Balinese Information

Balinese Basics

Where Are Balinese Cats From?

The Balinese is a long-haired breed derived as surprise from Siamese litters, and were developed into their own breed beginning in the 1940s.

Were Balinese Cats Bred for a Reason?

Like most modern cat breeds, the Balinese was bred for his unique and alluring take on another breed (in this case, the Siamese) and his affectionate temperament.

How Many Types of Balinese Pedigrees Are There?

There are traditional (“old-style”) Balinese, which feature apple-shaped heads, and modern types, which feature wedge-shaped heads.

Are Balinese Cats Polydactyl?

This breed is not known for being polydactyl though the mutation can spontaneously occur in any cat breed.

Balinese Lifespan

The lifespan of a Balinese is around 18-22 years.

5 Yrs20 Yrs

Balinese Appearance

How Big Does a Balinese Get?

8-13 inches high

How Much Does a Balinese Weigh?

5-10 lbs

When Does a Balinese Stop Growing?

18 months

What Color Coat Does a Balinese Have?

The inclusion of the Javanese breed expanded the color palette of the Balinese to include over 40 different colors and patterns.

What Eye Colors Can a Balinese Have?

Balinese have blue eyes.

Balinese Temperament & Personality

How Vocal/Talkative are Balinese Cats?

Like their Siamese forebears, the Balinese is an extremely vocal breed.

QuietExtremely Vocal

How Affectionate/Friendly are Balinese Cats?

Balinese are incredibly social and affectionate with their owners.

Independent SpiritSuper Affectionate

Are Balinese Cats Good with Other Cats?

Balinese are quiet energetic and friendly around other cats.

Prefers to be the Only CatLet’s Be Friends!

Are Balinese Cats Good with Dogs?

Balinese are usually great around dogs.

Hiss HissHey, New Pal!

Are Balinese Cats Good Mousers/Hunters?

Balinese cats can make great mousers if afforded the opportunity.

Could Care LessHunting Expert

Are Balinese Cats Good Indoor Cats?


Let Me Outside!Purrfectly Happy Inside

Are Balinese Cats Good Lap Cats?

Balinese cats adore attention, and that means cuddling in the lap of a human, too.

Likes a Bit of DistanceLap Cat All the Way

What Do Balinese Cats Like to Do?

Balinese cats love to play! Whether it’s chasing or fetching, this is an active, energetic, agile, athletic breed.

How Big of a Difference is There Between a Male and Female Balinese?

Male Balinese tend to be somewhat larger than females.

Balinese Diet, Grooming & Health

What do Balinese Cats Eat?

Discuss what diet would best serve your Balinese with your veterinarian.

Do Balinese Cats Eat Wet Food?


Do Balinese Cats Like Milk?

Milk is not recommended for cats.

How Much Do Balinese Cats Shed?

The Balinese is a moderate shedder, requiring a weekly combing to help get rid of any matting.

What Type of Coat Do Balinese Cats Have?

Unlike other longer haired breeds, the Balinese has a soft, silky, medium-length coat, with no undercoat.

Do You Need to Groom a Balinese Cat?

The Balinese does not shed much and does fine with one weekly brushing. In addition to brushing, all cats should have their claws trimmed every two weeks or so. Cats are also prone to peridontal disease and should have their teeth brushed two to three times a week.

Are Balinese Cats Hypoallergenic?


Do Balinese Have a Lot of Health Problems?

Balinese are overall quite healthy, though they do have tendencies towards some genetic disorders.

Prone to IssuesGenerally Healthy

What Diseases are Balinese Prone To?

  • Hereditary liver amyloidosis: Liver amyloidosis is a condition that causes hard, waxy lesions to accumulate in the liver. The build up may cause blood in the abdomen and/or lead to eventual liver failure.
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Domestic Longhairs are not prone to breed specific disease, but like all cats can be prone to certain conditions like dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition that is characterized by the heart muscles inability to contract properly, which ultimately leads to a decrease in blood pumping to the heart. When a cat has cardiomyopathy both the heart chambers become enlarged from having to work harder to get blood through. The extra stress on the heart from the restricted blood flow often leads to congestive heart failure (CHF). The major symptoms of DCM include depression, loss of appetite and weakness.
  • Others: Gingivitis.

Purchasing vs Adopting a Balinese

How Much Does a Balinese Cost?

It costs around $75-$100 to adopt a Balinese. Conversely, it can be prohibitively expensive to buy a Balinese from a breeder, somewhere in the $1,000-$1,500 range.

Purchase from Breeder

Where Can I Adopt a Balinese

The easiest way to adopt a Balinese would be through a rescue that specializes in Balinese. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on belinesekittens.com. The search will show you all the available Balinese in your area.

Balinese Shelters and Rescues

There are often many great Balineses for adoption at local animal shelters or rescues. Click below to find a shelter or rescue in your area!