What has emerald eyes, a shimmering plush-blue coat, and an affectionate personality? Can you guess? Well, Let me tell you. It’s a Russian Blue! This beautiful feline, Russian Blue, is a shorthaired cat breed that has claimed people’s hearts from left and right.
I’ve seen a Russian Blue up-close at my friend’s house. And, dear reader, I am not exaggerating when I tell you that everything falls short in front of these majestic cats! Everything from the vivid green eyes, graceful long legs that walks on tiptoes, shimmering coat, and even the affectionate nature of a Russian Blue is a sight to behold!
Russian Blue has a soft plushy coat. The coat comes in two colors ranging from pale grey with white silver on the tips to a darker shade of grey. The muscular body of Russian Blue is enveloped by a double-layered plush coat. The short coat which stands outside its body is the characteristic that determines the quality of a Russian Blue.
With emerald eyes, an upturned mouth that looks like a smile, and an air of mysticism surrounding their history, Russian Blues are truly an enchanting breed!
This might be the first time you’ve heard of a Russian Blue. But this will not be your last! By the end of this article, you will be keen on searching for more information about Russian Blues. You might even go as far as getting yourself one of these lovely mystic pets.
Russian Blues are gentle and shy cats. But, funnily, Russian Blue cats don’t shy away from meowing during meal times. These lovely felines are easy to care for. Good diet, nail trimming, coat combing twice a week, and toys will keep Russian Blue cat happy and healthy. All Russian Blues ever want from you is lots of love. Are you ready to love a Russian Blue?
Here, in this blog, you will get to know everything about Russian Blue cats. Including their history and origins, personality and temperament, and pure breed standard. Also, You will also learn how to take care of a Russian Blue. And lastly, some fun facts about this beloved cat.
You will enjoy reading every bit of this article. Why you may ask? Because Russian Blues are gentle and lovely. Moreover, I guarantee that you will adore a Russian Blue like bees adore flowers. Now, let’s get into this, shall we?
- 1 History And Origin Of Russian Blue Cat
- 2 Appearance Of A Pure Russian Blue Cat
- 3 Breed Standard For A Russian Blue Cat
- 4 Personality and Temperament Of A Russian Blue
- 4.1 Temperament
- 4.2 Personality
- 5 Caring For A Russian Blue Cat
- 5.1 Feeding Your Russian Blue
- 5.2 Grooming A Russian Blue
- 5.3 Socializing Russian Blue Cats
- 5.4 Exercise And Playing
- 5.5 Visiting A Veterinary
- 5.6 Giving Time To Your Cat
- 6 Health
- 7 Should You Get A Russian Blue Cat?
- 8 Finding A Good Breeder To Buy Russian Blue Cat
- 9 Russian Blue Kittens
- 10 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- 11 Some Fun Facts About Russian Blue Cats
- 12 Conclusion
History And Origin Of Russian Blue Cat
Not much is known about Russian Blues origins. However, I’m certain about the fact that Russian Blues are an original breed.
Furthermore, the theory that surrounds a Russian Blues origins is really interesting. You are in for a lot of theories. Also, you will get to know how a Russian Blue came to be how they are today. Let’s get into this!
Russian Blues Hail From Russia
Why do you think Russian Blues’ name has “Russian” in it? Yes, you have guessed it right! Russian Blues are thought to have been from the Arkhangelsk Isles of Russia. Thus, Russian Blues are also referred by their other name Archangel blue cats. Moreover, Archangel means angel. And Russian Blues are truly an angel!
The Russian sailors from Arkhangelsk ports brought these natural-breed beauties to Great Britain and Northern Europe in the 1860s.
In addition, Russian Blue was also commonly referred to as the Spanish cat, Maltese cat, and Foreign Blues till the beginning of the century.
You may wonder why Russian Blues have a thick and plush coat. In fact, their thick coat helped them to survive in cold weather. Since Russia and Scandinavian countries have cold weather, it’s said that Russian Blues have a definite origin in these places.
A Royal Lineage
Don’t you think that Russian Blues have a regal look? Well, one theory suggests that Russians were a regal cat kept by the royal Russian Czars.
It is said that a Russian Blue cured a prince of illness by healing properties. This incident caused the royal family to be filled with gratitude for this lovely cat. The royal family kept Russian Blues in their palace for years.
Therefore, these lovely cats are believed to have a royal lineage. Wow, what a regal cat!
Escape From Hunters
Legend also says that Russian Blues were hunted for their beautiful silver coat. Since Russians Blues had a long body with strong legs to run, and intelligence to outwit the hunter, they survived. Survival of the fittest. Thank you, mother nature!
Cat Shows And Rise In Popularity
Russian Blues made a public appearance for the first time by the name of Archangel cat in 1871. It was a cat show at Crystal Palace in London where Russian Blues competed with other blue cats. At that time, all blue cats were considered one breed.
