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Russian blue - the choice of a kitten


Rock-forming signs of Russian blue.

First you need to decide what a breed is in principle. We propose adopting the following definition for use: Breed is a fairly large group of domestic animals that have both a common origin and a community of physiological and morphological features that are stably inherited. The breed can be artificially created by man (artificial breed), or formed naturally in a certain region (natural breed). Certain changes in the natural breed can occur as a result of breeding work. We will not argue with the point of view that the natural breed of cats is formed on the basis of cats of the native population through breeding work. In our opinion, this is of no practical importance.

Essentially, the breed characteristics of Russian blue are listed in the Russian blue standard and make it possible to distinguish Russian blue from cats of other breeds. All this, of course, is wonderful. It is only necessary to take into account the existence of differences in the standards of the existing federations. We believe that at present we can confidently talk about the presence of pronounced differences in appearance between the "American" (cats are much smaller in size, with huge, widely spaced and apart ears, like Siamese, eyes are round) and "European" (medium to large sized cats, large ears, wide at the base, vertical set, almond-shaped eyes) types of Russian blue. Less noticeable, but no less important, is that the legs are round in American type cats and oval in European type cats. It is thanks to the oval paws that the Russian blue appears to tiptoe.

The following photo shows the American type of Russian blue. The photo was taken online and has nothing to do with Hyperborea nursery. Unfortunately, we do not know who the breeder and owner of this kitty is, otherwise they would have been indicated. We used the photograph solely for the purpose of demonstrating the most noticeable differences between cats of two fundamentally different types. The ears apart, the round eyes, the miniature size of the cat itself, its entire appearance unwittingly lead to the idea that the breeders aimed to give the cat a "childish", touching appearance (just look at photos of kittens of different ages). About such a cat, you can safely say that she is "cute" or "cute." Undoubtedly, there are connoisseurs of just this type of cat and we respect their point of view. However, in our opinion, the natural breed of cats, originally formed in the harsh conditions of the Russian north, should not give the impression of a toy, a little even a puppet. In addition to the creative work of the breeder, there is also history and traditions.

Now let's look at the European type of Russian blue. The photo shows a kitten from the Hyperborea cattery. She is five months old, the pedigree type is fully formed (eye color confidently turns into green, as it should be at this age). Despite the outward seriousness and seemingly strict appearance, this is a surprisingly lively and affectionate creature (she even knows how to kiss).

One gets the impression that these are cats of different breeds in general, although we should only talk about different breed types.

In such a situation, it is necessary to find out which breed-forming trait is common to all types of Russian blue and why.

The main breed-forming trait of Russian blue of any type is its blue coat with unpainted tips of the outer hairs, giving a distinct silver tint. Regarding the American type, it should be noted that a light blue shade of wool is welcome. In the European type, medium blue is currently preferred. In favor of the European choice is the fact that the silver tint looks brighter precisely on the mid-blue coat.

In order to understand why it is the blue color of the coat and the clarified tips of the outer hairs that are the main breed-forming feature of Russian blue, let us turn to pigmentogenesis and color genetics.

Blue i.e. the gray color of cats is determined by the simultaneous presence of the black gene B of the recessive allele and the color dilution gene d (dilution) in the homozygous state. Gray color is simply clarified, in other words, diluted black. The genotype of the color of the black cat is B-D-, and the gray one is B-dd (instead of hyphens, indicate genes B or b, D or d, respectively). The black color of a cat is determined by the presence of the pigment melanin in its hair, or rather, its chemical variety - eumelanin. The color diluent gene D (d) distributes eumelanin in pigment cells. For black cats, this happens evenly, while for gray cats - lumps. It is the white gaps between the accumulations of pigment that create the effect of lightening.

