Pet Spotlight: Russian Blue Cats

Russian blue
The Boy: Oslo-Finnegan

I love cats of all breeds, but Russian blues have a special place in my heart because I have two of them. In 2012, my husband and I adopted a mother and son pair from a local shelter. Until then, I knew nothing about this breed. Since Dublin and Oslo-Finnegan came into our lives, I’ve learned a great deal about their breed.

  • Elusive is any solid story of origin. The common belief is that they hail from Russia, moving out of the motherland via British ships. There’s no real proof, but the story makes enough sense.

 

  • There’s only one blue, baby. That’s not true, but there is only one type of Russian blue. They are distinct among other grey, short-haired cats. All Russian blues have the same short, silky, blue-silver coat. They have long, muscular bodies (unless they’ve had too many treats). Their eyes are varying shades of green.

Russian blue kittens

 

  • They don’t shed much and need little help grooming. They’re meticulous about cleaning themselves.

 

  • They’re nervous around strangers. Dublin usually finds a high spot and observes when people are over. Oslo always tucks himself away in the closet until the danger has passed.

 

  • Russian blues are easily entertained. They love to play by themselves or with their humans. We have playtime routines in our home; but if our babes don’t feel like waiting, they take matters into their own paws. They’ll chase each other around or bust out their toys.

    Russian blue and her toy
    The girl: Dublin

 

  • A few years back, my husband read that these guys imprint on one family member and stick like glue. That makes sense, because these babies won’t leave me alone. Since we got them, they’ve always been on me, hovering over me, or following me around the house. I call them my creepers. They love my husband (and sleep with him at night), but they cling to me.
Clingy Russian blue
Oslo is clingy. Always has to touch.

 

  • Russian blues are smart. They’re trainable. Oslo bows his head when I ask for a kiss so that I can plant one on his noggin. Dublin and Oslo know what we mean, and respond accordingly, when we tell them things like come here, get off that, be nice, don’t eat that, let’s go outside, time for a walk, etc.

 

 

  • They’re wizards at changing appearance. One minute, Oslo stretches out with a long neck and a lean body. The next, he sits squat with his neck squished into this chest and his belly rounded over his toes, looking like a fat, round penguin hiding its egg.

 

  • They’re quiet. This surprised us when we first got these two. Our last cat had a giant voice that she used all the time. There’s only a few instances, other than yelling me awake in the mornings, in which Oslo uses his voice. We rarely hear a peep out of Dublin.

 

  • Russian blues are healthy. The breed is naturally occurring, not one created by man. This means they have fewer health issues than other purebreds.

 

I am so happy that we’ve been able to get to know this breed of cat through experience. I wouldn’t care if these babes were mutts; I would still love them as much as I do now. However, I do love their breed-specific characteristics as well as their incredible individual personalities.

Which breed of cat intrigues you the most?