Identifying The Russian Blue Cat Breed

So you decided to go see a cat show and suddenly you find a Russian Blue cat that looks exactly like your cat Mr. Whiskers back home. But how can you be certain that Mr. Whiskers is indeed a Russian Blue cat?

People tend to group things together. It is common human psychology, this tendency to categorize things. Though we are not always right, it enables us to identify something as belonging to one group. And so it is with cats.

Russian Blue cat breeders are no longer surprised when faced with dozens of questions from owners who want to know more about the breed. Most of these owners are wondering whether their cat might be a Russian Blue cat, considering the similarity in appearance.

But while these cats might look like Russian Blue cats, the fact of the matter is that most cats in the United States have no distinct breed. These cats are random-bred and are simply referred to as domestic. This does not mean, of course, that they are lesser cats. It only means that they do not belong to a single defined breed.

An untrained eye may easily mistake a domestic blue cat for a Russian Blue cat with an 8-generation pedigree in its bloodline. Who knows? Maybe Mr. Whiskers is a Russian Blue mix cat!

But you can’t be certain unless you acquaint yourself with the characteristics and features that make the Russian Blue cat a distinct breed. In this article, we give you a list of some of the more easily recognizable characteristics of Russian Blue kittens and cats that are not found in any other cats.

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Appearance Of A Russian Blue

The first thing you will notice about a Russian Blue kitten is its smoky, bluish-gray coat. And if you don’t know much about cats or their breed for that matter, you are immediately going to mark this seemingly unique coat color as a distinctive identifier.

However, as already mentioned, it is very possible for domestic cats to have blue coats as well. So, therefore, that eliminates the blue coat as a unique identifier of the breed. What then are the features that you can use to definitely identify a Russian Blue cat?

• Eyes

The eyes of a Russian Blue cat are a clear, dark bottle green. So if you a blue cat with yellow, blue or orange eyes, but not green, then that is definitely not a Russian Blue cat but a domestic cat that happens to have a blue coat.

• Coat Color

Just when you think that coat color is not an identifier, a close look at the coat of a Russian Blue cat will show you that the hairs are solid blue, tipped with white or silver. The silver actually creates a shimmering effect to the coat as the cat moves. Compare this with a domestic blue cat and you will find that the coat of the latter is a flat blue with no silver tip.

Note also that the Russian Blue cat has no white markings. He is solid blue, save for the occasional white locket around the neck, which is considered a disqualifying fault in cat shows.

• Footpads

Check the individual foot of your cat and see what color the foot pads are. A Russian Blue cat has a mauve foot pad. Domestic blue cats, on the other hand, have grey ones.

Russian Blue Pedigree

A true Russian Blue cat has parents and forebears that are Russian Blue cats as well. This is because the Russian Blue breed is a natural breed. It was not developed or created from a selection of other breeds and the Russian Blue cat of today is a product of long generations of Russian Blue pairs.

Therefore, the best identifier you have in order to determine your cat’s breed is to look at his or her pedigree as represented in documents and papers given to you by the breeder.