Some of our friends and family happen to have pure-bred pets like we do, and we all agree with the premise, that when we come back to this world, we want to come back as a…. (put in the breed and you have it). Natasha and Boris, our Russian Blue cats sure rule our house. They know they’re special and they prance around as though they own the place. Natasha, who’s papers say she could be a Show Girl, really does know she’s beautiful. She is regal and curious about anyone new who comes to visit, but stays back observing from a distance until ready to entertain the new person. Boris, who’s papers say he is not a Showman is this big cat, who investigates everything and then wanders off to do his own thing.
We do everything possible to keep them inside of our house, but Boris, the one above on the right, is like Houdini, he’s an escape artist, and can open up window screens and door handles in a flash. Boris can leap over the 6 feet fence in one jump! And, now having felt grass under his paws, Boris wants nothing better than to be outside, looking in! It’s hard keeping him in because when he stretches he’s over 3 feet long and very strong so he’s able to open up the screen on the sliding door to the patio. We now have a piece of Plexiglas that we put in front of the open door to keep him from opening up the screen. That generally works unless someone is careless and doesn’t put it in place and then he’s gone in a New York Minute.
Cats in general are fun to observe and our cats are too. They’re talkative, demanding and loving. They truly own us, not the other way around. A comment I am sure many others can say as well. We selected the Russian Blue breed because they are supposed to be affectionate, smart, and people oriented pets. They are but, only on their terms. Affection? Only when ready. Take Natasha. She hates being petted until we’re in bed and then her routine is to circle the bed, jump up and slip under the covers between Alex and I. She does this night in and night out and purrs loudly once settled under cover. Boris? When he wants affection, he’s nudging me, jumping up where I am, usually at the computer, and wanting me to hold him tight. His purr is very low and hard to hear and it only appears when he’s cuddling with me. Does he do this with Alex? Nope, just me.
Natasha is demanding about play. Crying a shrill meow, she leads us into the living room and demands we play with her. Okay. We pick up one of the many toys, move it around, and she sits watching us, her stupid people, but doing zippo. Yeah, she’s playing all right. She’s playing with us not the other way around. Wonder who she has trained? Alex usually. She also loves to jump up on top of our china hutch and media center, both over 7 feet high. She parks herself up there looking at us and just daring us to do something. What, I don’t know, but do something. We rattle the treat container, and down she jumps ready for food.
I find it amazing at their hearing. You can quietly pick up a bag of treats, and they both come running from upstairs. We think we’re doing this silently but I guess not. I’ve heard of x-ray vision, but they seem to have x-ray hearing. It’s amazing because it can happen even if they’re asleep.
Would I trade them for anything? Of course not. They’re fun to watch especially when playing with each other doing their dance, when one jumps up and over the other, because it really does look like they’re dancing with each other. It sure keeps us laughing. They are great pets to have as our fur babies. Who knows they may consider it the other way around. We’re their people babies and they’re really playing with us.
By the way, I named them Boris and Natasha because they are Russian. Their lineage is really from Russia although many of this breed aren’t. They are beautiful blue-gray cats with green eyes. Their fur is silver in tone, and photos just don’t do it justice. There is a dark green that comes out around the pupil making their eyes quit striking. They have darker gray rings along the tail. The way you can determine if a gray cat is a Russian Blue is by their eyes and the green ring. No green ring, no Russian Blue. These cats are beautiful.