Health

Vet check

Russian Blue cats have excellent health by nature. This is mostly due to the fact that this is a natural breed. Apart from the common infectious feline diseases Russian Blue is a strong, healthy breed with no known genetic health problems. Keeping your cat in good condition, providing adequate nutrition, exercise, and especially love and attention, will let you enjoy the company of your cat for 15 or more years.

Healthy cats have clear and bright eyes, clean nose, shiny coat, good appetite, they are cheerful and active.

Periodically check the ears of your cat. The inner side of the ear should be of pale pink colour and free of odor or redness. A large amount of dark brown, waxy discharge can be a sign of ear mite infection, also accompanied by intense itching. Ear mites are a serious problem, so it is very important to treat them following the instructions of your vet. Healthy ears are clean, and only occasionally may need gentle cleaning, using cotton balls.

It is important to maintain your cat’s dental health. The signs of a healthy cat mouth are fresh breath, light pink gums and strong white teeth. Dental problems can be prevented with regular home examination, yearly vet check-ups and a good diet.

It is essential for cats to be given regular flea control and keep their beds, food bowls, toys and scratching posts clean. Once or twice a year cats need to be dewormed.

Vet check

Vaccination

Cats can be exposed to many diseases that can be very dangerous and fatal. Even indoor cats are not protected from certain infectious diseases, if they have access to your street shoes or the front door pad.

The best way to protect your cat from many viral infections is vaccination. A kitten should be vaccinated around eight weeks of age, with the second dose being given at twelve weeks. The recommended annual immunizations can be combined with the annual vet exam. Cats should be routinely vaccinated against feline panleukopenia, calicivirus, herpes virus and feline leukemia virus. Vaccination for rabies is required when travelling abroad. Approximately one or two weeks before the immunization, it is necessary to deworm the cat.