Although most of the Russian Blue’s early history is unknown, it is believed that British sailors who worked on board merchant vessels would bring blue cats to England in their travels from the shore of the White Sea, Arkhangelsk, therefore in earlier days they were called Archangel Cat.
They were recognised to be an attractive cat and were shown in a class which included similar Blue Shorthair cats. In the late 1800’s they became a recognised breed with the Governing Cat Council and were classed as the Russian Blue.
Appearance of the Russian Blue
The Russian is an exquisite looking cat with a plush double coat shimmering with silver highlights, their sleek appearance and mischievous emerald green eyes.
They have prominent whisker pads and should almost appear as if they are smiling. Their nose leather and paw pads are soft and lilac in colour. The green eyes are almond shaped and set wide apart. The ears are large, wide at the base and set high on the head.
The body is a medium size and well muscled. The legs are long and slender with oval paws.
The Russian Blue has an exceptional temperament and is very devoted to their owners. They love to follow you from room to room brushing up against your leg. They have an inquisitive nature and can often be seen sitting closely observing you wash the dishes, attempting to play with the water. They are a quietly spoken cat with a very soft voice, however, they love to communicate in whichever way they can. The Russian is well suited to an indoor lifestyle as they are not a highly active cat.
The get along with children and make a great family pet.
Choosing a Russian Blue
When purchasing a purebred cat, always choose a registered cat breeder. That means they are affiliated with one of the cat councils and must abide to their code of ethics.
I prefer to choose a breeder who raises their cats under foot, otherwise known as indoors, where they will receive plenty of attention and grow up familiar with day to day household bustle.
When selecting a kitten, look for signs of good health. The eyes should be bright and free of discharge, the ears clean with no odour, and there should be no nasal discharge. The kitten should be curious, energetic and friendly.
Your Russian Blue should not leave home until he is at least 12 weeks of age and received 2 of his 3 kitten vaccinations.
Keep all records of discussions with the breeder and make sure guarantees are in writing.
Caring for your Russian Blue
This breed is fairly low-maintenance. All cats can benefit from a weekly groom to remove loose hairs. Nails should be trimmed every few weeks for indoor only cats.
Feed a good-quality diet, preferably not one which contains large amounts of dry food (kibble). Raw chicken necks or chunks of steak are recommended twice a week to keep their teeth in good condition.
Russian Blue health
The Russian Blue is a generally healthy cat with no predilection to any health conditions.
The Russian Blue lives between 12-16 years.
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