Balinese-Javanese cat resting close to a window.

Balinese-Javanese Cat Breed

Insatiably curious and fearless, this confident, talkative, and attention-seeking cat demands a place in the family.

This enchanting cat is a development of the Balinese (see opposite), the longhaired relation of the Siamese, with which it shares an identical breed standard in terms of conformation and coat quality.

The difference between the two is the range of additional colors and patterns in the Javanese, which were acquired mostly through crosses with the Colorpoint Shorthair.

Lithe and athletic despite its delicate appearance, the Javanese has a strong character to match. An affectionate, communicative cat, it loves to follow its owner around—when it is not prying into every nook and cranny of the house. The silky coat does not mat and is relatively easy to groom.

Origin: US, 1950s

Breed registries: CFA

Weight range: 6–11lb (2.5–5kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Many point colors, in tabby and tortie patterns.