The Ultimate Russian Blue Cat Guide

by Felesha Scott

Have you been looking for a friendly, loyal and affectionate cat with an independent streak? Then it would be best if you considered the Russian blue cat.

With the green eyes and luxurious coat that gives her a regal look, this cat is one of the best family pets you can have.

Even with the friendly nature, this cat is cautious when approaching new humans. Visitors in your house have to be accessed and well examined by this cat before she can give them her attention.

However, if they pass this test, all they will get is lots of love and affection that the cat must get in return.

The History of the Russian Blue

Like most cats, the origin of the Russian blue cat is not clear. However, what we can confidently say is that this cat has Russian roots. Mainly because of its coat, which resembles that of cats that reside in the Scandinavian region

This cat is thought to have originated from a northern Russian town called Arkhangelsk- hence why most people refer to this feline as an archangel blue cat.

Russian blue cat at home

Nevertheless, this cat made its first appearance in 1875 at a cat exhibition in crystal place, Britain. At that time, the cat was classified as a blue cat.

Later on, this cat became a recognized breed in 1912. Afterward, this breed almost went into extinction during World War 2.  However, breeders from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Great Britain managed to revive this breed.

Physical Appearance

The Russian blue is a medium-sized cat. Consequently, this cat appears large because of her dense, soft-to-touch double coat.

Males weigh between 10-12 pounds, whereas females weigh between 7-10 pounds.

This cats’ trademark is its coat color. To untrained or novice cat parents, this cat looks gray. However, to experienced cat owners, this cat has a bright blue coat with silver-tipped hair strands that stand 45 degrees.

Another Hallmark of this cat is its eyes. Kittens of the Russian blue cat are born with light yellow /golden eyes. And by the time these cats hit four months, these eyes will be yellow with green rings. In adulthood, the Russian blue has intelligent, bright green eyes.

Consequently, the eyes are almond-shaped and rightly placed well on its wedge/triangular-shaped head.

The legs are thin and long but strong enough to hold this stocky feline.  

Temperaments and Personality

The Russian blue is a calm, quiet, shy, and independent cat.

With her shy behavior, this cat is not a superstar in creating new friends. However, if she accepts you in her heart, then you’ll get one of the best companions you have ever wished to own.  She will give you all the attention and affection you need, and in turn, you must give it back.

 If she is not on your shoulders, this cat will be happy to lie next to you as your read the latest novel on your shelves.  Also, this cat is sensitive to how she is treated. The Russian blue cat will become angry anytime her presence is not recognized.

Although affectionate and always in need of attention, the Russian blue is never clingy or nagging. She is independent. This cat will try finding ways of keeping herself engaged anytime you leave her alone. However, any moment she hears your footsteps, she will gladly receive you with her meows and head bumps at the door entrance.

Russian blue cat standing outside

Other than that, this cat may tend to have an extra attachment with one family member. Often this human will be the one who feeds, exercises, or spends most of the time with her. Quite an adorable cat that thrives on love and affection.

Also, the Russian blue is a playful cat. Chasing toys all over the house will be the order of the day, of which she won’t object when you join the chase.

The Russian blue also loves climbing and staying on high shelves- She will climb in an elevated place to survey the surroundings. It’s at that point she can decide whether it’s safe to join or not.

Moreover, this cat is not that chatty, but she will not hesitate to remind you when her bowl is empty or whenever she wants to hold a conversation with you.

Having those blue days? Then the cat won’t hesitate to cheer you up. Capable of reading your mind, this cat will do everything she can to lighten you up.

Grooming and Care

Like other short-haired cats, the Russian blue doesn’t require much grooming. Brushing the coat is not that mandatory; however, a little more emphasis is necessary during the shedding seasons. Get a fine-toothed comb to remove all loose fur and any dander.

This cat will love the attention that you give her during all those grooming sessions.

Bathing this cat is not mandatory. However, bathing this cat once a year is better than nothing. When bathing this cat, use an approved cat shampoo that is not harsh.  And remember to sensitize your Russian blue with this grooming procedure when she is still a kitten.

