Balinese cat walking.

Balinese Cat Breed

Refined in appearance but with hidden steel, this special cat is loving, highly social, and sensitive to its owner.

A longhaired version of the Siamese, the Balinese is an exquisite cat with the slender, graceful outlines of its relation draped in a flowing, silky coat. Records show that longhaired kittens have appeared occasionally among shorthaired Siamese litters for many decades, but it was not until the 1950s that some breeders began to develop the new look.

The Balinese has an outgoing personality and is bursting with energy and curiosity. Although not as loud-voiced as the Siamese, it is attention seeking, and it also has a strong streak of mischief—owners of a Balinese would be advised not to leave this cat to its own devices over long periods.

Origin: US, 1950s

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, GCCF, TICA

Weight range: 6–11lb (2.5–5kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac self colorpoints.