Welcome to our Blue Russian kittens guide!
Such a distinct breed of kitten deserves its very own care guide.
So this article is chock full of information about how to find Russian Blue kittens for sale and make sure they’re healthy.
We’ve also got tips to help your new kitten settle in, and help you navigate the kitten years all the way through to cat-hood.
What Is a Russian Blue Kitten?
A Russian Blue kitten is simply young Russian Blue cat.
Kittens are not considered adult cats until they are over a year old.
These kittens will grow up to be medium-sized cats, ranging from 8 to 12 pounds.
This breed of cat is thought to be a naturally occurring breed, but there are breeders who breed them for appearance.
Russian Blue Kitten Characteristics
The Russian Blue breed is known for their distinct deep blue-gray coat which is shiny and plush.
Their coat immediately draws attention, making them a sought-after breed.
A Russian Blue kitten will have a distinct personality when compared to other breeds.
Shy at first, a Russian Blue kitten will strongly bond with their caretaker after enough time and interaction.
After they bond they are affectionate and loyal companions!
A Russian Blue kitten is a perfect companion for a relaxed and playful household.
To learn more about this lovely breed, check out our in-depth and complete guide for the Russian Blue Cat!
Russian Blue Kitten Supplies
A new kitten requires a lot of supplies, especially if this is your first ever kitten.
A trip to a pet store or general retailer should yield all that you need.
Overall, pet stores have better deals on these items, as well as more coupons.
At the least, you will need
- high-quality Russian Blue kitten food
- food bowl
- water bowl
- cat brush
- nail trimmer
- breakaway collar
- scratching posts/cardboard scratchers
- a litter box
- cat litter
- and a litter box scooper.
A quick note on food and water bowls; try to get ceramic or stainless-steel bowls for your Russian Blue kitten.
These bowls are easy to clean and harbor fewer bacteria than their plastic counterparts.
If you want to get some fun accessories consider picking up a mixed bag of cat toys, a cat bed, some cat treats, interesting shaped cat scratchers, a cat tower, and a boa or string cat toy.
Russian Blue Kitten Toys
The more you get to know your sweet Russian Blue kitten, the more you will see what kinds of toys they like.
Some kittens really enjoy balls, while others may prefer mouse toys.
Russian Blue cats and kittens have been known to play fetch!
Try taking a smaller toy like a catnip stuffed mouse and throwing it.
You may be surprised to find your new kitten brings it back just like a dog would!
It may take a few tries for the Russian Blue kitten to catch on, but once they do fetch will be a regular part of play time.
If your kitten is not quite getting the hang of fetch, you can try reinforcing the behavior with treats.
Bringing Home Your Russian Blue Kitten
Traveling, arriving new places, and meeting new people are all very intense and stressful experiences for a Russian Blue kitten.
When you get your kitten home, you need to make sure that you give them time and space to adjust to their new location.
Prepare a small room for them to explore by tucking away any cords, laying out their food and water, and placing their litter box away from their food.
Put the carrier and Russian Blue kitten in a small room.
Open the carrier door and let the kitten explore as they wish.
Do not try to force the kitten out or chase them as they explore.
This is a stressful time for them, as this is the first time they are away from their mother and siblings.
As they begin to explore on their own they will gain confidence.
Soon they will associate this space with comfort and safety.
The Adjustment Period
For optimal adjustment, it is good to try and spend the better part of the first two days of transition with the Russian Blue kitten.
The weekend is an excellent time frame for this but taking a few days off of work is another option.
Once they are eating, playing, and comfortably using the litter box in that room, you can open the door to let them explore more of your home.
Make sure not to move their litter box or food and water while they are getting comfortable with the rest of your home.
Russian Blue Kitten Litter Training
Usually, kittens are litter box trained by their mother.
This is almost exclusively the case when the kittens come from breeders and adoption agencies.
Of course, you still want your Russian Blue kitten to keep up the good work, so you need to provide the right tools for your kitten.
Make sure you get a litter box that the kitten can get in and out of easily, one with a low ledge or entryway is fine.
You can get a higher-sided box when they are older if you prefer.
Put the litter box in a quiet spot where your cat can still see anyone approaching.
Then, help your kitten learn how everything they already know about using the toilet applies in your house by reading this article about toilet training.
Choosing Litter for Russian Blue Kittens
As Russian Blue cats and kittens are generally short-haired, you can use clumping litter.
Clumping litters are generally very popular when they are suitable because they’re easy to clean out.
There are many different types of clumping litter available such as corn, walnut, clay, and paper.
If you get a long haired Russian Blue kitten, avoid clumping litter so that it doesn’t get stuck in their fur.
Your Russian Blue kitten will almost certainly have their own opinions about acceptable cat litters too – buy small quantities at first to see which kind of litter they like the best.
Russian Blue Kitten Health
All cat breeds come with their own unique challenges. Russian blue cats are no exception. By understanding the issues that our common in our cat, we can prepare more effectively.
A 2001 study of just under 300,000 cats found Russian Blue Cats had an increased risk of urocystolithiasis.
