Orecatay Traditional Siamese and Balinese Cattery

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Raising these wonderful Siamese since 1959.

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Super Kitten
Super Kitten

PERSONALITY
Inquisitive, active, and affectionate with a natural curiosity.
Kittens here at Orecatay are imprinted to the human scent shortly after being born. They are handled several times a day, talked to and loved. This method of raising the kittens enhances the natural trait of Balinese and Siamese who need human interaction. All kittens are raised loose in my home. My cats are never caged. This gives them many opportunities for receiving affection and being well socialized.

Balinese cats are extremely intelligent. Barron's Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds rates their intelligence in the highest percentile on their scale of recognized breeds' characteristics. They will often sense when their humans are unwell or depressed and will lay close and try to comfort them.

Due to their high level of intelligence they are easily trained. With proper reinforcement they will scratch the scratching posts provided instead of your furniture. They can be readily trained to walk on a leash. Or rather, lead you while they wear a harness and leash.

Balis are active members of their households. They are very social cats and have a wonderful mellow and laid-back manner. They love their humans and normally make excellent lap cats. I also consider them to be the "Ultimate Companion Cat." They are cuddlers and will snuggle up and sleep with their humans if given the opportunity. I have never known one who was not naturally sweet. Their personalities are as individual as any other cat breed, however, and you may find a bit of mischief mixed with the sweetness.

Like Siamese cats, Balinese cats are very active, playful and outgoing. In addition these cats are often clown-like and mischievous. It is not unknown in this breed to have a little thief who enjoys taking off with your pencils, paper clips, straws or even jewelry. Often when they are doing the stealing they will stop to look back to make sure you are watching them! (There is a certain little Bali boy named Alexander, living in Washington with a police officer. Alex is well known for his thievery of sports watches. His human has had to buy four so he can find one when it is time to go on duty!)

Toy and his dog, Morgan
Toy and his dog, Morgan

The Balis' natural, feline self-sufficiency is tempered by their need for human interaction. They do not thrive when they are left alone for long periods of time and do better if there are other pets in the household. They often make friendships with dogs, bunnies, birds and other cats. When they go into a new home with an established cat population, they basically ignore any rebuffs until eventually all the other pets accept that the Bali is going to be an important part of the family.

Children: Balinese and Siamese cats both are excellent with children. But, as with any animal, they do need protecting from young children or rough handling. These cats will normally put up with a great deal of aggressive behavior and then hide instead of defending themselves.

VOICES
The Balinese cats are among the most vocal of all breeds but have a softer meow than do their Siamese relatives. When they do have something to say it is wise to listen. They will usually tell you about their day, or vie for attention, but sometimes they are trying to relate to you that something is wrong. Maybe that silly kitten is caught inside the drawer again. Maybe their restlessness is due to a stranger outside or even the smell of smoke in the house.

ACTIVITIES
As most cats do, the Balinese cats love to hold evening races or the Nighttime Crazies as I like to call them. They will race wildly through the house and bounce off their favorite places. If they don't have a companion cat to run with, they welcome the participation of their humans. They love to retrieve toys or paper wads once they are able to train their humans to throw them. These athletic cats also love to play and jump after a toy on a string. But this is not to say they are wild or overly active cats. Barron's rates their activity level as 8 out of 10 (10 being most active). They are just fun-loving and will settle right down and be back in your lap after their exercise period.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Balinese cats are robust and healthy. Females can average anywhere from 8 to 10 lbs with males weighing in from 10 to 14 lbs (or more).

They are as exotic-looking as Siamese cats. They also have the same wonderful blue eyes. The main difference between the two breeds is the length of their coats. The Traditional Balinese and Siamese cats possess the wonderful muscular body similar to the original imports from Siam. They are heavier than the modern, "wedge-head" cats that are featured in most of what is written about both breeds. The Traditional cats have a rounder shaped head giving them the nickname "Applehead."

COAT
The Balinese cat is basically a low-maintenance longhaired Siamese cat. The Bali coat is the most wonderful silky, luxuriously Angora-feeling satin coat. When visitors pick them up for the first time it is not unusual for them to utter some sound like "Ohhhh" and then bury their faces in the wonderful fur. It is just silky, silky, silky and delightfully luxurious. The body hair is medium length, between 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, and of just one length. Without the double coat of other longhaired cats, the Balinese coat does not need the constant grooming and care of those breeds. When you brush your Balinese cat it is more of a demonstration of affection and a bonding experience than a necessity. My longhaired Balinese cats actually seem to shed less than my shorthaired Siamese.

