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Graceful, slender and elegant, the Balinese is a medium sized cat with a fine-boned build and a semi-long haired, silky coat. Unlike most long haired cats, the Balinese coat has no undercoat, meaning this is a close fitting, silky coat, not a voluminous fluffy coat, and it carries much less risk of matting. Resembling very closely the Siamese, the Balinese has the same striking features of large ears, wedge shaped head and long, lithe body (more extreme in the modern type, less so in the old type).

9 - 15 years
2.3 - 4.5kg
The Balinese comes in the same colour patterns typical of the Siamese: seal, blue, chocolate and lilac points, and some extra – red, cream, caramel, apricot, solid, tortie and tabby-coloured. All Balinese are ‘colour point’ patterned, in other words the colour is on the mask, ears, legs and tail, and the body is a pale cream to pure white.
The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Very talkative cat
  • Lean and elegant cat
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Needs a calm environment
Generally healthy breed

Balinese cats can suffer from:  
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for progressive retinal atrophy which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition. 


Playful and inquisitive, the Balinese is a clever, demanding cat who will thrive on attention, fun and games but who may become loud and destructive without this. Consider them toward the more high-maintenance end of the cat scale - more a specialist cat than a relaxing, quiet companion! 

Vet Rating

History and Origins

Outdoors or Indoors

Enrichment and Specific Needs

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Balinese

Suitability for Family Life