Choosing a Russian Blue

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It usually takes some time to develop a relationship with this breed, but fanciers say it’s well worth the extra effort. In time, Blues become deeply devoted companions that crave your attention. When you’re home, they follow you around, unobtrusive but loyal, and show their affection with forehead kisses, shoulder perching and purrs of affection. Blues are vocally quiet and well behaved and usually are easy to train. After you’ve developed a bond, Blues want to please, and a simple “no” is generally all that’s needed to discourage unruly behavior.

Grooming a Russian Blue

Since the coat is dense and he possesses a thick undercoat, the Russian Blue does require some grooming to look its best. Figure a good combing with a good quality steel comb at least once a week, and two to three times a week during the seasonal shedding periods. The Russian Blue generally goes through two yearly sheddings – once in the fall when they shed their summer coat and once in the spring when they shed their winter coat.

Cost of a Russian Blue Cat

Pet quality Russian Blue kittens range around $400 to $700, depending on the breeder and area. Some breeders do not differentiate between breeder and show quality, figuring if the cat’s not good enough to show it shouldn’t be bred, either. Breeder and show quality kittens start at $800 and go up to $2,000, depending upon bloodlines, conformation, quality of coat and color, and show prospects.

Association Acceptance

American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)

American Cat Association (ACA)

American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)

Canadian Cat Association (CCA)

Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)

Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)

The International Cat Association (TICA)

United Feline Organization (UFO)

Special Notes

The breed is relatively rare, and most breeders maintain waiting lists. It’s more important to find a good breeder than to find the first available kitten. When choosing a kitten, keep in mind that Russian Blues are usually reserved around strangers. Shyness is not necessarily an indication that the kitten won’t make a great companion once you establish a relationship. See how the kittens interact with the breeder and family to get an idea of their personalities and to gauge the amount of handling the kittens have received.

Because of this breed’s natural shyness, early handling is vital if the kittens are to grow up to be well-socialized cats. That means you want a breeder who has raised the kittens “underfoot,” and has given each kitten an ample amount of handling and attention. Russian Blue kittens need consistent handling and a stimulating environment to help them overcome their innate shyness.

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