However, because of the unique features and alleged royal history, our Russian Blues were given a classification of their own by 1912.
Did you know that Russian Blues were made to perform at Cat shows? Until the 1990s Russian blues performed in cat shows.
However, in the 1980s Russian Blues, sadly, declined in popularity. The performance in cat shows wasn’t good due to the Russian Blues’ nervous character. But, with the help of determined breeders who focused on the Russian Blues trait of being affectionate, these lovely cats gained popularity again.
In fact, many people even started to keep Russian Blues as pets! Moreover, Russian Blues were judged on their loving personality and stunning looks in the cat shows. This earned the lovely cats lots of awards.
Near Extinction During WWII And Cross-Breeding
Although its origins began from Russia, the Russian blue breed developed and prospered in Britain and Scandinavia until the 1900s.
Alas! World War 2 in the 1940s didn’t favor our Russian blue! During WWII, this beautiful breed of cat almost became extinct. To save their breed, after the WWII, the Scandinavian (emphasized on dark green eyes and long body) and British (rounder and plushier) Russian Blue cats were cross-bred to create the Russian Blues we love so dearly today.
However, some Russian Blues were also merged with Siamese cats and other domestic cats. This merging created Tabbies, Russian whites, and blacks which changed Russian Blues features.
It took years of dedication for the breeders to bring Russian Blues to its original features. This beautiful cat was also used to, sort of, alter Neblungs and Havana browns.
The Russian Blues, till today, have continued to be the darling cats with a stunning appearance. And, I’m sure that Russian Blues have already impressed you too.
Appearance Of A Pure Russian Blue Cat
You might have seen a beautiful, elegant blue cat and confused it for a Russian Blue. Well, it is a slim chance but you might have just seen a Russian Blue.
There are many Blue cats you might have seen. And many people can confuse Russian Blues with other blue cats like Chartreux, British shorthair, Korat, and its cousin Nebelung. But, the Russian Blue we love is an entirely different breed.
There are also three variations of Russians: Black, White, and Blue. Although Blues take the cake for me!
A pure Russian blue (a cross-breed of Scandinavian and British Russian Blues) has the following physical features.
Are Russian Blue cats blue? Actually, no, they aren’t blue. In cat language, blue means a lighter version of black. In fact, the color is sort of gray.
The coat of Russian Blue is a double-layered and dense. It means that the undercoat is soft, downy, and equal in length with the outer fur which is blue and tipped silver. This tipping gives a shimmering effect and lighter color to their coat.
When you touch a Russian Blues’ coat, it feels soft, fine, and silky. You can even trace lines on their coat which disappears when you smooth it out.
Russian Blues might look like a normal grey cat to people. But, in the cat world and now, to you too, Russians are beautiful blue cats, aren’t they?
In Russian Blue kittens, a distinct stripe appears in the coat. This stripe which is called “ghost stripes” or ghost tabby markings disappears in adulthood. It is believed that the Russian Blues were cross-bred with Tabby cats at some point. Thus, the kittens of Russians developed these stripes. But, as its name suggests, “ghost stripes” disappear well into adulthood.
One flaw in the coat of Russian Blue is a white patch.
Yellow eyes? Green eyes? What color do Russians have?
The kittens of Russian Blues are born with yellow eyes. However, the yellow eyes get replaced by vivid green eyes as entering into adulthood (at around 4 months old). As adults, Russian Blue cats have vivid green eyes that often resemble emerald stones!
The eyes of Russian Blues are large and almost round. But, the eyes show an oriental slant with the oval part which gives Russian Blues a sweet look. In simple words, You can call the shape of a Russian Blues eyes as almond-shaped.
The beautiful hypnotizing emerald eyes of a Russian Blue can captivate any person around.
Legs And Paws
Russian Blue has long legs that are fine-boned and firm. Therefore, Russian Blues escaped hunters easily in the old days.
At the end of their legs, Russian Blues have paws that are small and slightly rounded. The paws are colored lavender-pink and mauve.
Likewise, Russian Blues have five toes in their forelegs and four toes in their hind legs. With long graceful legs, Russian Blues can grow up to 10 inches tall.
The nose of the Russian Blue is charcoal gray.
Russian Blues have a characteristic wedge-shaped head. However, most cats have a round or some other shaped head.
The size of the Russians’ head is medium and wedged which means the head neither long and tapering, and neither short and stout. Furthermore, the muzzle is medium length and is a part of the wedge without a break.
The skull is flat and narrow at the top. The skull then descends downwards to the eyes and down to the nose. Also, the forehead is high but flat forming 2 planes.
The face of a Russian blue is wide with wide cheekbones. In addition, their eyes are wide too.
Russian Blues have prominent whisker pads.
You might think Russian Blues are smiling at you because of their slightly upturned mouth. Don’t doubt the smile even a bit. Because Russian Blues love owners and family wholeheartedly.
