What is a Balinese?
Quite simply a Balinese cat is a Siamese with a flowing coat. Balinese can be found in all the same colours as the Siamese (with the present exception of the newer colours i.e: cinnamon and fawn); they have the same blue eye colour as the Siamese exhibit the same intelligence and temperament as the Siamese and in fact the only difference between the two breeds is the coat. Whereas the Siamese has a short sleek coat the Balinese coat is fine and silky with hair length between half an inch and two inches on the body and a plume-like tail that can have hair as long as five inches in some cases. Some Balinese owners claim that their cats are quieter than their short-haired cousins whilst others insist that their Balinese are just as noisy as Siamese. The one thing that all Balinese owners agree on is that their cats are amongst the most graceful and majestic of all the pedigree breeds.
Considerations when Buying a Cat
Before you purchase a cat please ensure that you have thought carefully about the responsibility of cat ownership. Never buy a cat on impulse – cats often live to around twelve years of age but many cats much longer. Owning a cat is a commitment which should be carefully considered. Speak to your local veterinarian and other cat owners and gather as much information as you can to aid you in your decision.
The only accommodation a cat really needs in the house is a good bed which may be any comfortable chair box or basket. Igloos or beds can be purchased for your cat but quite often these are ignored and a spot on your bed or favourite chair is preferred.
If you decide that your cat will have access to outside ensure that a cat door is fitted to an external door of the house to enable access to the house at all times. Some cat doors are magnetically operated which allows your cat to enter the house but prevents the unwanted intrusion of other cats. The “modular park” cage system is an excellent and safe way for cats living in flats or near busy roads to be outdoors and have exercise.