Russian Blue | Cat Breed Guide

Russian Blue | Cat Breed Guide

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The Russian Blue is gentle and playful, good for families with children and/or other pets. The breed is known for suffering from bladder stones.

Weight: 8-15 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 15-20 years

Temperament: curious, friendly 

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History and Personality

The Russian Blue goes by many names, including Archangel Blue, Foreign Blue, and Spanish Blue. It is a naturally occurring breed (the breed came into existence on its own), making it difficult to pinpoint an exact point of origin. However, it is widely believed that they probably came from Arkhangel'sk in Russia.

Not one to stay away from people for too long, the Russian Blue will not say no to a pat on the head or a game of fetch. They are usually shy around strangers, but they do not lash out or show aggression.

Russian Blues live better with older children who will not attempt to grab or aggressively interact with them. They are also fine with pet-friendly dogs. Though they do play, they prefer to observe those around them and watch from the sidelines. Russian Blues tend to be quiet cats and are easily startled by loud noises. They may run away when the vacuum cleaner comes out.

With their double coat and green eyes, Russian Blues make an impressive figure. Russian Blues like to stick to schedules and may show displeasure when something changes. Once they have a routine worked out (such as when dinner is served), it is important for a pet parent to try to accommodate them.

Grooming

Grooming is only necessary once or twice a week. They should be brushed more frequently in the fall and spring after shedding their coat. Russian Blue cats have blue fur. While they do not have the same color range as other breeds, they are in a class of their own.

Health Concerns

  • Bladder stones
  • Weight gain

Bladder stones can rub against the walls of the bladder, causing painful urination. Water and a good diet can help prevent future bladder stones. In some cases, stones may have to be surgically removed.

If fed excessively, Russian Blues can gain a considerable amount of weight. This puts a strain on the body and increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes. It is important to engage the cat in play and stick to a healthy, suitable diet.

Pet insurance can assist with treatment costs and provide peace of mind.