Russian Blue’s neck is long and slender. However, it may appear to you like Russian Blues have no neck at all! This is because the thick plush coat envelops a Russian Blues’ neck too.
Russian Blues have ears that are large and wider at the base than the tip. The ear tips are pointed out. Also, Russian Blues ears are set forwards and on the sides.
In simple words, the ears of Russian Blues should form an equilateral triangle with the tip of the chin. The ear is covered with hair on the outside. And, the ear skin looks translucent.
We want Russian Blues to have a long and slender body. Moreover, Russian Blues are fine-boned and muscular cats. But, their plush thick beautiful coat will make the Russian Blues look larger than they are.
The tail of Russian Blues is long and has the same blue coat. Also, the tail is tapering from the thick base to the slender tip.
Since males and females have a different built-in body even in cats, Russian Blues have varying weight. The males have an average weight of 10-12 pounds while females are a little less from 7-10 pounds. The weight of Russian Blues also depends on nutrition, environment, etc.
Breed Standard For A Russian Blue Cat
One judge remarked Russian blues as “Doberman Pinscher of cats” for their muscular and elegant body.
Russian blues have gone through a lot of changes before looking like the present features. After almost going extinct after WWII, the Scandinavian and British Russian Blues were cross-bred to create the present beautiful Russian Blue.
According to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the breed for Russian Blue should have a medium characteristic wedge-shaped head which is smooth and has a flat muzzle.
Moreover, A Russian Blue should have large ears that are equally tall and wide with pointed tips. The ear must also have translucent skin.
The vivid green eyes are almost round and set wide apart.
Russian Blue cats have a short, plush blue coat. Also, the coat of Russian Blue is soft and silky to the touch. Generally, this coat envelops a Russian Blues’ whole body, neck, and tail.
Additionally, the coat of Russian Blue shimmers and looks like it has been dipped in silver. It is also equally important to have a coat that stands or lies outside the body.
Russian Blues have long legs that are strong and fine-boned. Furthermore, Russian Blues walk on tip-toes with their lavender-pink paws. Also, the tail is long and proportionate to the body.
This is the breed standard for a pure Russian blue that you love.
Personality and Temperament Of A Russian Blue
Russian Blues are sweet and elegant by their physical appearance as well as temperament. However, the temperament of a Russian Blue can individually differ for each cat. It can depend on socialization, heredity, training, etc.
Compatibility With Owners, Kids, And Other Animals
Compatibility With Owners
Russian Blues make for exceptionally loyal cats who can sympathize and love their loved ones. Most importantly, Russian Blues are one man-cat. This means that Russian Blue gets attached to one member of the family member more than others. However, affection and love Russian Blues show to everyone.
If you ever get a Russian Blue cat, then be ready to be followed everywhere in your house. Although the behavior might seem too clingy, just know that Russian Blues have immense love for their owners.
I think that maybe the blue in Russian blue isn’t only about their coat color, but about how Russian Blues love the family members in times of blues.
A Russian Blue won’t beg for lots of pats. But, Russian Blues can extremely anxious if they aren’t given attention and shown love. I think it is important to balance the love and affection for your Russian Blue.
However, if you start acting a little weird, Russian Blues can get sensitive and aggressive. Russian Blue cats aren’t aggressive by nature but their temperament can differ on how you behave!
Compatibility With Kids
Russian blues are extremely intelligent. They can understand the difference between a harsh pat from a cruel pat. So, if kids pet harshly, Russian Blue understands that kids don’t know how to pet. Sometimes, Russian Blue even runs away from kids thinking that there’s going to be a rough patting.
The Russian Blue rather would exit the room in a dignified way than bite and injure a kid. However, Russian Blue loves to stay around kind kids who can pet properly and play with them.
Warming: Although Russian Blues are family-friendly, adult supervision is advised. I also advise you to socialize and train your Russian Blue.
Compatibility With Other Pets
Russian Blues are also very inviting to other pets as long as they are friendly. Moreover, Russian Blues can even befriend their species. So, if you are planning on buying Russian Blue, you can even buy in pairs. The pair won’t miss your company when you’re not around. In addition, Russian Blues can also live with dogs and other pets.
However, Russian Blue has a hunter’s instinct still warm in their blood. Russian Blues also do pest control. So, if you have an insect and fish as pets, it isn’t a good idea to keep Russian Blues with the cats. Russian Blues can also show territorial aggression so be careful while bringing home a new pet.
Russian Blue cats are somewhat of an introvert; shy, reserved, and gentle but their love for playing makes them seem like an extrovert.
Russian Blues are one of the most intelligent cats you can find around. Thus, you can teach a Russian Blue trick like opening and closing doors, high-fiving you, fetching, rolling-around, etc. It is believed that only dogs can be taught tricks. However, Russian Blues are fast learners.
