balinese breed information

common health issues

Glaucoma is characterized by an elevation of pressure inside the eye. High pressure in the eye causes extreme discomfort and may lead to an enlarged, bulging eye and result in blindness. Treatment for glaucoma consists of life-long medical therapy, and often requires surgical removal of the affected eye. Long term prognosis for vision in the affected eye is poor.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. In some cats, severe gingivitis occurs due to hypersensitivity to the plaque surrounding the tooth. The cause of this hypersensitivity is unknown, and severe cases can cause tooth decay. Removal of the teeth (including tooth roots) seems to be curative and is recommended due to the discomfort caused in severe cases.

Cats with mucopolysaccharidosis have a deficiency in one or more of the enzymes needed for the breakdown of mucopolysaccharides. In the Siamese cat, excess mucopolysaccharides accumulate in the skeletal and nervous system, the heart, eye and liver. This interferes with normal activity and drastically shortens the affect cat's lifespan.

Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which the protein amyloid is deposited in organs. In most cats, the liver is the target organ for deposition, and over time, amyloid deposits cause a fragile liver prone to bleeding and liver failure. The disease often appears to occur suddenly in the liver because there are few early signs.

Just like in the dog, feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing, but sudden death can occur with no clinical signs.

Muscular dystrophy is a progressive muscular disease seen in young dogs and cats. Clinical signs of enlarged muscles, excess salivation and stiff gait are seen in pets as young as 5 months old. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for muscular dystrophy, and affected pets have a poor prognosis.

The Balinese cat was originally registered as a long-haired Siamese in the 1920s because, well – that’s just what he is! It wasn’t until the 1950s that a specific breeding program began here in the United States, and the breed was renamed the Balinese, after the graceful temple dancers of Bali.

Balinese cats are beautiful medium-sized cats with long, soft creamy fur that comes in four different varieties – seal point, chocolate point, lilac point and blue point. Much like the Siamese, he is a highly intelligent, social cat who enjoys interaction with his family. Balinese are attention-seekers, and are likely to be very talkative, though they lack the distinctive yowl of the Siamese cat. Most Balinese are eager to follow their owners around the house, begging for undivided attention at almost all hours.

Because of his long coat, the Balinese needs daily brushing, especially during warmer months, to keep mats at a minimum.

Balinese cats do not have specific health considerations of their own, but are prone to the same hereditary and congenital conditions that Siamese cats do. Some of the conditions and illnesses that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget – include dental problems such as gingivitis; metabolic disorders such as mucopolysaccharidosis; muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy; organ diseases such as amyloidosis; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; and eye problems such as glaucoma.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Balinese inherits more than a friendly nature, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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