Russian Blue

A pet owner's guide to the Russian blue cat

Russian blue breeders in Scandinavia and Britain began refining the line following the conclusion of the Second World War. Like Burmese, Siamese and Abyssinian cats, the breed is named for its place of origin. With unique and strikingly beautiful silvery-blue coats, Russian blue cats are among the most sought-after breeds in the world.

History

Sometimes called Archangel blues, given that they're believed to be native to the Archangel Isles in Russia, these cats were first shown in London in 1875. Russian blues made their way to mainland Europe via sailors and were given official breed status in 1912.

Appearance

Size: Healthy, fully grown males should weigh between 8 and 10 pounds, with females tending to weigh 1 to 2 pounds less.

Coat: Russian blue kittens grow a double coat, marked by a soft and downy undercoat and a fine topcoat. The base color is invariably a glimmering silver-blue, though some lighter or darker patches may be scattered throughout.

Eyes & Ears: Russian blue cat breeders consider brilliant green eyes the desired standard. In show cats, any presence of white or yellow in the eyes is considered a fault. Ears are large, with wide bases, and they should be set on the sides of the head fairly far apart.

Tail: This breed's tail is medium in thickness, even in width and covered in soft, short fur.

Disposition

These cats are good with children and other pets, and display a gentle, quiet and shy nature. They are exceptionally sensitive to the moods of their human companions and actively seek affection.

Health and Care

Grooming: Little care, other than brushing, is needed to maintain these cats' plush, soft, short fur. They don't tend to shed much, and anecdotal evidence suggests these are largely hypoallergenic cats.

Activity Level: While a typical Russian blue kitten is quite playful and active, older cats tend to prefer the security of familiar settings and won't often venture outdoors. They have a relatively low activity level and make good lap cats.

Health Problems: This breed is noted for being healthy and hardy, and well-cared-for cats tend to live long lives largely free of health issues. Proper cat eye care and dental care is essential, though. Like all cats, older Russian blues are prone to bodily breakdown and disease. Regular vet care is needed to check for common problems, but giving your pet regular doses of cat vitamins can promote good health into old age.

Average Lifespan: A healthy Russian blue cat can live to be 15 years old, or even older.

Finding Russian Blue Kittens for Sale

Demand for this breed is high, and breeders with Russian blue kittens for sale will usually command a price between $400 and $700. Rates are higher for show cats and animals with an exceptional pedigree.