Russian Blue cats also teach you how and when to feed them, how to play with them, etc. Funnily, it might be that Russian Blue is teaching you tricks instead of the other way round.
Russian Blues are also extremely cautious of their environment. Further, these intelligent felines can understand social situations. Their cautious behavior and intelligence to assess social situations are why it is believed that Russian Blues could escape from the hunters in the old days.
From the beginning of time, humans and other animals had a symbiotic relationship. This means that both humans and animals have derived advantages from each other.
Similarly, it is believed that cats and humans have developed this kind of relationship. How you may ask? Well, the cats help humans in chasing mice, vermins, and making home free from insects and mice. Whereas humans provide the cat with food.
Russian Blue cats can thus act as pest control. Therefore, Russian Blues still have the hunter’s instinct warm in their blood. Don’t be shocked when your pet Russian Blue brings mice, birds, and insects as a gift to you! It is, however, best to stop your feline friend from eating bugs and pests.
Russian Blues Seek Lots Of Attention And Love Playing
Russian Blues love attention. Thus, when Russians don’t get their love and attention, their anxiety level spikes up. Sometimes, their anxiety might even turn into slight aggression. Therefore, you should play with a Russian Blue as much as you can.
Fetching is a Russian Blues favorite game and they’re somewhat like dogs in that way. When your feline friend brings a ball or anything to you, make sure to throw it away as far as you can. In addition, Russian Blue cats love jumping, climbing, and acting silly. They also love playing with cat toys like cat feather teasers, laser beams, fish poles. Similarly, Russian Blues love to sit in a box just like any other cat.
Russian Blues might love you and even climb on your shoulders when you’re home. But, don’t be surprised when your Russian Blue appears distant and aloof with your guest!
Russian Blue cats have a hard time warming up with new people, pets, and places.
Russian Blues aren’t aggressive and hissing all over your guest. However, Russian Blue cats might just act a little passive-aggressive. This aggressive temperament can be removed by training and socialization.
However, Russian Blues are very intelligent and don’t forget the guests easily. If Russian Blues get familiar with the guest, the Russian Blue will play with your guest all the same.
One thing you should keep in mind is that Russian Blues have high self-esteem. If you disrespect Russian Blues boundaries, their trust will fade away. Moreover, Your Russian Blue will have a hard time trusting you again. So, treat a Russian Blue well and they will reciprocate the love back to you.
Russian Blues Love Routine And Hate Changes
Russian Blue cats dislike 3 changes; changes in people, place, and pets.
Even when you take Russian Blues out on walks every day, the cautious nature gets triggered. So, your Russian Blue will take a look around for some time before becoming comfortable. This is why you should see look at your home environment before getting a Russian Blue.
Russian Blues are also very routine cats. Anything out of routine will make a Russian Blue nervous. Thus, you should make sure to take care of a Russian Blue on time. Feed, play, groom, and do EVERYTHING on time for your Russian Blue! The internal clock of these cats is built rather strongly.
My friend told me that his Russian Blue always stood outside his home when he returned from school. And his parents said that the Russian Blue only went to the door when it was time for my friend to come home from school.
This is a weird yet fascinating internal clock that Russian Blues have. My friend also told me how the Russian Blue cat meowed for food when it was exactly 8 am every day.
I’m seriously wondering if Russian Blues are secretly some spies who can read the time on the clock. Or maybe it’s just that their internal clock is out-of-the-world extraordinary. Hm, you can wonder about this!
Do you clean your house very often? Well, this is a serious question, because Russian Blues are quite serious about their hygiene too. Moreover, their litter box needs to be very clean else a Russian Blue will litter elsewhere.
Russian Blues also need to be fed routinely. And Russian Blues’ love for food is extraordinary!
Caring For A Russian Blue Cat
Although Russian Blue cats are hardy, they require grooming and care. Russians are very low-maintenance and independent cats. However, that doesn’t mean you should just let a Russian Blue be on their own. Just feeding a Russian Blue is not enough.
For their all-round development, grooming, socialization, and visits to the veterinary are important.
Just like you require care and love, you should take care of your Russian Blue like a human too.
An average cat is very nit-picky about hygiene. Be ready when I tell you that Russian Blues are a thousand times more nit-picky about hygiene and routine!
I know, it sounds like I’ve piled a huge burden on your shoulder. But, don’t worry, if you read the following, everything will make sense.
Taking care of a Russian Blue is like caring for every other cat. But, you can read the following to know more about what this breed, in particular, needs.
Feeding Your Russian Blue
If your Russian Blue comes up to you, all teary-eyed, pointing towards the food sack for the 5th time at noon, don’t fall for it! See, this is the funny yet dangerous behavior you have to keep up with when you get a Russian Blue.
Russian Blues’ love for food is only followed by the love for attention after which comes the love for food (again!). And Russian Blues are exceptional actors at showing how hungry they are.
