With their striking silver-blue coat and silky long locks, it’s easy to see why the choice was made to establish the Nebelung as their own breed. Similar in build and personality to the Russian Blue, the Nebelung finds its origins in two longhaired blue kittens born to black-coated parents. Later outcrossing to the Russian Blue probably lent this breed their regal and somewhat reserved personalities. Though the Nebelung may come off as shy and aloof at first, they quickly become loving and devoted companions to their immediate family – however, your company may not even know you have a cat.
Though silky and soft, the Nebelung can develop a thick undercoat and regular grooming will be required to prevent tangles and mats. Especially if started young, this can become an enjoyable and bonding experience. The Nebelung isn’t going to demand your attention, but if you forget about them, this sensitive feline is will become anxious and withdrawn. Though unassuming, the Nebelung is actually quite fond of your companionship and will enjoy regular snuggles.
Appearance / health:
The Nebelung is a medium sized cat, long and graceful with medium boning. The legs are long with rounded oval feet, often with generous tufting between the toes. The Nebelung walks high on the toes, giving this cat the appearance of tip-toeing. Atop a slender neck sits a proportional head, somewhat wedge shaped with angled rather than rounded contours. The muzzle is medium length with a level nose almost completely absent of a concave curve. The forehead is flat, and atop the head sits large, pointed ears. The eyes are slightly oval shaped, widely spaced, and a green color is preferred. Kittens may be born with yellow eyes which gradually change to green or yellow-green.
The Nebelung has a medium-long coat with hair becoming longer from shoulder to tail. The tail itself is plumed, and the cat has long britches. The male may have a considerable neck ruff. The outer coat has a fine, silky texture that drapes over the body. The undercoat becomes denser in colder months, and the coat may have a softer feel then. Like the Russian Blue, the Nebelung’s coat color is a deep blue/grey. They may have silver tipping which gives the coat a lighter sheen.
Behavior / temperament:
The regal Nebelung is devoted and affectionate, though they may be shy and stand-offish with strangers and young children. The Nebelung needs time to adjust to new home situations, but your patience will be well rewarded: once the Nebelung is comfortable with you, they become an affectionate and cuddly companion. They do well in a home with calm and stability, and they’re particularly sensitive to being yelled at. For this reason the Nebelung may not be a good choice for families with young and boisterous children. Likewise, they may enjoy the company of other pets, particularly other cats, so long as they are not being harassed or unwillingly chased.
For all that this cat may come off as sensitive and mild-mannered, the Nebelung is actually a very active, lively, and playful cat. They are intelligent and inquisitive and enjoy observing your daily activities. The Nebelung is not clingy or demanding, but they’ll delight in the opportunity to cuddle on a lap and receive attention, and they’ll follow your throughout the house. Though they can safely be left home during the day without fear of destructive tendencies, the Nebelung who is left alone too long or is neglected may become anxious and fearful.
lap, Elegant Gray Feline, big bushy tail, meowing conversations, apartment cat, fluffy hair
strangers, high maintenance, regular brushingcombing
good mouser, longhaired Russian Blue
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 60 days ago