The Nebelung Cat is a medium-sized breed known for its medium long shimmering blue coat. Probably the best way to describe these cats is to say they are long!
They have long bodies, long graceful necks, long legs and long plumed tails. The modified wedge-shaped head is topped with large pointed ears that have tufts of fur. Slightly oval, widely spaced eyes of yellowish green or green color, complete the look.
This is an affectionate, sweet and loving cat that is highly devoted to its family. They tend to pick their special person. They however, remain loyal and affectionate towards other family members as well.
This is an intelligent and playful cat who likes to be petted. The Nebelung is a creature of habit and needs some time to adapt to changes in its routine and surroundings.
The Nebelung is a newer cat breed developed in the mid 1980s in Denver, Colorado. The story of these cats began when a black shorthaired female and a black longhaired male produced a litter of three. One of the shorthaired black female kittens was given to Cora Cobb’s son who named her Elsa.
In 1984, Elsa produced a litter of her own with the help of a Russian Blue type tomcat. Elsa’s litter of six included one longhaired male kitten with a striking blue coat. Cobb decided to keep this kitten and named him Siegfried.
The next year, Elsa and the same tomcat produced another litter, that now contained a female blue longhaired kitten. Cobb decided to adopt her as well and named her Brunhilde.
In 1985 Cobb moved to El Paso, Texas and brought Siegfried and Brunhilde with her. She was delighted when in 1986 Brunhilde accepted her brother as a mate and produced a litter of three kittens. All three kittens possessed the same body type and shimmering blue coats of their parents.
Cobb decided to name the new breed Nebelung which translates to ‘creatures of the mist‘.
Furthermore, she reached out to TICA’s geneticist Dr. Solveig Pflueger for guidance in establishing her new breed. In 1987, The International Cat Association accepted the Nebelung for registration and gave the breed the championship status in 1997.
Today, the Nebelung Cat is recognized as a new breed by the American Cat Fanciers Association, the World Cat Federation and other organizations as well.
This is a medium-sized cat with a long, well-proportioned and muscled body. These cats have long legs with medium seized paws and tufts of fur between the toes.
Ideally, the tail needs to be equal to the body length from rump to shoulder blades. Furthermore, the hair on the tail have to be longer than hairs on the body, creating a full plume.
The Nebelung has a modified wedge-shaped head, medium length muzzle and puffy whisker pads. They have large tufted ears and slightly oval green eyes that complete the appearance of these cats.
Male Nebelung Cats are slightly larger and weigh from 9-14 pounds. Females are slightly smaller and weigh from 7-9 pounds.
These cats need to eat protein-rich food in order to stay in shape. However, they are picky eaters. So you might have trouble finding food your cat likes. Feed your cat according to her age and activity level in order to maintain a healthy weight.
The Nebelung is an affectionate, loyal and highly intelligent breed.
These cats are very devoted to their family members and form long-lasting bonds. However, they will pick a special person with whom they will spend most time.
Still, they will remain loyal and affectionate towards all family members. These cats love to follow their owners and are always close by. They enjoy being petted and pampered and love to nest in their owners laps.
These cats have eyes only for their owners and are reserved towards strangers. When meeting new people their behavior can be quite different. Therefore, some cats will run and hide under the bed, while others will warily observe guests from a safe distance.
This is a playful and moderately active cat that likes playing with puzzle toys.
Since they are very clever, they can be easily trained to perform tricks and to walk on a leash. So, make sure that you find a harness your cat likes in order to take her for walks.
The Nebelung is a gentle and quiet breed that will use its voice only when something is seriously wrong. Therefore, your cat will let you know if she finds her new food unappealing, or if her litter box isn’t clean enough.
The Nebelung is a creature of habit, and these cats don’t like experiencing changes in their routine. This is a gentle breed that needs a lot of love and a peaceful home to thrive.
The Nebelung Cat likes a set routine and has troubles adjusting to change. Therefore, these cats are best suited for people with stable lifestyles.
These cats can have troubles adjusting to a new home, and can become depressed if you suddenly have to shift because of a new job.
To help your cat deal with change, play with her regularly and show her affection. Furthermore, early socialization can help your cat become more adaptable once she grows up.
This is a moderately active breed that enjoys spending her days sleeping in soft cat beds. Hence you will have to spend some time every day playing with your cat to keep her healthy. Get your cat moving by playing with her and get a cat tree to help her stay in great shape.
The Nebelung is considered to be a healthy breed without any serious health issue. That’s why it is a great choice for people who want to avoid long-term medical costs.
To keep your cat healthy take her to regular vet-check-ups and keep her up-to-date on vaccinations. The only thing you should be wary about when it comes to this breed are:
- Bladder Stones: These are rock-like deposits of minerals, crystals and organic matter that are found in a cat’s bladder. These stones can remain small or grow to several millimeters in diameter. Larger stones can cause urethra blockage and interfere with a cat’s ability to urinate. Symptoms can include blood in urine, painful and frequent urination and strain while urinating. This condition can affect all cat breeds and treatment can vary depending on the severity of the case. In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove the stone.
The Nebelung Cat has an average lifespan of 11-16 years. However, with proper care, these cats can live more than 18 years.
These cats have a medium-long coat that drapes over their bodies. The coat length increases from the shoulder area all the way to the tail.
Most male cats have a glorious neck ruff. The fur is longest on the tail, forming a full plume. The soft two-layered coat needs to be brushed twice a week. Use a stainless steel comb to remove loose hair and distribute skin oils through the length of fur.
These cats can develop mats and tangles if not groomed regularly. Hence, don’t skip regular grooming sessions. Furthermore, this breed sheds moderately and will lose more hair during the shedding season.
The shimmering blue medium-length coat of the Nebelung Cat is its most distinctive trait.
The coat is sound blue all the way to the roots and has a lustrous sheen. The soft downy undercoat is lighter blue in contrast to harsher guard hair of the outer layer.
This is a shy and quiet cat that needs time to warm up to people. However, when it does, the Nebelung makes a loving and affectionate companion.
These cats are best suited for homes with children older than six years of age. They are quiet cats that don’t enjoy the hustle and bustle smaller children are bound to make. However, they get along nicely with older kids who know how to respect and properly pet a cat.
The Nebelung gets along with older pets who are calm and collected and won’t seek a constant play buddy.
Once a Nebelung overcomes the initial shyness and gets to know you, it becomes a playful and energetic cat. They love interacting with their owners and enjoy chasing and batting at toys. Therefore, get a feather teaser and play with your cat every day for at least 15 minutes.