How to Groom A Russian Blue Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Russian Blue Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate, Oriental

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Russian Blue has a short, dense, and plush coat that is soft to the touch. Its fur is known for its shimmering silver-blue color and lack of undercoat, making it hypoallergenic for some people.

Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blue cats are known for their striking blue-gray coat and bright green eyes. They are a medium-sized breed with a muscular build and a graceful, elegant gait. Russian Blues are intelligent and affectionate, but can be shy around strangers. They are also known for their quiet, gentle nature and their love of playtime. These cats require minimal grooming due to their short, dense coat, but regular brushing can help keep their fur shiny and healthy. Overall, Russian Blues make wonderful companions for those looking for a loyal and loving feline friend.

Russian Blue Cats Grooming Tools

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushHelps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersCuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents$5 – $15
Ear cleanerCleans and removes debris from the ear to prevent infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsMade from soft fibers that won’t irritate or scratch the delicate skin inside a cat’s ears, ensuring a comfortable and safe cleaning experience$1 – $5
ToothbrushCleans your cat’s teeth to prevent dental issues and maintain oral health$3 – $10
ToothpasteRegular use of cat toothpaste can help prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay, contributing to your cat’s overall health and well-being$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are made with mild and non-toxic ingredients that are specifically chosen to be gentle on your cat’s skin and fur, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and irritation compared to using human shampoos$3 – $12

The Grooming Process

Brushing

Frequency: Brush your Russian Blue once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing

Russian Blues have short, dense, and plush coat that doesn’t require much grooming. However, they still need a bath every once in a while.

  1. Before bathing, brush their coat to remove any loose hair and mats.
  2. Use a gentle cat shampoo and lukewarm water to wet their coat thoroughly.
  3. Avoid getting water in their ears and eyes.
  4. Massage the shampoo into their coat and rinse thoroughly.
  5. Towel dry them and keep them warm until they are completely dry.
  6. Russian Blues are sensitive to cold, so make sure they are kept in a warm and dry place until they are fully dry.

How Often Should I Bathe My Russian Blue Cat?

You should bathe your Russian Blue cat once every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s natural oils and prevent skin irritation.

How to Trim the Nails of a Russian Blue Cat

  • Supplies first: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and the nail bleeds, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat breaks and treats as needed.
  • Aim to trim your Russian Blue’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Remember, trimming your cat’s nails can be a stressful experience for them, so be patient and gentle.

How to Clean the Ears of a Russian Blue

  • Get the following: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Russian Blue securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Russian Blue with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Cleaning Your Russian Blue Cat’s Teeth

  1. Start by getting your Russian Blue cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the back teeth where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  5. Be patient and take breaks if your cat becomes agitated or uncomfortable. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend brushing their teeth.

Recommended Frequency
Brush your Russian Blue cat’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Common Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s coat.
– Vacuum your home frequently, especially areas where your cat spends time, to remove any flea eggs or larvae.
– Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick preventative medication to protect your cat from infestations.

Matted Fur/Hair

Russian Blues have a dense, short coat that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles and mats, and consider using a detangling spray to make the process easier.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Russian Blues are prone to developing dry, itchy skin due to their sensitive nature. To prevent skin irritation, brush their coat regularly and use a moisturizing shampoo during baths.

How Often Should I Brush My Russian Blue Cat?

You should brush your Russian Blue cat at least once a week to keep their short, dense coat healthy and shiny. They are prone to shedding, so regular brushing can also help reduce hairballs and prevent matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Russian Blue Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Russian Blue cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip away natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.

Why do Russian Blues shed so much?

Russian Blues shed so much because they shed their fine winter undercoat during early spring as they don’t need the extra insulation anymore. As autumn arrives, Russian Blues tend to shed their shiny and light outer fur to accommodate the thicker winter coat.