The Russian blue has another feature. At locus D of the Russian blue color genotype, there is another most recessive allele, dm. In cats homozygous for this allele, the hairs of the spine are lightened so that the tip is almost discolored. As a result, the cat of blue color is as if covered with a light silver “dusting”. This is the RUSSIAN BLUE! Formula expressing the genotype of the color Russian blue: BB ddm. This differs from Russian blue cats of other breeds. This is its main breed-forming attribute common for all breed types of Russian blue. As a result of double lightening, the coat of Russian blue became significantly softer than the coat of other short-haired cat breeds, and to the touch - silky.

The issues of cat genetics, in particular Russian blue, were examined by us using the works of Ph.D. I. Shustrova.

Now all this is in simple words. In Russian blue, two mutations occurred sequentially. First, the black wool turned gray, then the pigment stopped reaching the tips of the outer coat. The ends of the hair became almost discolored, a silvery tint appeared on the cat's hair. Both of these mutations were positive, they helped the cat survive, therefore, they consolidated and began to be inherited. So there was a natural breed of cats RUSSIAN BLUE. She acquired a modern look as a result of selection work.

A few words about genetic testing. Cats of breeds that are at risk for genetic diseases should be tested for the appropriate disease. There is a list of breeds that are recommended for genetic tests. Russian blue is not included in this list. Thus, if you learn from a breeder that cats have passed genetic tests, this is not some kind of special cattery advancement, but a reason to be wary (the exception is determining the blood group).

Russian blue coat.

According to the standard, Russian blue wool is short, soft in texture, separated from the body. Double (undercoat and integumentary hair of equal length), so it seems very thick and silky.

The color is clean, uniformly blue with a distinct silver tint.

The tips of the remaining hairs are silvery (i.e. unpainted).

The FIFe Rules explicitly state that it will not: a) recognize any color variation other than blue in Russian blue, b) will not be encouraged a person or federation that will breed other colors than blue in Russian blue. This decision is due to the genetics of the breed. So, if you ever hear about the Russian blue white, black or Siamese colors, you can smile and shrug.

Hypoallergenic Russian blue.

First of all, it is necessary to clarify that hypoallergenic - this means slightly allergenic. In nature, there are no allergenic breeds of cats. Speaking of the hypoallergenic nature of Russian blue, in no case can it be argued that the Russian blue cat does not cause allergies at all. That would be simply irresponsible. The statement will be correct that Russian blue is much less likely and provokes an allergic reaction less than most other cat breeds.

The main allergen is a glycoprotein called Felis domesticus allergen 1 (short name - Fel d1). The Fel d1 allergen molecule is 10 times smaller than a particle of pollen or dust. Glycoprotein is produced by the sebaceous glands of an animal. In smaller quantities, it is found in saliva. Presumably, the glycoprotein protects the cat from pathogenic bacteria. Licking, the cat applies it to his coat. In addition to saliva, the allergen is also found in dead skin particles, urine and other cat secretions. The Fel d1 allergen belongs to pneumoallergens, i.e. ingested by inhalation.

Up to 15% of people have an allergic reaction to cats, which does not prevent a third of them from keeping cats at home. It is believed that Russian blue, along with several other hypoallergenic cat breeds, produces a small amount of glycoprotein, i.e. allergen Fel d1. Wool, broken parts and flakes of wool are part of house dust, which in itself is an external allergen.

The criterion of truth is always practice. It was practice that showed that Russian blue is indeed less allergenic than most other breeds. Let's try to speculate on the topic: "Why is this happening?".

The photo shows Russian blue wool: outer coat and undercoat. Of course, with an increase. As you can see in the photo, the undercoat is wavy, and the remaining coat is noticeably straighter. The wool is placed on a special substrate. This is not cat skin (we have already been asked this question several times).

Let's increase and compare the remaining coat and undercoat.

The difference is noticeable and, as we see, it lies not only in the waviness of the undercoat, but also in a more snug fit of the scales of the spine and their slightly different shape. It is also seen that the spine scales are noticeably shorter than the undercoat scales. It is clear that these differences are caused by different functions of the undercoat and spine. The undercoat maintains body temperature, and the spine protects from external influences (rain, snow, dirt, etc.). Both the undercoat and awn of the Russian blue are absolutely functional, not hypertrophied and do not have any changes unnecessary for the cat's survival.

