Choosing a Balinese

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Balinese Cat’s Personality

Like the Siamese, Balinese are outgoing, people-oriented cats with an appetite for amusement, a talent for conversation, and a burning curiosity about what’s hidden in your cupboards. You can count on them to meet you at the door with a witty remark when you come home from a hard day of earning the cat food. If you like your cats seen but not heard, this isn’t the breed for you.

Balinese are active and playful, too. They are agile leapers that love heights and can usually be found on top of the highest bookshelf, when they’re not perched on your shoulders. They easily learn to fetch tossed cat toys — in fact, some will teach you the game — and will keep you entertained with their inventive acrobatics.

However, fanciers say it’s their deep desire for love and affection and their loving, trusting personalities that make them wonderful companions. Highly social and perceptive, Balinese are in tune with your moods and are right there to cheer you up if you’re sad or to share in the fun when you’re happy. Since they are vocal themselves, they are sensitive to your tone and dislike loud voices and harsh scoldings. One of the most dependent breeds, Balinese don’t do well if left alone for long periods. If you work all day and play all night, consider another breed or another kind of pet.

Grooming a Balinese

Because the Balinese’s coat is only semi-long and possesses no downy undercoat, the fur doesn’t mat the way breeds with longer, double coats will. A weekly combing is enough to keep your Balinese buddy looking great.

Cost of a Balinese Cat

A pet quality Balinese runs $300 to $500. Breeder quality costs $450 to $1,000, and show quality will set you back $650 to $2,000, depending upon breeder, area, bloodline, color, and gender. Breeders will occasionally sell retired breeder or show cats for around the cost of a pet-quality Balinese (sometimes less) to approved homes.

Association Acceptance

The Balinese is accepted for championship by the following North American cat associations:

  • American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
  • American Cat Association (ACA)
  • American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
  • Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)
  • National Cat Fanciers’ Association (NCFA)
  • The International Cat Association (TICA)
  • Traditional Cat Association (TCA)
  • United Feline Organization (UFO)
  • Special Notes

    Like the Siamese, Balinese are generally healthy. However, like most purebred breeds, genetic weaknesses exist in some lines. Notably, some Balinese have problems with gingivitis and the heart disease cardiomyopathy. Tooth care and annual checkups are a must. According to Traditional Cat Association (TCA), the traditional Balinese lacks some of the health concerns of the extreme. Either way, buy from a breeder who offers a health guarantee and registration papers.


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