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Russian Blue

RussianBlue

A Good Companion

Docile, Quiet, Reserved

Russian Blues are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Russian Blues, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Russian Blue and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Fine-boned, long, firm, muscular Coat:Short, dense, fine, plush

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Russian Blues have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is a loyal companion, who likes to stay on schedule.

Positive Traits:

  • Energetic and playful

  • A good companion and pet

  • Does most of her own grooming

  • Good with children and other pets

Negative Traits:

  • Standoffish toward strangers

  • May be easily startled by loud or strange sounds

Whether you are considering adding a new Russian Blue to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Russian Blue will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Russian Blue you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Russian Blue could encounter:

General Disease Risks

Heart Disease

FLUTD

The Russian Blue’s plush, silvery blue coat and dazzling green eyes are stunning. Mystery surrounds the origin of this breed. One rumor suggests that Russian Blues are a descendent of the royal cat of the Czars. They are loyal family cats, and get along well with children. Blues are not fond of loud noises or strangers and may hide from visitors. Russian Blues prefer a neat and tidy litter box and a regular feeding schedule. Quiet and reserved, Blues are happy to play alone or engage in a lively game of catch, but they do not like changes in their routine.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Russian Blue shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Russian Blues have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is a loyal companion, who likes to stay on schedule.

    Positive Traits:

    • Energetic and playful

    • A good companion and pet

    • Does most of her own grooming

    • Good with children and other pets

    Negative Traits:

    • Standoffish toward strangers

    • May be easily startled by loud or strange sounds

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Russian Blue to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Russian Blue will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Russian Blue you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Russian Blue could encounter:

    General Disease Risks

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

  • History

    The Russian Blue’s plush, silvery blue coat and dazzling green eyes are stunning. Mystery surrounds the origin of this breed. One rumor suggests that Russian Blues are a descendent of the royal cat of the Czars. They are loyal family cats, and get along well with children. Blues are not fond of loud noises or strangers and may hide from visitors. Russian Blues prefer a neat and tidy litter box and a regular feeding schedule. Quiet and reserved, Blues are happy to play alone or engage in a lively game of catch, but they do not like changes in their routine.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Russian Blue shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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