It should be noted that on the spine and on the undercoat there is not a trace of bacteria. This means that a reduced amount of Fel d1 is enough for a Russian blue cat to maintain the cleanliness of its fur coat. Russian blue is neat and moderate in everything, even in allergens.

If there were bacteria on the cat’s hair, then in previous photos we would see a picture similar to this one.

It looks like damaged hair. This cat's hair is a different breed. If the cat’s hair is brittle and easily damaged on the cat itself, broken off flakes and fragments of hair can be an independent allergenic factor.

The wonderful wool of Russian blue does not require serious human help to care for it, even in preparation for the exhibition. Significant mechanical and chemical effects carried out in the framework of exhibition grooming, one way or another, leads to damage to the coat (to a greater or lesser extent, in this case, not fundamentally). A point in confirmation of the hypoallergenicity of the Russian blue coat is deserved.

It should be noted that Russian blue is the so-called natural breed, that is, formed in nature independently and only slightly improved by man. Not a single rock-forming trait of Russian blue appeared as a result of human selection activity. Since Russian blue is a natural breed, it is characterized by excellent health, which is impossible without a good metabolism. But this already directly affects the condition of the wool, its fragility. The lightened coat of Russian blue is softer and more flexible than that of other shorthair cat breeds. That is why Russian blue wool is described as silky. It also reduces its damage. So, Russian blue gets another point in confirmation of the hypoallergenic nature of her coat.

The Russian blue cat is very neat, she devotes a significant part of her time to caring for her wonderful coat. Russian blue fur or its muzzle does not have any features that impede the implementation of full-fledged independent care (licking), including after visiting the toilet. The intervention of the owner, as a rule, is not required with the exception of force majeure situations. As we already wrote, Russian blue is a natural breed, which means that constant and effective grooming has become for Russian blue one of the conditions for survival. This has been fixed and is inherited. Here is another point for hypoallergenicity.

Sheds Russian blue abundantly. Shedding occurs almost imperceptibly throughout the year, without seasonal outbreaks. This dramatically reduces the likelihood of provoking a seasonal exacerbation of an allergic reaction. A point for hypoallergenic Russian blue received.

As was repeatedly noted on another occasion, quantitative changes are moving into a qualitative leap, which happened in our case with the hypoallergenic nature of Russian blue. She became noticeable.

The hypoallergenicity of Russian blue does not in any way relieve its owner of the obligation to monitor cleanliness in the rooms where the cat is contained (inhabits), in particular, regularly ventilate, vacuum and do wet cleaning. Hope for the cat, but don’t be too bad.

To this day, disputes about the origin of Russian blue do not stop. Blue cats were known not only in the Arkhangelsk province and generally in the Russian north. They existed in other regions. For example, Spanish or Maltese blue. These cats in their morphological type were similar to Russian blue.

It is enough to see at least once the Russian blue, making its way against the background of gray granite boulders or logs grayish from time to time, to understand why this is our truly northern cat breed and why it could appear only in the Russian north. Only here, gray, with a pronounced silver tint, the fur will perfectly mask the cat. A forest, a village, a port city - everywhere there were gray stones, gray logs, gray lichens, and sparkling snow in winter. The silvery sheen of wool in the sunlight, especially in low sun, gives an absolutely stunning play of light and shadow on the shimmering muscles of the bodies of Russian blue cats. It seems that the cat is constantly changing its shape! It is curious that in bright light the Russian blue fur noticeably glare and the border between the cat and the environment is visually blurred.

The Russian North is the border of the sunken Hyperborea. Maybe in the ancestors of Russian blue there are even cats from the ancient continent.

Russian blue character.

Character (sign, distinguishing feature, omen) is the structure of persistent, relatively constant properties that determine the characteristics of a person’s behavior and relationships.

