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Could my cat be a Russian Blue? (11 replies)

JessPete77
7 months ago
JessPete77 7 months ago

Hi I'm new to this site but I figured it may be a good place to get some answers to my question of "is my cat a Russian blue?" 

I have asked my vet this question, he said no but proceeded to show me a picture of a British short hair and was saying that it was a Russian blue.

My cat's appearance:  

  • She has a thick very soft silvery coat, yet she doesn't shed a lot.  
  • Mauve colored paw pads 
  • Black nose 
  • As a kitten she had a few darker rings around her tail but they have gone away over time. 
  • Green eyes 

Personality: 

  • Most distinctively she never "meows" only does a little squeak or trill 
  • Loves to be pet but not held 
  • Very playful, often carries toys in her mouth 

I'd love to add some photos, but as I said I'm new and I'm not sure how to.

Dave Baker
7 months ago
Dave Baker 7 months ago

Do you have some photos on Facebook that you could link to? We used to have a photo upload option on the forum, but apparently that was removed. I'll have to check on why we can no longer do that.

Melissa Smith
7 months ago
Melissa Smith 7 months ago

I was reading your post and intrigued, so I went to look up Russian Blue characteristics. I found this on Wikipedia: "The dense coat stands out from the body and one can draw patterns in the coat that will stay until one smoothes them out again."

Is this the case with your kitty?

GeriD
7 months ago
GeriD 7 months ago

Hi,

The fact that she doesn't meow, but squeaks or thrills, sounds to me like she might be Siberian. I have Siberians (mixed Siamese), one of whom is completely mute, to where her brother, yes, makes tiny squeaks and thrills only.

Siberians don't meow, but are known rather for their squeaks and thrills. They can be short-haired, medium or long-haired. Their coat is very dense/thick (triple coated), and if they are short-haired (which 3 of mine are), it can be extraordinarily thick, (very similar to the Russian Blue's coat) and, yes, very silky, sometimes oily because no, they also do not shed much, certainly not like a standard domestic cat.

But then Siberians are not wholly domestic cats. They are/were created by mating a Siberian forest cat with a domestic cat, and hence the "Siberian" was born. They are also extraordinary intelligent, very loving, devoted and loyal to their  human family to the point of being babyish in some ways, true "laps cats". They also bite.

Does your cat bite? Not because they're mean, or trying to be mean, but rather its a sign of true affection. They're kissing you, and they love to give love nips and bites, males, more so then the females has been my experience, but those love nips can hurt, so be forewarned.

Geri

JessPete77
7 months ago
JessPete77 7 months ago

Hmm very interesting, she doesn't do the biting thing that you mentioned but she is very babyish and loves attention. 

I was able to upload some photos on my profile under the album titled Macey if anyone wants to view them! 

JessPete77
7 months ago
JessPete77 7 months ago
2 likes by Melissa Smith and GeriD

Oh here we go 

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GeriD
7 months ago
GeriD 7 months ago

Wow! That is one gorgeous cat!  OK, I can certainly see why you're wondering about a Russian Blue lineage. Definitely possible. Color, the coat as you describe it, and even the facial structure and ears tend to look Russian Blue in nature.  She's a bit more exotic looking than the usual Blue, might have some Siamese in there -- though Siamese are hardly considered a "silent/quiet" breed. Ha! Ha! Blue's are considered a quiet breed, though. How big is she? Blue's (modern ones) have a tendency to be small. Whichever, she is a true beauty, could be a calendar/poster kitty.

Best,

Geri

JessPete77
7 months ago
JessPete77 7 months ago

Thank you! Yes she is beautiful. We saw her at the shelter and knew we had to make her part of the family! 

She is on the small side, I'm not sure of her exact weight but she's dainty and smaller than any other cat I've had.

Melissa Smith
7 months ago
Melissa Smith 7 months ago

I still can't be positive if she's a Russian Blue or not, but she certainly is gorgeous!

JessPete77
7 months ago
JessPete77 7 months ago

Thank you, if not I'm thinking maybe a mix! 

Planicka
2 weeks ago
Planicka 2 weeks ago

She is beautiful. I'm not a cat expert but I researched the breed so much because of my curiosity to know if my kitten is a Russian blue. Your cat looks exactly how they're described and the pictures I've seen online. I'm not sure why your vet says shes not but you could always do a DNA test. 

For some reason I can't upload my kittens piture but I did add it to my profile gallery and I'd love to see what your opinions are. She's very shy but also so loving. I've owned cats before but she just seems so unique and smart. She cries A LOT. The shelter we adopted her from says she's a DSH but I've owned those before and she's just so different. 

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