Balinese cats are a beauty. Their resemblance with Siamese cats, bright blue eyes, and long hair definitely make them hard to resist. Who wouldn’t want such a royal looking creature as their pet? I’m sure you do! But, simply choosing a pretty cat isn’t enough. You have to train it well to make your experience as a pet parent successful.
So, how to train a Balinese cat? Broadly speaking, you will have to litter train your cat as well as teach it how to behave socially and do tricks. Although it might sound hard at first, but with proper dedication, you and your cat will surely make it happen!
Let’s start learning the best tips to train a Balinese cat. Keep reading to find an answer to all your questions!
Step 1: Buy litter supplies
As a cat owner myself, I can tell you one thing for sure:
Litter training is the most important first step.
The reason why I say so is that Balinese are good learners. While that makes a helpful trait for training them, it can also become a complication. Once these cats learn something, it’s almost impossible to make them unlearn it. This is why litter training should be done early on.
When you’ll bring your pet kitten home, it’ll be around 3 to 4 weeks old. It is the perfect time to introduce it to a litter box. To avoid any delays, you should get all the supplies before bringing the cat home.
You should buy a litter box that is medium to large in size. Balinese cats can grow up to 1.5 feet. The litter box should be big enough to accommodate it even when it’s older. Since cats get familiar to their litter boxes, it’s not a good idea to buy a small litter box for now and replace it with a bigger one when it grows. If you do this, you’ll have to make the cat comfortable with the new litter box all over again.
To fill the litter box, get litter. Try buying small packs of different types of litter. This will give you leverage to test which litter your cat likes the best. Most pet parents prefer perfumed litter because it keeps the room smelling good, but Balinese cats can get irritated by it. You’ll also have to buy litter box liners.
Also, buy a mat to put under the litter box to prevent the floors from getting messy. Lastly, buy poo bags and an air deodorizer too.
If you wish to know which litter box I prefer for all my cutie pies, then it’s this one this one. What I love about it is that it has a flip top which I keep closed at all times. That really helps since the closed top prevents litter from splashing around.
Step 2: Litter training
If Balinese cats get used to pooping anywhere in the house, they’ll continue to do so. If you don’t want to face such a situation, it is best to start litter training your Balinese cat as soon as you get it.
Have the litter box ready and put it in an appropriate place. This place should be easily accessible by the cat but at the same time, it shouldn’t be accessible by other pets that you may have. Moreover, the place should be quiet, private, and away from its food bowl.
Here’s the thing:
To litter train your Balinese cat, you’ll literally have to teach it by holding its hand…I mean, paw.
Start by regularly putting the cat in the litter box after every meal. Also, put it in there shortly after it wakes up. You can also look for signs that indicate when the cat needs to relieve itself. This way, the cat will quickly learn that it only has to poo or pee inside the litter box.
Your cat may resist using the litter box. There is a high possibility that this is because of a dirty litter box. Keep the box clean for ease in training as well as for hygiene maintenance. Wash the litter box once every week with a mild detergent to get rid of bacteria.
In the early stages, offer a treat to the cat every time it uses the litter box correctly on its own. However, avoid punishments in case of accidents. Negative reinforcement will make the cat scared of the litter box instead of becoming obedient.
If you’re having trouble training the cat, you can try confinement. You should restrict the cat with all its toys, food, water, and litter box in one room. If the cat poops outside the litter box, pick it up and put it inside the litter box. A confined space will help the cat learn that it has to relieve itself in a specified area only.
Do not go overboard with confinement training. Try restricting the cat for a couple of days. Any more than that can become cruel and Balinese cats tend to become hostile in such cases. If you don’t notice any improvement, head over to a vet.
Step 3: Eating habits
You’d think that a pet would know how to eat and drink. But, in the case of Balinese cats, you have to train them for this. It’s not like they cannot eat on their own, it’s more so about their habits.
This step is important because:
- It prevents cats from overeating
- Cats are trained to eat enough
- Dehydration can be avoided
- There is a lesser chance of mess near the food station
If your kitten is younger than 4 weeks, you may have to bottle feed it. For older cats, serve food in a dish and pour some water in a bowl that cannot be turned over the cat itself.
Decide specific times for meals and try to schedule your meals at the same time too. For example, if you usually have lunch at 12 pm, fill your cat’s bowl at the same time. Then, feed it lunch at 12 pm every day. This will help build a routine and so, the cat will easily learn to eat from the bowl.
As for water, I’d suggest you keep it far away from the food dish. Balinese cats can be particular about the placement of their food. Try maintaining the optimum temperature for drinking water. You can also add ice cubes in the bowl to attract the cat.
One tip to keep in mind is to never buy reflective bowls and dishes. Balinese cats, in particular, can get intimidated by their reflection while eating.
You can also assist the cat by taking it to the food station whenever it is time for a meal. Put a few pieces of its food outside the bowl and then guide it so it can figure out that there’s more to eat inside the dish. Moreover, take help from cat treats. Every time your cat finishes a meal without making a mess, offer appreciation.
Step 4: Behavioral management
You may be wondering:
Why bother with behavioral training at all?
Cat training is important not just for the convenience of the pet parent, but also for the cat itself. A cat with bad behavior causes a nuisance for the owner. But what we need to realize is that this bad behavior is being caused because the cat itself isn’t feeling comfortable.
Training your cat for good behavior will help the pet solve its own problems. It is a win-win situation!There is no rocket science in this step.
