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Russian Blue kitten

 

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© photo by Fiona Cooper

Welcome to Siblu Cattery, home of fine, show winning Russian Blues

I find everything about the Russian Blue to be very appealing. It is a very regal and majestic looking cat, with a well muscled yet graceful long body and legs. It is extremely agile and light-footed when walking, giving the impression of movement and grace not unlike a ballet dancer (I am embellishing somewhat here - at times they do thunder through the house like a herd of wild elephants!).

 

Major characteristics of the Russian Blue are its plush double coat, prominent whisker pads, vivid green almond shaped eyes and high-set thin translucent ears. Appearance wise, everything about a Russian Blue is what no other cat wants!

 

The Russian Blue's clear and medium coloured double coat is very different from any other breed; words used to describe this coat are short, soft, thick, plush, fine but not flat, and having a distinct silvery sheen. The coat thickens up during the winter months, and it is during this time of year that the silver tipping becomes more prominent, especially so on the face shoulders chest legs and paws.

 

One distinctive feature is the prominent whisker pads, with alarm or excitement causing them to puff up. The ears have an important effect on the overall head appearance, being large, wide-based and set vertically on the head and not flared. The skin of the ears is translucent, with very little inside furnishing. Eyes are medium sized, wide set, almond in shape and a vivid green in colour. Kittens are born with blue eyes, and it can take anywhere from 18 months to 2 years for the full vivid greenness of colour to come through.

 

The body is of medium strong bone, long and graceful with a long tapering tail, long legs and small oval paws. The medium wedged shaped head has a flat skull and forehead. When viewing the head in profile it is most important that the forehead and nose are straight - there must be no dip, stop or break. The chin is firm and of good depth and in a vertical line with the tip of the nose.

 

This complete presentation portrays an impression of power and strength, yet at the same time displaying dignity, elegance and grace in movement. The overall expression is aristocratic, with males being generally larger than the females, which have a slightly finer smaller build and a sweeter more serene expression.

grooming

Being a shorthaired breed they don't need a lot of grooming, in fact care must be taken to ensure overgrooming does not strip out the undercoat. I recommend use of a rolling tooth comb to remove dead loose hair, with a little baby powder applied to remove any excess natural grease from the coat. Damp hands can also be used to gently remove loose hair.

 

The Russian Blue is a natural breed that has changed little physically since history first recorded the appearance of them in the late 1800's. They have a most wonderful personality that I think is unique to this breed. Their nature is very appealing, as they are gentle and affectionate yet at the same time are not demanding. Russian Blues are a very robust breed of cat, known for their good health and longevity.  

popularity

The breed is very popular in Australia, but there are few breeders and litters are generally not large in number, usually averaging 3 or 4 kittens per litter (someone should try telling that to my “Rudi” - his first three litters numbered 8, 6 and 7 respectively!).

 

Sometimes it can take great patience to obtain a kitten. It can be difficult at times for a prospective new owner to find a breeder with kittens available that are not already spoken for, but they are worth the wait.

 

Once you let a Russian Blue into your life, you are changed forever. I think there is only one thing better than sharing your life with this most magical creature that is the Russian Blue, and that is having at least two of them!