Russian Blue

10 Ways to Keep Your Russian Blue Healthy And Happy!

Do you like cats? If so, then I’m sure you’re already thinking about getting one. They are furry, cute, and love to play! But do you know how to take care of it? Cats may seem independent, but they will need help from you if they want to stay healthy and happy. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about how to take care of a Russian Blue Cat.

Russian Blues are widely recognized for their robust health and simple upkeep; like other cats, they, however, require regular cleaning and maintenance to maintain their condition.

Russian Blue sleeping.

Whether you’re a current Russian blue owner seeking advice on caring for your cat or a potential buyer looking for information about what to expect, we’ve got the knowledge you need. Continue reading to learn more about properly caring for your Russian blue.

Here are 10 tips any owner needs to follow if they want to keep their Russian Blue happy, alive, and healthy.

10. Keep Them Indoors To Keep Russian Blue Happy

Unless you have active cats on a farm or smallholding, I usually advise keeping all cats indoors. There are a number of reasons to keep Russian blues indoors. First and foremost, there are the hazards that come with owning any cat: being hit by automobiles, being attacked by other animals (foxes, dogs, other cats), acquiring ticks and fleas, being attacked by humans, and eating preys that are infected.

Unfortunately, some people believe it’s hilarious to spread poisoned food or simply capture and kill cats. Because of their heritage, your Russian blues are especially vulnerable to theft. This breed is quite popular, and individuals may be tempted to steal your pet in order to sell her. Then there’s the issue of how a Russian blue might influence the local fauna: This breed, like the one previously described, has a powerful prey response and produces some really talented mousers. If they are permitted to run free, they may significantly reduce the songbird population.

If your Russian blue favors outdoors, a roofed enclosure in the back garden may be a solution. Because these cats are very trainable, you can usually get them to take a harness (if you introduce them to it properly). This will allow you to take your Russian blue out for walks on a lead.

Read more: 7 Fun Russian Blue Cat Training Games to Try With Your Cat!

9. Groom Your Russian Blue Frequently

These cats require a lot of attention from their humans to be satisfied, even though they are short-haired. Remember, this is the same breed’s dense coat that requires combing or brushing at least once a week. They’re a low-activity cat breed; loose hair accumulates in their coats as a result of their relaxed lifestyle.

When your Russian blue cleans herself, she licks up all of the loose hair and absorbs it. Hairballs and other issues may be caused as a result of this. A thorough brushing or combing can help you avoid hairballs while also distributing natural oils throughout your Russian blue coat. For my cats, I like a metal shedding comb; others prefer pet vacuum, rubber brushes, or brush mitts.

8. Clip Their Claws Once Every Two Weeks

At least once a month, but preferably every ten days, pamper your Russian blue with a Mani/Pedi. If this is not done, cat claws may get ingrown; trimming her claws will also make them less sharp, decreasing any scratching. When you do this, be cautious – only clip away the very tip of each claw. Do one claw at a time and give breaks to your Russian Blue while doing so.

If you want to get your pet used to the Clippers, start with them. Leave them out in the areas where she enjoys: for example, near her food bowl or on her favorite chair. Allow her to sniff and lick them; give her a reward and praise if she does. You may help her get acclimated to the sound of the clippers and make sure she’s comfortable using it.

7. Feed Your Russian Blue High-Quality Foods

Russian Blue taking a nap.

Your Russian blue will not thrive without proper nutrition. Choose a high-protein cat food from which your pet can benefit. Avoid meals that are specifically designed for dogs; instead, give your pet a diet that meets his nutritional requirements. Pay close attention to the components and make sure you know what they include. Meat ingredients should be identified, as well as no vegetables or other fillers. Your Russian blue needs a variety of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. In particular, your Russian blue will require food that is high in taurine — this is essential for its health.

Personally, I avoid dry foods unless they’re used sparingly as treats or rewards. Cats frequently don’t get enough water, and dry rather than wet food might cause them to spend their days in a state of moderate dehydration. If this continues, problems with the urinary tract and kidneys may develop.

If you’re stumped about what to feed your pet,  we recommend you get advice from a veterinarian instead, since vets are medically certified and can explain the subject much better than we can.

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6. Hydrate your Russian Blue cat

A water fountain might help avoid kidney and UT problems by providing your Russian blue with a hydration source. Some cats have an aversion to their water bowls until they are overcome by dehydration, which is not good for them. This may be due to a variety of factors, including the fact that many cats dislike drinking from a still pool and prefer drinking from a water source.

Consider getting a water fountain for your cat. A pump-driven model with a running stream of free-running water rather than a gravity-fed waterer is preferable. This encourages cats to drink more and boost their self-esteem in their water supply.

Other features to consider are ease of maintenance (no enclosed sections that can’t be cleaned, as mold and germs may build there and contaminate your pet’s water) and anti-microbial plastic. A built-in water filter on the fountain is also necessary (this should also be replaceable).

