With dazzling green eyes that light up a room and a coat that shines like silver, the Russian Blue cat is a striking feline. The Russian Blue cat is native to Russia, so there are many interesting things to learn about this “blue” cat. Here, we will tell you everything you need to know about these Russian cats!
This cat is considered to be the most “hypoallergenic”.
There is no hypoallergenic cat vaccine available, so for some cat lovers, it is important to have a cat that does not cause cat allergies. The production of Fel d 1, the protein that triggers cat allergies, is much lower in purebred Russian Blue cats. However, it is important to note that no breed or mix of cat is truly 100% allergy free. However, the Russian Blue cat can be considered one of the least allergenic cat breeds. Interesting Russian Cat Breed Fact: In a strange coincidence, the Siberian cat (actually the official cat of Russia) is also considered a hypoallergenic cat breed.
Russian Blue Cats Aren’t the Only Blue Cats
While it’s clear from the breed name that the Russian Blue cat is “blue,” there are several other breeds of cats that are also blue. The Thai Korat and the French Chartreux are both blue. British Shorthair and Persian cats are also often blue. Interesting Russian Blue Cat Fact: When kittens come into the world, their eyes are always always blue. But did you know that purebred Russian Blue cats are born yellow? After four months of age, a bright green ring begins to form around the pupil.
Wait, there are no Russian Blue cats with long hair?
Yes, purebred Russian Blue cats have a thick double coat and their breed is always short-haired. However, another breed is a variation of the Russian Blue cat. The Nebelung cat is a long-haired variant of the Russian Blue cat, but this cat is so rare that many people have never seen one. The cat’s name comes from the German language and translates directly to “fog creature,” referring to the cat’s attractive silvery-blue coat that seems to float above its body. The Nebelung is a new species of cat, first introduced to the world in 1986.
See the brief story of the Nebelung cat breed from PetMD.com: The story of the Nebelung cat breed began in the early 1980s when Cora Cobb, a computer programmer, gave her son a black domestic shorthair cat named Elsa. Elsa was later bred to a Russian blue cat and gave birth to five black and blue shorthairs. However, only one of the kittens was a blue long-haired cat. Cobb named the curious male cat Siegfried and kept him. When Elsa gave birth to Brunhilde, also blue longhair, she brought him home as well. These two cats were the first Nebelungs.
It’s no surprise that such beautiful cats have become synonymous with royalty! Over the centuries, many old legends about this cat have been passed down. Many of the most powerful tsars in Russian history kept this cat as a pet. According to The New Yorker, Ekaterina the Great had a cat as an indoor-only pet. Many royals believed that having a Russian blue cat would protect their families and keep them healthy and safe, especially the royal children.
Despite its royal origins, little is known about the exact origins of the Russian Blue cat. However, it is said that the “Archangel Cat” originated on Archangel Island in northern Russia. Legend has it that an English sailor was so captivated by the unparalleled beauty of the Archangel cats that he brought them back from the port city of Arkhangelsk on the White Sea in northern Russia. Despite their beauty, these skilled hunters didn’t mind getting their feet dirty. Around the palaces where they live, they take the royal art of hunting vermin seriously and prove themselves very useful!
These cats have only one owner and are well organized in their work!
This medium-sized feline is affectionate, loyal, and aggressive. However, if you own one, you should know that this cat is a lifer. This cat is not only sensitive, but also works best under a strict schedule of rest and relaxation. Owners of Russian Blue cats have told countless stories about how their cats demand to eat at the same time, play at the same time, let off steam at the same time, and so on. These cats have super powerful internal clocks, so the best way to keep them at their happiest is to soothe them! If you like to sleep in, don’t get them used to eating at 6am. Otherwise, you’ll be sorry when you’re faced with a demanding cat when you’re ready to sleep in on the weekend. Russian Blue Paw Cats: despite their adorable gray noses and shiny gray fur, their paws are pink.
Looks can be deceiving…
This medium-sized cat appears larger than it really is due to its thick double coat. Don’t be fooled by their cute appearance. These cats are both tenacious and intelligent, and are happy to learn new tricks. Although they can be nervous around strangers, they are very attached to their owners and sometimes demand their undivided attention. As a result, these pampered cats will sometimes feign illness or injury as a way to get the attention they want! Like the Mona Lisa, the Russian Blue cat has a smile that you can’t help but marvel at.
Learn all about these blue kittens on Cattitude Daily’s YouTube channel!
Watch two Russian Blue Kittens with perfectly matched eyes, their names are Xafi and Auri!
by Modi Ramos