How Much Does a Russian Blue Kitten Cost?

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Descending from Russia, the Russian Blue is medium in size, lean and seal-like in texture, making his first appearance at the London’s Crystal Palace in 1875.  Labeled as an Archangel Cat, because he was said to be from the island of Archangel in Russia, he competed with other blue cats at the time.

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How much does a Russian blue kitten cost?

The cost of a Russian Blue kitten will depend on its quality, age, the breeder and where you live.  A high-quality Russian Blue should cost about $400 to $750, but if you were able to find an older cat, the costs could be as little as $150.  Keep in mind that this breed is relatively rare, so it may be hard to find one in your local area, and even if you were able to find one, there’s a good chance there will be a waiting list.   Show-quality cats registered with the TICA can cost much more, often around $1,300 to $2,000. says if you were to find a show-quality cat, the costs could be as high as $2,000, depending on the bloodlines, conformations, coat color and show prospects.

The TICA, for example, lists registered Russian Blue breeders in the United States.  One breeder, we found on this list, for example, was charging $1,450 per kitten.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include up-to-date vaccinations, registration paperwork and if registered with an organization, such as the TICA, this should be included as well.

Shelters will commonly spay/neuter, include a veterinarian exam and a small starter kit with food samples.

What are the extra costs?

If you never owned a cat before, be prepared to budget for necessary supplies such as food, treats, bedding, bowls, collars, scratch posts, grooming supplies, a litter box, litter and toys.  Depending on what you type of supplies you purchase, it can cost close to $500 to $750 just to get started.  Even when you have all of the necessary supplies, you still need to factor in the recurring food, cat litter, vaccinations, medication and vet visits costs.

As mentioned, since this cat is considered to be rare, you may have to pay shipping costs if you can’t pick it up in person.  The average cost to ship a cat via an airline can cost anywhere from $150 to more than $400, depending on the distance traveled.

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The Russian Blue is medium in size, about 10 inches in height to the shoulder, slender and has a well-muscled body. The legs are long, with a thinner tail and wedge-shaped head, and the average weight can range from seven to 13 pounds.

Its coat is known to be very short, dense and plush to the touch.  Common coat colors include blue or silver.

The Russian Blue’s lifespan can range from 10 to 16 years.

These cats tend to like the same surroundings.  They do not like environmental changes and can also get visibly upset if their dinner schedule changes.

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 temperament, as explained by its owners, has said to be very dependent, easy going, intelligent, active, loyal, quiet and very playful.

A good combing is required at least once per week and up to three times per week during its shedding season, which is twice per year:  usually once in the fall when they shed their summer coat and again in the spring when they shed their winter coat.

The Russian Blue is considered to be a hypoallergenic cat, and there’s evidence that the Russian Blue can produce less of the glycoprotein Fel d, which is the most common known allergens of a cat.  Its dense coat can trap most of its allergens, preventing those who suffer from allergies from breathing it in.

A Russian Blue is tolerant toward children who know how to respect a cat.

How can I save money?

Check your local cat shelter or rescue group as these locations are often overrun with hundreds of cats and kittens that need a home.  Use to either find a Russian Blue in your area or a cat that closely resembles one.

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