Russian Blue Cat

Country of origin:
Russia
Weight (kg):
3-5,5
Life span (years):
10-15
Hair length:
Short
Recognized by:
CFA, TICA, GCCF, FIFe, WCF
Colour:
blue
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Overview

The Russian Blue is a tender, calm and smart cat of a Russian origin. Its elongated, slender body is covered with short, plush-like coat of silvery blue colour. This fascinatingly beautiful feline stole hearts of thousands of cat’s fanciers from all around the world.



Photo: © Vital Drozdov (cattery Divine Secret)

History

The Russian Blue was created by Mother Nature meaning the early cats of this type appeared without interference of a man. Its true pedigree will probably forever remain a mystery although its dense coat indirectly proves its Russian origin (certain regions of this country is well-known for its cold climate). The development of the Russian Blue as a breed began in the end of the XIX century when exhibiting and breeding cats became a rage.

The honour of the creation of this handsome feline variety mostly belongs to British and Scandinavian breeders. The first specimens of the Russian Blue were introduced to public at a Cat Show in London’s Crystal Palace in 1875. They attracted much interest and deserved the most favourable notices in newspapers. At that point the breed was known under several different names including the Archangel Cat, the Maltese and the Foreign Blue.

A cat lover from Britain, Mrs. Carew-Cox was especially charmed by this graceful cat and initiated his own breeding program to produce cats with more uniform appearance and sweet, stable personalities. Thanks to a dedicated work of Mrs. Carew-Cox and several other breeders by 1912 the Russian Blue could participate in Cat Shows as a separate breed.

The Second World War had an awful effect on the breeds’ population so it was in one step from the final demise. In order to preserve the Russian Blue breeders crossed it with the Siamese, which notably changed its exterior and texture of its coat. In the following years great efforts were made to reconstruct the original appearance of the breed. The modern-day Russian Blue is characterised with mild temperament and authentic beauty of its early forefathers. It has recognition of all major cat registries.

Temperament

The Russian Blue deserved the repute of a calm, good-natured and slightly timid cat of a moderately active temperament. It’s very fond of heights and prefers to watch over its favourite people from the highest place in the dwelling. This breed is prone to demonstrate deep affection to all family members although some specimens may single out one person and surround him/her with its endless love and devotion. This emotive cat hates being ignored and can take deep offence at indifferent or disrespectful treatment. Children like its permanent readiness to play and this breed reciprocates their affection if they handle it with enough consideration. This cat is wary of unfamiliar people and will avoid their company as much as possible.

The Russian Blue will faithfully follow you all around the house but it’s definitely far from obtrusive. It can be easily left alone for several hours without fear that it will ruin your furniture or scratch your wallpapers. In your presence this cat will amuse you with its incredible agility and subtle sense of humour. Keep in mind though that this confident and dignified breed deserves not only your love and attention but also your esteem.

The cat thrives in stable and serene households and feels upset and worried with every unexpected change in its daily routine. That’s why it’s won’t become an optimal choice for an avid traveller or the individual with an unstandardized workday. However the Russian Blue can adapt to any schedule as long as it’s kept unchanged and the cat receives sufficient attention from its master.

Health Problems

The most common problems for the breed include:

· bladder stones;

· obesity.

Grooming

The Russian Blue’s maintenance is quite simple. Its thick double coat will look shiny and neat with a bi-weekly combing. In the spring the breed gets rid of its winter coat so make sure to comb it more frequently and diligently during these periods.

Its master should clip the cat’s nails every twoweeks. It’s advisable to brush the cat’s teeth daily but weekly brushing isdefinitely better than nothing. Start combing, trimming and brushing proceduresas early as possible so the grown-up cat will accept these activities.
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