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What is a Russian Blue?

Russian Blue traits

Archangel Cat, Archangel Blue
10-12 inches
12-14 pounds
15-20 years
Russian Blue characteristics
Lifespan
5 yrs 20 yrs
Good with other cats
Needs space Social butterfly
Good with dogs
Scaredy cat Hey, new pal!
Affection
Independent spirit Lovest attention
Shedding
Bare-skinned Heavy shedder
Health
Prone to issues Generally healthy
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Josephine

Russian Blue

Female, Adult
West Hollywood, CA
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House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Josephine is a wonderful and loving cat. She is truly a lap cat who loves nothing better than to sit on your lap and be pet or just hang out. She also likes to play and nap and is honestly the cutest and sweetest cat I've ever met. She can be shy and meek at first, but warms up to people and they fall in love with her. I don't know how she is with other animals. She is timid, so wouldn't be the alpha in any situation. I am heartbroken to have to rehome her, but a household member has severe allergies. I want her to have a loving and stable home where she can be cared for and loved the way she deserves.
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Alice

Russian Blue

Female, 2 yrs 5 mos
Sherman Oaks, CA
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(when grown) -
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Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
This is a ‘Courtesy Posting.’ To meet Alice contact Lily: 267.528.6937 or mayabeenasa@gmail.com Alice is an eye-catching two year old Russian Blue mix with a soft coat of every color of blue/gray. She has large sea green eyes and a black nose. Alice is a sweetheart with the loudest purr motor. She enjoys playing with toys and perching on the window sill to watch ‘live squirrel and bird TV.’ Alice is a big fan of pets, chin and head scratches, and belly rubs. She will do well in a home with other friendly (non-aggressive) Cats. Alice is a gentle, friendly Cat who likes to explore the house and check things out. Alice will be a bit shy at first but will warm up as she gets used to her new surroundings and new family. She is so happy to be off the streets and now living indoors with her foster Mom. If you are willing to open your heart and home to Alice, you will gain a buddy for life. To meet Alice contact Lily: 267.528.6937 or mayabeenasa@gmail.com
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Nuve

Russian Blue

Female, 2 mos
Sherman Oaks, CA
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Good with kids, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
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Meet, Nuve (which means Cloud), one of a litter of five cuties born to a gorgeous, longer-haired, grey and white, young stray (Mama Molly). Nuve is very outgoing and highly social who LOVES to play, wrestle and chase her siblings. She'll pair purrfectly with any of her family members... or another young/youngish, friendly, playful feline. We don't know how she'd be around dogs but suspect she'd adapt quickly with proper introductions. You'll find her full rescue journey chronicled in Photo Album #33 on our Facebook page: "Save The Leadwell Kitties" (including video updates on all our cats and kittens). Be sure to check out her adoption video and fall in L-O-V-E!! Nuve's adoption will include her: * Spay surgery, * De-worming, * FVRCP vaccinations, * Rabies vaccination (if old enough), * Combo-test (for FIV/FeLV = negative), * Flea and mite treatment (with Revolution), * and Micro chipping! ~ $150. adoption fee, adoption contract and home check apply / $250 for a pair ~ * Please only contact us if you'll be making Nuve a permanent member of your household and will be keeping her safe indoors. ** We do not adopt out kittens or cats where they will be the only pet at home. Kittens rely on each other for emotional support and continued social and behavioral development. For example: another kitten or cat will teach them when they're playing too rough or biting too hard. Plus, cats and kittens get very lonely when you're not at home! Having a playmate will keep them happier, healthier and out of trouble. **We offer a discount when adopting a pair! *** You can also find all our adoptables on our Facebook page: "Save The Leadwell Kitties" (including their rescue story, photos and video updates). Interested in becoming a much-needed foster? Please send us a message with your best contact info, the type of home environment you can provide and, most-importantly, the City in which you live. Thanks!
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Daniel and Stormy

Russian Blue

Male, Adult
Los Angeles, CA
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Good with kids, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
I’ve had Daniel and Stormy for about 5 years. They’re brother and sister and are very close to each other. I’m not sure if they are mixed breeds or not because I never got information from the first owners because they were left at someone’s house with someone random unfortunately. I took them both in because I didn’t want them to be separated and at the time I really wanted a cat but didn’t intend on getting 2 but that’s how it happened because I loved them both at first site and felt for there situation. I am now rehoming them because I am not financially stable enough to get them to vet appointments and get them proper food and treats that they need and want. I will be keeping them with me until I find there next home. I refuse to put them in a shelter. They’re both about 6 years old and need lots of love and care that I can’t fully provide. Hoping to meet the right person/people to take them in and love them until the end of time. Thank you and hope to speak with you soon.
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Nubbins