About the character of Russian blue, we can say that its types are not much different from human types and all existing classifications are quite suitable, just as they are suitable for people. Among Russian blue there are introverts, there are extroverts (if this is according to Jung,)), though with some peculiarities. Cats can be choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, sanguine. Etc.

It can definitely be said that in a calm environment, Russian blues in relation to inanimate objects are pronounced extroverts, and relatively unfamiliar people and in unfamiliar surroundings, as a rule, they show all the signs of an introvert. The speed of adaptation and adaptation are very individual. Based on our experience, we can argue that it is precisely the speed of adaptation and adaptation that is the basis of what is commonly called "exhibition temperament." In one litter of Russian blue there may be kittens and choleric, and sanguine, and melancholy, but we can’t remember that we have phlegmatic kittens. It is worth noting that the personality of a cat is formed starting from the first days of life. At this age, the main creature for a kitten is a mother, kittens perceive and reproduce her behavior, attitude to the environment. A person should participate in the life of a kitten from the first days, so that the kitten has confidence in the person and a sense of security guaranteed by the person. From an early age, the kitten must get used to the hands of a person and learn that any change in the situation involving a person does not threaten the kitten itself. Diverse games with a kitten develop his personality. It is also important not to forget to pay attention to mom cat, the kitten sees everything and remembers everything. There are other subtleties. As a result, we should get a physically and emotionally developed, smart little kitten trusting people. The work of the breeder is designed to "average" the psychological characteristics of kittens, bringing the existing characters into a kind of "conditional norm". As the unconditional features of Russian blue, it is worth noting extreme motor activity, curiosity and a developed hunting instinct. With regard to the Russian blue, the aphorism “We are responsible for those we tamed” is absolutely true. В любом возрасте русская голубая активно требует к себе внимания, но вы не должны забывать, что у кошки могут быть и свои дела. Зависимость и самостоятельность в русской голубой существуют одновременно.

В настоящее время популярной стала классификация типов личности кошек, предложенная Университетом Линкольна. Предложено к рассмотрению 5 типов: а) кошка-человек, б) кошка-охотник, в) кошка-кошка, г) сварливая кошка, д) любознательная кошка. In our opinion, this classification is very primitive and definitely not suitable for Russian blues, even considering that the types listed can be mixed, with the dominance of one of them. Moreover, we also do not see the practical significance of this classification.

Kitten Health

The first thing to consider when buying a kitten is his health and only then everything else. When choosing a kitten, make sure that he is healthy. How to do it?

  • Check for fleas and skin diseases. To do this, spread the fur in several places and examine the skin - there should be no redness, scratching, bald patches and sores on it. The fleas will also be given small (like sand) black grains in the kitten’s hair.
  • Look at the kitten in the ears, see if there is dirt, dark plaque and secretions indicating the presence of an ear mite or otitis media.
  • The eyes of the kitten should be clear, clean, without purulent discharge and well open. If in the inner corner you see a white film that has gone far into the iris, lacrimation or purulent discharge, then this is a sign that the kitten is not doing well.
  • Be sure to inspect the oral cavity. It should be clean, pink. Make sure there are no ulcers, gum disease, or malformed teeth.
  • Do not be too lazy to look at the kitten under the tail. And not just to check which gender of the kitten you take. Under the tail, everything should be dry and clean, without signs of diarrhea. Anus - without swelling and inflammation.
  • The coat should not be dull, thick, without bald patches.
  • The kitten should be playful, curious, or even if he is sitting calmly and not running, his eyes should still be curious, his eyes are shiny. The kitten should move with his head raised. Easy to jump from the height of the chair seat. When feeling and examining should not experience pain. This applies to any kitten of any breed.
  • The kitten should not be shy and nervous. Some kittens are frightened by strangers, but further the curiosity and natural playfulness outweigh the fear.

If you take a kitten to a family with children, be sure to check its psyche. Separate him from the rest and play with him a feather, a piece of paper, a rope. Clap your hands. If the kitten became interested and joined the game, it suits you. If scared and hiding, he is unlikely to be a good friend in games for children.

