Can a human shadow have four paws? Completely, because if a person lives with a Balinese cat, then she always and everywhere follows the shadow behind her owner. But today the balinese kittens come out of the shadows and we will highlight all their features and differences!
The origin history of the breed
Balinese cat (Balinese, Balinese cat) was born in America in the 40s of the last century. The homeland of the balinese responsibly created the breed – the breeders at the first stage crossed Siamese cats, whose wool was longer than usual.
The result of selection pleased everybody with appearance and meek character and it was decided to fix the obtained combination of genes.
As a result, the world has had one more breed. The longhaired gene gave the newborn a fringe on the tail, an unusually smooth silhouette and a special plasticity of movements.
By the way, these signs influenced the choice of the name of the breed. The soft movements and outlines of the cat reminded the creators of the breed of famous Balinese dancers. In their honor, they christened a new breed.
Balinese received the world recognition only in the 70’s. And this Czech-American became the founder of domestic genealogical balinese.
Description of breed Balinese cat
What does a Balinese cat look like? Have you seen the Siamese? It’s not like it at all! Although, of course, common genes affect, but neither the character, nor the appearance of the balinese is no longer very much like the great-great-great-Siamese.
Pictures and photos of the first Balinese cats show us tightly beaten, dense animals. But since then a lot of water has flowed under the bridge and the breed standard of the 21st century is different from the standard of the century of the past.
1. Balinese cats must have a wedge-shaped head with a narrow muzzle and a strong jaw. Bite is straight.
The nose is long, without deepening. The profile is flat.
Ears are very large, triangular, sharp and arranged so that to continue a line of a wedge.
Eyes are almond-shaped. The distance between them is equal to the width of the eye, and even more. The eyes are set obliquely. The color of the iris is blue and bright blue. Gray color is possible, but not desirable.
Since Soviet times, there has been a myth that strabismus for balinese is a common occurrence. It seems that this is due to the insufficient inflow of “fresh blood” into the breed. Today, we can say with confidence that constant strabismus is a disqualification for a cat.
2. The size of the cat Balinese breed is more likely small. At the same time she is very slim, elegant and strong. Body elongated, thinning. Shoulders, chest and croup are the same width.
The limbs are long, the hind legs are higher than the forelegs. The paws are oval, the toes are elongated on the feet.
The tail is whip-like, very long and thin. Moreover, it is thin along its entire length. Fracture on the tail deprives the cat of the right to participate in exhibitions with all the ensuing consequences.
How you would feed a balinese cat healthy, but it still remains miniature and elegant.
The weight of an adult is from 2.5 kg to 5 kg.
The wool of the Balinese beauty is medium in length, silky according to sensations. There is no undercoat. The wool on the body adjoins smoothly, but at the chin, neck and tail it is slightly wavy. Plumage on the tail is mandatory.
Kittens, by the way, are born short-haired and only in adulthood they are covered with a characteristic woolen coat for the breed. Kitten Balinese does not immediately conquer with charm and beauty. Description of the kitten of balinese – wool is short, ears are huge, very awkward. Only an experienced or very loving glance will discern in this absurd creature the prospective elegant handsome.
4. White snowflake – so this is looking of a Balinese kitten. A special Siamese color also appears with age. Balinese cat can choose for his fur coat any of the 20 colors noted in the breed standard. Classical colors are blue point, frost point, force point and chocolate point. Also, there are other options. A solid color is equally acceptable. Evenly colored cats are called Javanese. Red or black coloration is completely not peculiar to this breed.
Excessive darkness of the body, lack of pigment on the nose or on the pads of the paws, dark spots on the abdomen are the defects of the breed. And white fingers are disqualification.
Reviews of cats Balinese breed about their masters are always the most enthusiastic. He is the master, he is the best, most generous and most cheerful. Yes, there’s nothing to be surprised at – a cat could really leave a response. It is allowed to make it thanks to a high level of intelligence, natural talkativeness and selfless love to the master.
They are devoted to him in a doglike way, ready to wag a smile every time he appears, and even will walk on a leash, just to stay a minute more.
Balinese cat will never show its aggression, so it is perfect for families with children.
They will also find a common language with other pets and neighbors, if the latter ones will treat the shaggy crumb with proper respect.
Balinese are ready to chase a sunny rabbit or a rustling wrapper at any age, so it’s interesting to watch them and it’s not boring to live with them.
Representatives of this breed are prone to a number of diseases. These can be amyloidosis of the liver and kidneys in adult animals, cardiovascular problems (dilated cardiomyopathy), oral diseases.
Less often, but also there are such diseases as diabetes, asthma, “Siamese” strabismus, dysplasia of the hip and elbow joints.
How to determine and not skip the onset of diabetes in a pet? Note the following symptoms:
- a set or a sharp weight loss;
- thirst and copious urination;
- unusual appetite (increased or decreased);
- loss of mood;
- unbalanced gait;
- acetone in the blood.
If the fears are confirmed and veterinarians diagnose diabetes, do not panic. The disease is corrected and treated. With constant monitoring, the pet will live a quality and fulfilling life.
The life span of balinese is 15 years.
Care and maintenance
A unique cat does not require unique care. Regular combing, rubbing the eyes and cleaning the ears – are a classic set of measures to ensure a presentable appearance of balinese.
IMPORTANT! These cats are created for flats. They are categorically forbidden to love on the street. Firstly, in the process of their evolution they lost the necessary instincts, and secondly, the unstable climate adversely affects the color and condition of the cat’s hair of the Balinese breed.
Feed the dancing cat best of with all ready-made food. However, this beauty will be grateful for the natural menu. The first, second, third and compote – should not be not offered. Cereals, vegetables and assorted of different types of meat are good for Balinese cats in a proportion of 3:1:6, respectively.
Balinese cat price
The Balinese cat costs $250-350.
There is an opinion that a Balinese cat is a beautiful rat-cat. Alas, this is another myth about the breed. They never had to get food themselves and this refining led to the fact that the cats of this breed are completely inept hunters. But they are excellent companions and soulful friends!