Javanese Cat:Cat Breed Profile

Javanese cat

The Javanese cat (or Mandarin) is a cat that descends straight from the Balinese, with whom It shares many points in common. It meows regularly, It’s above all endearing and a loyal cat.

It enjoys pleasing its master. It has good health despite some genetic diseases. And, despite its mid-length coat, its maintenance is relatively easy.

History of the breed

The origin of the Javanese Cat derives no more, no less than that of the Balinese. The United States Is its country of origin. Indeed, to believe that the Javanese (or Mandarin) comes from South-East Asia is totally false.

The first Balinese are sacrificed and sold to avoid the defects of a Siamese reproduction. Until Marion Dorsey, an American breeder decided in 1950 to start breeding a new breed. She was helped by Helen Smith in her works and the name Balinese was given before the breed was recognized in 1961.

The Javanese, on the other hand, is a sort of long-haired Oriental, and therefore a colorful Balinese with green eyes.

Physical features

  • It’s body: The Javanese has a body described as oriental by the LOOF. That is a body of medium height, quite long and firm. This cat presents a beautiful and fine frame and especially a really impressive musculature. It feels when you handle it. It is nonetheless very flexible, agile. Body length is reflected in slender, matching legs.
  • Its hair: The Javanese is a variation of the Balinese. With the difference that her dress is mid-length, not short. It is also silky and nicely lying on the body. The Mandarin has no undercoat. Note that the shoulders have a shorter hair, unlike the sides. No collar is tolerated, unlike panties on the tail.
  • Its color: The Javanese standard accepts all colors and patterns, with the exception of Colourpoint, reserved for Siamese and Balinese.
  • Its head: The Javanese has a long and triangular head. A slight rounding is noticed on the forehead and the skull. The cheeks are flat whereas the standard tolerates jowls in the male. This cat has no pinch and the nose is rather straight and long. The chin is firm.
  • Its eyes: They are medium in size, almond-shaped. The 2 eyes are well spaced and are tilted towards the nose. Intense green is the preferred color. Odd eyes are accepted in particolor.
  • Its ears: The ears of the Javanese are quite large in size, quite wide at their base and they extend the triangular shape of the head.
  • Its tail: It is rather long and thin, well supplied since it has panties, worn like an ostrich feather.

Behavior and character

The Javanese takes many characteristics of the Balinese, while ultimately it is only a colorful variety with long hair. We find in Its voice something very particular and singular in the Balinese and Siamese. It meows quite regularly and Its sounds can be annoying. 

It can also be an asset for Its master. Because well developed, these sounds are an interesting means of communication between It and Its owner. In addition, it is an active and lively cat. It needs space to exert Itself, but also to assert Itself.

Indeed, it is a cat with a rather stubborn character and the irrepressible desire to put oneself at the level of the human. It wants to be seen as a little star within Its family. It does not support competition from other congeners. It likes to be the center of attention.

Living Conditions

The Javanese needs exercise. It’s perpetually in motion. Very active, playful, It prefers above all to climb. For indoors, It will need accessories like a cat tree. A sine qua non for their well-being and their development.

It also enjoys going to tickle the bugs in the garden.  It’s a great hunter. It is, therefore, preferable to adopt it if its master has sufficient space and especially a house.

Health & Maintenance

The Javanese have very good health, but it can be affected by genetic pathologies . First, amyloidosis. It is a liver disease which leads to chronic and above all incurable renal failure.

All affected cats die, often before reaching 5 years of life. There is no cure. In addition, the Javanese can be affected by progressive atrophy of the retina, like the Balinese, but also glaucomastrabismus.

In fact, it is important to check the condition of Its eyes regularly. Finally, do not forget to vaccinate this cat against all the usual diseases, such as rabies, typhus, leukosis, and coryza.

Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes

The life expectancy of a Javanese is between 13 and 19 years .

The absence of an undercoat is a significant plus in the fairly easy upkeep of Javanese. Indeed, a single regular brushing is enough to satisfy Its mid-length dress and thus prevent any formation of knots.

Due to the predispositions of eye diseases, it is important to check and clean the eyes of Javanese very regularly. In addition to this, weekly brushing is required.

Like all cats, the Javanese can eat human or industrial food. Indeed, the whole secret is in the dosage of its rations. They must be in line with Its daily physical expenditure and must cover all of Its needs.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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