Russian Blue Cat: What You Need to Know About This Regal Breed

Posted: March 16, 2021 by Anita

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The Russian Blue cat – what a cool name for a cool cat. This regal-looking cat exudes mystery with its smile that says, “I know everything about you.” What the Russian Blue cat sense about you will determine whether they will honor you with their presence.

Any negative vibes coming their way from your soul – forget it, the Russian blue is not sticking around for the drama.

But if she chooses you as her human, she will follow you and love you (but not stalker-like…the Russian Blue is too cool for that).

The Russian Blue has a coat of shimmering silver highlights on top of blue-gray fur with those wise emerald green eyes.

Be ready to be amazed and to fall in love with the genteel Russian Blue cat! In this article, I discuss:

  • History of the Russian Blue cat
  • different types of Russian Blue cats
  • Russian Blue cat personality
  • how to care for your Russian Blue cat
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Russian Blue cat history

The Russian Blue cat (sometimes called Archangel Blue) came from the northern aspect of Russian on an island called Archangel Isles. Sailors (via ship) transported the Russian blue to Great Britain and Northern Europe in 1860.

By 1875, the Russian Blue cat made its debut at the first cat show in Great Britain. The Russian Blue competed in the “blue” cat breed category until 1912 when they got their own class.

After WWII, the number of Russian Blue cats had decreased (as did most pedigree breeds – breeders stopped breeding show cats during the war). So in Great Britain, Russian Blue breeders began cross-breeding with the Siamese cat.

In the US, American Russian Blue cat breeders were crossbreeding the Russian Blue Scandinavian and British bloodlines, eventually breeding out the Siamese traits. It is this version of the Russian Blue Cat that is considered the standard.


Russian Blue cat types

There is only one type of the Russian Blue breed. They are “plush, short-haired shimmering pale blue-gray cats with emerald green eyes. ” The coat is silver-tipped, and that is what gives the Russian Blue its shimmering appearance.

In the 1960s, Great Britain breeders cross-bred the Russian Blue with domestic cats creating the Russian White Cat and the Russian Black. Later, in 1970, Australia also cross-bred white domestic cats to create Russian White and Black.

These breeds are accepted by the UK, Australian, and South African cat fanciers as show cats. The Cat Fanciers Association in the US and the FIFe in Italy do not recognize any Russian Blue variation.

Russian Blue cat characteristics

The Russian Blue is a medium-sized cat with two layers of short thick fur and a blue-grey coat. The blue-grey color is formed by the dilute expression of the black gene. Two cat parents would have two recessive genes for the non-color point (extremities are not a particular color) to produce blue-grey kittens all over.

Due to the breeding of the Russian Blue with the Siamese after WWII, there are still some Siamese genes out there in the Russian Blue breed. So two Russian Blue cats can produce a blue point Russian cat (called Pika Blu cats).

There is something magical about the Russian Blues’ coat. They don’t shed, and they produce lower levels of cat allergens. This makes them the perfect cat for those who are allergic to cat dander.

The Russian Blue cat is fine-boned, slender, and muscular with a broad head and wide-set eyes emerald green.

  • Weight Range: Male – 10-12lbs, Female – 7-10 lbs
  • Shedding: none to very little
  • Body: slender and muscular, almost Siamese cat-like
  • Coat: straight, plush, and double-coated
  • Russian Blue cat Lifespan: 15-20 years


Russian Blue cat personality

Peaceful, sweet, loyal, and affectionate are all descriptors that can describe the charming Russian Blue personality. This cat is a feline introvert, so don’t expect her to be an entertaining guest anytime soon.

But what you can look forward to is a loving, playful, and sensitive cat that is attuned to your emotions and can be a true buddy when the chips are down.

The Russian Blue is the perfect cat for the single apartment dweller with a 9-5 gig to be away from home. They don’t mind being by themselves and with a few toys can entertain themselves until you get home.

Like the Siamese cat, the Russian Blue is very vocal and will love communicating with you, especially when ready to eat or play. Russian Blues don’t like a whole lot of change to their surroundings and environment, so stick to the schedule, and everything will be just fine with your feline cutie.


Russian Blue Cat Health

The Russian Blue cat is a very healthy cat breed. They do have a slight increase in risk for bladder stones and urinary tract issues.

These cats are subject to the same lifestyle issues that most cats are subject to, such as:

  • obesity
  • arthritis
  • polycystic kidney disease
  • diabetes

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How to care for your Russian Blue cat

To ensure that your Russian Blue cat has a long healthy life, you must take great care of them from day one.

Russian Blue grooming

Russian Blue cats don’t shed. Every once in a while give the coat a good brushing and your cat should be good,

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Nutrition

No special diet is needed for your Russian Blue cat. However, they love to eat – a lot! Ensure you are not over-feeding your cat by portioning out their food (they can become fat).

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Activity

The Russian Blue is very active. Even though they are great at playing independently, still provide them with plenty of active playtimes.

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Conclusion

The Russian Blue has a coat of shimmering silver highlights on top of blue-gray fur with those wise emerald green eyes.

Be ready to be amazed and to fall in love with the genteel Russian Blue cat! In this article, I discussed:

  • History of the Russian Blue cat
  • different types of Russian Blue cats
  • Russian Blue cat personality
  • how to care for your Russian Blue cat

The Russian Blue cat (sometimes called Archangel Blue) came from the northern aspect of Russian on an island called Archangel Isles. Sailors (via ship) transported the Russian blue to Great Britain and Northern Europe in 1860.

By 1875, the Russian Blue cat made its debut at the first cat show in Great Britain. The Russian Blue competed in the “blue” cat breed category until 1912 when they got their own class.

There is only one type of the Russian Blue breed. They are “plush, short-haired shimmering pale blue-gray cats with emerald green eyes. ” The coat is silver-tipped, and that is what gives the Russian Blue its shimmering appearance.

The Russian Blue cat is a very healthy cat breed. They do have a slight increase in risk for bladder stones and urinary tract issues.

Peaceful, sweet, loyal, and affectionate are all descriptors that can describe the charming Russian Blue personality. This cat is a feline introvert, so don’t expect her to be an entertaining guest anytime soon.

But what you can look forward to is a loving, playful, and sensitive cat that is attuned to your emotions and can be a true buddy when the chips are down.

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