Russian Blues will make you feel sorry for not feeding on time (While you fed them only 5 minutes ago!). But, overfeeding a Russian Blue will cause obesity and susceptibility to many diseases.
I recommend you to feed Russian Blues twice a day of 1/4th or ½ cup of low-calorie cat food. Give your Russian Blue food only during mealtimes.
If you start feeding a Russian Blue freely, ger ready for your cat to become obese. Also, you should monitor your cats’ daily intake so if your cat starts eating less food, you will know that something is wrong.
Now, you might be guessing what you should feed a Russian Blue. All Cats are carnivorous and don’t benefit from a plant-based diet. Russian Blues need lots of protein in their diet so you should give meat. You can read the following to find out more.
Best Food For Russian Blue Cats
Do you think packaged cat foods are good? Let me clear this for you. You might think that packaged cat foods are similar to human processed junk food.
However, scientists and specialists make this packaged food. And these packaged food are rich in protein and nutrients needed by your cat.
You should give Russian Blues premium brand cat food. Premium food has fewer calories and more nutrients like Omega fatty acids in them. Premium brands also have fewer fillers in them so your cat gets a whole lot of nutrients.
Even if your Russian Blue eats a lot of premium food, they won’t get fat (Just make sure that the food is low in calories). It’s good to use grain-free cat food.
Cats lick themselves and have hairball in their gut. So, you should feed your Russian Blue with cat food rich in fibers. This fiber helps your cat to excrete the hairball from their gut.
Premium canned foods are also very good for your Russian blues. You can give your feline canned food added with some water.
Just like any other cat, your Russian blue can eat a homemade meal. These felines love to eat fish, chicken, turkey, beef, and any seafood. You can boil the meat or feed whatever you eat to your cat too.
Make sure that the food is a protein though. And make sure to create a balanced meal. Feed these felines nutritious packaged food as well.
You should add some water into the food so that your cats maintain hydration.
Cats, including Russian Blues, generally don’t get thirsty and barely drink water. This might lead to developing diseases like urolithic stones. So, if your cat begs you for food, then add some water in the food.
Making Them Drink Water
Did you know that cats like to drink from fountains? The movement of the fountain will make it seem like the water is fresh.
Russian blues think that water in a still bowl is dirty and poisoned. Poison might seem like an exaggeration to you. But, Russian Cats don’t like to drink from a still bowl at all!
You can buy a small water fountain online so that your Russian Blue maintains hydration.
Furthermore, you can also add water to their food.
In addition, Veterinarians recommend a diet consisting of 80% wet food and 20% dry food.
Did you know that cats have food allergies? You must have seen cartoons where cats drink milk. And, many people in real life feed milk to their cats. However, this is big misinformation by people.
Guess what? Dairies are allergens for your Russian Blue. Don’t even mistakenly give milk, chocolates, soy, corn, gluten, or any dairy product to your Russian Blue!
Sometimes, you might feed your Russian Blue cat food which may contain these substances. So, you need to carefully read what you are feeding to your lovely cat.
Grooming A Russian Blue
Unlike other cats, Russian Blue cats don’t shed a lot. However, Russian Blues love to stay clean! So you should groom frequently to maintain good hygiene for your Russian Blue cat. This lovely feline sheds mostly in spring.
Russian Blues beautiful blue double-layered coat is short. Although there is not much shedding, you need to brush your Russian Blue every once or twice days in a week. This is important so that your cat doesn’t lick the hair off. If your Russian Blue licks their hair too much, it might make hairballs in the gut. Also, Brushing Russian Blues hair will also distribute body oils.
And the best part you may ask? The best part is you will bond with your Russian Blue. And your Russian Blue love when you brush calmly.
You can brush your Russian Blue with a metal tooth comb designed for cats. Then, Brush your feline friend smoothly and calmly. Don’t do it quickly otherwise, the brush might tangle in the coat and hurt your feline friend.
Since Russian Blues clean after themselves, they don’t need frequent bathing.
Furthermore, excessive bathing will cause loss of essential oils from the Russian Blues’ skin, making their coat coarse. So, you can bathe your Russian Blue cat twice a month with cat shampoo. Just make sure that the shampoo contains essential oils to nourish their skin and coat.
You shouldn’t let the shampoo enter Russian Blues’ eyes, ears, nose. Also, if you are having trouble bathing a Russian Blue, then you can call a friend for help. After bathing, dry their coat with a dry towel. Don’t brush the hair until it dries.
Cleaning Eyes, Teeth, And Ear
In grooming a Russian blue, you also have to clean their teeth, eyes, and ears. How will you do that? Don’t worry, it’s easy!
Russian blues don’t like cleaning their teeth. But, you should clean the teeth with a soft brush and cat-friendly medical toothpaste.
Brushing teeth prevents any kind of mouth infection and gut diseases. Your feline friend doesn’t need to brush two times a day though. Brushing teeth once a day is alright.
