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Russian Blue breed information

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Own a Russian Blue, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Medium
  • Lifespan: 10-15 years
  • Coat: Requires minimal grooming due to their meticulous grooming habits
  • Exercise: Low

Russian Blue personality

A Russian Blue has a reputation of being a shy and slightly reserved cat but will fit well into most households due to their loyal nature. They love to climb and are playful but are not known for being destructive and are in fact a well behaved breed.

Little is known of Russian Blue's origins although the thick coat would suggest that they did come from colder climates.

This breed of cat thrives best in a quiet environment - but don't ignore him, as lack of attention can cause them to become anxious.

The Russian Blue will love a set routine and you can count on them to be ready and waiting at mealtimes.

Did you know, Tom, the cat from the cartoon Tom and Jerry is widely believed to be a Russian Blue because of the distinct colour of his coat.

Common health problems and illnesses

Hyperthyroidism

Although Russian Blues are a fairly healthy cat, when they reach middle age, some can develop hyperthyroidism which is an over productive thyroid hormone, affecting their metabolism. Look out for signs of weight loss despite an increased appetite, and panting .This can be easily managed once treated and they can go on to lead a happy healthy life.

Diabetes

Much the same as humans, cats can also suffer from diabetes. This is where the body does not produce enough or any insulin. Symptoms to look out for are weight loss, increased thirst and urination. Diabetes can be controlled through medication.

 

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