I love cats. I think I asked my mom to adopt any stray cat that had crossed my path. And every time she said no. I can’t blame her. We live in an apartment, and I did not know how to take care of an animal.
This all changed when we saw Billie. I was sick and my mother and I were waiting outside the doctor’s cabinet when we saw a man abandoning a kitten. The little furball crossed the yard and came straight to me. She was a tiny, adorable thing that knew she had to find a new home. She even warmed my mother’s cat and she agreed to keep it for a couple of days.
As I said, we did not know how to take care of a cat, and when she got sick, we called a vet to make her healthy again. He was so awestruck by my little Billie and could not believe that someone would abandon a half Russian blue cat.
How to spot a Russian blue cat
The name is very fitting: the cats from this breed have grey, silver, or blueish-grey fur. They don’t need to be brushed so often which is one of the elements that my mother loved about Billie: less fur on the carpet.
Another fascinating fact about their appearance is their eyes: they change color: when they are kittens, their eyes are yellow and over time they become green.
A bit of history
No one knows when or where this breed originated from. It is believed that they come from the Archangel Isles from northern Russia. They have a thick coat after all, perfect for the harsh winters from this place.
Over time the cats left the island and started to be preferred by the royal Russian family. At first, the cat was referred to as Archangel cat hinting at their place of origin. The actual name for this breed was recorded in 1912.
The Russian blue cats’ history knew a dark chapter during World War II when their number began to decline and to save the species people started to crossbreed them with the British shorthair cats (which is why they look so alike).
Today, they are loyal companions. This reminds me of:
Why should you adopt a Russian blue cat?
They were considered omens of good luck when sailors decided to keep a cat on board their ships. Even if this superstition might not be true, there are plenty of reasons to choose a Russian blue cat:
Firstly, they are shy animals. It might take a while for them to accommodate in their new home, but once they realize they have nothing to fear they become the most playful cats. Of course, they also need to get to know their new parents. After that, they will follow you everywhere and wait for you at the door. My mother said that she knew when I would come home because Billie would go and sit by the door. But if you plan to show off your cat to the guests, then you might be unlucky: a Russian blue cat is going to hide if new people come into your house.
Secondly, they are very smart. My Billie learned how to open the door and climb the bookcase (climb the door and then jump). They are also quiet: for example, my Billie meowed only when she was sick or really needed to communicate something with us. This is another reason why my mother loved her. Even if she tried to wake us at 5 in the morning by scratching the doors.
I hope that if you ever decide to adopt you would consider a Russian blue cat. Or be lucky enough to find an abandoned one (even if it’s only half Russian blue).