NOVA BREEDING CENTER BARCELONA

Russian Blue: Care

The Russian Blue is one of the healthiest and easiest cats to care for and has no congenital diseases linked to the breed, so with some basic and routine guidelines, our cat will always show a healthy appearance.

A healthy Russian Blue will have a slim and muscular appearance, shiny hair and eyes without watering or watering, with a lively expression. Your nostrils will be clean and your ears free of wax. If we examine his mouth, he will have sharp white teeth and gums without irritation.

Indicative signs that our cat is not well are the presence of diarrhea or vomiting, traces of blood in the feces, a dry or discharged nose, watery eyes, the formation of lobes, dry and crusty hair, bad breath, dark wax in its ears, weak nails, sad eyes, tight skin, apathetic character or lack of appetite. 

It is important to dedicate daily attention time and pay special attention to possible anomalies that it presents and if it shows any worrying signs, we will immediately go to the veterinarian.

It is important to avoid going outside and provide clean water daily. Their feeders and litter tray must also be cleaned daily and they must have a scratching post and a rest area. If we also provide him with a healthy and nutritious diet, control his weight and encourage him to play and exercise, he will be a healthy and happy cat.

Apart from the daily care we provide, the following guidelines are also recommended:

Brushed:

brushed weekly to remove dead hair, although it is not essential and it is only recommended to do so if the cat enjoys it as part of the caresses and attention we give it. It will be done against the grain and in favor of it, massaging the cat and turning it into a pleasant time for everyone. They tend to purr throughout the brushing when they enjoy it. In times of shedding, the frequency can be increased to 2 or 3 weekly brushings. That way your hair will look shiny and free of impurities. However, since it is a short-haired cat, if you don't brush it it will look equally shiny.

External deworming:

external deworming preventive, using pipettes lasting 1 or 2 months. In the event that the cat does not leave the house or have any type of access to the outside, we will consult with our veterinarian and follow the guidelines indicated.

Internal deworming:

Yesalways under veterinary prescription. A internal deworming preventive every 3/4 months, preferably alternating two different active ingredients and with different coverage. Although some internal deworming medications are effective against more than one type of parasite, there is no medication that is effective against all of them and therefore, in the event of an infestation, it will be necessary to determine the type of parasite before medicating the cat. Some side effects of these medications may be diarrhea or vomiting, which we must distinguish from a toxic reaction (all dewormers are poisons that ideally will affect parasites more than cats, but this does not always have to be the case and therefore it is important always follow the guidelines set by our veterinarian). 

Cut the nails:

Can ctrim nails with a periodicity of 2/3 weeks using scissors specially designed for this purpose. In the central inner part of each nail we have a pink line that we should never cut, as it contains blood vessels, nerve endings and the cells responsible for the growth of the nail. Never cut your cat's nails by force and/or if he is not used to it (in this case, let your veterinarian do it during check-ups).

Bathroom:

With few exceptions, cats get very stressed by baths, although we do not see obvious signs of this and it may seem otherwise to us. Curiosity about water never implies that they want to be bathed. A cat smells like its home and maintains scrupulous daily hygiene on its own, so if it has occasionally been stained with something greasy, remove it with a wet but clean wipe or cloth. never bathe him, not even punctually. 

Affectionate with children who treat him with respect and other household animals, he is the ideal animal for family coexistence. He adores his owners but has a tendency to strengthen ties with a specific member of his human family, to whom he will express his most authentic devotion and loyalty, not separating from him, accompanying him in his daily chores and observing each of his movements; They are very sensitive to the emotional state of their owner, with whom they will share sorrows and joys.

Always predisposed to receive attention and affection, he will try to participate in as many activities as possible in his home.

It will be reserved and cautious when faced with unknown situations or people, although its curiosity can and will not take long for it to go sniffing around, always under the protection of its owner until it gains confidence.

He doesn't like change too much but he adapts quickly to new situations, although he avoids noisy or stressful environments. We have already mentioned that it is a fairly silent cat, with a subdued voice that it uses on a few occasions to attract the attention of its owner and show his wishes.