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Javanese cat


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The Javanese is a domestic cat recognized by cat fanciers as a show cat, more specifically an Oriental longhair with points .[1]

In some registries, they may be considered Balinese.


The Javanese cat is not from Java nor Indonesia. Genetically they are long-haired Siamese. The difference between the so-called "Balinese cat" is subjective: those that do not conform to the four traditional Siamese color are deemed "Javanese".

The term "Javanese cat" was coined by a Mrs Helen Smith of MerryMews Cattery circa 1950 [2] .[3] It is unknown if she had ever traveled to Indonesia.


According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, the term "Javanese" is somewhat redundant- the more preferred term is: "Oriental with points". The Oriental cat with points is the so-called Siamese.


Javanese adult and kitten


The so-called "Javanese cat", as distinct from the literal domestic cats of Java, have long, silky coats in a variety of colors. The naive perversity of the name is mot evident as the felix vulgaris of Java as almost a rule have very short hair approximately 2 cm long due to the inclement hot and humid equatorial climate.

Javanese cats are referred to by show cat fanciers as colourpoint cats: showing odd or "rare" colors; such as red or white, or patternation; tabby and tortie. As stated above "Javanese cats" are merely Balinese cats that are not "seal, blue, chocolate nor lilac".

It is noted as an intelligent cat and tends to vocalize, though often for no apparent reason (much like their cousin, the Siamese). They are notably fond of play, jumping and human contact and allegedly depressed if regularly not entertained by humans or other pets. Apparently, they are good mouse hunters. .[4]

They have a tendency to become overweight if overfed and under-exercised. It is an indoors-only pet as it may have had the domestic cat fighting instinct and homing instincts bred out of it to suit human desires.

Genetic Defects[]

Are shared with the "Balinese Cat" and the "Siamese Cat". Deafness, joint issues, early-onset arthritis, hip displacement and cross-eye are some defects.


  • Flame Point
  • Lynx Point (in any of the colors)
  • Cream Point
  • Tortie Point (in any of the colors)
  • Torbie Point (in any of the colors)
  • Fawn Point
  • Cinnamon Point


  1. [The International Cat Association: Breeds:] access date: 20 May 2010
  2. J. Anne Helgren, 1997. Barron's encyclopedia of cat breeds: a complete guide to the domestic cats of North America. Barron's Educational Series, 1997. ISBN 9780764150678. 312 pages.
  3. David Alderton, 1992. "Cats" Ed. Daphne Negus. Dorling Kindersley, 1992. ISBN 9781564580733. 256 pages.
  4. Marcus Schneck, Jill Caravan: 1990. Cat Facts". Barnes & Noble Books: 1990. ISBN 9780880295581. 160 pages.