We’ve heard pet owners boast about their superior and beauty. What is behind that mystique of the Russian blue cat? What could be the reason behind this magnificent creature we love so much? Let's learn all about Russian Blue cat's facts and features and the traits of a Russian Blue cat.
Why is the Russian Blue a Great Cat Breed Choice?
There are many reasons to adopt a Russian blue cat; for the breed’s supremely dense, durable, and soft coat. Also, many people find the Russian blue to be better for owners dealing with allergies as this breed produces lower levels of the allergen, glycoprotein Fel d 1 if you compare the levels to other cat breeds.
The Russian blue has remarkable features; a long and slender coat, fine bones, large ears, a straight nose, and a broad forehead. This cat breed is definitely the most regal looking of the bunch. With their natural smiles plastered on their faces, owners fancy their Russian blues. The Russian blue’s sparkling green eyes are unmistakable as well, making her the most unique in features.
Don’t mistake her sleekness as weak, however. The Russian blue cat is known to be a strong and muscular cat breed underneath the thick coat. She’s quick too as long legs on this cat breed allow for her to run at the highest of speeds. The Russian blue temperament is affectionate, yet not clingy.
Where Did the Russian Blue Originate?
While it is hard to pinpoint the exact origin of some cat breeds, it is believed the Russian blue comes from northern Russia, in the Archangel Isles. It is rumored that this breed descended from the cats that Russian Czars used to own, which makes sense because she is a high maintenance one at that.
It is possible that the Russian blue got on a ship to England and northern Europe sometime in the mid-1800s. And, it’s recorded from the sixteenth century that trade ships passed between northern Russia and the British Isles. The Vikings were also active in these regions in centuries prior, though the Russian blue does not become mentioned until the 19th century.
The first-ever official appearance by the Russian blue looks to be in 1875, exhibited regally at London’s Crystal Palace. This cat was called the “Archangel Cat.” A little bit of background behind the Crystal Palace; it was constructed under Prince Albert, who was the husband of Queen Victoria, one of the most regal queens we know of. The Crystal Palace was the location of The Great Exhibition in 1851 and continued to exhibit items of Victorian England. People from all over the world came to know this exhibit, which shows the significance of the Russian blue’s regal origins. This exhibit kicked off what we’d call “cat shows,” which were regular, popular events.
With such royal ties, the sleek and sophisticated Russian blue is the staple of culture and elegance of cats. By 1912, the Russian blue was classified in its own right after being introduced in the United States at the turn of the century. And then, after World War II, the Russian blue gained such popularity within cat breeds.
As we continue to get to know this cat, it’s important to know the precious Russian Blue characteristics and personality, and the intelligence of the Russian blue, and how you can keep your Russian blue happy and healthy:
What Can I Expect From a Russian Blue’s Personality?
The Russian Blue personality is very sweet and loyal and they are known to follow their owner wherever they go. Expect for her to be waiting for you at the door when you get home as this breed becomes very attached to their owners quite quickly, making them oh so loved by their owners. In return, this breed will want love and attention in return from the whole family. The saying goes that Russian blues train their owners, not the other way around, so expect that too.
Unlike other cat breeds, Russian blues are extremely social cats. Though, do respect her space as she might seek a quiet solitude to nap. When you get home from work, do incorporate a lot of playtime with her as they want some fun after a long day of napping. Guests might not see your Russian blue, however. They’re quite shy when large groups are in the home.
How Intelligent Are Russian Blues?
You will learn quickly that Russian blues are highly intelligent cats. Do note that they do require quite a bit of physical and mental stimulation, so keep toys around throughout their house. Because Russian blues have a strong hunting instinct, they love to play with a fishing pole or mouse toys. Do be aware of cat-proofing these toys, though. Like most cats, she might rip it to shreds or eat string, which would result in wreaking havoc on her digestive system and an emergency vet situation.
Make sure you give your Russian blue a good hygiene routine as she will require some grooming and regular vet visits. There also are necessities such as cat-safe toothpaste and special treats to keep her teeth in perfect shape.
Feeding Your Russian Blue
Russian blues love some good cat food and a regular mealtime. This cat breed, in particular, tends to overeat, so its best to keep her on a healthy diet. Beware, she may beg for treats and extra meals but stick to the recommended diet plan for your cat by measuring out amounts of food and limiting cat treats.
Russian blues are a lot like their Siamese cousins as they are very vocal. She will let you know when she needs to be fed, when she wants to play, or when she requires some snuggles on the couch or in bed. The Russian blue is one observant yet persistent cat breed, so always ensure you are meeting her high standards and needs.
Do remember, like most cats, Russian blues, in particular, do not adapt well to change. Inconsistent meal times and unrecognizable visitors are not this breed’s forte, so do know that she will tell you. Remember, it is perfectly fine to carry a conversation with her, as this chatty breed will love to converse with you. She will be your partner in crime.