Cat Breeds: The Russian Blue Cat

December 9, 2011 by  
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Russian Blue Cat

Want a cat that will hold you in its gaze? You might want to take a look at the Russian Blue Cat. As its name implies, it has traveled across the seas. Keep reading to find out more information about this mysterious feline.

History

It is said that the Russian Blue arrived in England in the late 1800s on a merchant ship that hailed from Russia. Some believe that the cat originated in the Archangel Isles of northern Russia. There is no definite proof. Some believe that the cat originated in Sweden. Not much is known except that the breed made its way to England and Europe and eventually the United States.

Temperament

This cat’s popularity has fallen off in recent years because of the rumor that they were difficult to handle. Breeders continue to work to change that temperament.

Russian Blue cats are cautious and somewhat aloof. They work best in homes where the occupant lives a quiet and settled lifestyle. These cats do not take kindly to noise, surprises, lots of changes to their routine, or confusion.

They are not cuddlers nor do they give their affection easily. It takes them a while to get to know and trust their owners. Once they do, they will be a devoted friend for life. In a household with more than one person, the Russian Blue will choose who they feel is most worthy and shower affection on that person. They are truly “one-person” cats.

Care

The Russian Blue comes in, well, blue as far as its coat color. It often has a frosted sheen to it. The coat is of medium length. The hairs stand on end, giving it a fuller look. Brushing once a week will keep the shedding to a minimum.

This breed is athletic and moves gracefully. The head is often angular in shape with a fine bone structure. The eyes are wide set and green. The color forms a striking contrast against the blue fur.

There are no particular diseases that this breed is prone to. Maintaining good health is the goal of all cat owners so that they can enjoy a long life with their companion. It does bear mentioning that the Russian Blue does like to eat. Obesity can become a problem if you are not careful. So, keep an eye on their food intake and exercise them regularly.

Training

Like we said earlier, the Russian Blue is quite cautious. The name of the game with this cat and anything you do with it is patience. They are calm cats so you may not have to deal with much in the way of discipline issues.

If you are looking for a companion who likes a quiet life as much as you do, then the Russian Blue Cat is worth examining.

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