Cats suffering from this condition have stones in their lower urinary tract. These stones typically form from minerals in their urine.
If your Russian cat is having difficulty urinating, it’s a good sign that this condition could be the culprit.
Russian Blue Cats are generally as healthy as any other breed. It’s important to learn what conditions your cat might be predisposed to, though.
Russian Blue Kitten Food
Behind every healthy, energetic kitten there is a nutritious food.
Making sure that your Russian Blue kitten is getting exactly what they need from their diet is extremely important.
Kittens need a high-calorie nutrient-rich diet to help them develop.
Your kitten will probably come home with some of the food they were weaned on to. If not, ask your breeder well in advance what food they will be used to.
Keeping giving them the same food when they get home, and make any changes gradually after they are fully settled in.
If you are worried about your kitten’s diet, you think it might be unsuitable in any way, or you’d like to try another diet to address specific health concerns, always talk to your vet first.
For our favorite Russian Blue cat food recommendations, check out our Russian Blue cat food guide!
Russian Blue Kitten Grooming
A Russian Blue kitten’s coat is unlike a typical short-haired coat because it sheds less.
This lovely breed has been bred for plush, thick, and soft coats that do not shed constantly.
The key to keeping this type of coat beautiful and full is occasional brushing.
Your fastidious feline will toe the line with lots of self-grooming too!
If you get a long-haired Russian Blue kitten, they will require more help brushing to keep their coat silky smooth.
Where to Buy Russian Blue Kittens
There are many ways to purchase a Russian Blue kitten.
The best known and most common way is through a Russian Blue cat breeder.
You can usually find out online if there are any Russian Blue kitten breeders in your area.
TICA keep details of some Russian Blue cat breeders.
In the US you can also try the Fanciers Breeder Referral List for Russian Blues or the American Cat Fancier’s equivalent page, and if you’re reading this in the UK try the Russian Blue Breeders Association.
Alternatively, you may want to start your search at local rescues, shelters, or humane societies.
These kittens may not be purebred, but Russian Blue mix kittens often have the same beautiful coats and personalities.
Russian Blue Kitten Price
Depending which route you choose also determines how much money you will spend.
Russian Blue kitten price varies widely from a breeder to an adoption agency.
The average price for a purebred Russian Blue kitten is $600-800, whereas the average adoption cost for a kitten ranges from $75-150.
Some Russian Blue breeders charge more because their kittens have show winning parents, or there aren’t many other breeders nearby.
I’ve seen one breeder charge $2,800 for a single Russian Blue kitten – but this is an extreme example!
Russian Blue Mix Kittens
If you see the purebred Russian Blue kitten cost and start to sweat, consider seeking out a Russian Blue mix kitten.
These cats are quite common in shelters and humane societies.
As these types of cats are of mixed origins, you can see some fun variation in their appearance.
One of my personal favorites is seeing a long haired Russian Blue kitten mix.
All the color, spunk, and energy of a Russian Blue, but with long fluffy hair.
Some of these mixed kittens will have eye colors that look stunning with their steely gray coats.
I have seen orange, olive, and yellow-green eyes!
Russian Blue Kitten Adoption
From volunteering at my local rescue for 3 and a half years, I can safely say that Russian Blue cats and kittens are very common.
Usually, the kittens that pass through are Russian Blue mix kittens rather than purebred Russian Blue kittens.
Sometimes they are long haired Russian Blue kittens rather than short haired.
In my experience, even these mixed kittens have distinct Russian Blue personalities.
Most start out shy, but once they get to know you, they become energetic and playful little love bugs!
Begin by looking up all the adoption agencies in your area. Most will have a website you can visit.
Petfinder is also an excellent online resource to find Russian Blue kittens for adoption in your local area: it is an online registry for local animal shelters to list their pets for adoption on.
Picking a Name for Your Russian Blue Kitten
Finally a job which should be fun: picking your Russian Blue kitten’s name.
Once your kitten is settled in and has a name, that’s when they really begin to feel like art of the family.
But picking a name can be hard if nothing really leaps out at you.
Luckily, whether you’re thinking of something cool, cute or clever, we have over 300 brilliant ideas in our Russian Blue Cat Names article!
Is a Russian Blue Kitten Right for Me?
If you want a beautiful, mellow, and sweet cat, a Russian Blue kitten may be the perfect fit!
Lap snuggles and lots of attention are in your future!
Luckily, because the Russian Blue enjoys well-earned popularity, their kittens are widely available, and Russian Blue mix kittens are often rehomed by animal shelters too.
Always put the welfare of your new cat first, and if your Russian Blue kitten is coming from a breeder make sure they are committed to rearing healthy kittens.
Make sure that you and your family are ready to welcome a new member into your household: preparing for a new arrival is the key to success.
Have You Raised a Russian Blue Kitten?
Please share your favorite memories in the comments down below!
American Animal Hospital Association, Bringing a New Kitten Home, 2011.
Chalermpol Lekcharoensuk, DVM, MPH et al Epidemiologic study of risk factors for lower urinary tract diseases in cats 2001
P. L. Jody DVM, PHD et al Biologic Behavior of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases 1996
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