Brush gently for 5-6 minutes per day over the canine teeth of your feline friend.
Russian Blues eyes are a beautiful green that needs to be cleaned too. Use cotton dipped in water or Hydrogen Peroxide. Gently rub the eyes for 2-3 minutes.
To clean the ears, use wet wipes, and gently massage the ears of your Russian Blue for 5-6 minutes.
You should also check if the eyes and ears of your Russian Blue have any unusual signs. Like discharge, redness, and swelling, any unusual odor, etc.
You should visit a veterinary if such unusual symptoms exist.
Russian Blue cats love scratching furniture and hard surfaces. So, if you want to save your furniture, regular trimming of nails is essential.
Now, here is the hard part. Trimming a cat’s nail isn’t an easy task. Most cats hate trimming nails and it includes your Russian Blue too.
You can calm a Russian Blue by keeping a comfortable environment around them. Use cat toys or something that calms your cat down. After your cat has calmed down, get into action!
Use a pointed nail cutter you can buy from any pet store. Now, you should push the claws with your thumb so you can see the nail more clearly. Then, find the front yellow(dried) part of the nail and cut only the yellow front part. If you cut any more than that, then the claw will bleed as the cut might be too close to the root.
You should check the coat of Russian Blues has any lice, mites which will trouble them. See if your feline friend continuously scratches its ear and also bites the coat.
If you find a mite, then consult a veterinarian and help your cat get rid of the parasites.
Socializing Russian Blue Cats
You might have a hard time if you have a changing home environment (with new people moving in and out). Russian Blue cats aren’t that social, you see. These felines take time to develop a connection with other new pets, people, and places.
When you bring a Russian blue to your home for the first time, you should keep your new feline companion in a secluded and peaceful small room to bring a sense of comfort. You can even keep cat toys in the room. Then, gradually open your Russian Blue to your house.
If you want to introduce a new pet to your Russian blue, keep these two pets in separate rooms. Don’t let the two pets interact with each other until they have smelled each other’s scent. Slowly, your pets will be comfortable with each other’s scent.
Then introduce the two pets. One must be in a cage and one outside. Only if everything is normal, you have a new buddy for your Russian Blue.
Exercise And Playing
I’m not a cat psychologist but I know for a fact that anything that runs through Russian Blues mind is only food!
Your Russian Blue might trick you into feeding them their favorite cat treats. But too much of overfeeding will make your cat obese.
Do you want your Russian Blue to eat well but not get any diseases? Then you have to exercise your Russian Blue daily for 10-20 minutes a day. Moreover, a Russian Blue loves playing with you too.
You can play fetch with a Russian blue. Have a laser at home? If yes, just point the laser at different directions and watch your cat follow the laser with intense fascination.
If you can buy Russian Blue with scratch posts, then these felines will scratch their paws on it and play with themselves. Furthermore, Russian Blues also shed any extra calories gained due to their voracious appetite.
This will be a very precious bonding between you two. With one bird, you kill two stones, i.e exercise and bonding time.
Visiting A Veterinary
Do you want your Russian Blue to live long and stay healthy? If your answer is yes, then you must make them visit a veterinarian.
For a cat older than 7 years, you should make them visit a veterinary twice a year. Older cats should visit thrice a year but the more visits, the better.
If you bring a new Russian blue cat home, then you should vaccinate the kittens along with feeding them parasite control medicines.
Giving Time To Your Cat
You should keep one thing in mind after getting Russian blues. And its that Russian Blues are hungry for attention, especially of their loved ones.
Although these felines are gentle and shy, Russian Blues would love your good company. Your company will keep Russian Blues happy. And with the silly acts and playful nature of Russian Blue, even you will get cheered up!
If you don’t pay your feline friends’ attention, then their anxiety will spike up. Lack of attention is a huge nightmare of Russian Blues. So, please bond with your Russian Blue.
Life Expectancy Of Russian Blue Cat
These family-friendly pets are here to live for a long time. For a cat, Russian Blues have a very long lifespan of 15-20 years. I’ve heard that some Russian Blues have even lived for 24 years!
If you want a long-lasting investment and a life-time friend, then Russian Blues are just for you.
Common Health Problems In Russian Blue Cats
Russian Blues are a naturally occurring breed. This means Russian Blues don’t suffer from diseases as a result of selective cross-breeding.
Although genetic problems are rare in Russian blues, some health problems may arise if you don’t pay attention to their health.
The following are the health problems in Russian blues. You should visit a veterinarian if you think this is happening to your lovely cat.
Weight Management Issues Leading To Diabetes
By now, you might have known that Russian Blues can do anything for food. These felines can go so far as to even manipulate you. But overfeeding can cause obesity.
And obesity is a common problem in Russian Blues that can cause diseases like Diabetes, arthritis, and even mortality.
