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
Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
From T Lee 490 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 531 days ago
Adopt a Russian Blue from a shelter near you