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Russian Blue

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Intelligent, sensitive and energetic, Russian Blues are good looking cats with equally good hearts. They’re an enthusiastic breed that enjoys playing and racing around the house, but most of all, they value quality time with their favourite human.

Where I'm From

The Russian Blue is a spectacular natural breed that’s believed to have made its way to Europe aboard ships from the port town of Archangel in Russia. There is some debate about its exact origin, but their dense coat is a key sign they are from a cooler, northern climate.

The breed was officially recognised in 1912 by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, but like other breeds, numbers declined significantly during World War II.

For several years after the war, breeders tried to boost numbers by crossing the Russian Blue with British Blues and Bluepoint Siamese. A change in tact was needed however, as they weren’t happy with the cat’s new shape and personality.

The breed flourished again in the 1960s when breeders made a concerted effort to bring back the original Russian Blue.

What I Look Like

Russian Blues are best known for their distinctive blue, dense and silky coats as well as their blue nose and paw pads. The original blue cat is most common, but black and white varieties also exist. They’re just less popular.

This striking breed is medium to large in size with a graceful, muscular body. Their heads are wedge shaped with prominent whisker pads.

If you decide to adopt Russian Blue kittens, you’ll be able to watch their yellow eyes gradually become a vivid green as they mature. They’re an undoubtedly stylish feline!

How I Act

The Russian Blue makes an energetic companion that loves to chase toys and is known to relish in the occasional game of fetch.

They don’t mind spending time alone during the day and will happily play outside by themselves. In the evening, however, they’ll want to be by your side spending quality time with you. Russian Blues sometimes get offended if they think they’re being ignored, so tread carefully! These sensitive souls can be a little reserved and cautious of strangers, but they are loyal and loving to those who care for them, including kids.

Looking After Me

You’ll love looking after a Russian Blue because really, there’s not a lot you’ll have to do! The breed has no specific health problems and their short coat doesn’t require brushing. Having said that, this type of cat will definitely enjoy a good brushing mostly because it’s a good excuse to spend time with you, so bear that in mind. You should also clean their teeth weekly where possible.

While cats are known to be picky eaters, the Russian Blue is an exception to the rule. You’ll need to be careful this little food lover doesn’t put on too much weight. Be prepared to measure meals if this becomes a real concern.

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How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.