Known for their timid personalities and eye-catching bluish-gray short coats, the Russian blue is a breed that can be difficult to find. These purebred kittens are typically available from a limited number of professional breeders, although you may be lucky enough to find them through breed rescue organizations and even in your local humane society. To add a Russian blue kitty to your household, contact local breeders and rescue organizations to see if they have a kitten available for adoption.
Locate a Russian Blue Breeder
Find a breeder of Russian blue cats in your area who is registered with a professional organization dedicated to the preservation of the breed's silver double coat, green eyes and slightly wedge-shaped head. These groups, known as cat fancy organizations, typically ask their members to sign a code of conduct regulating their breeding practices. Organizations that provide lists of Russian blue breeders include:
Find a Russian Blue Rescue
Throughout the country, you'll find purebred cat rescue organizations that specifically deal with Russian blues. While these groups may not regularly have Russian blue kittens for adoption, call or email the organization's contact person to let him know you are looking for a Russian blue kitten. He may put you on a waiting list and let you know if they find one.
The Russian Blue Rescue is one such group that provides a list of available cats of all ages throughout the United States. Their website also has a list of Russian blue rescue organizations by state and by country. Any listings contain the contact information of the shelter or rescue organization caring for the Russian blue.
Search Local Shelters and Rescues
Search your local shelter listings and other animal rescue groups for Russian blue kittens. Adopt-a-Pet.com and the Shelter Pet Project allow you to search for cats in shelters in your local area by ZIP code, age and breed, including the Russian blue. Each listing contains the cat's birth date, a brief description of her and a link to the email contact for the foster parent or rescue group who has the kitty. Some listings may contain the phone number for the shelter or a link to the website if it's available.
Groups such as the Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue and Purebred Plus Cat Rescue each specialize in adopting and fostering purebred cats, which include Russian blues. Their listings change regularly so check back daily.
Breeder and Shelter Considerations
While you can find listings for Russian blue kittens for sale in newspapers and on websites such as Craigslist, not all breeders who post ads may be reputable. A reputable breeder will have registered the kitten's litter with a cat fancy organization and will be able to provide you with the kitten's registration papers.
Note that there may be a waiting period because cats of this breed are somewhat rare.
Always visit a breeder's facility to determine if it is clean and obtain the kitten's health record before purchasing a Russian blue kitten.