Siamese and the Balinese is the coat length - Balinese cats are longhair.


Extremely active and lively cats ready to play and mess around all day long if allowed. They are demanding and needs lots of attention. Intelligent and mischievous. They sincerely believe they are the only family member that is always supposed to be in the centre of everyone's attention. They will follow you everywhere and "help" you with everything you do. Nothing can escape a Balinese cat's attention. Make sure you have enough cat toys and cat trees, because otherwise your energetic companion will turn into toys every possible (or impossible) thing. Playing with them is a true pleasure because they'll never stop surprising you with their natural acrobatic talent.

Coat and grooming

The coat of Balinese cats is long and silky. It's so fine and close-lying that looks shorter than it is. The coat on the tail worth a special mention: it's a luxurious plume that catches your eye. Balinese cats have no undercoat, so brushing every few weeks should be fine.
The possible colours are seal point, chocolate point, blue point and lilac point. The pattern is always the same as in Siamese cats - the colourpoint.


Generally healthy and long-living cats. Some lines are prone to hereditary liver amyloidosis, plaque buildup, tartar formation, and gingivitis. It is recommended to have annual veterinary checkups.