Obese cats also develop hepatic lipidosis. Some cats also develop diabetes through genes.
To prevent all of this, ensure that you only feed your lovely pet the required amount of times a day. Besides, if a Russian Blue loses weight, mobility will increase. You should also play with your Russian Blue every day so any excess weight is lost.
Parasites can invade your cat’s body from anywhere like eating soil, unclean water, etc. In turn, these parasites can also affect humans. So, you should check your Russian regularly.
Sometimes, the parasites may invade your cat’s brain. And if that happens, your feline friend has no chance of survival. So, please look after your friend properly if unclean food, soil, etc are eaten.
Most of the Russian blues develop kidney diseases. It happens because they don’t drink water to flush out toxins from their kidney. However, some genetic conditions can also cause renal failure in the kittens.
If your cat suffers from renal failure, it can be treated with medications. However, the lifespan will decrease.
If you don’t make your cat drink water, your cat may develop urolithiasis. Urolithiasis means stone formation in the urinary system. It is common in cats who don’t drink water.
You can prevent this through hydration. And if Russian Blues develop this condition, surgery is available. But, Prevention is always better than cure, isn’t it?
Dental diseases are common in cats who don’t clean their teeth regularly. Infrequent cleaning leads to the development of dental diseases and gut diseases.
An infection of the teeth and mouth can cause trouble. And you will need lots of money for that. Since prevention is better than cure, brush your cat’s teeth regularly.
Diseases such as Rabies, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, etc can be prevented if you vaccinate your Russian blue kittens. So, please vaccinate your lovely pet.
Spaying or neutering means removing the reproductive organs. This ensures that your cat doesn’t suffer from reproductive forms of cancer like ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, etc.
Furthermore, you can avoid an unwanted litter. However, if you want to bear the responsibility of your Russian Blue having babies, then don’t neuter your cat. However, you should neuter your cat to prevent reproductive cancer.
Should You Get A Russian Blue Cat?
There are many things you should keep in mind before getting a Russian Blue cat. Surely, they are hardy and low maintenance cats. But certainly, they need care and love from you so they can lead happy and healthy lives.
Before you get a Russian blue cat, observe them up-close. See if their Fel d 1 from their saliva, skin, and fur is allergenic to you. You can’t get a Russian Blue if you’re allergic to them.
This is a great opportunity for you to take a look at your home environment. You should make sure that you live in a stable environment and have a tight-knit family because Russian Blues don’t like to live in a changing home.
Russian Blues dislike 3 changes: change of place, people, and pets.
You should be ready to invest a lot of time to play with a Russian Blue. And they love your company the most. They will also like to live with other pets like dogs and other Russian Blue. You should be ready to make your home tidy and clean. Their litter box should also be kept clean constantly.
You should feed a Russian Blue on time. Provide them with premium food, which might cost a little expensive. But these rare cats, like their royal history, should be treated like kings and queens! Don’t leave any stone unturned for your Russian Blue.
If you want a Russian blue, you should be ready to be trained by your cat. Your cat will change your entire routine. However, they will change your life for the better.
Russian Blues are like dogs who will greet you with their “smile” whenever you return home. And more importantly, a Russian Blue will love you even in times of blues.
Russian Blues are elegant, hardy, low-maintenance cats. You should definitely think about getting these felines. But, you should also be ready for the responsibility to take care of this beautiful cat.
Finding A Good Breeder To Buy Russian Blue Cat
You should get your Russian Blue from a reputed breeder. This is because you can be assured that you get a pure Russian blue.
Selecting one Russian blue from a bunch of kittens is a difficult task because they’re adorable. But you should select carefully, keeping in mind that you are investing in a long term pet.
- See that the kitten has bright yellow eyes and clean ears free of mites.
- The kitten should have a blue beautiful bright coat which shimmers in the light.
- Some may have ghost stripes but they disappear well into adulthood.
- You should pick a kitten who will play with you and in general, very energetic.
- Russian Blue kittens should be hyperactive. Kitten Russian Blues are hyperactive than adults.
You should only get Russian Blues from a reputable breeder who has socialized and trained the kittens well enough so you won’t have any socialization issues in the future.
Russian Blue Kittens
Russian Blue kittens are very cute and adorable. You might think about how much a kitten costs.
Russian Blue kittens cost around 500-600$ from a reputable breeder. I won’t be surprised if your breeder asks for more! Yes, these are expensive cats because of the rarity and difficulty to produce a pure Russian blue.
But for the long term investment, the price is reasonable!
Before you get a kitten, you have to cat-proof your home and also make sure that they are vaccinated and healthy.
When Should You Bring A Kitten Home?
You should bring a Russian Blue kitten at home after 13 weeks old and make sure that they are vaccinated.
You should make your home ready for a Russian Blue kitten. So what should you do?
- Remove any glass or things that your cat might knock over. For example indoor plants, glasswares, glass cups, etc.