The most outstanding feature of the Balinese coat is the magnificent plume of a tail. The tail hair can reach 3 to 6 inches in length and is exquisite! The Traditional Balinese cats also have the cute little ear tufts, a ruff around their neck, and "britches" along their hind legs.

Sweet Pea's bluepoint baby
Sweet Pea's bluepoint baby

COLORS
Here at Orecatay I raise Balis in Seal, Chocolate and Blue. I hope soon to be able to offer for sale the beautiful lilac color in Balinese kittens. Of course, all have huge, beautiful, blue eyes. The CFA recognizes four colors of Balinese cats: Sealpoint, Chocolate Point, Bluepoint and Lilac Point. All other colors are considered Javanese cats. Other registries are more accepting of other colors in this breed. The wonderful Siamese deep blue eyes complete the package.

MALE vs FEMALE
Once spayed or neutered, either sex will make a wonderful companion.

HEALTH and LONGEVITY
Like their Traditional Siamese relatives, Traditional Balinese cats are known for their robust health and long life spans. I have had cats live to be 18. It is not unusual for a few to live into their 20's.

All adult cats in the cattery have tested negative for FeLv, leukemia and FIV.
Kittens are raised uncaged and "underfoot." They receive regular wormings. There are no fleas, ear mites or ringworm present. Kittens receive at least their first Feline-4 vaccination before leaving the cattery. I work closely with local veterinarians to maintain the best health possible for the cats and kittens.

Adoptive kitten parents receive a written one-year genetic health guarantee.

BREEDING PROGRAM
Each queen is allowed to have two litters per year if she is in excellent health. I have a few nice queens and it is my goal to raise a few superior kittens each year.

BREEDING STOCK
Studs:
Orecatay Harrison Hairy Houdini is my sweet Sealpoint stud.
Orecatay King Louie is my magnificent Bluepoint stud. Louie is an extremely mellow and loving boy.
Queens:
Orecatay Li Ping is a sweet little Chocolate point girl. She fascinates me with her multiple range of tones she uses in communicating with her kittens.
Orecatay Sweet Pea Tsati is a delicious Bluepoint girl.
Orecatay Princess Jasmine Shakira is a sweet Bluepoint girl.
Several of my shorthaired Siamese occasionally produce a longhaired kitten in their short hair litters.

FEEDING
Cats and kittens are fed a combination of high quality professional foods, including Science Diet, Max Cat, Wellness, Iams, canned Whiskas, etc. I also supplement with cooked chicken, chicken livers, and turkey as a treat for nursing queens and kittens getting used to solid foods. Vitamin supplements NuVet Plus and Missing Link are given to all breeding cats and kittens.

SHIPPING
Kittens can be safely shipped by many airlines to the continental U.S. and Canada. They are sent in individual kennels and held in special climate controlled rooms in the cargo area of the airplanes. This room has the same pressure and temperature as the airplane’s cabin. Kittens are normally shipped from 12 weeks on. Shipping will be arranged by the breeder but the costs are the responsibility of the buyer.

PRICES
Prices for Balinese kittens start at $650. Exceptional kittens are priced higher. Deposit to be negotiated and is non-refundable due to demand.

GUARANTEE
1. 96 hours, 100 % refund provided kitten is returned with signed statement from a licensed veterinarian stating kitten has a genetic or health problem.
2. One year guarantee for congenital defects. Kitten will be replaced with a kitten from another breeding if accompanied with a written statement from a licensed veterinarian stating the kitten has a congenital defect.

STUD SERVICE
Orecatay is a closed cattery. To guarantee the health of all the cats, no outside cats are allowed.

REFERENCES
Read letters from satisfied customers. Photos of cats are available upon request.

Read Diane's Rules for a Happy Cat House.

Moxie in Quaker Oatmeal can

Orecatay Traditional Siamese Cattery
Diane Varni
P.O. Box 796
Drain, OR 97435
541-849-3491
orecatay@centurylink.net

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