Active: Javanese cats are a highly active cat breed. They love attention, want to chat, and love to play games and use their athletic abilities to be active. While they love to cuddle with their favorite companions, they are cats that need a lot of attention and should not be left alone for long periods of time.
Size: Javanese cats are small in size, ranging in size from 5 - 11 pounds.
Characteristics: Javanese cats have many similarities to Balinese cats and Siamese cats but they have some unique qualities as well. They have long bodies, long tails that taper towards the tip, and long legs that are slightly longer in the back than in the front and end in small rounded paws. Javanese have a medium-sized, triangular-shaped head with a long nose and pointed ears. Their beautiful almond-shaped eyes come in shades of green and blue and add to the distinguished and intriguing look of the Javanese cat.
Temperament: Like the Siamese cat, Javanese cats are quite vocal, though not quite as much as the Siamese cat. These social cats love to follow around their humans and "help out," sometimes getting underfoot because they want to be so close. Additionally, they are intelligent and agile, using their strong athletic ability to climb and leap to great heights. They love challenging and interactive games that will keep them engaged. Because of their intelligence they take well to training and can even learn to fetch or walk on a leash. Javanese like attention and, when left alone without it for a longer length of time you might just find they have gotten into some mischievous activities. The Javanese loves to be social and affectionate and will burrow its way into your heart (and under your covers to snuggle!).
Care: The coat of the Javanese is semi-long with no undercoat so they do not shed much. Simply combing or brushing once per week, and giving them an occasional bath, will keep them looking beautiful and distinguished.
Coat: The coat of the Javanese is semi-long and smooth and silky to the touch. Javanese have only a single-layered coat with no undercoat.
Origin: The Javanese shares much of its history with the Balinese cat breed. In fact, the Javanese originated during a Balinese breeding program in the 1950s but the breed was not formally created until 1978 when a Balinese cat was bred with Colorpoint Shorthairs. While the cat breed was established as a unique cat breed and recognized by the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) in 1986, today most associations, including the CFA, recognize the Javanese cat breed as an extension of the Balinese cat breed rather than a unique cat breed.