I prefer fountains with a variety of pump speeds so you can pick one that is most enjoyable for your pet. Battery and mains versions are available; I have a mains-powered fountain, but if you need to move the bowl around frequently, a battery-powered model may be preferable. If the water source is placed too close to the food dish, it might evoke an atavistic link between prey and polluted water, causing your Russian blue to be hesitant to drink.

5. Limit your Pet’s Food Intake

After the first year, I would suggest switching to a portion-controlled diet, as kittens and younger Russian blues can be fed freely. Kittens require a lot of food since they are growing at such a rapid rate and are constantly moving about.

Two meals a day are sufficient for adult cats. Treats should be kept tiny, infrequent, and low-calorie. You shouldn’t allow your Russian blue to eat human food; it increases the amount of food she eats as well as is potentially harmful to her.

Onions and garlic are two of the items we consume on a daily basis that are harmful or actively poisonous to cats. Give your pets one pouch of high-quality wet food in the morning and another at night. If your cat continuously fusses and requests food, keep reading to discover some techniques for taming that notorious Russian blue appetite.

4. Brush Their Teeth Regularly

If your cat’s teeth aren’t brushed, they will all develop cavities and gum disease. Russian blues seem to require more attention in this area; I’m not sure why, but they appear to be just a little more vulnerable to gingivitis and tooth decay than other cats. I would advise brushing your cat’s teeth at least once a week, although every three days is recommended. Some cats are more easily brushed than others. My cats have either allowed their teeth to be cleaned or have actively liked the process and would eagerly participate in it, but most of them have at least permitted their teeth to be cared for.

Meat-flavored toothpaste might help you get a hesitant feline to agree to the procedure — smear some paste on the brush and let her lick it off to teach her to like the implement. If this fails, you may still be able to achieve success with a fingertip brush. These allow you to brush the cat’s mouth open while also brushing its teeth. If that doesn’t work, wrap your finger around a clean cloth with a bit of pet toothpaste on it and a wipe over your Russian blue’s teeth is better than nothing.

If your Russian blue refuses to cooperate, you might want to visit a professional cat groomer. Vets are frequently knowledgeable when it comes to encouraging cats to accept necessary treatments.

3. Involve Your Cat in Various Playful Activities

As a low-activity cat breed, the Russian blue can develop health issues as a result of being sedentary. Your Russian blue might begin to have high blood pressure, joint problems, weight gain, and various other difficulties. Fortunately, there’s another instinct that can overpower the urge to sleep: your Russian blue’s prey response. Your Russian blue is a descendant of generations of champion mousers and a compulsion to hunt is always just below the surface.

Motorized Toys are a wonderful choice for her to chase. Fishing-pole teaser toys, on the other hand, are another excellent choice; you may use them to exercise your Russian blue without having to run yourself ragged.

Read more: Latest Russian Blue Toys and Care Essentials for 2022.

2. Take Your Pet to the Vet for Regular Shots and Check-ups

Russian Blue in a deep sleep.

It’s critical to have your Russian blue cat checked out by a veterinarian as soon as she arrives in her new home. If you got a Russian Blue kitten from a breeder, the breeder should have taken care of things like spaying and vaccinations during the first 12 weeks or so, giving you an overall picture of your new cat’s health.

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However, a simple examination by your own veterinarian will detect any conditions that the original vet may have missed. Your veterinarian can also assist you with any queries you may have about caring for your Russian blue. At least twice a year, take your Russian blue to be checked up by a veterinarian.

These biannual checkups, as well as keeping your pet up to date on her vaccinations and deworming regimen, allow your veterinarian to examine for any health concerns in Russian Blues. Russian blues are long-lived, healthy cats that may have one or two minor issues, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This disease can be treated with diet and proper medication but it needs to be caught early.

1. Increase the size of your Russian Blue’s litter tray.

A Russian blue cat is a medium to large-sized breed. They usually reach a substantial size. You’ll need to increase any equipment for your Russian blue cat accordingly. I despise litter trays that are sold in pet shops because they are never big enough.

A litter tray with a length equal to the cats is required for your Russian blue. The tray should be 50% longer than your Russian blue’s length. You won’t find one of these dimensions in any corner pet shop. Instead, I utilize a large plastic storage box that has one side cut down in order to let the cat enter and exit.

The best aspect of these boxes is that they have sturdy walls and can be covered with a lid, providing more secluded places for shyer cats. Small litter trays might help your Russian blue keep its business in rather than using the unpleasant tray, which may lead to ailments like constipation and infections.

Regularly clean your Russian blue’s litter tray. Russian blues are finicky about this kind of thing. If you don’t change their litter at least every few days, they will protest and may seek other options if you don’t tidy up the tray.

Conclusion

Cats are very good at taking care of themselves, so in most cases, they will not need much help from their owner. You can prevent diseases by keeping the litter box clean, feeding them a high-quality diet, and keeping them away from toxins like pesticides or herbicides. You can make your cat smart by training it and buying it toys.

If you want to learn more about how to keep your cat happy and healthy, we hope that this article has provided you with all of the information you need to start making a difference in your cat’s life!

 

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