Javanese Cat Brief Description
The Javanese cat has a very elegant look, they are slender and long with a bushy tail. Despite the name the Javanese has no real connection with the Indonesian island of Java. Javanese does not come from Java or even Indonesia. Genetically they are long-haired Oriental breed, therefore the name is derived from the tradition of using names of the islands and countries of south-east Asia for Oriental cat breeds.
In the fifties American breeders developed a long-haired Siamese cat, they came to be called the Balinese after the grace and beauty of Balinese dancers. Breeders later added Colorpoint Shorthairs into the mix producing cats with vivid coat colors. This new breed was named for the next closest island to Bali – Java. The big difference between Balinese and Javanese is that the Javanese comes in a rainbow of colors, otherwise there almost identical.
The vivid colors of the tips of the Javanese is tail, head and paws, called points, are this cat’s most distinguishing features. Color combinations include lynx, cream, flame and tortie points. The Javanese also has a Siamese-like body. They walk very gracefully. They are very long and gentle looking but also pretty muscluar. Even though the Javanese is a long-haired cat, this breed is famous for being low shedding and easy to groom. Another Javanese’s trait is a long distinct thick plume-like tail.
Just like its Siamese ancestor this breed is also labeled as hypoallergenic cat. Compared to other non-hypoallergenic breeds, allergic people to cats should be fine along with this kitty.
The Javanese cat is relatively easy to groom for a Long Hair, but still requires a brushing every two days. You will also need small scissors to maintain your cat’s claws. Javanese have several health concerns typical for cats with the Siamese heritage including respiratory, heart and eye issues. This is a vocal loving cat that bonds to children and gets along well with other animals in the home. They are supremely suited for family life especially if you want to be entertained.
In general Javanese cats can have some health concerns to look out for – respiratory, heart and eye problems. They are easy to groom requiring only a good brushing every two days. And this social breed will fit in well with almost any family and does great with children who know how to properly handle cats.