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Balinese Cat

Published on 26 May 2021

Balinese cat lying on the tablet.

With both looks and brains, the Balinese is simply a delight.

The Balinese is essentially a long-haired Siamese.  The long-haired variations were likely popping up for a long time during the history of the Siamese, but they were selectively bred in the 1940’s to develop the Balinese breed.  

It is unsurprising that the Balinese shares many traits with the Siamese. They have characteristic coloured points and brilliant blue eyes. The point colours are typically brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, red and cream.

Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics


Thailand, 1900’s  

Also known as

Long-haired Siamese, Thai Siamese


20 to 30cms, 3 to 5.5kgs

Weight Range

3 to 5.5kgs


Points – Seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, fawn, cinnamon

Life expectancy

8 to 12 years 


Soft and long, sheds, needs frequent brushing 


Vocal, affectionate, intelligent

Exercise requirements

Medium, enjoy playing, very sociable 

Best suited for 

Households with time to give them plenty of company 

Apartment Friendly



Balinese are wickedly clever and very talkative. There is a “meow” for every occasion and if they want something, they will let you know about it. Bear this in mind if you prefer a quiet companion or live in an apartment complex. Because they tend to enjoy companionship, they can become lonely if left for long periods of time. They may therefore be better suited to a household where someone is home to keep them company, or perhaps adopting two could be a way to ensure they have suitable company if you are out a lot. They are well suited to apartment living if they are given plenty to keep them occupied. Balinese cats are playful well into adulthood, so providing them with cat trees and toys is vital. Keep your Balinese cat indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure to help keep them safe from roads, other cats and snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat.


The coat is long and fine and sheds frequently. There is no undercoat. Daily maintenance with a cat grooming glove is a great option for your Balinese cat. You may not notice your cat scratching like you would with a dog, but the cat  "Ctenocephalides felis" is the most common flea found on both dogs and cats. So, make sure your kitty is on flea and tick control all year round to prevent these nasty parasites. 


When choosing a food for your Balinese, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Balinese cats can sometimes have urinary tract issues, and gastrointestinal issues. Consider a sensitive stomach food or a food that offers urinary tract protection. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Balinese cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

A lazy Balinese Cat sitting in sand outdoors.

Common Health Concerns 

The five most common reasons for a Balinese cat to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data from 2016 to 2020 included urinary tract disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as well respiratory tract disease and heart problems. The breed is known for developing Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Table:  The five most common reasons for a Balinese cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations). Source, PetSure data 2016-2020.  

RankConditionAverage cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)
Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
1Urinary system disease, including kidney disease and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) $196$4,075
3Gastrointestinal conditions, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)$204$2,650
4Respiratory tract conditions, including infections$206$733
5Heart conditions, including cardiomyopathy and heart failure$780$3,526

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.


Balinese Cat with Blue Eyes near pink flower pot portrait.

Most popular Balinese names

According to PetSure data from 2010-2020, the most popular names for Balinese cats were: 

Most popular names

  1. Coco
  2. Atticus
  3. Bailey
  4. Claude
  5. Pepper
  6. Alex
  7. Baby
  8. Barney
  9. Basil
  10. Bruno 

Most popular female names

  1. Coco
  2. Pepper
  3. Chelsea
  4. Jess
  5. Loki
  6. Lucy
  7. Lulu
  8. Luna
  9. Mila
  10. Milli

Most popular male names

  1. Atticus
  2. Bailey
  3. Claude
  4. Alex
  5. Baby
  6. Barney
  7. Basil
  8. Bruno
  9. Buddha
  10. Buddy

Did you know?

Balinese and Siamese cats come in two different varieties, described by their head shapes. There is the “apple-head” or old style who have a shorter and more “normal” looking face, and the modern style, which have a characteristic long and wedge-shaped head. 

Where can I get a Balinese cat?

Balinese cats are less common than Siamese in Australia. It may be possible to find a Balinese cat through a breed specific rescue or animal shelter. Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a lovely long-haired cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. 


  1., Balinese, Accessed on 23/03/2021
  2. The Cat Fanciers Association, The Balinese, Accessed on 23/03/2021
  3. Wikipedia, Balinese cat, Accessed on 23/03/2021 is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ABN 78 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard); is promoted and distributed by Pet Insurance Pty Ltd (ABN 38 607 160 930; AR 1234944) (PIPL) and PIPL’s authorised distribution partners (including Pet Culture Group Pty Limited ABN: 69 644 613 098; AR 001284860) (PetCulture) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ABN 95 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). PIPL and PetCulture are authorised representatives of PetSure. Any advice provided is general only, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Consequently, before acting on this information, you should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain and consider the product disclosure statement (PDS) in deciding whether to acquire or continue to hold, Pet Insurance.

Kylie Mitchell

Kylie Mitchell


Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

Kylie Mitchell's Pets

  • MeekaMeeka
  • Bei BeiBei Bei
  • NoahNoah

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