About the Russian Blue Cat
Also known as the Archangel Blue or Archangel Cat, the Russian Blue is a stunning feline, not to mention a marvelous companion. With soft, silky, short coats in various shades of silvery blue-gray, these kitties happily accompany their family members around the house, but are prone to hiding away when strangers visit.
The Russian Blue isn't much of a mischief maker. It's true that these cats will get into things during their kitten years, but once you've gently taught them which surfaces are theirs to sit on and which should be left alone, they'll generally stick to approved areas.
This isn't all they are capable of learning: Russian Blue cats are highly intelligent and will easily learn to open doors, play fetch, come when called, and more. This capability does not place them in the doglike cat category though; because they can be skittish and shy, Russian Blue cats do not typically take to leash training. They are far happier sticking to known quantities and spending time with their families.
If you bring a Russian Blue into your home, you'll have a steadfast companion with a fondness for daily routines and gentle cuddles, along with a fairly strong opinion about everything that takes place in the household. While their families are away at work, these kitties will happily nap instead of looking for ways to entertain themselves. They do learn to get along with other pets and they can appreciate respectful children, but they don't need constant companionship.
Beautiful, fairly self-sufficient, and friendly with people they've come to trust, Russian Blues make well-rounded pets and fit easily into a variety of living situations.
The Russian Blue has no special nutritional needs; however, we recommend providing your cat with a high-quality diet. Fresh food is an excellent choice and high-protein, low carbohydrate commercial foods that incorporate real fish or real meat as the main ingredient are preferable to high carbohydrate diets that can contribute to obesity.
Thanks to its short, easy care coat, the Russian Blue cat doesn't require much help in the grooming department. These cats benefit from a weekly brushing, which helps remove loose hair and cuts back on shedding.
You may also wish to teach your cat to allow you to brush their teeth, and you may want to provide regular nail trimming.
Even though Russian Blue cats are renowned for their dignified nature, they do have a playful streak. These cats have plenty of fun with toys they can enjoy on their own as well as interactive toys like feathered wands and lasers. In addition, they appreciate a multilevel cat tower, particularly if it has compartments for sleeping and hiding. Scratching posts are essential as well.
Since the Russian Blue is a naturally occurring breed, most members enjoy good health. These kitties can be prone to some of the same feline diseases that affect other cats including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, kidney disease, obesity, and periodontal disease.
With its incredible coloration, you might think that the Russian Blue cat was carefully developed by feline geneticists – but the truth is, this is a naturally occurring breed. Believed to originate in Russia's Archangel Isles around the port of Arkhangelsk, these cats probably accompanied sailors to Northern Europe and Great Britain during the 1860s. The first Archangel Cat was shown at London's Crystal Palace in 1875 and ever since then, these amazing cats have been highly coveted.
Despite its unique origin, the Russian Blue was shown alongside all other blue cats until it was given its own show class in 1912. Following the second world war, the Russian Blue experienced a population collapse as so many cat breeds did at that time. Breeders, mostly in Scandinavia and England, worked to bring numbers back up, often crossbreeding with Siamese.
Once these cats reached the shores of the United States, breeders allowed British Russian Blue and Scandinavian Russian Blue cat bloodlines to mingle, gradually breeding out Siamese traits. At the same time, Russian Blue cats have contributed to the creation of other breeds including the Nebelung, which is sometimes called the long-haired Russian Blue. The Havana Brown was also developed with the help of Russian Blues, and some Oriental Shorthairs carry Russian Blue DNA as well.
Russian Blue cats are recognized by cat breed associations all over the world.
It's important to note that Russian Blue cats are separated from Russian White, Russian Black, and Russian Tabby cats by many associations. For example, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) only recognizes the blue color, as does Federation Internationale Feline (FIFe).
Did You Know?
The Russian Blue’s coat is so thick that it’s possible to use a finger to “draw” a pattern that will remain in the coat until you smooth the fur back into place.
Slate grey / blue domestic shorthair cats are sometimes mistaken as Russian Blues; some have such similar traits that they’re accidentally shown as purebred Russian Blue cats.
Many of these cats enjoy exceptional longevity. The average lifespan of a Russian Blue cat is 10 to 20 years, with some individuals living as long as 25 years.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Russian Blue cat cost?
Russian Blue cats cost between $1000 - $1700.
How big do Russian Blue cats get?
Russian Blue cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Russian Blue cat might weigh between 10-14 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8"- 10" inches tall.
How long do Russian Blue cats live?
The Average lifespan for Russian Blue is 10-16 years.