If finding a furry BFF is your goal, look no further than the Balinese cat. Though noted for her aristocratic appearance, this suave feline specimen is uninterested in whiling her days away atop a throne; rather, she’s all about companionship and non-stop chatter.
So she likes to talk? That’s putting it mildly. The Balinese is a regular Chatty Cathy, eager to share her worldviews with you in a soft yet sweet voice. Though she does have her quiet moments, if given the chance, she’ll talk your ear off…
The Balinese probably looks familiar to you. That’s because she’s a long-haired version of the Siamese. Where the long hair stems from still stumps breeders and geneticists, who have contemplated that the breed is a cross between everything from a Siamese and a Turkish Angora or Persian; the current verdict is that the long hair may merely have evolved from a natural mutation in the Siamese.
The breed moniker comes with a fun — and very accurate — story. One look at the Balinese, and you can see the lithe elegance and grace that the breed possesses, which is why she was named for the exotic and graceful dancers that inhabit the Indonesian island known as Bali. What’s interesting is that the Balinese does not originate from Bali — she’s from the good old US of A!
Close, but not quite. While the Balinese hasn’t been noted as a dancer per se, she’s known for being quite the agile leaper. Fun fact: The Balinese is known to leap onto her human’s shoulders, perching there for a ride!
Believe it or not, the most interesting aspect of the Balinese’s appearance is not her oversize triangular ears or wedge-shaped head; rather, it’s her coat. Long, silky and flowing, the coat never mats; is formfitting to the body, showing off her muscular lines; and ends in an opulent plume of a tail.
Aside from hair length and the slight difference in vocal tone (the Siamese tends to be louder), there’s no difference between the two. They share the same personality traits, sapphire stare and color points: chocolate, lilac, seal and blue.
The Balinese is full of highs: highly athletic, highly sociable, highly intelligent and highly opinionated. Don’t let that last one scare you. Given the fact that most people aren’t well-versed in the Balinese’s language, her tell-all personality sounds more like sweet noise, as opposed to the divulging of secrets.
Balinese are highly sensitive to the moods and emotions of their humans. Feeling down in the dumps? She’ll use her gift of gab to cheer you up!
The Balinese is all about her humans — and feline and canine siblings — and is fond of anyone and everyone (regardless of age), as long as they’re willing to converse and shower her with high doses of TLC.
In addition to being a busybody, the Balinese is known for being a bit of a bossypants. She loves to be at the center of action, helping her humans with even the most menial of tasks and supervising them to ensure that all goes smoothly. She’s also not opposed to dishing out advice and will give you a nudge in the right direction if she feels like you aren’t acting on it!
There’s never a dull moment with the Balinese. Highly intelligent, she loves to be challenged with puzzle toys. She’s also very athletic, so keep her agility in mind when it comes to playtime. Big cat trees boost her climbing prowess, while teaser toys and games of fetch keep her on her toes. She’s also very receptive to training and can easily learn to walk on a leash.
While the Balinese sounds like she needs constant human interaction to survive, she’s willing to let you leave the house to go out and earn food money. That said, she must always be left in the company of entertainment. Toys, cat DVDs and a window perch for bird-watching— at least until she hears your key turning in the door.
Sitting down to watch your favorite TV program? The Balinese will hunker down in your lap. Getting into bed for the night? Not only will the Balinese get under the covers with you, she’ll lay her head on the pillow human style. But really, who can resist loyalty like that?
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Erika Sorocco has been writing about cats for 12 years. She currently shares her home with two finicky felines (Minky and Gypsy), one crazy pup (Jake) and not enough closet space. Find her online chatting about beauty, books, fashion and furbabies at cateyesandskinnyjeans.com.