A beautiful Balinese with blue eyes

Introducing the Balinese

Find out all you need to know about the Balinese: its characteristics, behaviour, education and price.

THE BALINESE

The Balinese, an extraordinary feline elegance

A grey Balinese with blue eyes

The Balinese is a cat with undeniable charm. Originating in the United States, this breed is the result of a natural mutation in a litter of Siamese cats. This genetic heritage gives it a silky coat and elegant appearance. Highly intelligent and sociable by nature, the Balinese stands out for its lively, playful temperament.

They are very attached to their family environment, constantly seeking interaction and affection. Despite their energy, Balinese cats are gentle, peaceful companions.

BALINESE FACT FILE

This section outlines the unique features of the Balinese breed.

Size

The Balinese is a medium-sized cat, generally measuring between 11.8 and 13.8 inches at the withers and weighing between 5.5 and 11 pounds.

Coat length

The Balinese has a medium-length, silky coat with no undercoat, giving it an elegant, refined look.

Allergies

Although not hypoallergenic, the Balinese is often tolerated by allergy sufferers thanks to its unique coat.

Coat colour

Balinese comes in a variety of colors, from blue to chocolate, lilac and seal point, often with distinct shaded nuances.

Living environment

Balinese adapt well to different environments, whether apartment or house, as long as there's enough space to play and explore.

Sociability

This breed is extremely sociable, enjoying the company of humans and getting on well with children and other animals.

Health

Balinese are generally in good health, but can be prone to certain genetic conditions common to Oriental breeds, such as dental or heart problems.

Training

The Balinese, known for its intelligence and sociability, is relatively easy to train, responding well to a gentle, patient approach to training.

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PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Balinese elegance

The Balinese is distinguished mainly by its elegance and feline grace. Its slender stature and long, silky hair give it the appearance of a prima ballerina among felines.

Balinese size and weight

A Balinese lying on a white sofa

The Balinese, with its fine, slender silhouette, is characterized by its medium size. They generally weigh between 5,5 and 11 inches, males being slightly heavier than females.

Growth is moderate, reaching adult size and weight at around 2 years of age. In addition to its modest size, the Balinese is distinguished by long, slender legs and a feathery tail, adding to its delicate, refined allure.

Balinese coat

A Balinese boy in his owner's arms

Coat length

Balinese coats are medium-length, silky and flowing, characterized by fine hairs that cascade, giving an impression of lightness and constant movement.

Coat colour

The Balinese color palette varies, including shades from seal point to blue, chocolate and lilac, often accented by the characteristic darker markings of the points.

A Balinese lying in the nature

Coat care

Although the Balinese doesn't shed much, weekly brushing is recommended to keep its coat silky and prevent tangles. This breed is not classified as hypoallergenic, but its unique coat may be better tolerated by some allergy sufferers.

Other characteristics of the Balinese

The face of a handsome, dark-haired Balinese

Physical characteristics

The Balinese is distinguished by its slender, graceful silhouette, symbolizing elegance and suppleness. Their ears are large and pointed, continuing the line of their triangular face. His body is slender but muscular, with fine bones reflecting his natural agility.

His muzzle is fine and elegant, in harmony with the rest of his face. Its almond-shaped eyes can vary from deep blue to sapphire, adding to its mysterious charm. All these features underline the beauty and uniqueness of the Balinese.

A Balinese lying in his basket

Grooming

Although the Balinese doesn't shed much, grooming involves regular brushing, ideally once a week, to keep the coat soft and shiny. During moulting periods, which can occur mainly in spring and autumn, it's advisable to increase brushing frequency.

Although baths are not often necessary thanks to their own grooming, an occasional bath with a suitable shampoo can be beneficial, especially to keep their mid-length coat in perfect condition.

TEMPERAMENT & BEHAVIOUR

What is the temperament of the Balinese ?

The Balinese is a highly sensitive cat, both affectionate and communicative, making it an ideal companion for those seeking a close relationship with their pet.

Balinese sociability

A Balinese giving his paw to his owner

An affectionate, attentive companion

The Balinese is renowned for its great sociability and deep attachment to humans. He quickly forges a strong bond with his master, often following him from room to room and constantly seeking his attention. He's both playful and cuddly, enjoying playtime as much as petting sessions.

