The Russian blue cat is kind and affectionate, but it is endowed with high intelligence, which sometimes makes its behavior quite peculiar. She can observe what is happening around her, draw her own conclusions. Possesses curiosity, gets along well with children. On the other hand, these cats are not very fond of when children squeeze them too much, to show a hot temper, but more often they just leave.
If you love intelligence in pets, think in combination with kindness and playfulness – this cat is perfect for you. Of course, in the event that external characteristics are also to your liking.
This cat breed has some distinct features. In particular, he loves attention, but – the attention of his family members, to whom the pet gives his love and affection. Not receiving feedback from family members, the cat can experience it quite painfully.
If we talk about strangers, then the animal decides on its own. Sometimes the cat can, so to speak, unite, or it can simply ignore the new company.
Another distinctive feature is the love of hunting. You can provide her with this kind of activity, at least you can devote time to playing with your pet. On the other hand, these cats have a great time alone with themselves and even need it, just not in the long period of their family. The Russian blue cat gets along well with other pets and dogs as long as they are not aggressive.
This breed does not require any special care, including the coat, as it is quite short. To maintain the beauty and freshness of the fur, weekly brushing is enough.
Brushing your teeth should ideally be done every day, brushing your ears and eyes at least several times a week, or as needed. Also, do not forget to trim your pet’s nails, especially if you do not live in a private house, in a city apartment, and the cat is deprived of the opportunity to constantly walk outside in its natural environment.
- The Russian blue cat was originally called the archangel cat.
- Russian blue cats are not very fond of meowing.
- The breed was first exhibited in 1875 at the Crystal Palace in London.
- The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) accepts the Russian blue cat only with blue coats, but other associations accept other colors, including white and black.
Do not neglect the issue of nutrition. If the cat does not receive the required amount of vitamins and minerals, health problems and poor appearance will appear. Use of premium and super-premium ready-made feed a complete diet for your pet.
Training and education
If you don’t see the future star of the circus show in your pet, then the only thing you have to work with a Russian blue cat is the ability to use the tray correctly. By the way, the Arkhangelsk purrs acquire this wisdom very quickly, the innate passion for purity affects. It is better to use wood filler for the tray. If the animal was recently adopted from the nursery, buy the same type of litter that the breeder used.
It is supposed to train a kitten to the toilet from the first days of stay in a new house. The baby brought from the nursery is immediately seated in the tray and, stroking, gently hold for several minutes. In the first weeks, it is better to limit the pet’s habitat to one (the kitchen is more suitable). This will make it easier for the kitten to get used to the new place, and the search for a toilet will not take much time.
What not to do:
- tease the animal with finger movements and jokingly fight with it with your hands. The Russian blue cat perceives such behavior as an unspoken impulse to action, begins to practice hunting skills on your hands. There are special items for games – “teasers”;
- swing at the pet caught at the “crime scene”, and also spank him. You can express your dissatisfaction with a loud clap of your hands or with a newspaper;
- punish the animal retroactively. Russian blue cats are only able to draw correct conclusions in a situation where they are scolded for mistakes made here and now.
How to choose a kitten
When choosing a kitten, focus on the conditions of its residence: the cleanliness of the cage and bedding, whether the animals have toys and water.
Take a close look at the kitten itself. The ideal Russian blue kid should have green eyes. Do not buy yellow-eyed animals and do not trust sworn certified breeders that with age, the iris of a cat will change its color to green.
The coat of 3-month-old kittens should have traces of silvering, be sure to consider this fact when buying. Blotches of white hairs and spots on a baby’s fur coat are a reason to doubt the honesty of the seller.
A healthy kitten should have clean ears and eyes. It is better not to consider the individuals fleeing from you in full sail. This behavior signals the instability of the animal’s psyche.