Russian Blue Cattery in Toronto
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The Russian Blue’s development as a breed took place primarily in Britain and Scandinavia, starting in the late nineteenth century when showing and breeding cats became a popular activity. A British cat fancier named Mrs. Carew-Cox began importing the cats in 1890 and bred and showed them against other blue cats of varying types. She described them as having short, silvery fur, large ears, wide-set eyes, and lean faces, with sweet, intelligent personalities—in short, much the same as the Russian Blue of today. In 1912, the cats were well enough established that they could be shown in a class of their own instead of being lumped together with other blue cats. Today they are popular show cats as well as companions to those who know the secret of their sweet beauty.
The Russian Blue has a reputation as a gentle, shy, and quiet cat. These cats may have a reserved nature, but they love to play (being especially fond of retrieving) and enjoy jumping or climbing to high places. Guests will not receive their immediate attention, but toward family members, they are ever loyal, following them through the house and even riding on a shoulder. The Russian Blue is a sensitive cat who doesn’t like to be ignored and will be hurt if he doesn’t receive the same amount of affection he gives. Lack of attention can cause him to become anxious or fearful. This is a breed who does best in a quiet, stable environment, and if you take the time to develop a relationship with a Russian Blue, your reward will be a deep bond with this loving cat.
The Russian Blue’s dense coat should be combed weekly to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. Trim the nails every couple of weeks. Keep the Russian Blue’s litter box spotlessly clean as they are very particular about bathroom hygiene. It’s a good idea to keep a Russian Blue as an indoor-only cat to protect him from diseases spread by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes, and the other dangers that face cats who go outdoors, such as being hit by a car.
Children And Other Pets
Russian Blues have a tolerant nature toward children who treat them kindly and respectfully. They will even put up with the clumsy parts given by toddlers as if they recognize that no harm is meant, and if necessary they will walk away or climb out of reach to escape being bonked on the head. That said, the patient and gentle Russian Blue should always be protected from rough treatment, so always supervise very young children when they want to pet the cat. The Russian Blue is also accepting of other animals, including dogs, as long as they aren’t chased or menaced by them. Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.