Javanese Cat: origins, characteristics and personality

Javanese Cat: origins, characteristics and personality

The Javanese Cat

The Javanese cat is a medium-sized cat classified as an oriental long hair. The Cat Fanciers Association classifies it as a show cat.


The Javanese cat originated in Japan. It is a long-haired version of the Siamese. He is the result of the crossing between Siamese, Colorpoint, and Balinese cats. The coat of the Javanese resembles that of a Colorpoint.

The name Java does not come from the island, but because the Java island is a sister of Bali, as in Balinese, which is one of the breeds who gave origin to the Javanese cat.  Interestingly, the Balinese is not from Bali.

In 2008, the International Cat Association declared the Javanese cat a division of the Balinese.

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Physical Characteristics

The coat of a Javanese is long, shiny, and comes in a variety of colors. Due to the odd colors they display, the Cat Fanciers Association classifies it as a show cat. This colorpoint cat may be tabby, patternation, red, white, or tortie. They typically weight between 5 and 10 pounds.


The Javanese cat is very fond of their people. They will follow you wherever you go as they want to feel useful. These natural supervisors will sit on your lap when you sit, follow you to bed and make himself comfortable as well.

These cats are pretty intelligent, athletic, and agile. It is important to keep him busy with puzzles and activities. If possible, get yourself two cats so they make each other company as they do not enjoy solitude unless you just went out for a while to get cat food.

Caring for a Javanese Cat

Comb the silky, fine coat of the Javanese at least twice a week. You will rarely need to bathe this cat.

Fun Facts

  • The true origin of these cats is unknown.
  • They might look feeble, but this cat is actually muscular and strong.
  • This cat is capable of opening doors and drawers.

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