Russian Blue: the cat with bright green eyes

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Russian Blue: the cat with bright green eyes

Russian Blue playing in the grass

A Russian Blue is beautiful. This cat breed is slim and muscular with a silvery coat. And is super sweet and loyal. So are you looking for a new best friend? Then a Russian Blue is for you!

In this blog:

The origin of the Russian Blue
The character of Russian Blue
The appearance and the fur of a Russian Blue
The care of the Russian Blue
Diseases and illnesses of the Russian Blue
How old will the Russian Blue be?
Buying a Russian blue kitten

The origin of the Russian Blue

The name of this cat breed gives it away a bit. The Russian Blue came into existence – most probably – in northern Russia. In Russia it can get very cold. And the coat of this cat breed has adapted to that – it is densely furred and looks a bit like soft plush. In the late 1800s, the first Blue Russian was taken to London and shown at a show. They called it an “Archangel Cat” at the time.

In World War II, it seemed that this cat breed would become extinct, but fortunately, someone decided to cross the Russian Blue with a British Shorthair, a Siamese and the European Shorthair. This created two new breeds: Russian Black and Russian White. But Russian Blue is still the most popular and favorite at cat shows and as a pet.

Russian blue with beautiful green eyes

The character of the Russian Blue

Are you newly living with a Blue Russian? Then he or she may be a bit reserved at first, because Blue Russians are quite a bit shy. But once they get to know you, they will surrender to you completely. And you can count on a cat who loves his new family, always greets you kindly and follows you everywhere.

Furthermore, Blue Russians are mostly very quiet. They are friendly, smart and very loyal to their owners. But they also like their peace and quiet and find a safe and stable environment very important. Therefore, always make sure your cat has places in the house where it can retreat and sleep. A high scratching post for example

Fun fact: Some Blue Russians can sense when someone doesn’t like cats and will do anything to win them over.

The appearance and coat of the Russian Blue

The thick and blue-gray coat of this cat breed is not the only thing that makes it special. In fact, a Russian Blue also has beautiful bright green eyes. The body of these cats is long, slender and muscular. The legs are also long and slender which sometimes makes it seem as if Blue Russians are walking on their toes. And no surprise: their tails are also long. The weight of this cat breed varies, but generally males are about 5 pounds and females 4. Therefore, they are medium-sized cats.

Russian Blue relaxing

The care of the Russian Blue

The most important thing a Russian Blue needs is love and attention. These cats can have a good time if they are alone for a day. But they are also very attached to their owners and are always happy when they come home. The coat of a Russian Blue does not need much maintenance. But a brushing and combing from time to time is very much appreciated by this cat breed. Because they love the love and attention of their owners.

‘Blue Russians love to eat!’

Case in point is nutrition. Blue Russians are incredibly fond of food and will always eat more than is good for them. And because an overweight cat is not a healthy cat, for this breed it is best to weigh the food and never give more than necessary.

And other than that, a Russian Blue needs the same as any other cat:

A safe home
Love and attention
Every day fresh water and good food
One or more clean litter boxes
Toys and a nice mat basket
A scratching post suitable for a Russian Blue
Protection against fleas, ticks and worms
At least once a year a health check at the vet
Necessary vaccinations

Russian Blue kitten in beautiful light

Diseases and diseases in the Russian Blue

In general Russian Blues are healthy and there are no particular hereditary diseases known. Of course it is important to have your cat checked every year by a veterinarian. An MOT for cats, you might say.

How old will a Russian Blue become?

Being a strong breed, the life expectancy of Russian Blues is fine. A Russian Blue becomes between ten and 15 years old. But of course this also depends on the kind of food you give and how much exercise the animal gets.

Buying a Russian Blue (kitten)

Would you like to have a Russian Blue? Then you can look at a recognized breeder or cattery. Make sure they are recognized breeders who are members of a breed association, because then you can be sure you are buying a healthy animal and that it has been treated well. And remember: you don’t have a cat for a moment, but for a whole cat’s life. So you must be prepared to take good care of the little animal, have money available for grooming and vet care. And of course make enough time to play and cuddle with your cat. And have you ever thought about an older cat? They are just as much fun!

Disclaimer: Petrebels does not consist of veterinarians or behavioral experts: all content, information and tips on this blog are intended to inspire and inform you. Does your cat have complaints or problems and do you have doubts about your cat’s health? Then always go to the vet or a behavioral expert.

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Katten hebben van nature de behoefte om hun nagels te scherpen. Ze markeren daarmee hun territorium en worden er ontspannen en blij van. De Krabbel Rebel weet van geen ophouden als het om krabbelen gaat. Maak van je huis daarom een feestje voor deze Rebel en zet één (of meer) goede krabpalen neer.

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Buitenkatten houden van hun vrijheid en van avontuur. Ze verstoppen zich vaak in struiken en houden de hele buurt in de gaten. Ze kunnen zich uren vermaken met rondvliegende insecten en nemen – als het even meezit – een echte muis voor je mee naar huis. De Outdoor Rebel komt thuis om gezellig met de baasjes te kroelen en rustig te eten. En stelt het op prijs als er een fijn plekje is om uit te rusten voor het volgende avontuur.

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Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day with full commitment: lots of stretching and shameless yawning… Mhmm, delicious. The lazy Rebel masters this trait like no other and prefers to leave the running and playing to someone else. This lazy napper is able to lie down anywhere to take a well-deserved rest, but they prefer a nice and soft hammock or basket.

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Cats naturally have the need to sharpen their nails. This way they mark their territory. It also makes them relaxed and happy. The scratching Rebel will never stop when it comes to this. Transform your house into a “scratching paradise” for this Rebel and supply it with one or several good cat trees.

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Outdoor cats love adventure and freedom. They often hide in bushes to keep an eye on their surroundings. They can entertain themselves for hours with bugs flying around and they might even take home a real mouse for you! The outdoor Rebel will come home to cuddle with its owner and to eat peacefully. This adventurer would appreciate it if there is a nice spot in your house to rest before the next adventure.

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Some cats prefer to stay inside, this can also be a decision made by the owner. Indoor Rebels enjoy watching the outside world – and everything exciting that happens there. You can make these cats happy by making the indoor world just as exciting as the outdoor world. Stimulate their senses with toys and cat furniture in which they can climb. This way they remain healthy and happy.

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Einige Katzen sind reine Indoor-Rebellen. Entweder, weil sie es vorziehen in einem warmen und gefahrlosen Zuhause zu leben oder weil der Besitzer dies so möchte. Indoor-Rebellen lieben es nach draußen zu schauen – und das aufregende Leben draußen aus sicherer Entfernung zu beobachten. Diese Katzen sind glücklich, wenn man drinnen die gleichen Abenteuer simuliert, die sie draußen beobachten können. Stimuliere deren Instinkte mit Spielzeug und Kratzmöbeln, in denen sie herumklettern und toben können, damit sie gesund, agil und glücklich bleiben.

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