If you are looking for a cat/pet that sticks closer than a brother and yet is not all that clingy, then you should consider having a Russian Blue Cat as a pet. The Russian blue is a royal cat with a great temperament. They are an ideal cat for people with allergies as they don’t shed much, and they produce lower levels of the glycoprotein Feld 1.
The Russian blue cat is a breed popularly known for its trademark short double-coat pattern. She has been recognized by major cat associations such as the CFA, ACFA, FIFe, TICA, and WCF. Taking care of this unique feline is pretty easy and less costly.
If you are ever considering getting a Russian blue, then there is interesting information I will be sharing with you that you need to know. So without further ado, let’s get started!
Much information about the Russian blue cat is not yet available. It is rumored that this breed of cat originated from Northern Russia. They are believed to be a natural breed in the Archangel isles, Northern Russia. This belief is backed up by the theory of their trademark short thick coat protecting them from the harsh Russian winter weather. This is why sometimes they are called archangel blues.
According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association(CFA), Russian blues were part of the cats that were kept in the Royal Palace of the Russian Czars before the Russian Revolution.
This cat breed was shipped from the port of Archangel to Great Britain and Northern Europe in 1860. They appeared on a show for the first time at the Crystal Palace, England in 1872. The Russian blue cat was given its class in 1912.
This cat breed arrived in America in the early 1900s however, they were mainly bred in England until after World War II. Due to the casualties sustained during the wall, the Russian blues became very scarce leading them to be crossbred with the Siamese. However, today most of the Siamese traits have been bred out. Also, it was after the war that the American breeders took interest in the Russian blue cat breed, and they started putting more effort into breeding them.
Appearance Of The Russian Blue Cat
Coat: the Russian blue cat possesses a “double coat”. Their coat is short, dense, and soft and due to their extremely dense coat, they appear bigger than they are.
Eye: Russian Blue Cats always have bright cute eyes. Their eye color goes through two major eye color phases; light yellow with a green ring as kittens and bright green as adults. Just like all kittens, they are also born with blue eyes which change to yellow a few weeks after they are given birth.
Paws/Legs: their legs are long and firm. The Russian blue, unlike most car breeds, has mauve or pinkish lavender paw pads. They have small paws with five toes in front and four at the back.
Color: dark gray tipped with silver.
Height and Weight: a Russian blue cat can stand around 10inces high while their weight varies on a gender basis. The males weigh 10-12 pounds while the females weigh about 7-10 pounds.
Body Physique: this cat breed has a very muscular and slender physique beneath its thick fur.
Ears: they have large ears with pointed tips. Their ears are covered with a few short hairs, and fine thin, and translucent skin.
Tail: these cute felines possess a long tail with a thick base that is proportionate to their body.
Head: they have triangular heads with a broad face and blunt muzzle. Their necks are long and slender however, due to their thick fur it appears short.
What is the Personality of a Russian Blue Cat?
At first a Russian blue may be shy and reserved but after getting comfortable in a home, they become playful and loving. They are very affectionate and expect their affections and care to be replicated back to them.
A Russian blue is ready to stick to you whenever you are home however, she shows less concern while you are away. They are highly intelligent, full of energy, and possess very good memories.
Contrary to how playful a Russian blue can be with her pet parents, she shies away from visitors or strangers and may go into hiding when there are too many unfamiliar faces in the house. They are also very social.
Russian blue cats are affectionate but not clingy. They are always sensitive to their pet parent’s emotions and very vocal with a calm voice when communicating their needs. They also possess great athleticism which makes them leap and climb at every slightest opportunity.
Living with a Russian Blue Cat
A Russian blue cat is fun to live with and does not require much living arrangement. This cat breed is very intelligent and smart, therefore it is necessary to get them toys to play with and also grant them access to these toys when necessary. This will help stimulate them mentally and physically.
A Russian blue is very enthusiastic about hunting, they are known for their strong prey drive for smaller animals like mice, rats, hamsters, and parakeets. However, she gets along pretty well with other cats and dogs. It is advisable to introduce your kitty to your dog when they are both young, that way they would grow up knowing each other.
