Very similar in appearance to the Siamese cat, the Balinese cat has a long coat and point coloration. Where Siamese cats have short hair, the Balinese has a plumed fluffy tail with a medium to long silky coat. Originating from long-haired Siamese kittens, the Balinese was selectively bred for the longhaired traits that a few kittens displayed. While their coats are incredibly silky and soft with a medium-length, the hair tends to be a little bit shorter than other long-haired breeds.
With a solid-colored coat that tapers into darker points on the tail, extremities, and their face, the Balinese has a very distinctive appearance. Balinese kittens are born solid white or cream in color, with their coloration occurring by the time that they are four months old. Like the Siamese cat, the Balinese coloration is actually a type of albinism that is responsible for darker pigmentation on the cooler parts of their body. Long and slender bodies with the traditional Siamese wedge-shaped head, the Balinese has striking blue eyes.
These cats have been rated as the most intelligent longhaired cat, of all of the other long-haired breeds, which makes them an exceptional choice for a pet. Balinese cats love spending time with their human companions and are incredibly vocal. These chatty cats can entertain their owners with their antics and their playful behavior.
Incredibly loyal, and often described as being more dog-like than cat-like with their behaviors, Balinese cats have a lifespan of up to 22 years when they receive quality veterinary care on a regular basis.