Russian Blue Domestic Shorthair

Male, 5 yrs 3 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Nubbins is a challenge; we will admit that off the bat. But he is also incredibly handsome and loves hanging with his friends Spunky and Cabbage as part of the Top Shelf Crew! They even have their own Instagram page dedicated to them: @topshelfcrewatkittenrescue.Our boy Nubbins is not really that fond of human interaction at this stage but we are working on it. He really just needs a nice safe space where he can be with his friends and watch what is going on. Nubbins gets along well with other cats and is a curious fellow who likes to see what is happening although he may not participate in it. He will sometimes come off his shelf and greet other cats. It would be nice if the top shelf crew could be adopted together but they are all socially challenged so they need a patient human who will love them no matter what. Nubbins should be adopted with a cat friend so he feels secure. Come meet this crew who sit on their shelf and watch the others kind of like kings surveying their kingdom!If you are interested in learning more about this kitty or in adopting him please email the Sanctuary: manager@kittenrescue.org
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Boba

Russian Blue Domestic Shorthair

Female, 10 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Boba had two litters of kittens in her short life and was a very good protective mom. She went back to live on someone's balcony outside and they tried to turn her in to the shelter, but a KR foster intervened. She loves pets and gives leg rubs. She would be fine as an only cat or with other cats after she got to know them. She can also be adopted with one of her kittens. She is still a bit suspicious of humans until she gets to know you, but she loves treats! Please consider giving Boba the homes she has deserved for so long. Please contact the foster at susanp89@att.net
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Frequently asked questions

Russian Blue Basics

Learn about about Russian Blue basics like where Russian Blue come from, how many different types of Russian Blue you can find, and what other breeds mix with Russian Blue.

Russian Blue cats have an average lifespan of around 15 years, but with proper care and a healthy lifestyle, they can live into their late teens or early twenties. Good nutrition, regular veterinary check-ups, a stress-free environment, and plenty of affection and exercise contribute to their longevity.

Russian Blue cats stop growing around one year. The first year of their life is marked by a steady development in terms of both size and behavior. However, their growth rate generally slows down after the initial year, and they reach their adult size and weight by 18 months.

Yes, Russian Blue cats are often considered hypoallergenic due to their shorter fur and lower production of the Fel d 1 protein, a common allergen in cats. While no cat is completely hypoallergenic, some individuals with cat allergies might find Russian Blues cause fewer allergic reactions compared to other breeds, but this can vary from person to person. Regular grooming and maintaining a clean environment can also help reduce allergens and their potential to trigger allergic responses.

Russian Blue cats have three distinct lines in their pedigrees, primarily the American, British, and Scandinavian types. These lines highlight noticeable differences.


  • The American type, which is currently popular, tends to be smaller and lighter in color, featuring larger, rounder eyes.

  • The British type stands out for its intensely emerald-colored eyes, with a larger, heavier body structure and vertically placed ears.

  • The Scandinavian type serves as an intermediary, combining qualities from both the American and British lines.


Russian Blue cats are believed to originate from Russia, as their name implies. Their history traces back to the port of Arkhangelsk on the White Sea, where sailors brought these cats from Archangel, a northern Russian city. The breed was first exhibited in England in the late 19th century and has become a well-known and popular breed around the world.

Russian Blue Appearance

Learn about about the Russian Blue general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.

Russian Blue kittens typically have yellowish eyes with green edges, which eventually transform into bright, vivid green eyes as they reach adulthood. This distinctive eye coloration sets them apart, transitioning from a yellow-green shade in their early months to the emerald green that is a hallmark of the Russian Blue breed.

Russian Blue cats have a blue-gray coat, which is dense, short, and plush, often described as a silvery blue. This distinct blue-gray fur coat color arises as a diluted expression of the black color gene.

No, Russian Blue cats are not typically polydactyl, meaning they do not possess extra toes beyond the normal count. They have the standard number of toes, usually five on each front paw and four on each back paw. While this breed is not known for being polydactyl, the mutation can spontaneously occur in any cat breed.

Russian Blues weigh between seven to 12 pounds and stand around eight to 10 inches at the shoulder. Their graceful, slender build and sleek physique give them an elegant appearance. Although they might not be as hefty as some larger cat breeds, their muscular and slender bodies are still sturdy and agile.

Russian Blue cats have a short, plush, and double-layered coat. Their soft fur is dense and lies close to the body, creating a shimmering effect. This double coat consists of a soft and downy undercoat covered by longer guard hairs, producing a sleek, dense, and fine-textured coat.