They are well-mannered and they form strong bonds with their housemates. A Russian blue cat does not like to be picked up every time. They are also able to stay and entertain themselves whenever their pet parents are away.
According to Natalie L. Marks, DUM, CUJ, veterinary at Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago;
” These cats produce a very low level of glycoprotein Feld 1, which is the protein in cats that creates allergies in people”. This unique feature makes a Russian blue cat a better option for people with allergies because they shed less than an average cat does.
Grooming and Training
A Russian blue cat has pretty low grooming and training needs.
Getting a toothbrush and cat-safe toothpaste to help keep your kitty teeth clean at all times is necessary. Cats are known for being prone to dental diseases so brushing their teeth regularly is a must.
These cats take care of their coat for the most part but they will still require a few baths and weekly brushing to keep their coat smooth, shiny, and rocking!
A Russian blue cat is very vocal about her needs (food and toys) and when she wants attention. A regular check-up with your Vet is also advisable. You should also groom your cat’s nails, ears, and paws.
They are very energetic so providing toys for them to play with is a great idea. You can get them toys like DIY trees, a scratching post, a feathered fishing pole, etc.
They are very strict with routines. They don’t like changes in their meal routine and how things are arranged in the house. Whenever there is a change to their routine, they don’t hesitate to show their displeasure to their pet parent.
Due to how smart these felines are, training them to do tricks like sit, stay, rollover, “paw” ware, etc will be as easy as ordering a plate of pizza from Macdonald’s. They are also very receptive to training.
Food and Diet Requirements
A very important piece of information about the Russian blue cats is that they love food! They don’t joke during their mealtime, and they are open to eating more than the required amount which is very dangerous to their health.
A Russian blue cat is prone to being overweight which can lead to different health issues like obesity, diabetes, and joint problems. So it is advisable that even if your kitten demands more food, you make sure to stick to the proper and required food quantity. You can check in with your Vet for the adequate food quantity for your cat.
Feed them high-quality food preferably the ones containing a high amount of protein. Protein food with real meat as its first ingredient is a big plus to your kitty’s health.
Avoid cat food products with a high amount of carbohydrates and fillers. Carbohydrates and fillers make your Russian blue cat gain more weight.
Also, ensure to feed her with food that is approved by the AAFCO. It is also important to note that this cat requires a different mix of nutrients as kittens and as adults. You should pay attention to this and make the change as they grow up.
Russian blues are pretty much healthy when compared to other cat breeds courtesy of them being a naturally occurring breed.
However, they still have their fair share of health issues associated with them. Issues that affect this breed are bladder stones, urinary tract problems, obesity, progressive retinal atrophy, and hip dysplasia.
When you get your new kitten make sure you take her to your Vet for a general checkup, this checkup should also be done from time to time as your cat grows that way she stays healthy throughout her life span.
It is also advisable to get your blue cat kitten from a reputable breeder. This is to make sure that you are getting a healthy kitten.
Growth and Maturity
Russian blues have a long life span of 15-20 years and in some cases, they may live up to 25 years. Their gestation period is approximately 64 days.
How Much Does a Russian Blue Cat Cost?
The Russian blue cat is not a very rare breed and on the other hand not a common breed. So they don’t cost much. You can get a Russian blue cat kitten from a reputable breeder at the rate of $400 to $600.
Fun Facts About The Russian Blue Cats
- The Russian blue is considered an omen of good luck
- Because of their smiling appearance, Russian blues have been compared to the iconic Mona Lisa.
- Catherine from the movie Cat and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a Russian blue cat.
- Eben and Snooch from the comic Two Lumps are Russian blues.
- Tom Cat of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon is said to have been inspired by a Russian blue.
- If you watched the movie ‘GentleMan in Moscow’, then you must have noticed the Metropol hotel’s lobby cat, that cat is a Russian blue cat.
Russian blues are amazing creatures and great pets. Their alluring beauty makes you proud of them whenever you go on a walk with them. Their affectionate attitudes give you a feeling of companionship, and not to mention these cats shed less, a perfect choice for people with allergies.
They are smart and well-behaved, have low grooming and training needs, and easily adapt to a new environment. Getting a Russian blue cat will surely light up your home and bring in so much love and bounding.