balinese breed information
common health issues
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.