- Likewise, anything they can chew like rubber bands, plastic, should be removed.
- Buy them kitten food, dish, and fountain from which they can eat and drink water.
- You should buy a bed for them which can keep them warm. Russian Blue cats also love a cat treehouse.
- First, make a small room comfortable for them so they can feel comfortable in a small place. Then, gradually introduce them to your home.
- You can also buy them toys and boxes so that they can relieve their stress.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do Russian Blues Like To Cuddle And Be Held?
Russian blue cats are affectionate and loving to their family members. Thus, these lovely felines follow their loved ones everywhere in the house. Also, Russian Blues love it when you show love to them.
Since Russian Blues have a nervous temperament, it is usually better to play and pet with precaution. But, if you are very close to your lovely pet, then you can cuddle and even hold a Russian Blue to their liking.
Are Russian Blues Good Indoor Cats?
Russian Blue Kittens are hyperactive. But, their hyper activeness calms down as they grow into adults.
Russian Blues are extremely intelligent and don’t damage your house. But, cat-proofing is always recommended.
Russian Blue cats are good indoor cats. They love staying with their loved ones. However, anyone can be bored by staying inside a home. So, mental stimulation is necessary for these intelligent cats. Mental stimulation can be provided in the form of games and tricks.
You can occasionally walk your Russian Blue outdoors too. But, generally, it is advisable to keep a harness on their body else they escape. Moreover, the harness also prevents a Russian Blue from accidents by bikes and cars.
Furthermore, Russian Blues hunters’ instinct might get triggered outside. This trigger results in harming insects, small rabbits, etc. Your feline might even like to taste the small animals.
So, I advise you to walk your Russian Blue outdoors. But, maybe a big lawn will be better, don’t you think? Just be careful while walking outside with your lovely feline friend.
Can Russian Blues Be Left Alone For A Long Time?
Russian Blues love the company of their loved ones. But, surprisingly, these cats can be left at home for a long time. This means that Russian Blues don’t mind if you go to work from 9-5 or sometimes even more.
However, Russian Blues do require lots of attention from you. So, be ready to see your feline friend greet you on your doorsteps whenever you return home from work.
Russian Blues also requires lots of playtimes and exercise. So, be ready for exercising after coming home from work.
If you can keep two Russian Blues, then it’s even better. The pair can enjoy each other’s company when you’re busy at work.
Thus, Russian Blue cats are purrfect felines for first-time pet parents, old people, a family with grown-up children, and working people from 9-5.
Some Fun Facts About Russian Blue Cats
Signs Of Good Omen
Many people believe that black cats are evil. But, surprisingly, Russian blue cats are considered good luck charms.
Russian Folklores says that Russian Blues saved a prince from dying by healing properties. This made Russian Blues so beloved amongst the royal family.
In fact, Russian Blues were also kept in nurseries to protect babies from evil spirits. You go, Russian Blue!
Tom And Jerry Cartoon
In your childhood, you might have seen Tom and Jerry cartoons. The bluish-grey cat called Tom chases the brownish-orange mouse called Jerry. And somehow that cartoon show made our childhood better.
Have you noticed the color of Tom? Tom was a bluish-grey cat with long legs resembling a Russian blue.
The famous Nyan cat is a Russian Blue. If you don’t know about Nyan cat, it is a meme on Youtube where a cat with the body of a pop tart flies in the air, leaving a rainbow trail behind.
They Are Sort Of Hypoallergenic
Russian blue isn’t non-allergenic. However, they secrete very little Fel d 1 protein ( an allergen) in their saliva and skin. Less secretion means less chance of allergies. For this reason, Russian Blues are said to be hypoallergenic.
Unfortunately, for some people, even a small amount of Fel d 1 protein can cause an allergic reaction. So, if you are one of those allergic people, then Russian blue cats are not for you.
They Are Born With Yellow Eyes
Almost every cat that has ever graced earth is born with blue eyes. Consequently, the blue eyes change to black or another color as the kittens grow. However, a Russian Blue breed is quite different!
The kittens of Russian Blue cats are born with yellow eyes and turn into vivid green in adulthood.
The Mona Lisa Of Cats
I’m sure you have heard about the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci called the Mona Lisa. In the painting, a woman, Mona Lisa, has a slight smile on her face.
Russian blues have an upturned mouth which gives them a smiling appearance. Moreover, the smile is too precious to describe.
If you compare the Mona Lisa smile with that of a Russian Blue, you will find a lot of similarities.
Russian Blues are legendary cats with a legendary history. The graceful walk, mesmerizing appearance along with affectionate nature makes Russian Blue an all-time favorite pet.
I hope that you got the most information about Russian Blues through this article. And I hope that you are eager to know if you’ll be compatible with the Russian Blue cat or not. You can go for it!
Russian Blue felines will love you wholeheartedly and make your life wholesome. Happy petting!