Cat Scope: The Russian Blue

As you may already know, there are numerous cat breeds out there, and one that stands out is the Russian Blue cat.

Arguably one of the most sought out breeds throughout the world, the Russian Blue is known for its distinct silvery-blue coat. Known for their friendly and calm personality, they are beautiful cats, due to their coat color and green eyes.

If you’re looking to adopt a feline friend belonging to this breed, then here are some facts and tips you need to know about it:

Breed Origins

Little is known about the breed’s origins, except that it may have come into existence at Arkhangelsk, a city in northern Russia. One of the breed’s nicknames is the archangel cat which was taken from the city’s name (Arkhangelsk city is referred to as Archangel in English).

The details from here on out are fuzzy, but it is known that they made several appearances in England, particularly in the Crystal Palace in 1875. After which, the breed was then developed in England and some parts of Scandinavia. It was only after World War 2 when American breeders entered the scene and “created” the Russian Blue breed you see now. It was done my interbreeding the both the English and Scandinavian versions.

Physical Appearance

As mentioned earlier, the Russian Blue has green eyes (blue at birth, like most cats), two layers of silvery-blue fur, and pink and lavender claws. They look similar to Chartreux (whose eyes are orange or copper) and their coats are thick and pretty soft. White patches can be seen throughout adulthood, but this is described as a flaw.

Demeanor: Are They Good around Children?

Yes, Russian Blue cats are ideal family pets considering that they are good around children. They are an intelligent breed, known to perform tricks (they can be trained to play fetch) and can perfectly read human emotions. The Blues are not blue in nature: they can be pretty curious about their surroundings, and are active – they can enjoy playing a variety of toys with their human companions.

As for being around other animals, Russian Blue breeds are playful around other household pets, may it be a dog, another cat, or a ferret, though you’ll need to introduce them properly.O verall, they have a calm and friendly demeanor, much like the Maine Coon cat, around their owners, though they are usually reserved and shy around strangers. It wouldn’t be a good idea to rub its belly at your first meeting!

Health and Grooming Concerns

Though Russian Blue cats are accomplished hunters and may fill your home with dead rats and birds, they are generally clean and they groom themselves frequently. If you’re looking to groom them yourself, not that only minimal is required: occasionally trim their nails and regular brushing is enough to keep them looking like sterling silver. For more info regarding this, you can always ask your local veterinarian.

It is worth noting that the breed may cause or aggravate allergies, though their thicker than usual coat can seal all the allergens, drastically reducing the amount of time an allergic person is affected.

Overall, having a Russian Blue cat in your home is highly recommended. You can never go wrong if you have this medium-sized breed prowling your house’s corridors and sleeping on your belly.

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