Breed review: Russian Blue cat
A Russian Blue cat is one of the most beautiful and gentle pets that a feline-lover could hope for. Its grey, silky coat is short-haired with fine, thick fur contrasting with a pair of vividly green eyes. The body is lean and graceful with long legs, small, round paws and a tapering tail.
This intelligent cat is a delight to have as a pet and makes a stunning companion.
History of a Russian Blue cat
Russian Blues are also known as Archangel Cats since they originated from the northern Russian port of the same name.
The cats boarded ships with sailors enabling them to make their way to Europe and America.
Owing to their distinctive looks, they became popular for breeding immediately. Today, a Russian Blue normally needs a three-generation lineage in order to be considered a pedigree.
Personality and temperament
While a cat’s personality depends on its upbringing and environment, Russian Blues, by nature, are clever and gentle with soft voices.
This breed of cat is affectionate but will not make demands on its owner for attention. It rarely resorts to scratching and biting so is ideal for families with young children as it will tend to wriggle its way out of uncomfortable grasps rather than lash out.
Its gentle nature makes the Russian Blue cat popular with elderly people as well.
Indoors and outdoors
A Russian Blue’s coat is suited for cold weather so it can manage outdoors but its nature means that it is a home-loving cat. If its owner is prepared to play with it indoors, it will be happy to remain there.
Typical toys which any cat enjoys include pine pong balls, catnip mice and scratching posts. If a person considering a Russian Blue is out for most of the day, it may be good to get two cats rather than one so they will have company.
As with all types of cats, Russian Blues have mixed dietary tastes and needs.
A diet of good-quality dried and tinned food is usually the best option for any cat.
It’s important to dish out food at room temperature rather than straight from the fridge so opened tins of food stored in the fridge need to be left out for a bit before being given to the cat.
Russian Blues are very particular cats and their short coats mean that they require little grooming from their owners.
A weekly brush and inspection of eyes and ears should be enough to keep the coat in good health and any infections under control.
An owner of a Russian Blue should establish contact with a good vet as soon as the pet comes into their care be it as a kitten or an adult cat. It is also a good idea to keep in contact with the breeder in case any problems come up which require special investigation.