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Russian Blue

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Size: Medium
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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True to their name, Russian Blues do, in fact, have a grayish-blue coat and are generally believed to have been brought back from the Archangel Isles in Russia by British sailors. Their beautiful, unique fur has two layers, the top one with shiny blue hairs tipped in silver. Russian Blues have a gentle and shy demeanor, making them an ideal choice for many seniors and families with children. Russian Blues are intelligent and affectionate cats that bond with their owners; however, they don't always respond well to strangers or change. So, if your lifestyle involves a constant change in environment or pet sitters, the Russian Blue might not be the best cat for you. It's important to give this cat the safety and security he craves.
General Care

Like the American Domestic Shorthair, Russian Blues are prone to weight gain--so be careful not to overfeed your pet. Otherwise, these cats are relatively low-maintenance. Their short coats require only minimal brushing, and Russian Blues have no major breed-specific health conditions. Still, it's critical to always monitor your cat's health (especially as he ages), so check with your veterinarian with any questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.

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