The age of the kitten must be at least 2.5 months old

Although kittens begin to eat and go to the toilet on their own with a month of age, but they only learn to do it, they receive the lion's share of the nutrition from their mother, as well as immunity. Mom also teaches kittens to go to the trap and the rules of feline social behavior. An earlier weaning of even a perfectly healthy and strong kitten from the mother threatens, in the “best” case, indigestion, puddles throughout the apartment, a non-contact character, and in the worst case, illness and death.

But even at an older age, a kitten can get sick in a new place. To prevent this from happening, the kitten should have already been vaccinated by the breeder at the time of moving, and should be sold with a veterinary passport in which vaccination marks with the seals of the veterinarian should be affixed. Even if you have never had a cat before, this does not mean that you have no infection at home that an unvaccinated kitten can pick up. The stress of moving plus parting with the mother will greatly weaken the immunity of the unvaccinated kitten and make him susceptible to various diseases.

There is a certain age for vaccinations, first an anthelmintic is given, then the first vaccination is given, then revaccination, and preferably after the revaccination, wait another week for the incubation period. Thus, the kitten undergoes a full course of vaccinations by only 2.5 months, and not earlier!

An agreement on the sale of a kitten between the breeder and the buyer can guarantee the level of the animal and its health.

Tribal quality

The second thing to consider when buying a kitten is its breeding quality.
Its level consists of the phenotype (i.e., the correspondence of the given animal to the standard of feline beauty BREED STANDARD) and the genotype (i.e. the level of the pedigree of this animal).

There is a conditional division of all purebred cats into three types - show, brid and pet quality.

Show - the animal looks most ideally consistent with the breed standard, spectacular. Shows can be both cats and cats.

Breed (breed) - a concept that exists only for cats! It’s of a good type, without defects, but it may have some minor flaws in the type that will not let it “star” at exhibitions, but it will bring excellent offspring.

Pet - the so-called "cats on the pillow", just pets. Usually these are cats that do not reach the type of show. If they were cats, they would be a breeding level, but since cats should be only perfect and judges are very strict at their shows, these cats will not succeed in making a successful show career.

The price of Russian blue kittens consists of several parameters - the breeding value of the animal, the value and uniqueness of the pedigree, the level and popularity of the nursery, as well as the guarantees of kitten's health that the breeder provides to the buyer.

An animal for breeding or show level can never be cheap. Also, the price very much depends on the pedigree, and more precisely on the value of the lines that are present in it.

The history of the origin of the Russian blue breed

When an unusual cat with bluish hair first appeared on Earth, history is silent. The first mention of it dates back to the 19th century. Rumor has it that English sailors during their sailing through Arkhangelsk found on the Russian coast an extremely beautiful cat of unknown breed. She was given the nickname "Arkhangelsk". This cat was brought to England, where she took part in an exhibition in London in 1871.

Then the Russian blue was given another nickname - "wild gray rabbit." The reason for this comparison was not only the gray skin, but also the behavior of the Arkhangelsk emigrant. She behaved wildly and nervously, afraid of loud noises and human society. Subsequently, when breeders deliberately focused on improving the breed, this shortcoming was reduced to almost "no." Now Russian blue cat kittens born with a stable nervous system and are not afraid of noise.

The history of work on improving the gene pool of the breed began in the twentieth century. The first such attempts date back to 1940. By 1965, breeders made significant strides. To fix the initial characteristics and improve them, individuals were crossed with cats of Scandinavian and Siamese breeds. But later they refused to mate with the Siamese. Finally, the standard of the Russian blue cat was formed in 1966.

These pets were recognized by all official felinological organizations. Since then, for more than one decade, cats of the Russian blue breed have won not only high awards at prestigious competitions, but also the hearts of lovers of four-legged furry animals around the world.

