The Russian Blue and Nebelung Cat


 

4 months old Russian Blue male

4 months old Russian Blue male (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Russian Blue Cat is one of the most beautiful of all cats with its shiny silvery coat and sleek Siamese-like build. They are quiet and shy, but very loving and affectionate cats that tend to crave attention. The Russian Blue’s head has a long and tapered, triangular shape like the head of a Siamese, and has a slender body much like the Siamese as well. Russian Blues are unlike their British cousins in that the British Blue’s stature is somewhat heavier and stockier than the Russian Blue. The Russian Blue’s ears are fairly large and more pointed than a British Blue or a domestic cat. The eye color is different as well with the Russian Blue having golden-green to emerald green eyes and the British Blue having copper or orange colored eyes. Russian Blues also have purplish-grey footpads and toe nails, where other domestics have pink footpads and toe nails.

The Russian Blue has a very soft and silky seal-like, short double coat with guard hairs that give it a distinctive silvery sheen.  It should be a light to medium blue-grey solid color with no shadings or markings for a good show quality cat.  Pet quality cats may have some very small white markings on the chin or chest, though this is considered a fault in show quality cats. Other faults are tabby markings, heavy build, and a squared or rounded head shape, such as in the British Blue.

A perfect Russian Blue is very hard to find, because it takes about two years for a kitten to develop the correct eye color and coat texture and color.  The Russian Blue’s almond-shaped eyes, which are set fairly far apart, will remain golden for about two years and then turn more of an emerald green.  It should be noted that Russian Blues are also born with tabby markings and a fluffy coat which fades to the solid blue-grey color and eventually becomes the adult short coat.

Occasionally, there have been solid white and solid black Russian Blues born to litters, though this is quite rare.  A solid white and solid black cat bred together results in the blue cat, so the genes are there. Both the black and white genes are dominant and usually balance out to make the blue.  A blue cat bred to a blue cat almost always yields all blue kittens.  Cross breeding with a tabby will likely yield mostly tabbies, though some kittens may turn out solid colored blue. Once in a while, a blue kitten will be born to an ordinary domestic cat that fits the description of a true Russian Blue.  These should be called an American Blue, though they are also sometimes called a Maltese, Spanish Blue, or Archangel.

The long-haired version is also a more rare form of the Russian Blue. Occasionally a kitten will retain its longer hair. The long-haired version of this breed of cat is called the Nebelung. The fur of the Nebelung is medium blue tipped with silver, giving it a shimmering, misty sheen, which gives it its name. Nebelung means creature of the mist. The Russian Blue is truly a beautiful cat and well worth the trouble and expense of obtaining one.  Russian Blues start at about $200 for pet quality and can be upwards of $500 for show quality animals.

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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