The Javanese is a long-haired Siamese variety dressed in Colorpoint colors. It was developed from a base of Siamese, colorpoint and Balinese cats. The cats are not actually from Java, but the name was given strangely because Java is a sister island to Bali, which was a nice touch considering the breed's relationship with the Balinese (which by the way is not from Bali). The Cat Fanciers Association originally categorized the Javanese as a separate breed, separated from the Balinese by color, but in 2008 the Javanese were declared part of the Balinese breed. The International Cat Association also views the Javanese as a number of Balinese and places both in their Siamese breed group. Javanese can be crossed out with the Balinese, Siamese, Colorpoint short hair and Oriental long hair.


Javanese are medium-sized cats, usually weighing 5 to 10 pounds.


Siamese and Javanese may differ in coat length and color, but under the skin they are the same. Javanese love their people very much. They like to be "helpful" and will follow you everywhere and monitor your movements. When you sit down, a Javanese comes in your lap and at night he will lie in bed with you, probably under the covers, with his head on the pillow. It is often underfoot, so it may not be the best choice for people who are unsteady on their feet or who use a crutch or cane.

A Javanese may not be quite as loud as his Siamese relative, but he is definitely as headstrong. He will tell you exactly what he thinks and he will expect you to be careful and take his advice. You can also count on him "telling everything" to visitors, so be thankful that most people do not speak the Javanese language.

Javanese is very intelligent, agile and athletic and loves to play. Keep his busy brain active with puzzle toys and his body with teaser toys to hunt and a large scratching post to climb on. He likes to play fetch, likes to go on a leash and learns easy tricks. He is also a good trainer himself and can run your house before you know it. Never leave him without entertainment, otherwise you will probably come home and discover that he has reprogrammed your DVR to only record nature programs, or at least decided that your toilet rolls and tissues look better empty.

Do not get Javanese if living with a talkative and busy guy would drive you crazy. On the other hand, if you enjoy having someone to talk to all day, Javanese can be your best friend. Be sure to spend time with this sophisticated and social cat. Javanese do not mind staying home during the day while you go out to earn money to buy cat food, but they expect you to spend time with them when you are at home. It can be smart to get two of them so they can keep each other company.

Choose a Javanese if you are looking forward to spending time with and interacting with your cat. This is a loyal and loving cat that will cuddle and cuddle when it gets little or no attention. In the right home, however, it thrives for several years.


Both pedigree and mixed breed cats have different frequencies of health problems that can be genetic. The same issues that can affect the Siamese can affect the Javanese, including the following:

  • Amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in the body's organs, especially the liver of members of the Siamese family
  • Asthma / bronchial diseases
  • Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis
  • Crossed eyes
  • The gastrointestinal tract as a megaesophagus
  • Hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem that can cause cats to groom themselves too much, which causes hair loss and acts violently, especially when touched or petted.
  • Lymphoma
  • Nystagmus, a neurological condition that causes involuntary rapid eye movements
  • Progressive retinal atrophy for which genetic testing is available


The Javanese's fine, silky fur is easy to care for. Comb it with a stainless steel comb once or twice a week to remove dead hair. A bath is rarely necessary.

Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Wipe the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you do not risk spreading an infection. Check the ears every week. If they look dirty, wipe them with a cotton ball or a soft, damp cloth dampened with a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the inside of the ear.

Keep the litter box completely clean. Like all cats, Javanese people attach great importance to bathroom hygiene.

It is a good idea to keep a Javanese indoor cat to protect them from diseases transmitted by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes and other dangers that cats face when walking outdoors, for example. B. to be hit by a car. Javanese who go outdoors also risk being stolen by someone who wants such a beautiful cat without paying for it.

Fur color and grooming

Apart from color and coat length, Siamese and Javanese are indistinguishable, they have a narrow but muscular body with long lines and a wedge-shaped head that is long and tapers from the narrow tip of the nose outwards to the tips of the ears. form a triangle. The unusually large ears are broad at the base and pointed at the tip, making them the same triangular shape as the head. Medium-sized eyes are almond-shaped. The body is often described as tubular and is supported by long, narrow legs with the hind legs higher than the front legs. Javanese walks on small, fine, oval paws and swings a long, thin tail that tapers to a fine point. The body's appearance is softened by a medium coat that is fine and silky smooth. It is furthest on the feathered tail.

The second difference between Javanese and Siamese lies in the dot colors of the breed. The darker points on the face, ears, paws and tail are available in solid colors such as red and cream, as well as various Lynx point colors, including Seal Lynx Point and Seal Tortie Point and sub-color points such as Chocolate Tortie and Lilac Creme. The eyes are always a deep, vibrant blue.

Children and other pets

The active and social Javanese is the perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He plays pick-up like any other retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the children's attention who treats him politely and respectfully. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority. Always introduce pets slowly and under controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along with each other.


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