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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Big Bold & Beautiful
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
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 61 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