The Javanese, also known as the Oriental Longhair, was developed by crossbreeding Balinese cats with Oriental Shorthairs. Because the Oriental Shorthair was established by mating Siamese cats with various other purebreds, including American Shorthairs, Russian Blues, Abyssinians, and Burmese cats, the Javanese also has traits in common with these breeds.
Javanese Cat Appearance
Javanese cats have semi-long silky coats and luxuriously plumed tails. Their fur does not appear very long because it lies flat against their bodies rather than sticking out like a Persian’s. Javanese cats require less grooming than most longhaired cats because they have no undercoat, so they are not as prone to matting.
Like the Siamese, the Javanese has darker point markings on its face, ears, legs, and tail set against a lighter background. However, accepted Siamese point colors include blue (gray), lilac (pinkish-gray), chocolate (warm brown), and seal (deep brown), whereas the Javanese points are in red (orange) or cream, or patterns such as lynx point (tabby-style point markings) and tortie point (red and black or blue and cream patches).
Javanese Cat Personality
Because the Javanese is essentially an Oriental, it has many of the same traits, including sociability, high intelligence, and a tendency to be energetic and talkative.
Javanese cats usually bond strongly with one member of the household, though they are generally quite interactive and prefer to have company rather than being on their own (those considering adoption should get two kittens so they can keep each other company).
Among the more active breeds, Javanese cats like to run, play, and climb, so they appreciate tall cat trees and interactive toys. They also tend to be chatty, with many different types of vocalizations.
These clever cats are quite trainable (when they choose to allow it) and many learn to do tricks or play fetch.
Javanese Cat Health and Care
Most Javanese cats are healthy, though they may have a slightly increased risk of developing certain conditions that also afflict some Siamese cats, including bronchial asthma, patellar luxation, and progressive retinal atrophy.
Although they are semi-longhaired cats, Javanese do not shed much, and because they lack undercoats, grooming requirements are minimal. While Persians require daily grooming, weekly brushing is sufficient to keep the Javanese coat tangle-free.
Adopt a Javanese Cat or Kitten
If you’re looking for a Javanese kitten, expect to pay anywhere from $800 to $2,500, depending on markings, lineage, breeder reputation, and other factors. You can find a list of breeders here. You may be able to find an adult Javanese to adopt through breeders or on adoption websites such as Petfinder.
- Christmann, K., & Harr, B., Cat Fanciers’ Association. (n.d.). “The Javanese.” CFA.org.
- Petfinder.com, “Javanese.”
- Vetstreet.com, “Javanese.”