Description of Russian blue cat

A strong thin skeleton, elongated body parameters and well-developed muscles provide the Russian blue with a flexible and graceful body. The long neck is hidden by wool, which creates the effect of its shortening.

This part of the body in animals is long, but always proportional to the body. Starting from a wide base, the tail tapers smoothly into a sharp tip. If a kitten is born with creases on its tail, then this is considered a breed marriage.

Russian blue cat has the same elongated limbs as the whole body. Soft small paw pads are almost always rounded. Their color may be pink or light purple. The forelimbs according to the breed standard have five fingers, the hind limbs have only four fingers.

The wedge-shaped head with smooth outlines is medium in size. The muzzle of cats is stupid, without kink. If you look in profile, the head has elongated flat features. An elongated forehead without a stop turns into a straight nose of a gray-blue hue. The chin in cats of this breed is medium in size, set perpendicular to the nose. Mustache pads are not pronounced.

At the base, the auricles are quite wide and gradually taper towards the tips. However, the tops of the ears are not rounded, but decorated in the form of a corner. Ears are wide set. A distinctive feature of cats is thin skin - upon closer examination, it is almost translucent, despite a slight pubescence on the outer and inner sides of the auricles.

Widely set eyes of Russian blue are medium or large and almond-shaped, the color of the iris is bright green. This distinctive and at the same time attractive feature of the breed. However, it is worth knowing that kittens are born with yellow eyes and only by the age of three months they acquire color according to the breed standard.

The Russian blue breed of cats is characterized by short and very thin hair, which is somewhat distant from the surface of the body. Despite this quality, the coat of all representatives of the breed is dense and dense. This is partly due to the thick undercoat, which is equal in length to the outer hair. Touching soft plush wool leaves a very pleasant feeling.

The color of the coat of cats is one of the main features in the breed standard. Only individuals with blue coat fall into the number of pedigree.

This shade is obtained due to the special structure of the outer hairs. The light falling on the wool refracts and creates the effect of blueness. Kittens born with other coat colors, even if the other criteria are met, are discarded and are not allowed for breeding, so as not to spoil the look.

The purebred Russian blue cat cannot have long hair. A long-haired variation of the breed is considered to be the Nibelungs.

The breed is not considered hypoallergenic, but the level of allergy to them is quite low.

Dimensions and weight of the Russian blue cat

In general, the size of the body of cats is average, this affects the weight of the pets. A sexually mature Russian blue cat weighs an average of 3.5 to 6 kg, females are slightly lighter than 2.5-5 kg ​​and, after six months, gain weight more slowly.

Monthly Estimated Weight Table
newborn65-145 gr70-150 gr
1 month260-620 gr540-750 gr
2 months460-910 gr950-1500 gr
3 months1-1.45 kg1.4-2.5 kg
4 months1.6-2.5 kg1.65-3.7 kg
5 months2.1-2.9 kg2-4.1 kg
6 months2.2-3.5 kg2.3-4.85 kg
8 months2.4-4.1 kg2.6-5.2 kg
10 months2.5-4.2 kg2.8-5.4 kg
1 year2.55-4.4 kg3.1-5.6 kg
2 years2.6-4.7 kg3.3-6.1 kg

Castrated and sterilized animals are gaining weight more actively and, as a result, can weigh 1.5 times more than non-operated pets.

The size and weight of kittens depends on many factors, such as the quality and frequency of feeding, lifestyle activity, gender, and genetics.

Do not forget to control the weight of your animal, first of all, its health depends on it!

Character Features of Russian Blue

Friendly and accommodating beauties are always welcome friends in the house. They feel good both in the society of a single person, and in large families with children. In the latter case, the Russian blue cat favors all members of the family, but in the first place she has the owner who cares most about her.

Cute Russian blue kittens from childhood show their devotion and love. This quality of character is maintained in their adult state. For extraordinary green-eyed cats with a blue color, the ability to treat people has long been noticed. In case of malaise, they always come to a person, giving him their warmth and healing energy.

