Categories: Russian Blue

Is the Russian Blue a lap cat?

I don’t think you’ll get a cat expert stating outright that the Russian Blue is a lap cat. This is because you can’t brand all the cats of one cat breed lap cats. It is an individual trait. However in reference to one of the best books on cat breeds, Legacy of the Cat, I can say that the Russian Blue is a sweet, gentle and shy by nature domestic cat.

JD Salinger and Russian Blue. Photo of cat: copyright Helmi Flick. Photo of Salinger in public domain.

They make excellent loving and playful companions for their owners. They can be cautious with strangers. The author of this book, Gloria Stephens, goes on to state that cats of this breed are generally content to remain indoors and watch the world go by. They are sensitive cats and affectionate. They enjoy the company of their owners. They are receptive to playing games and being trained.

The general tenor of the description of this cat’s temperament indicates that, in general, they will be a lap cat. The caveat is that individual cats will have their own personal traits. You can’t really generalize across an entire breed unless we could argue that all Russian Blue cat breeders breed for character and temperament over appearance, which is not the case as far as I’m aware.

Perhaps the best thing to do is to go and talk to a Russian Blue cat breeder and meet the cats. Let the cats introduce themselves to you and you’ll see, possibly quite soon, whether one of the cats likes to be on your lap.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I have what I think is a Russian Blue; no one knows, but he's definitely, incessantly, reliably a lap cat. I've never seen a lap cat quite like this lap cat... and I like saying lap cat.

  • I know that mine sure is a lapcat. Ever since the day I found her wandering around outside of the apartment complex I used to live in, she hasn't been shy about letting you know it either. If she wants up, she will stare up at you expectantly for a minute or two. If you do not pick her up, woe be to whatever you might happen to have in your lap at that moment because she is coming on up whether you like it or not. Very, very sweet girl who is so happy being held.

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