Understanding Your Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blue

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People often forget that cats, just like dogs, can have their personality shaped by breed, or can have breeds with interesting histories. People also think that they can’t open their home and heart to a cat if they’re allergic to cats. Russian blues disprove these myths: they are a hypoallergenic and unique breed with a celebrated history. Both inside and outside Russia, many swear by the Russian Blue as their feline companion of choice.

History

The Cat Fanciers’ Association, the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, says that the history of the Russian Blue is somewhat murky. However, the legends they report are fascinating. The breed was first exhibited outside of Russia in 1875 in London, where it was called the “Archangel Cat,” due to its believed origin in the port city of Arkhangelsk. If it did come from Arkhangelsk, it most likely came to England on ships in the 1860's.

Features and Hypoallergenic Qualities

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The Russian Blue is famed and named for its plush and silky blueish gray coat, which doesn’t constantly shed unlike many other pets, as well as their green eyes. This coat makes the Russian Blue one of the first cats brought up when someone mentions they are allergic to cats but they or a family member would still like a feline companion. According to PetMD, hypoallergenic breeds (including the Russian Blue) aren’t technically non-allergenic- the lessened amount of dander and other allergens they produce isn’t enough to activate allergies to a noticeable level in most people. In any case, if you suffer from cat allergies and are interested in getting a Russian Blue, you should check to make sure the cat won’t aggravate your allergies.

Russian Blue Imposters

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Another reason to make sure the particular cat wouldn’t aggravate your allergies is that many cats are often mistaken or passed off for Russian Blues. The “Is My Cat a Russian Blue?” guide at RussianBlue.info provides some of the most common ways to identify if your blue-gray cat really is a Russian Blue. Here are some of the most common:

  • Their paw pads are mauve as opposed to most other domestic cat breeds, which have grey paw pads.
  • Their green eyes.
  • Having a thick double coat, consisting of both the shorter plush coat Russian Blues are known for as well as a longer coat of “guard hairs.”
  • Solid blue coat (with no other markings) with a unique sheen from the tips of the guard hairs being silver. Other domestic blue cats won’t have this.

If you want to know for sure whether Mr. Snuggles is really a Russian blue, then you can consult the Cat Fanciers’ Association Breed Standard, and see how he scores. He could be immediately disqualified by a kinked tail, white “locket” mark on the neck, the wrong number of toes, or a non-blue or long coat. If he’s still standing you can see how many many points he gets on the breed standard.

Personality

The Cat Fanciers’ Association also provides some information about the genuine Russian Blue’s personality. According to them, Blues are playful and intelligent cats. They can even fetch toys for their owners. They may be bombastic, but typically aren’t terrors, as they are relatively quiet.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve ever had a Russian Blue (or thought you did until now) and what their personality was really like. Are you are allergic to cats and thinking about getting or have a Russian Blue?

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9 Responses

Leslie
Leslie

January 13, 2020

I unknowingly adopted a Russian Blue kitten about 6 weeks ago. I work for a University and one of our students has fostered 29 kittens (she is 20!). She started fostering him when he was 2 days old. He was found as a newborn with his sister, next to his Mom who had died. His sister died 24 hours after they were found. Comet has been completely socialized from day 2. He has been coming with her to classes since he was 3 days old until about 8 weeks old. He was neutered when he was 9 weeks old and I picked him up from the Humane Society that afternoon after work. I was told by his Foster Mom that he was a rare kitten because of his color. He has all the markings, mauve paws, double coat, he glistens silver in the sun and his slate gray eyes have turned green. He is a handsome, intelligent, affectionate cat. I bonded with him early on when he was still only a couple of weeks old. I would be sitting in my office and in would come Comet, in his cat carrier and my heart would melt. He would fell asleep on my chest and I could hold him in the palm of my hand and he would observe the world without trying to run off. Being a kitten – he is such a comedian. He darts from here to there at lightening speed. I also have a small dog who thinks she is his Mom. She gets in bed with him and cleans him. She is almost 13 and I think Comet has has given her a new lease on life. I named him Comet because of his speed and because he is gray and when he get in sunlight he gleams silver. I am utterly, completely in love with the new addition to my family. I look forward to many amazing adventures with this little guy!

