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A loving, vocal companion, the Javanese also requires high perches to accommodate athletic abilities as a powerful jumper.

     Javanese At a glance

Weight range:

Male: medium: 8-12 lbs.
Female: small: <8 lbs.

Eye color:

Blue, Green


Longevity Range: 8-12 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Tendency to Shed: Low, Moderate


Length: Short
Characteristics: Smooth
Colors: Red, Cream, Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Blue-cream, Lilac Cream
Pattern: Tabby, Shaded
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:
Prevalence: Rare

The Javanese Cat Breed

The head of the Javanese is a long triangle and ears set far apart accent the triangle shape.

The Javanese is a medium-sized cat with a long, tubular body. They are more muscular than the Balinese or Siamese, but they are definitely a slender cat with fine bones.

The head is a definite long triangle and the ears are set so they appear to be a continuation of this triangle. The deep eye color, whether the blue accepted by the Cat Fancier's Association in the Unites States or the green, accepted by FIFe in Europe, should be very deep and vivid.

The hair on the Javanese is not really long but medium in length. To see the length, look at the fur on the tail. The coat is very soft and silky and had no undercoat. In the Javanese, the points may show evidence of tabby striping as well as tortoiseshell patterns limited to the points.


The Javanese is an active, vocal cat, as befits most of the oriental cats. Cat trees and high perches are necessary equipment for them. If these are not provided, the Javanese will make anything tall its own special perch, as its slender figure conceals the strength of a powerful jumper.

Living With:

The Javanese is a slender cat, somewhat fine boned but muscular. The nutrition must be kept in proportion so the cat does not become overweight. If given enough exercise space, he is generally able to avoid getting too heavy.

The Javanese is a great jumper. He can leap effortlessly to the top of the refrigerator, bookcases, and even the tops of doors. He is lively, but still loving. He will sit quietly with his guardian, purring and being petted. He is a loving companion.


The Javanese is a man-made breed originating in the United States that resulted from crossing a Balinese with a Colorpoint Shorthair. The Colorpoint Shorthair is a crossing of Siamese with American Shorthairs. So the resulting Javanese kittens look like the Siamese cats, but the coat is longer and the colors are different.