The Russian Blue Cat – Well Behaved, Serene and Routine
9 March, 2015
There are so many different breeds and types of cats that it is sometimes hard to decipher their specific traits and/or characteristics. The Russian Blue is a little more predictable in its nature and behavioral patterns. When adopting a cat, you never know if you are bringing home a Russian Blue and it’s a pure-breed or a mix of a few (unless you have their direct lineage). However, there are some overall common characteristics of the Russian Blue.
Russian Blues are gentle, happy cats
Russian Blues are gentle cats and are usually reserved, or absent, when strangers are around. When they’re with their own beloved humans, however, they are affectionate and playful. Russian Blues are active but not annoyingly so. They like nothing better than to spend time retrieving a favorite toy or chasing sunbeams. They willingly entertain themselves, but prefer that their favorite humans join in the fun. When you’re home, they follow you around, unobtrusive but ever-present companions. The slight upturn to the corners of the mouth makes most Russian Blues appear to be forever smiling.
Russian Blues like their routine
Russian Blues like their usual routine and dislike environmental changes more than the average cat. They particularly dislike changes to their dinner or any feeding times. They are also are very picky about their litter boxes being clean and will complain if they’re not spic and span!
The Russian Blues are polite, quiet, and well-behaved. It is easy to train them to stay off counters and out of off-limit areas with a simple ‘”no”, but Russian Blues seem to think politeness should go both ways and take offense at being made to look silly. You can trust them to know when you’re laughing at them and they won’t soon forget it either.
The Russia Blue breed does not like change, preferring for things to be uniform and predictable. It can be thrown off when dinnertime is altered, and is nit-picky about hygiene. It will not even enter its litter box if it is dirty. In the early years, this breed developed a reputation at shows for being difficult to work with because of traits like these.
Russian Blues Breed Traits
This Russian Blues most distinctive feature, its beautiful double coat, is silky, plush, and so dense it stands out from the body. Their coat’s guard hairs bear silver tipping that reflects light, giving the coat a silver sheen. Combined with the vivid green eyes, the Russian Blue is a strikingly beautiful breed. Even though it’s short, the dense double coat does require some grooming to keep the coat looking its best.
One of the features of the short, silky, dense coat is the plush feel and the lack of constant shedding. The coat color is an even, bright blue, and each guard hair appears as if dipped in silver – giving the Russian a silvery sheen and lustrous appearance. Russian Blues are registered in only one color – blue – and one coat length – short. In contrast to the blue coat, the Russian Blue has large, rounded, wide-set eyes that are vivid green. The head shape is a broad, medium wedge with a flat top and straight nose in profile. Large ears are wide at the base and set rakishly toward the side of the head. The Russian Blue is a medium-sized cat, fine-boned, long, and firmly muscled.
The many years of selective breeding and careful registration of ancestry via pedigrees allowing only blue shorthaired cats has resulted in a breed with a distinctive appearance and a unique personality that sets it apart from other cats…making the Russian Blue an entertaining and affectionate companion to its family and friends. This is also why they tend to be grayish-blue in color.
Russian Blues are a healthy breed
There are no specific health problems related to the Russian Blue. Russians are a genetically sound breed, mainly due to it being a naturally occurring breed. Brushing the coat is not essential, but is a nice addition to the weekly routine of other grooming, such as brushing the teeth. This breed has a particular fondness for human company and will sit quite happily while being combed or brushed, since it is spending time with you and helps you continue to bond with your cat.
Russian Blues tend to be overweight if you aren’t careful with their diet
It is important to be aware that the Russian Blues (like Orange Tabbies) love their food. Russian Blues will eat beyond their need and ask for seconds, making them a potential candidate for weight related conditions if allowed to eat as much as they want. The best prevention is measuring your kitty’s food and giving him or her a specific amount at assigned times of the day (we know how they like their routine). And, making sure that everyone in the house knows that they cannot give your cat too many treats or table scraps.
Russian Blues are beautiful, easily groomed cats that like their routine and are very serene.