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Nebelung

A longhair variation of the Russian Blue cat. It is a graceful cat with a complicated personality.

Energy level
Level of affection
Level of friendliness
Intelligence
Health
Independence
Popularity
Care
Weight
Weight:
female: 4β€”5 kg
male: 4β€”7 kg
Height
Height:
female: 23β€”26 cm
male: 25β€”28 cm
Hair
Hair:
long
Care
Care:
requires little time
Lives
Lives:
inside
outside
Gives birth to
Gives birth to:
3β€”5 kittens
Origin
Origin:
United States
in 1984
Life span
Life span:
13β€”16 years

Personality

Nebelung cats combine a lot of opposite personality traits. They are calm but like to play. These pets get attached to people but remain independent. They choose one person from the whole family they pay the most attention to. These cats feel indifferent to strangers. They need time to get used to new people and establish a relationship. Nebelung cats do not easily get through long-lasting loneliness, though. It is important for cats of this breed to stay in touch with a person, even if they are far away from each other. This breed is not for busy people. 

Just like it is with humans, Nebelung cats do not immediately get in touch with other animals. They need time to adapt to them. If other cats or dogs are intrusive, Nebelung cats will react aggressively. It is not recommended to get a cat of this breed to families that have small children. These pets like calmness. If a child starts following the cat or accidentally hurts it, it might bite or scratch him.

Nebelung cats are great hunters. Decorative animal breeds are like a prey for them. Cats of this breed are not afraid of water and can even get into a fish tank. They can be trained. Nebelung cats can: bring toys that were thrown for them and jump through a hoop. However, everything depends on the cat`s mood. You should not make them learn to do anything. A little affection and respect are the best ways to get in touch with your cat.

Appearance

Nebelung cats are of medium size. Their body is long and muscular. These cats look gracefully. Males and females almost do not have any differences in appearance.
Color
Color
Hair
Hair
Head
Head
Eyes
Eyes
Ears
Ears
Neck
Neck
Paws
Paws
Paws
Tail
Of medium length, water-repelling. The undercoat is thick. It feels soft and silky. The longest hair grows on chest and tail. The length of it gets formed until cats turn two years of age.   
All variations of gray and blue are acceptable. Tips of hairs might look silver.
Of medium size, wedge-shaped. The skull is flat. The muzzle is of medium length. Nose and chin are located on the same line. 
Of medium size, oval-shaped. They are set widely, at a slight angle. Eyes are only of green color.
Big and sharp. They are slightly leaning forward.
Of medium thickness, muscular.
Long and muscular.
Long and bushy. It is wide at the base, gets thinner down to the tip.

Basic Care

Nebelung cats need time to be groomed. Their long and thick hair needs to be brushed two times a week. During the moulting time β€” in spring and fall β€” every day, with a brush for long-haired breeds. Then your cats should be petted with wet hands, so that left hairs are taken away. If the cat is not brushed, its hair will get matted.

Nebelung cats should not be given a bath very often. Even though they like water, it damages their hair structure. These pets need to be washed two times a year, or after they got dirty with something that cannot be licked off. Special shampoos for long-haired pets should be used. Then cats should be dried with a towel. The oral cavity of Nebelung cats needs much attention. In order to prevent formation of the periodontal disease, their teeth need to be cleaned once a week with a special zoo-paste and a brush that can be put on a finger. Eyes and ears need to be cleaned with cotton pads when they get dirty. The biggest difference between Nebelung cats and other cat breeds is that they almost never sharpen claws. That is why they need to be trimmed.

Nebelung cats are not picky in what they eat. They can be fed with either high-quality dry food, or natural food. Feeds of good quality include vitamins and minerals needed for your cat`s health. Natural products that can be given include: not greasy meat β€” chicken and beef; boneless sea fish; grains β€” semolina, oatmeal, rice; fat free dairy products β€” cottage cheese, sour cream and kefir. It is important to add vitamins to cat`s food. However, you should consult a vet first. An adult cat needs to be fed two times a day, a kitten under the age of one year β€” four times a day.

Nebelung cats need much space for comfortable living. Even though these pets like calmness, they are very active. They like climbing and jumping of cupboards and shelves. It is recommended to buy a lot of toys and create a play area for your cat.

Health and Illnesses

Nebelung cats can live up to 16, sometimes 18 years, if treated well. Their health is strong, hereditary diseases are absent. It is important to control your cat`s diet. Nebelung cats like overeating and, therefore, can easily get overweight. That is why their diet needs to be well-balanced. Obesity leads to problems with heart and kidneys.

History of the Breed

The Nebelung cat breed is young. It appeared as a result of a random mutation. In German, the name of the breed means Β«creature of the mistΒ». They got the name from the silver-blue coat color.

In 1980, Cora Cobb gave her son a black shorthair cat. Her name was Elsa. Four years later, this pet was crossbred with a Russian Blue cat. As a result, Elsa gave birth to five kittens. One of them had long hair of blue color. He was named Siegfried. In 1985, Cora did the same crossbreeding. A kitten with long hair was born again. It was a girl that was named Brunhilde. Having noticed this specialty in crossbreeding, Cora decided to develop a new breed. She crossbred longhair cats and in 1986, Brunhilde gave birth to tree longhair kittens.

Cora consulted a genetic scientist Solveig Pflueger to examine her cats. The specialist stated that longhair kittens were representatives of the Russian Blue cat breed. Together, Cora and Solveig started working o developing the standard of the breed. Cats were shown to the TICA and caused many arguments from owners of Russian Blue cats. The only characteristic that was different between the two breeds was that Nebelung cats had longer hair. Cora and Solveig had to change the exterior of the new breed. In 1987, it was officially recognized. However, owners of Russian Blue cats refused to accept the breed, which made its development harder.

Everything changed in 1988. One of felinilogists of Russian Blue cats offered her help. That is how popularization of Nebelung cats started. In 1995, the breed was accepted by all associations. In 1997, Nebelung cats were allowed to participate in international shows.