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Russian Blue

Russian Blue

A gentle and loving companion, the Russian Blue can be more reserved than other cats but makes a lovely addition to a quiet household. 

Originating in the Russian town of Archangelsk, the Russian Blue was called the “Archangel Cat”. Unlike many other breeds of cat that arose from humans selectively breeding them, the Russian Blue occurred naturally.

Russian Blue cats are average sized cats up to around 5kgs and commonly have a shiny blue-grey coat.


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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics




Average, 3 to 6kgs  

Weight Range

3 to 6kgs



Life expectancy

10 to 20 years 


Short and thick, sheds. 


Intelligent, sensitive, reserved  

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Quiet households

Apartment Friendly



Although they can be reserved around new people, they are very playful when they are content in their situation. Make sure you’ve got plenty of toys and scratchers available and get ready to enjoy lots of play time with your Russian Blue. Otherwise they tend to be a gentle and friendly cat and make great companions. It is important to encourage play with your cat to help keep them fit and healthy. Playing with your cat also strengthens your bond. Be sure to provide your Russian Blue with plenty of cat trees and toys to play with.


The Russian blue cat has short thick fur. They don’t need a lot of grooming, but gentle, regular brushing helps to remove shedding fur as well as helps you to bond with your cat. A cat grooming glove is a great option for your Russian Blue cat. You may not notice your cat scratching like you would with a dog, but the cat flea "Ctenocephalides felis" is the most common flea found on both dogs and cats. So, make sure your kitty is on flea and tick control all year round to prevent these nasty parasites. 


When choosing a food for your Russian Blue, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Russian Blue cat has a constant supply of fresh water available, and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common Health Concerns 

Traumatic accidents were the most claimed condition for Russian Blue cats in 2019. It may be possible to help your Russian Blue cat avoid outdoor accidents by keeping them indoors or in a suitable cat friendly enclosure. 

According to PetSure data from 2019, the five most common reasons for a Russian Blue cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) are as follows: 



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Traumatic accident/fracture




Gastrointestinal tract conditions




Respiratory tract conditions (including asthma, rhinitis)




Foreign body or toxin ingestion







Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Russian Blue names

According to PetSure data from 2019, the post popular names for Russian Blue cats were:

  1. Loki
  2. Molly
  3. Lily
  4. Luna
  5. Max
  6. Bella
  7. Cleo
  8. Coco
  9. Jasmine
  10. Leo

Most popular female names

  1. Molly
  2. Lily
  3. Luna
  4. Bella
  5. Cleo
  6. Coco
  7. Jasmine
  8. Tinkerbell
  9. Angel
  10. Arlo

Most popular male names

  1. Loki
  2. Max
  3. Leo
  4. Prince
  5. Tank
  6. Theo
  7. Zeus
  8. Angus
  9. Arnold
  10. Baxter

Did you know?

Russian blue kittens have yellow eyes which change to green as they mature. 

Where can I get a Russian Blue cat? 

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may be possible to find a Russian Blue cat through a breed specific rescue. 


  1. Benton, T, 2019 Sumerzby.com.au, Russian Blue Cat Breed, Accessed on 27/10/20 
  2. The Cat Fanciers Association, The Russian Blue, Accessed on 27/10/20
  3. Wikipedia, Russian Blue, Accessed on 27/10/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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