The regal Russian Blue is rumored to be the cat of Russian royalty, and they certainly seem to have the quiet dignity of a noble. Though they may seem aloof to outsiders, those who cherish their Russian Blue will find an affectionate and devoted companion, playful and inquisitive. This intelligent cat takes the advice of ‘look before you leap’, and you will find they need to quietly observe a situation before getting involved.
The Russian Blue may sometimes seem shy about asking for affection, but don’t be fooled: this cat adores interaction with you and is eager for any opportunity to crawl into your lap for a cuddle. They bond closely, and your absences will be keenly felt by them. Though the Russian Blue will find ways to entertain herself during the day, left alone for too long this cat may become unhappy and insecure.
Appearance / health:
The Russian Blue is a medium sized, fine-boned cat with a long and slender build, though their short but plush fur gives them the appearance of more bulk. The legs are long and lithe with small, rounded feet. The Russian Blue walks high on their toes, giving them the appearance of tip-toeing. The tail is long and straight, tapering to a slender tip. Atop a slender neck sits a somewhat wedge-shaped head, with high, broad cheekbones. The forehead is high and flat, with a slight angle change to a straight and flat nose. The ears are about as wide as they are tall with rounded tips, wide set and high on the head. The eyes are large, rounded ovals. The Russian Blue’s eyes are green, though kittens may have yellowish eyes that later develop into green.
The Russian Blue gets its name from the distinctly blue/grey coat. The guard hairs may be tipped with silver, giving the cat a lighter color. The Russian Blue’s coat is short and dense with a plush double coat. The texture is soft and silky. The Nebelung is a cat similar to the Russian Blue but with a long coat.
Behavior / temperament:
The Russian Blue is a quiet and gentle cat, somewhat reserved in nature. Though he may be shy around guests, he is loving and loyal to his family. Though the Russian Blue loves companionship, this is not a clingy cat, and can entertain himself while you’re at work. Don’t think that means you can ignore your Russian Blue, however – this is a sensitive cat that responds poorly to lack of attention and affection, and may become anxious and fearful.
Russian Blues love to play and explore, and seem especially fond of climbing to the highest perch in the house to watch the goings-on. For all of that, this is a cat who enjoys a stable and quiet environment, and who doesn’t respond well to being shouted at or handled roughly. Though the Russian Blue is a gentle cat and can be trusted around children, young and exuberant children may cause him distress. Similarly, the Russian Blue can appreciate the presence of other pets so long as the other animals are not overly aggressive or rambunctious.
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Russian Blue’s are beautiful cats and quite possibly the best breed of cat I’ve ever owned. Bhuna (we thought he was a Luna until we went to the vets and discovered there were boy-bits instead of girl-bits) is a bold and confident cat and extremely intelligent. I always say I have three dogs as he is more like a jack Russell terrier than a cat. Using clicker training I have taught him tricks, he will ‘sit’ ‘give paw’ and ‘roll over’ for treats, (unless it isn’t ham in which case he can’t be bothered). He is a large cat and stands his ground with the dogs. He is a hunter and will bring back small gifts in the morning. If you are squeamish and greeting half eaten rodents in your kitchen first thing in the morning is not your thing, then Blue’s are possibly not a great match for you. He was well handled and socialized with children as a kitten and although will happily tell you when he's had enough; he isn’t aggressive or confrontational. Blues have a double coat so he does need the occasional brush however on the plus side I’ve never had any issues with fleas or mites. In all, Bhuna is a big personality and is always the first to greet me when I come home from work. He isn’t demanding for attention however does like to curl up close in the evenings. With all animals if you are considering this breed please only buy from a reputable breeder. .
From Sam Browne Dec 18 2016 10:58AM
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 55 days ago
SMOKY THE BEAR
Unfortunately, this was the meanest animal I'd ever owned. As a kitten, he was precious. We played together and got along great. As he matured, he became aggressive and antisocial...He'd go off for hours (and sometimes days) and wouldn't return. I found him next to the deep ravine in our backyard one day. He wouldn't let us pet him, and he'd bite and scratch almost every time. When I had our baby and rocked her and fell asleep for ONE SECOND, he tried to jump up in her cradle to do LORD KNOWS WHAT. He broke almost everything in our house, including all mini-blinds. It was a tough time for us as a family..
From tilburkj Aug 7 2015 11:17AM