Blue-haired kotofey lead a calm and measured way of life. However, to call their character phlegmatic is by no means impossible. They prefer moderate activity, which is expressed in the form of outdoor games with someone from home. The descendants of the Arkhangelsk cats show habits and dexterity of hunters. Therefore, mice rarely start in the house where they live.

Cats get along well with older children. They are tolerant of a small child, if he does not cause them anxiety and excessive childish attention. Pets prefer a quiet atmosphere without loud screams. Therefore, frequent noisy parties and crowded holidays are not for them. Russian blue breed cats somewhat wary of strangers in the house. When guests arrive, they try to retire and wait for a visit alone.

Independent of nature, Russian-breed cats easily tolerate loneliness. They do not get bored or depressed during periods of absence of the owner. But the cattle transfers and cardinal changes in the life of the cat do not endure very well. Stability and familiar surroundings are more preferable for them.

If other animals also live in the house, then the cat is quite tolerant of such a neighborhood. The main thing is that she does not feel harassment from stronger pets, including cats of other breeds.

Care and maintenance of Russian blue cat breed

The rich skin of these domestic cats does not need very frequent combing and grooming. It is enough to carry out this procedure once or twice a week. Russian blue cats are clean animals and can maintain their beauty on their own, just help them in this.

Cats are reluctant to bathe - this is another reason why you should not too often arrange a shower for them. They wash their pets only as absolutely necessary, using special tools for this.

It is important to monitor the nutrition of kittens of the blue-haired breed. Firstly, it should be low-calorie and balanced in nutrients and biologically active substances, as well as vitamins. And, secondly, feeding should be three times a day and is highly desirable at the same time. Compliance with these rules will prevent the excess weight gain that these cats are prone to.

Veterinarians often do not recommend giving them milk, as this product can cause digestive upset. For grown-up kittens of a Russian cat and adult cats of this breed, the best dry and canned food will be most optimal. It is a guarantee that animals will not have manifestations of the food allergy to which they are predisposed.

Otherwise, caring for kittens is not a problem. They are easy to educate and train, easily accustomed to the tray and scratching post.

Buy russian blue kitten

Today, everyone who wants to buy a Russian blue kitten in a nursery can do this in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other countries. It is only important to choose healthy babies no younger than three months old. In this case, healthy, strong and beautiful cats, fully vaccinated and meeting the breed standard, will grow out of them.

The price of a Russian blue cat varies from 8000 to 40,000 rubles.

The cost depends on many factors, such as:

  • Title of parents
  • Nursery Elite
  • Territoriality
  • Full compliance with the standard
  • Much more

What to call a Russian blue kitten

And so, in your house a small lump of happiness has appeared. You have already purchased toys, a toilet, a house for him and stocked up on food. But they didn’t come up with a name for the kitten. Russian blue cats fit nicknames associated with their color or eye color, as well as the history of origin and character traits.

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Russian Blue Diseases

A huge plus of the breed of beautiful cats is that they are not characterized by hereditary diseases. However, this does not exclude some health problems throughout life. The main difficulties in the life of Russian blue cats can be caused by:

  • obese
  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • heart disease
  • allergies
  • respiratory diseases.
With careful care and regular visits to the veterinarian for routine vaccinations, these problems in pets can be avoided. In this case, Russian blue cats can live up to 20 years.

It is noteworthy that the life expectancy of cats of a unique breed has increased significantly over the past few decades. In the 80s of the last century, it was only 7-10 years. Modern indicators of life expectancy have become much higher.

Conclusions about the breed of Russian blue cats

Royal pride, independence and the same stellar beauty distinguish the breed of Russian blue among all members of the family. Despite their Russian roots, extraordinary beauties won the favor of residents of many countries. They are loved and revered as noble creatures in Europe, America, Japan.

Being the favorites of princes and nobles, cats of the Russian breed carried through centuries their greatness and exquisite beauty. The color of the coat as if reflects their "blue blood", emphasizing the originality and elegant chic.