In fact, you’ll mostly have to figure out effective methods for your cat on your own. Every cat reacts differently to orders. Moreover, every cat will have different behavioral issues.
The most common problem with Balinese cats is related to their aggression. They generally are well-behaved cats but sometimes, stress can get the best of them. Your Balinese cat may bite or scratch you in such a case.
If your cat is being aggressive, the first thing to consider is your own behavior. Never be harsh.
Part of the training is to avoid doing things that can trigger misbehavior. If you’re being extra cautious but the cat still attacks, there are a few more things you can try. First of all, play dead. This will let the cat know that its actions are hurting you and can cause serious outcomes.
Other than that, offer the cat an alternative way it can get rid of its aggression. Catnip and a scratching post are a must. My Balinese cat literally ripped apart all my sofas so I bought her this scratcher hammock. It’s safe to say that my cat now knows where to scratch and where not to.
Lastly, don’t forget to appreciate the cat’s good behavior by offering it treats. If you establish a clear line between acceptable and non-acceptable behavior, it will be easier for the cat to learn the difference.
This table gives an overview of common Balinese cat problems and their causes. You can try training the cat by eliminating the cause.
Lack of attention
Meowing during the night
Some sort of ache or health issue
Marking their territory due to their defensive attitude
Stress due to pains
Step 5: Social training
Balinese cats are very social. To make sure that their enthusiasm is channeled in the right direction, you should train them for social interactions.
This training includes interaction with:
- Adult humans
- Other animals
Balinese cats are easy to train in this context. They are naturally social. As long as they’re receiving affection, they will be open to adjusting with any human or animal. However, in a few rare cases, Balinese cats can get overprotective of their territory and may attack animals or humans that they aren’t familiar with.
The best way to train your Balinese cat for groomed social skills is to put it in interactive situations. This training must be done by taking your cat to friends’ homes who have pets too. Similarly, you can invite friends and their pets to your place as well. This will encourage sharing.
Once the cat starts behaving well around familiar animals, take it out to pet parks. This is where it’ll properly groom its skills. Being among so many animals can make your cat stressed. Just make sure you’re always nearby. Take a few of your cat’s most loved toys and treats along. On every adequate social step, offer appreciation.
Never be forceful in this step of training. Balinese cats will naturally follow along with the social train unless they feel insecure. Try to figure out the issue, eradicate it, and your cat will get back on the track itself. Forceful training will never be effective.
Step 6: Defining boundaries
Your Balinese pet cat will be living in your home, of course. You’ll be offering all the love and attention, too. This can sometimes invite the cat to do a thing that they’re not allowed to.
There will always be some places in your home that you wouldn’t want the cat to reach. This can be for hygiene purposes, safety, privacy or anything else. You’ll have to define boundaries to keep your cat from getting in trouble.
The bottom line is:
Cats shouldn’t be everywhere and you have to teach this to them.
You’ll have to physically remove the cat from rooms where it isn’t allowed. The cat won’t magically know where to go and where not to. You’ll have to tell it to stay away from off-bound places. Verbal scolding will be effective if the cat isn’t learning after multiple reinforcements.
Also, offer alternative options. Cats may be climbing on restricted areas because they aren’t finding any other source if entertainment. Provide climbing posts to make your training effective.This is one that I bought for my cats to help them curb their climbing instincts in a healthy and safe manner.
Lastly, cats may be invading your boundaries because they don’t have a defined personal space for themselves. Offer a specified corner in your home where the cat can rest, sleep, eat, play, and do whatever it wants.
Use cat pens to teach the cat to live within defined limits.
Step 7: Tricks
This is the last but definitely the most fun step! All the training you did until now was necessary to prevent chaos. It was for the cat’s own good. However, teaching tricks is unlike any of these steps.
The best part is:
You’ll not just enjoy the process of training your cat to do fun stuff, but you’ll also enjoy these tricks for the rest of your cat’s life. These tricks will make playtime more fun!
There isn’t really any specific time frame for this step. You can start teaching it tricks whenever you want. Start with easy tricks such as high fives, sitting, jumping, etc. You can then move on to more complicated ones.
The easiest way to train for tricks is by using treats. For example, you can encourage the cat to sit every time you order it to by giving it a treat whenever it obeys you. Use different treats for training than the treats you use normally. Tuna, chicken, and other favorites of your cat should be used.
Another tip for when teaching tricks is to do it at the right time.
Since frequent feeding of treats isn’t healthy, you should use a clicker. Associate the sound of the clicker with treats by feeding a treat right when you make a sound with the clicker. This way, when you cut down treats later on in the process, you can still use the clicker to lure the cat.
The most important thing in trick training is to take it one step at a time.
Don’t train the cat for more than 15 minutes in one go. 2 sessions per day should be more than enough. If you stay consistent, your Balinese cat will learn at least one new trick every other day!
How long do Balinese cats live? The average lifespan of these feline cats is known to be 15 years. However, in some cases, they have also survived for up to 22 years. It all depends on the health and diet of the cat. A well-trained cat is more likely to live longer.
Are Balinese cats friendly? Yes, Balinese cats are very social and friendly. They are vocal and chatty, too. They offer a lot of affection but also expect the same in return. You’ll have to give a lot of attention to these cats. In fact, if left alone for too long, they can get stressed out.
What is the difference between Balinese and Siamese cats? Balinese and Siamese cats look quite alike. They have similar patterns and colors. Even the triangular ears are common. The main difference is in the length of their coats. Balinese cats have long hair whereas Siamese are short-haired.