Coming from Russia, the Russian Blue is medium in size, lean, and seal-like in texture, making its first appearance at London’s Crystal Palace in 1875. Known as an Archangel Cat, since it was said to be from the island of Archangel in Russia, it took on other blue felines at the time.
Just how much does a Russian blue kitty cost?
The expense of a Russian Blue kitty will depend upon its quality, age, breeder, and where you live. A top quality Russian Blue will cost about $400 to $750, however, if you were able to find an older feline, the expenses could be as low as $150. Bear in mind that this breed is fairly unusual, so it might be difficult to find one in your city, and even if you were able to find one, there’s a great chance there will be a waiting list. Show-quality felines registered with the TICA can cost a lot more, usually around $1,300 to $2,000.
PetPlace.com notes that if you were to find a show-quality feline, the expenses could be as high as $2,000, depending upon the bloodline, conformations, coat color, and show prospects.
The TICA, for instance, lists registered Russian Blue breeders in the United States. One breeder we were able to find on this list, for instance, was charging $1,450 per kitty.
What is going to be included in the adoption charge?
A trusted breeder should provide up-to-date vaccinations, registration documents and if registered with a known organization, such as the TICA, this must be included also.
Shelters will typically spay/neuter, add a vet examination, and a small starter package with food samples.
What are the additional expenses?
If you never owned a cat in the past, you should be prepared to put money aside for essential products such as food, treats, bed linen, bowls, collars, scratch posts, grooming materials, a litter box, litter, and toys. Depending upon what kind of products you purchase, it can cost closer to $750 just for essentials. Even when you have all of the needed products, you still have to consider the repeating food, cat litter, vaccinations, medication, and veterinarian consultation expenses.
As already noted, considering that this feline is considered to be pretty rare, you might need to pay shipping expenses if you can’t pick it up personally. The typical expense to deliver a cat through an airline company can cost anywhere from $150 to more than $400, depending on the range of the trip.
Tips to keep in mind
The Russian Blue is medium in size, about 10 inches in height to the shoulder, slim, and has a well-muscled body. The legs are long, with a thinner tail and wedge-shaped head, and the typical weight can vary from 7 to 13 pounds.
Its coat is known to be really short, thick, and plush to the touch. Typical coat colors will be blue or silver.
The Russian Blue’s life-span can vary from 10 to 16 years.
These felines tend to like the same environments. They do not like environmental chances and can also get noticeably distressed if their dinner schedule is changed.
This breed is recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and is accepted by the AACE, ACA, ACFA, CCA, CFA, CFF, TICA, and UFO.
Their character, as described by its owners, is known to be really dependent, easy-going, smart, active, faithful, peaceful, and really lively.
A proper combing is needed at least once weekly and as much as 3 times each week during its shedding season, which is two times annually: generally at the start of fall when they shed their summer season coat and once again in the spring when they shed their winter season coat.
The Russian Blue is known to be a hypoallergenic feline, and there’s proof that the Russian Blue can produce less of the glycoprotein Fel d, which is the most typical known allergen of a feline. Its thick coat can trap the majority of its allergens, preventing those who experience allergic reactions from breathing them in.
A Russian Blue is calm around kids who know how to love a cat.
How can you save some money?
Check with your local cat shelter or rescue group as these places are typically overrun with numerous cats and kitties that need a family. You can also use PetFinder.com to either find a Russian Blue in your location or a feline that really looks like one.