Feline Mona Lisa

The Russian Blue Cat

by Nov 18, 2018Breeds0 comments

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 5-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

Medium. Takes time to adjust to new places.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-20 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 5-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

Medium. Takes time to adjust to new places.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-20 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 5-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

Medium. Takes time to adjust to new places.

Health:

Excellent. No health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 10-20 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

The Russian Blue Cat is a medium-sized breed with a sleek and muscular body. They have elegant bodies, slender necks, high shoulder blades and long finely boned legs. The double and thick glossy blue-gray coat is the signature trait of this breed.

The broad wedge-shaped head has a blunt muzzle, widely set large ears, rounded luminous green eyes and slightly upturned mouth.

This is a gentle, tolerant and somewhat shy breed. However, these cats form deep bonds with their owners and pick a special person. They are loyal and like to follow their people around the house, even hitching a ride on the owner’s shoulder.

Despite having reserved nature, these cats love to play and stay kitten-like active in their adult years. 

Generally, these cats love having company and will gladly receive affection. However, they aren’t demanding and won’t mind being left at home alone.

Breed History

The Russian Blue Cat is a naturally occurring breed. The exact origin of these cats is unclear, but it is believed that they come from the port town of Arkhangelsk in Russia. Thus, they are also sometimes called the Archangel Blues.

It is believed that sailors took the Russian Blues and brought them to Great Britain and Northern Europe in the 1860s. The first recorded appearance of this breed was in 1875 at the London Crystal Palace as the Archangel Cat.

Until the year 1912, the Russian Blue Cat competed in the same class as all other blue cats.

The breed suffered great losses during World War II. Hence, the British and Scandinavian breeders turned to other breeds in order to save this breed. They mainly used the Siamese and blue British Shorthair cats to revive this bloodline.

However, the Siamese influence led to a more extreme look and the texture of the coat also changed. It took years to bring the breed’s original look back.

Eventually, breeders were able to do that by combining British with Scandinavian bloodlines. Thus, they were able to create a shimmering blue-gray cat with vivid green eyes we now call the Russian Blue Cat.

In 1900, the first Russian Blues were imported in the US. However, American breeders started to develop their own lines from cats imported in 1947.

The Cat Fanciers Association registered the first Russian Blue Cats in 1949. This breed is recognized by all major cat organizations and is frequently seen at cat shows.

Size Standards

This is a medium-size breed with a muscular, yet elegant body. The body is moderately shaped and finely boned, but at the same time firm and muscular.

These cats have long slender necks, high shoulder blades and long tails that are in proportion to the body. The medium-sized wedge-shaped head houses a blunt muzzle and give these cats regal appearance. They have large widely based ears and vivid green eyes that are set widely apart.

The slightly upturned mouth gives these cats a smiling expression that is compared to enigmatic Mona Lisa smile. The thick, double layered shimmering blue-gray coat makes these cats stand out and rounds up their appearance.

The male Russian Blue Cats typically weigh from 8-12 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 5-8 pounds. These cats have a healthy appetite and are known for eating more than they need. So, you will have to carefully manage their meal sizes.

Furthermore, these cats will employ various tricks and beg for extra snacks and treats. Hence, it is best to feed your cat with a weight control cat food and do your best to not cave under her extensive charms.

Russian Blue Cat Personality Traits

This is a gentle and quiet cat with a somewhat shy nature. However, these cats are loyal and fully devoted to their owners.

The Russian Blues tend to pick a special person who they will follow around the house. They are even known to jump on their owner’s shoulder and hitch a ride from one room to the other. These cats are reserved towards strangers and are usually afraid of them.

However, their behavior changes completely when they are surrounded by their family.

Despite being reserved, these cats like to play and will chase and retrieve catnip toys for hours. Once they start playing, they don’t know how to stop!

Being a highly intelligent breed, these cats can quickly pick up on things. They will figure out where the toys are kept and will pull them out when they are in the mood for play. The Russian Blue likes to climb and jump. So a tall cat tree is a must if you want to keep your cat off your furniture.

This is a sensitive cat that will be hurt if it doesn’t receive the same amount of affection it gives. They also have a strong sense of self-worth and won’t appreciate being made fun off. However, they are more than able to make you laugh with their clownish behavior and antics.

They love to play with puzzle toys and will appreciate having something to stimulate their clever minds.

This is an affectionate and sweet cat that doesn’t mind being left alone and will find ways to be entertained. So leave your cat with a variety toy pack to keep her busy and out of trouble when you aren’t around.

These cats are generally reserved towards guests and will fail to make it to the party. However, they have a keen ability to remember favorite visitors and will race to greet them every time they come by.

Adaptability

The Russian Blue is a creature of habit, and these cats have troubles coping with change. They are best suited for stable environments where their routine won’t be interrupted by any sudden developments.

Because of their reserved and shy nature, they are afraid of strangers. However, socializing your cat from a young age can make her more accepting of new people.

Furthermore, it is very important for these cats that the meals always come on time. So set up a meal schedule, and make sure you stick to it.

This is a moderately active breed that retains kitten-like playful spirit well into adult age. To keep your cat in a great shape tease her with feather wands and keep her moving by playing fetch. These cats love being close to their owners. So spend at least 20 minutes every day playing with your cat.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Russian Blue Cat has an excellent health. There are no specific health issues that are related to this breed.

However, you should take your cat to regular vet check-ups and keep her vaccinated. Furthermore, keep your cat indoors to prevent feline transmitted diseases and use dewormer tablets regularly. The only thing you should worry about is your cat’s healthy appetite.

  • Obesity: This breed’s obsession with food and treats puts them at high risk of obesity. It is important to feed your cat according to her age and activity level to keep her at a healthy weight. If you have troubles managing your cat’s meal sizes invest in an automatic portion control cat feeder.

Lifespan

This breed has an average lifespan of 10-20 years. However, it isn’t uncommon for these cats to reach their 25th birthday.

Keep your cat at her ideal weight in order to prolong her life expectancy. Furthermore, use flea prevention regularly if your cat is allowed to roam outdoors.

Grooming Needs

The thick double coat of the Russian Blue Cat is easy to maintain. Hence, you will only need to brush your cat twice a week.

Use a grooming glove to remove loose hair and distribute skin oils through the length of fur. These cats don’t shed a lot compared to other cat breeds.

However, they will lose a small amount of hair during shedding season.

Russian Blue Cat Coat Color

The Russian Blue Cat stands out for its coat color. The coat is even blue with silver tips. The silver tips give the halo-like effect and these cats shimmer when they move.

It isn’t unusual for kittens to be born with ghost tabby markings. However, they will completely fade leaving the cat with a solid blue-gray coat.

Compatibility with Children & Other Pets

This gentle and calm Russian Blue is a suitable choice for families with children. Thanks to their tolerant nature these cats react well to toddlers and smaller kids. They will play fetch and retrieve soft balls as long as the child is willing to play.

The Russian Blue Cat also gets along with other cats and dogs as long as they don’t chase and torment her.

This breed retains its playful spirit well into adult age and these cats won’t miss a chance to play with their owners. Keep your cat busy with a ball tower when you aren’t around.

When you are around, use a laser flashlight to get your cat moving and burning off those extra calories.