Russian blue cats are a favourite among pet owners because of their affectionate, playful and somewhat shy demeanour. Their beautiful blue grey shiny coat also make them tops in the cat show world. Whether you own a Russian blue cat as a pet or as a show cat, he's sure to bring joy to any household. With a lot of tender loving care, your Russian blue cat will steal your heart and rule your roost in no time at all.
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Things you need
- Litter box
- Pooper scooper
- Premium dry cat food
- Food dish
- Water bowl
- Hairball remedy
- Metal comb
- Nail clippers
- Cat toys
- Cat scratcher
Confine your Russian blue cat to his own room for a few days after you bring him home for the first time, especially if you have other cats or pets. It'll give him time and his own space to adjust to his new surroundings. Gradually allow your Russian blue cat to explore other rooms in the house, and trade places with another resident cat so they can get used to each other's scent.
Set a clean litter box in an easily reachable location big enough for your Russian blue cat to move around in. Use a clumping or clay litter that your cat likes, and change it often. Use a pooper scooper to remove waste every day. A covered litter box is best to keep odours at a minimum.
Feed your Russian blue cat with a premium dry cat food two times a day in his own food dish, and place a bowl of fresh water within easy reach. Avoid letting your Russian blue cat pick from his feed bowl all day long or else he'll gain weight and turn into a picky eater. Feed a spoonful or less of wet cat food no more than once a day.
Give your Russian blue cat a hairball medicine, such as Laxatone or Femalt, to loosen the hair in his tummy and allow him to pass it through his system. Better yet, feed him a dry, high-quality hairball control cat food.
Comb your Russian blue cat using a small- or medium-size metal comb every couple of days to keep his blue grey fur shiny and healthy. This will prevent hairballs from forming, and your cat will love the extra attention.
Clip your Russian blue cat's nails every week with a pair of nail clippers. Hold your cat in your lap and press into the pad of his foot to encourage his nails to pop out. Cut the nails just above the vein on both the front and back paws. Reward your Russian blue cat for his good behaviour with a blob of tasty hairball remedy on his paw that he can lick off.
Indulge your Russian blue cat with fur toys that he can bat around, carry in his mouth, and "kill," such as catnip mice and balls. He'd also appreciate a good scratching post, preferably made from sisal rope. Place one in several areas of your house so if he feels like scratching, he won't have far to go. Kitty teasers with a colourful feather or bird toy on the end can be used to exercise your cat.
Tips and warnings
- Take your Russian blue cat to the veterinarian regularly and make sure his shots are up to date.
- Russian blue cats tend to bond with one person in the household.
- Feed Russian blue kittens dry cat food three times a day until they're 7 months old.
- Treat dry skin by adding a couple drops of Lipiderm or flax oil to a spoonful of wet food and feeding it to your cat.
- Clean dirty cat ears with a Q-tip soaked in olive oil.
- Keep your Russian blue cat indoors.
- Russian blue cats may be shy with strangers and hide from them.
- Russian blue cats love to eat and may try to manipulate you into giving them more than they need.
- Clipping nails on the vein will cause your Russian blue cat to cry out and bleed.
- Russian blue cats like to play rough, so they should be supervised, especially if children are around.
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