Yes, Russian Blue cats shed, but very minimally. They are considered a low-shedding breed, making them a great choice for individuals who prefer cats who shed less. However, like most animals, they do shed a small amount of hair. Regular grooming can help reduce shedding and keep their coat in good condition.

Russian Blue Temperament

Learn about about the Russian Blue temperament and how well they fit into your lifestyle, home environment, and family.

Yes, Russian Blue cats are known to be good with dogs, particularly when introduced and socialized properly. Their gentle and amiable nature often allows them to form positive relationships with dogs. The key to successful cohabitation lies in gradual introductions and supervised interactions. 

Yes, Russian Blue cats can make good lap cats. They are known for their affectionate nature and often enjoy curling up on the laps of their pet parents. At the same time, the Russian Blue isn’t an overly clingy cat breed.

Russian Blues are affectionate with their pet parents, but usually skittish or avoidant around strangers. While not overtly demonstrative, they are known to show affection by seeking out the company of their favorite humans and enjoying cuddles and lap time. Ultimately, Russian Blue cats are recognized for their reserved yet affectionate nature.

Yes, Russian Blue cats are good hunters and often demonstrate their hunting instincts by chasing and catching prey. Their inclination towards hunting is an inherent trait, stemming from their agile and athletic nature. These cats exhibit excellent hunting skills and can often be found stalking and pouncing on various toys or objects.

Russian Blues are not very vocal or talkative cats. Although they are not entirely silent, they are typically less talkative compared to some other breeds. While they might occasionally communicate through gentle, melodious sounds, their voices are often considered softer and less frequent, making them a less vocal breed compared to many other cat breeds.

Yes, Russian Blue cats are good indoor cats and thrive in household settings due to their calm and reserved temperament. These felines enjoy the security of indoor living and tend to form strong bonds with their human companions. Their adaptability to confined spaces and their serene nature make them content indoor pets, provided they have opportunities for play, mental stimulation, and interaction with their pet parents.

Yes, Russian Blue cats are typically good with other cats given their friendly and non-confrontational nature. They often enjoy having feline company and can form strong bonds with other cats in the household. Proper introductions and socialization can help them establish positive relationships with other cats.

Russian Blue Health

Learn about about the Russian Blue health outlook and what diseases they may be prone to at various stages of their life.

While cats have a reputation for enjoying milk, it isn’t recommended by veterinarians. Russian Blues can be lactose intolerant, meaning they lack the enzyme required to properly digest the lactose in milk, which can lead to digestive issues like diarrhea or an upset stomach. It’s safer to offer fresh water as the primary source of hydration for your Russian Blue.

Russian Blue cats thrive on a balanced diet consisting of high-quality cat food, whether it’s commercial dry kibble, wet food, or a combination. It’s essential to ensure their diet includes the right balance of protein, fat, and other nutrients, as well as plenty of fresh water. Consult a veterinarian to determine the best diet for your Russian Blue.

Yes, Russian blue cats eat wet food. Wet food can provide hydration and variation in their meal routine, but it’s important to select high-quality wet cat food that aligns with their nutritional needs. Whether you choose wet or dry food, ensure that it is nutritionally balanced and meets your cat’s dietary needs.

Yes, you need to groom a Russian Blue cat. Grooming a Russian Blue is relatively straightforward due to their short, dense coat. They are low shedders and typically self-groom, requiring minimal grooming maintenance. A weekly brush with a soft bristle brush helps remove loose hair and redistributes skin oils to keep the Russian Blue’s coat healthy and shiny. Regular nail trimming, teeth brushing, and routine ear checks are also important to ensure overall hygiene and health.

Yes, Russian Blue cats can have health issues but are considered a healthy breed. Health issues they might face include: 


  • Gingivitis: This is inflammation of the gums, which can lead to periodontal disease.

  • Heart conditions: Some Russian Blues might be susceptible to genetic heart conditions like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition characterized by the thickening of the heart muscles, which can affect the heart’s ability to function properly.

  • Obesity: Russian Blues have a hearty appetite and are prone to obesity. It is best to give them scheduled feeds and minimal treats.


Russian Blue cats are prone to gingivitis, obesity, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), although they’re considered a relatively healthy breed. Responsible breeding practices and regular veterinary check-ups are crucial to monitor and manage any health concerns these cats may have.

Adopting a Russian Blue

Learn about about acquiring a Russian Blue – the pros and cons of adopting versus going through a breeder, and associated costs.

The easiest way to adopt a Russian Blue would be through a rescue that specializes in Russian Blues. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on Adopt a Pet. The search will show you all the available Russian Blues in your area.

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