His language is rich in purrs, meows and other expressive sounds, reflecting his need to interact and communicate. For owners looking for a cat that is both present and affectionate, the Balinese is a perfect choice.

A Balinese in his owner's arms

Perfect for family life

The Balinese, with its gentle, sociable temperament, fits perfectly into a family, getting on well with children, other cats and even dogs.

They are patient and rarely aggressive, preferring to isolate themselves to calm down when overwhelmed or stressed. This breed is ideal for those looking for a calm, friendly cat that adapts well to family life.

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Living environment of the Balinese

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Adaptability and need for attention

The Balinese is a remarkably adaptable cat, whether in an apartment or a house. It is essential, however, that its owner be present, as it needs constant companionship to thrive.

Although he can cope with small spaces, it's best to offer him a place to live where he can explore and play, as he's active and loves to exercise.

A Balinese in a basket with wool balls

Need for play and exploration

The Balinese is a naturally curious and playful cat, with a strong need for mental and physical stimulation. He appreciates interactive games, play sessions with his owner, and spaces where he can climb and explore.

A stimulating and engaging environment is crucial to his well-being, as boredom can lead to destructive behavior. It's also important to offer him peaceful corners where he can rest and recharge his batteries.

Training the Balinese

A Balinese sitting on a pavement

Education must start at an early age to establish positive behaviors and avoid future problems. An education based on benevolence, reward and consistency is essential.

He is receptive to learning through play, which stimulates his intelligence and helps prevent undesirable behavior. Consistency and patience are key to successful training, enabling good behaviors to be reinforced right from the start.

HEALTH & NUTRITION

How to take care of the Balinese

The Balinese, renowned for its well-balanced character, is also appreciated for its sturdiness and general good health, with no breed-specific health problems.

Health of the Balinese

A Balinese man in the arms of a vet, for an injection

A strong, healthy constitution

On the whole, the Balinese is a healthy cat, rarely prone to serious illness. However, as with many breeds of cat, they may be predisposed to certain hereditary diseases, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease, and less frequently, polycystic kidney disease.

DNA testing can be an effective way of detecting these conditions and preventing their transmission. Regular veterinary check-ups to vaccinate against common diseases such as coryza, typhus and rabies are crucial to ensure a long and healthy life for your Balinese.

Feeding the Balinese cat

A Balinese licking his lips

A balanced diet for a graceful cat

The Balinese, known for its slender, elegant figure, requires a quality diet to maintain its physical shape and good health. Highly nutritious kibbles should form the basis of his diet, complemented by fresh foods such as green vegetables rich in water, promoting kidney health and good hydration.

Dietary adaptation to growth

The Balinese reaches physical maturity around the age of 2. We recommend keeping a constant brand of kibble to ensure a stable diet, and serving his meals at regular times to preserve the balance of his digestive system.

A Balinese lying on his side

Preventing overweight through activity

Although the Balinese is naturally active and playful, a poorly controlled diet can lead to weight gain. Encouraging regular exercise, through games, runs and jumping sessions, is crucial to maintaining ideal weight and promoting good health. Playful interaction with the owner also strengthens the emotional bond while providing the stimulation necessary for his physical and mental well-being.

BREEDING OR ADOPTION & COST

How much does a Balinese cost?

The Balinese, with its natural elegance and affectionate character, is a sought-after breed. It's important to consider a few factors before adopting a Balinese.

Choosing the right Balinese cat

A dark Balinese

Finding the right breeder

Adopting a Balinese should be done through professional breeders or specialized catteries. It's essential to visit the cattery to observe the cats' living conditions.

Breeders should be registered with organizations such as the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), Felis Britannica (FB), or The International Cat Association (TICA) to guarantee pedigree quality.

It’s also important to check for health examinations and DNA tests conducted on the kitten and its parents to identify any potential hereditary health issues.

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The cost of a Balinese

The purchase price of a Balinese varies according to several criteria, such as lineage, pedigree, age and the breeder's reputation. In general, the price of a Balinese kitten ranges from

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It's also important to consider annual maintenance costs, including food, veterinary care and accessories, which can range from

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