4 Important Tips to Take Care of Your Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blue cat

If you are planning to bring home a cat and wondering which breed to choose, a Russian Blue cat is a breed worth considering.

A Russian Blue cat is amazing to look at and you’re bound to remember it forever once you have seen her with her magnificent plush blue-grey-silver fur and blue to yellow shiny eyes.

Russian Blue cats’ lineage has been traced back to the wild blue cats inhabiting Russia in the 17th century. There are two unique lines of these cats resulted from careful breeding:

  • American Russian Blue cat – agile and leaner
  • European Russian Blue cat – large and sturdy

Plus, there are short haired Russian Blue cat and her long haired cousin, the Nebelung.

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Here are tips on how you should take care of a Russian Blue cat.

1. Feeding and Taking Care

A Russian Blue is a foodie and will usually try to trick you into overfeeding. So, you should be careful about feeding him as overfeeding can cause obesity which in turn can bring more problems including diabetes. A great way to avoid overfeeding is to stick to a feeding schedule, rather than free range feeding. So, you can monitor her food intake and also notice if she is eating less which can indicate a potential health problem.

  • Feed your cat premium, dry, grain-free cat food
  • You can even feed him protein-rich canned food
  • Avoid too many treats to avoid weight gain

You should also note that cats naturally have a low thirst drive and hence get insufficient water which may cause urinary or kidney problems. Keep water available to your cat all through the day. A pet fountain is a good idea because cats prefer running water. Or you can even place several water bowls around the house. You can also provide her with premium cat food mixed with a little water.

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2. Keep the Litter Box Clean

Make sure you clean your Russian Blue’s litter box frequently as this is an extra-picky breed and your cat may not even enter the litter box if it’s not clean. Daily scoop out the feces and change the litter box minimum twice a week.

3. Getting Along with Other Pets

If you have other pets in your home, especially dogs, you may wonder if your Russian Blue will get along with them or not. Well, although dogs and cats are considered to be sworn enemies, fortunately there are exceptions. Thus if you have a pug or a poodle, s/he can get along with your Russian Blue. Although it depends on the breed and genetics, the right environment can play an important role. Introduce the two pets properly. The dog should be on a leash so that you can pull her if required since most issues start when a cat feels his personal space invaded. Watch their body language for any sign of aggression or tension. If they smell each other, it’s fine. Judge on how things are going and either let the meeting continue or try again the next day. Also, you should keep in mind to avoid leaving the two together unattended, as they will take time to get fully comfortable with each other. You’ll have to be patient, calm and relaxed.

4. Grooming

The blue-grey coat of Russian Blues is their distinct and beautiful feature and it has two separate layers, making the cat look much bigger than he really is. To maintain the beauty of the double coat of your cat, comb or brush your cat once or twice in a week with a small to medium toothed metal comb. This will remove any loose hair and prevent ingestion of a fur ball.

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So, are you all set to bring home an amazing Russian Blue cat?