Pauline Amick
Pauline Amick

January 13, 2020

I have a Russian Blue he was a rescue. Thor is a therapy cat and is such a delight. He has all the characteristics of a blue. Thor is slate blue has a double thick coat. He is very loving and loves to sit in the window as long as it’s open especially in winter.

Stefanie Glover
Stefanie Glover

December 20, 2019

I have an amazingly wonderful emotional support Russian Blue, V for Vendetta, or just V kitty. I adopted this little blue kitten from my sister’s outdoor herd of mostly Siamese cats. I never saw her mom as some had recently gone missing presumably to coyotes. She was the only blue there but I was told that there had been solid blue older siblings. The dad of all the kittens is a stunning solid dark Siamese. Her only litter mate is a lilac blue Siamese ❤️ I suspect some line breedings?? V kitty is the most amazingly intuitive special cat that I’ve ever met. She is 100% the breed standards I’m reading which is great. I had no idea that I had a RB. I can take her out in public in a V shoulder bag and she acts like she’s on a job. She only wants out the second we get in our house. When we’re home she seeks myself and my 8 year old daughter out to lull to sleep EVERY night. We have a sleep disorder. She’s only 8 months old. Archangel cat is appropriate. This girl is definitely a gift.

cindy
cindy

November 29, 2019

my russian blue is named Mia and she was saved by myself and my husband from an abusive home. she was afraid of me for a while cus it was a woman that abusued her but now she is good. she is a well behaved cat and i am so glad she don’t shed alot cus im allergic to long haired cats.

Adel fuented
Adel fuented

November 12, 2019

I had s Russian Blue (Misty) that I adopted from humane society. No one knew how she had gotten there but she had a serial number tattooed inside her ear. She was a pure solid dark blue gray, no other markings on her. Very sweet but did would hide with strangers. In the 18 yrs I had her she never hissed or attempt to scratch me. She followed me like a shadow around the house. She never knew what it was like to go outside and was mortified of the outside. Around 15 years of age she developed stomach problems and lived with this condition until it progressively got worse and I had to put her to sleep. She was a perfect lady and I miss her terribly. I had her cremated and she will be buried with me. Russian blues are the sweetest most beautiful cats to have.

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Doris Palmer | thetvbuzz.com

August 21, 2019

My russian blue Lumen is very intelligent. She is trained to sit and eat on command. Athletic, very petite, and kind of a bully to other cats and dogs -deadly to anything smaller! The traits mentioned sound accurate to me. The biggest missing one is all the people who tell you that your cat is pretty.

Bonny McQuaid
Bonny McQuaid

August 21, 2019

I have a gray cat that has every characteristic of a Russian Blue, the mauve paw pads, the double coat, the green eyes, as well as the personality. The only difference is that she has dilute tortie markings which is not a breed but a color mutation. Her undercoat is white like an RB with the gray exactly as described but she has the cream colored markings, mostly on her belly and chest but also swirled thru her body. What do you think? I have heard dilute tortie and also the regular tortie markings can show up on any breed of cat.

Ahna
Ahna

July 18, 2019

Nice site. I was lucky enough to find an RB at a shelter. The poor little mother kitty had not been spayed while she and was very young. Dadwas quiet older and came into the home sooner than planned. In the 4 days between dad’s arrival and their scheduled “fix” date my kitty was created. How lucky for me! She was one of only 2 that survived because of mom’s age. My Graycee Blue is the best cat I’ve ever had. It was love at first sight and I chose hehee knowing nothing about the breed. Sweet, smart, obedient, funny…everything you want in a companion! Just turned 1 and has turned into a beautiful cat to boot.

Dayle
Dayle

June 18, 2019

Super informative links. I have cat allergies and a love for cats. Been a dilemma for 50 years. Looking to change that. Thank you.

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