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Posted by Lori Lynn on August 08,2014 at 09:02 AM
I rescued a little female kitten, all signs point to her being a Russian Blue (no white anywhere on her, her paws are definitely the right color)!! She's about 5 months old but her eyes are golden/yellow though the rings around her irises are green!! Is that a good sign that her eyes should eventually turn to the proper green of a true Blue!! Thanks the Girl W/Three First Names PS I/We named her Charlotte (for her Charcoal Color - Like the Charcoal Artists use!!)!!
Posted by JC on July 01,2014 at 02:21 PM
We have a young Russian Blue that was a stray, and probably a mix. Might be 6-8 months old. We trying to convert her to an indoor cat. Any help on litter box training? We've tried boxes by both doors, putting feet in, a product called "Atract" litter. Nothing has worked. She keeps going back to the door and pawing it to go out. Help!
Posted by Rachel on February 27,2014 at 12:52 AM
My Russian Blue Penelope (which we loving call Nelly at times) has all the standard signs and markings of a typical Russian Blue. Beautiful soft blue silver coat, slight rings on her tail and green eyes (sometimes look more yellow in certain light) but my question is that... When we had her fixed the hair that the vet shaved on her belly grew back white and not the blue silver color. Is this a normal occurrence? I know that having white patches can be seen as a flaw?
Posted by Dyshara on April 27,2014 at 06:28 PM
Mine, Jinx, is a 1 1/2 and he has the same loose skin after being fixed. Have you had any luck finding out why that is?
Posted by Trevor on January 04,2014 at 11:51 AM
Me and my fiancé have a wonderful cat. He has all the features of a russian blue except he has golden/orange eyes he's only a couple months maybe 4-5 months old but we aren't sure if he's a russian blue or not if anyone knows if at a certain age there eyes will change with maturity that would be greatly appreciated with you feedback.
Posted by Sunny365 on January 20,2014 at 06:10 AM
I have a RB kitten and had wondered the same. I read online at about 12 weeks their eyes start to change. That was true to the day for mine. Yours could still be a RB or a mix but there are other beautiful blue breeds your kitty could be. Other tell tell signs~ mauve foot pads and the adorable Mona Lisa smile ^^
Posted by Matthew on July 24,2013 at 03:11 PM
I have a 4month old russian blue with white feet beautiful ringed tail and wonderfully green eyes. She loves to play jumps almost 5 feet off the ground its amazing. She sleeps between my wife and i and loves to play in the sink when the waters on. Overall shes the best cat ever couldnt wish for any other cat. And they say dogs mans best friend then they havent met the magical russian blue. P.S. shes always stalking our indian ringneck parrot aswell but the bird knows whats up and drops stuff on the cat from his cage lol.
Posted by yuni on January 11,2013 at 02:01 PM
I am looking for a Russian Blue kitten as soon as possible.. I am in the Los Angeles area. 917-565-2514
Posted by Christine on January 03,2013 at 11:10 PM
I have just got a mail Russian Blue and he is the most affectionate little guy. I instantly fell in love with him He is 8 weeks old and he sleeps alot. I am hoping that this is normal for him.
Posted by Terry (RB Breeder) on February 03,2013 at 03:40 PM
8 weeks is quite young for a kitten to leave its mother. Kittens who are removed from their mother early tend to suffer personality and possible immunity problems in their lifetime. They also are deprived of learning interactive skills from their mother and siblings. No responsible breeder will sell kittens any earlier than 12 weeks old.
Posted by Marlies on August 10,2012 at 06:43 PM
I love Russian blues! we have one named Blu Blu. she Loves catnip alot! We got her a play mate cause she is sooo social and and she loves her! they play on the floor, couch, patio, kitchen tabel or any where they can get to. Blu is so fluffy and soft. she loves micro fiber blankets. she digs her claws into them and does almost a super man! i love cats!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Bonnie Sheerin on January 29,2012 at 02:06 PM
I am looking to adopt a brother and sister shorthair russian blue kittens, (spayed and neutered). They will be indoor pets only as were my last pair . I have a wonderful home that feels so empty without any pets. I am ready to raise a new generation of love. I live in Sebastopol California(one hour north of SanFancisco). If anyone knows of kittens available PLEASE contact me. Thank you, Bonnie 707-829-9154
Posted by Denice on December 10,2011 at 10:04 AM
I'm interested in adopting one of these cats in the hopes that they are hypoallergenic. I'm a single woman who would love to give a nice cat a home.
Posted by Kevin on September 11,2012 at 01:59 PM
Well I adopted a Russian Blue kitten for the same reason 3 months ago because my mother is allergic to cats. Since I've had her my mother has cat sit her a few times and has been over often and not once has she shown any signs of allergies. I would definitely recommend adopting a Russian Blue. She's very smart and very sweet. She follows me around everywhere. It's really cute.
Posted by angela on October 03,2011 at 04:47 PM
i have 3 russian blue kittens color black need to find home if interested contact at 801-381-7105
Posted by Jessica on August 16,2012 at 09:04 PM
Please don't give out false information. There are no Pedigreed Russian Blue cats that are black, it is a mixed or domestic cat in other words. Pedigree Fraud is liable in court, don't ripe people of with false information. If you still claim that your black cats are Russian blue, go ahead and show the buyer appropriate pedigree genealogy information. -Russian Blue proud owner.
Posted by Laura on October 03,2011 at 04:13 PM
I have had my Russian Blue for three years. She can be extermely playful but also a very sleepy cat. She sleeps almost all day. One thing about her is that she is very moody and enjoys to bite. She purs often and loves to cuddle!
Posted by Dave PLomin on January 20,2011 at 07:07 PM
Hey Guy! Do remember we used to be room mates back in Chicago on Aldine St? Hope all is well. I see that you still love cats!
Posted by Tasha Adney on December 31,2010 at 09:42 PM
Hello im looking for a Russian Blue kitten. Prefer a girl. Thank you, Tasha
Posted by Dotty on December 29,2010 at 09:15 PM
I would like to adopt a Russian Blue(either sex) to be an indoor cat ( i.e. declawed and spayed or neutered).I am presently staying in an assisted living facility in the northeastern area of South Carolina and want another kitty to replace my cat who was at least 17 yrs. old-- he was a stray that I had adopted in 1992. Thank you. Dotty
Posted by Tina on February 03,2013 at 03:37 PM
Don't declaw your cat. It's the same as removing the last digit of a humans finger and will cause them to have sore and tender paws for life. They dont just remove the "claw" they remove ligaments and bone too. I sincerely hope you choose not to get a cat if you intend to maim it. http://www.declawing.com/
Posted by a. williams on June 14,2011 at 10:06 PM
most breeders will not sell you a cat if you intend to cut its ligaments in its paws instead of buying it a scratch toy. declawing is inhumane and hopefully you will never do this to a pet if you are not responsible enough to watch it and teach it to not tear up your furniture.
Posted by Terrell Griffin on November 21,2010 at 04:15 PM
Hello, We are looking for a Russian Blue kitten. Please call Terrell at 706 579 2259.
Posted by cheryl on June 15,2010 at 11:15 AM
Hi im searching for a kitten or youg male russian blue for our home. inside cat to love ,we'll be wanting it at the middle of August.thank you. cheryl
Posted by Olga on May 23,2010 at 03:13 PM
Hi, I am looking for a Russian Blue kitten. Any gender. I would like to take it home sometime between end of August- mid October. I live in San Diego. It would be great to find a breeder somewhere near by. Thank you. Olga
Posted by joanna felix on June 10,2010 at 09:36 PM
i have a little russian blue kitten, she was abandoned. Iwould be happy to give it to you free of charge just want a happy home for her
Posted by Guy D Korsgen on May 13,2010 at 10:07 AM
Searching for a Russian Blue male kitten. As I live in the city he will remain an indoor kitty. Would appreciate your helping me find a reputable breeder in the greater Washington area. Thank you, Guy
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