Those dazzling green eyes that light up a room, and a coat that shines like a silver gleam, the Russian Blue is a striking cat breed in a class all its own. We know that these cats hail from Russia, obviously, but what else do you know about these “blue” felines? Here we’ll share some fun facts about the unique gray beauties of the cat world…
These cats are believed to be the most “hypoallergenic”
The HypoCat cat allergy vaccine isn’t out quite yet, so for some cat lovers to be able to have a cat, they must go with one that won’t trigger their cat allergies. For purebred Russian Blue cats, their bodies naturally produce significantly less of the protein Fel d 1 that is the trigger for cat allergies. With that being said, it’s still important to note that no cat breed or mix is truly 100% hypoallergenic.
Interesting Russian breeds cat fact: Strange coincidence or not, but the Siberian, which is actually the official cat of Russia, is also thought to be hypoallergenic.
There are other “blue” cats in the cat world
Obviously we know that these Rusky felines are “blue” given their breed name, but there are a few other breeds that can be blue as well. The Thai Korat cat breed, and the French Chartreux cat breed are both exclusively blue in color, and there are a few other cat breeds that can be blue-hued as well. The British Shorthair is one that can often be blue, as well as the Persian.
Fun Russian Blue kitten cat fact: Unlike most kittens born with blue eyes, the Russian Blue has yellow eyes at birth, and by four months there is a bright green ring around the pupil.
Wait, aren’t there long-haired Russian Blue cats?
Well, a purebred Russian blue has a dense double coat, and true to their breed, they are always shorthaired. However, there is another breed that is a variation of the Russian Blue. The Nebelung cat breed is the long-haired variety of the Russian Blue, but it’s rare and it’s likely that you’ve actually never seen one in person. The name of the breed has German origins, translating to “creature of the mist”—a reference to their mesmerizing silvery-blue coat that appears as if it’s floating over the body of the cat. A newer cat breed, the first litter of the Nebelung cat breed was brought into the world in 1986.
The story of the Nebelung breed began in the early 1980s when Cora Cobb, a computer programmer, gave a black domestic shorthair named Elsa to her son as a gift. Elsa later mated with a Russian Blue, producing a litter of five black and blue shorthairs. However, there was one kitten which had long blue hair. Cobb kept this curious male cat named Siegfried, and when Elsa gave birth to Brunhilde, another blue longhair, she also took it home. These two cats would be the first Nebelungs.
Cats of royalty
It should come as no surprise that a cat this beautiful is synonymous with royalty! There are a few old myths surrounding the breed that have been told for centuries, and this cat breed was a favorite among many czars of Russian history. Legends of folklore claim that once a Russian Blue healed an ailing prince, while many were believed to have been used in royal settings to ward off evil spirits from harming the royal newborn babies.
Despite their royal pedigree, not much detail is known concerning their exact origination. However, these “Archangel cats” were believed to have originated in northern Russia on the Archangel Isles. Legend has it that British sailors were captivated by their undeniable beauty, and brought these cats home with them from the White Sea port town of Archangel (Arkhangelsk) in northern Russia.
Despite their beauty, these skilled hunters didn’t mind getting their paws dirty. They proved themselves quite useful by taking their royal varmint catching skills very seriously around the palaces in which they lived!
One owner cats—and they run a tight ship!
This medium-sized cat breed is loving, loyal and even-tempered. But if you have one, know that this is a cat for life. This breed is not only sensitive, but they also do best when they stay on a strict schedule with no changes to their routine. There have been countless stories told by owners of Russian Blue cats of their felines demanding meals at the same time, play at the same time, to be let out at the same time, etc. The internal clock of these felines is super strong, so to keep them happiest, you best appease them! And if you like sleeping in—don’t get them used to eating at 6AM or you’ll be sorry when you’ve got a demanding cat in your face while you’re trying to sleep in on the weekend.
Pawsome Russian Blue paw fact: despite their adorable gray noses and glossy gray coat, their paw pads are actually pink.
Looks can be deceiving…
This medium-sized cat looks larger than it really is thanks to that thick double coat of theirs. And don’t let their lovely appearance fool you, these cats are tough, smart, and eager to please and learn new tricks. While these cats can sometimes be nervous around strangers, they are very attached and at times demanding of their owner’s undivided attention. So much so, these little sneaky felines will fake being sick or hurt as a means to get the attention they crave!
Move over, Mona Lisa, the Russian Blue has a smile that everyone can’t help but admire.