Russian blue cat looking at camera

When grooming the Russian blue, don’t forget the teeth. Regular brushing will keep away gum diseases. Remember to get a cat-approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste as it contains lots of fluorides which can be toxic to the cat.

Also, trim the nails of the cat twice a month while using a friendly nail clipper. If the nails are tearing the toys or even scratching your skin, know it’s time to trim them. If unable to trim your cat, visit a professional groomer.

Also, ensure you keep this cat’s litter box clean every day. This cat is sensitive to her hygiene, and she will not tolerate any smelly litter box.

Exercise and Training

Like every other cat, the Russian blue cat needs lots of physical and mental stimulation to keep her fit. Giving this cat toys that she can chase around will be adequate.

Above all, 10-15 minutes of your time will be enough to keep this cat’s muscles and brains exercised.

With her intelligence, this cat is well receptive to all pieces of training. She’s a cat who loves learning new tricks, especially on how to play fetch. And she will be glad when you join in. Most animal behaviorists say that Russian blue cats train their owners instead of the other way round. And it’s one of the theories that’s proven to be true.

Diet

One thing you need to know is Russian blues love eating. If you don’t feed this cat using a specific guideline, then she will transform from being lean to obese within no time.

A feeding guideline will be vital as these cats are fond of tricking their owners into feeding them now and then. As obligate carnivores, ensure this cat has lots of proteins and fewer carbohydrates in her diet.

If you note any diet is bringing up any tummy issues, remember to talk to a veterinarian. Other than that, ensure the cat’s water bowl is never empty; hydration is always vital.

Also, don’t give your cat many treats. Lots of treats will make your cat obese. As a rule, treats should never take more than 5% of your cat’s daily calorie requirement.

Health

Ensuring your cat is healthy is one key aspect that will make you qualify as a responsible cat parent. However, as a reprieve, the Russian blue is a healthy cat breed. It’s rare to find this cat with hereditary diseases.

Some of the concerns you should keep an eye on are PKD, Gall stones, hypothyroidism, and obesity.

If you are to get your cat from any breeder, ensure you get a health clearance certificate that shows this cat has no hereditary disease.

Also, remember to update your cat’s vaccination schedule timely. Consequently, remember to deworm your cat regularly and always remember to keep your cat free of ticks and fleas. If not cleared, these parasites will make your cat suffer from rhyme disease and rocky mountain fever.

Russian blue cat looking at owner

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do I Get A Russian Blue Cat?

Get your Russian blue cat from a breeder.

Visit a reputable breeder in your area and see the possibilities of getting the Russian blue cat. Since it’s a rare breed, you may have to wait for over six months for you to get a kitten of your match.

Since this is a cat that you will live with most of the time, ensure you have patience and take your due diligence when visiting any breeder.  Additionally, avoid unethical breeders who will give you any unhealthy kittens.

Check these sites for reputable breeders.

Rescue centers

You can also find a Russian blue cat in rescue centers. Cats in these areas are dewormed, vaccinated, and house trained.

Check-in these rescue centers

How Much Is a Russian Blue Cat

The Russian blue cat can cost from 100-2000 dollars. Cats you rescue or adopt will fetch less as compared to cats you get from legitimate breeders.

Do Russian blues do well with children?

Yes, the Russian blue is a friendly cat that will relate well with other children. However, children should learn to treat this cat with respect.

Are Russian Blue Cats Hypoallergenic?

The answer to this question can be a yes or a no. Yes, they are hypoallergenic since they are short-haired and don’t shed a lot.

This cat can also be non-hypoallergenic, as, like every other cat, she produces Feld 1 proteins that at any time you can come across when either petting or grooming her.

With her shiny and luxurious cat breed, the Russian blue ranks as one of the most adorable cats. Her beauty is a reflection of her temperaments. The reason being, this cat is friendly, affectionate, and well-behaved.

With that said, don’t hesitate to get the Russian blue if you see she fits all the temperaments and personalities you desire from any cat.

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