Russian Blue

By on 5-04-2012 in Uncategorized

Russian Blue

Russian Blue kitties are known for their incredibly dense bluish-silver coats. Here is some more information about the breed, from Meow-Cats:

The Russian Blue cat has, for a long time, been associated with royalty because of its regal and elegant stance. These cats have a very demure personality and are reserved, portraying themselves on a pedestal.

The Russian Blue cat breed originated in the Russian port of Archangel. As a result it is also known as an Archangel cat, along with Foreign Blue, Spanish Blue, Russian Shorthair and Maltese cat breed.

The most special trademark of these breed of cats is emerald green eyes. This is a fairly new color for Russian Blue cat eyes, which are usually yellow. These cats have very dense fur coats that are very soft and double layered. The undercoat is extremely thick and comes in solid colors of black, white and blue.

Although Russian Blue breed of cats have a muscular body, they are not heavy. Russian blue cats have almond-shaped eyes that are widely spaced, and their ears are pointed. Their silhouette is slender and graceful. They tend to weigh anywhere between seven and twelve pounds, and have a lifespan of around thirteen to fifteen years.

Russian Blue cats make great indoor pets because they are the least destructive of all cats. They tend to be very cautious when it comes to new things, so be wary of changing its environment and introducing it to strangers. Regular brushing of their coats is needed for them to remain lustrous and healthy. Apart from that, they are easy to care for.

I can attest to this breed’s cautiousness regarding strangers. I met someone’s pet Russian Blue once who wanted nothing to do with me. He took off right away. When I saw him again later, he still wanted no interaction with me. Another time, I visited someone’s home who bred, showed, and sold Russian Blues as a hobby (didn’t know that ’til I got there!). There were nearly a dozen cats and not one showed the slightest interest in me, socially. These cats were kept in cages most of the time (shudder!), so that might have had something to do with it. Another individual who worked in a cat hospital for years stated that he’d never have a Russian Blue because they just aren’t social enough for him.

Eyes to the soul

However, not all Russian Blues fit this description, as evidenced by this question posed by Alicia:

Dorian is very friendly to strangers (too friendly; we almost lost him several times) and is very playful. As a kitten he lacked judgement about how rough he could be, but as an adult he tempered his biting. Dorian continues to be very social with people and does not hide when we have visitors. He is an avid hunter. Despite being well fed, we can’t stop him from eating his prey and getting sick. Does anyone have a solution other than keeping him inside??

No; please keep Dorian inside. You have two excellent reasons: he’s too friendly and someone could just snatch him, plus, he gets sick from eating his prey. He needs to be kept indoors. He sounds like a great cat!

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