Balinese cat: 5 exciting details about the cat breed

The Balinese cat is a breed that descends directly from the Siamese cats. The graceful beauties have in common their point pattern, blue eyes and a penchant for conversation. In contrast to the Siamese cat, the Balinese has a half-long fur and a bushy tail. The Balinese cat owes its name not to its origin, but to its grace - Shutterstock / Jenni Ferreira

With its big ears, straight nose and triangular head shape, the Balinese cat looks really classy. Not only is she pretty, she's also smart and cuddly. Here we have summarized five interesting facts about Balinese cats.

1. The Balinese cat does not come from Bali

The Siamese cat originally comes from Siam - today's Thailand - but its cousin, the Balinese cat, does not reveal its origin by its name. She does not come from Bali, but from the USA and is a Siamese cat with half-length hair, so to speak. The silky fur and bushy tail were probably created by crossing Persian Colourpoint cats or Turkish Angora. The first Balinese cats existed as early as the 1920s, but they were neither recognized as a breed nor approved for breeding.

The American cat breeders Marion Dorsey and Helen Smith did not begin to breed the Balinese cat until about 30 years later. Smith felt that "long-haired Siamese cats" was not a fitting name for the elegant beauties. Since she thought the smooth walk of the velvet paws was like the graceful movements of Balinese temple dancers, she quickly called the cat breed Balinese.

2. Balinese cats are particularly smart

The Balinese cat is one of the smartest cat breeds. She is eager to learn and loves to challenge her clever head with clicker training, intelligence games and tricks. However, this also means that if there is a lack of species-appropriate employment, she tends to be obstinate and look around for fun things to do. If she is bored too much, she may make a noise, leave the apartment in an unobserved moment, or scratch your furniture. So keep in mind that you need a lot of time and imagination to keep your Balinese busy before you buy such a pedigree cat.

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3. Balinese kittens are born white

Like the Siamese cat or the Ragdoll, the Balinese belongs to the so-called Point cats. This means that she is born completely white and that her spots of color on the ears, face, tail and legs only get over time. The colors approved for the Balinese cat by the European association FIFé differ from the colors allowed in the country of origin of the breed, the USA. In America only those Balinese are considered breed-typical who have the following point patterns and fur colors:
● seal point (black)
● blue-point (dark gray)
● chocolate-point (brown)
● lilac-point (light gray)

In Europe, Balinese cats can also have a so-called ghost drawing - this is what a shimmering or hinted tabby pattern is called - and not only have the variants of the fur color black, but also of the fur color red. Tricolor or completely white Balinese are also allowed. This means that the following options are added to the above-mentioned variations:
● red-point (red) and red-tabby-point (red with stripes)
● creme-point (cream-colored) and creme-tabby-point
● cinnamon-point (cinnamon-colored) and cinnamon-tabby-point
● fawn-point (gray-beige) and fawn-tabby-point
● tortie-point (tri-color) and tortie-tabby-point
● foreign white

4. The Balinese cat needs a lot of space

Balinese cats are not only very smart, they are also real bundles of energy. To live up to her entrepreneurial spirit, she needs a lot of space for climbing, exploring, claw sharpening and playing. A great, large scratching post is a must, it is even nicer if small platforms, corridors and platforms for the Balinese are installed everywhere in the apartment. Secure outdoor access or a large enclosure with adventure playground is also a joy for the active Miez.

5. Balinese cats don't like to be alone

The Balinese is usually very affectionate and forms a close bond with their favorite people - assuming that they are kept and employed appropriately. However, this means that the Balinese cat does not like to stay at home alone and can express its displeasure quite loudly. Some of them can meet their need for company with a colleague. However, you have to be careful when choosing, because the Balinese can be stubborn and not every cat accepts as a companion.

It is optimal if you adopt two littermates from the start. In our guide "Getting two cats accustomed to one another: Tips for keeping them" you will also find further information on socializing cats. That being said, it is advisable not to leave your Balinese alone for too long during the day, otherwise the cats will miss you. So if you have to work all day and can't do it from your desk at home, another cat breed may be better for you.