Russian Blue cats are beautiful animals with their silvery grey coats, vivid green eyes, and muscular, yet lithe build.
They are also incredible mooches. According to Russian Blue cats, they don’t get fed enough and your new cat will probably aim to change that.
This is a breed that adores food. All the food, any food Especially your food! And woe betide you if you are delayed on a mealtime because you will likely hear about it.
All right, so according to Russian Blue cats, they can eat, well anything But we know that’s really not true, and cats actually have a fairly sensitive digestive system.
What do Russian Blue cats eat and how can you keep them from getting obese?
Russian Blue cats don’t need a special diet – they should be eating the same thing you would feed any other cat. This breed does benefit though from a strict routine around mealtimes as they don’t adapt well to change. (And change plus messing with their food equals one grouchy cat).
Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that they need to eat meat and really, that’s all they need. Specifically, they need to eat red meat as red meant contains the taurine that cats require to be healthy.
Protein also helps build and maintain muscle mass.
Russian Blue cats are fairly active cats that enjoy playing and chasing things, so it’s important to stay on top of their dietary needs.
They should be fed twice a day – morning and night – and it’s a good idea to feed them first so that they don’t try to go after your food!
High-quality wet or dry food is best, though wet food also helps to deal with your cat’s hydration needs.
While Russian Blue cats aren’t usually, particularly water averse, if they live in warmer climates, they will need to drink more water to stay healthy. Look for food with minimal filler and quality protein to maintain your cat’s health.
Do Russian Blue Cats Eat Seafood?
They may! While cats don’t necessarily need seafood to be healthy, many cats enjoy things like tuna, salmon, and whitefish, among others.
I know both my cats adore salmon and shrimp, so there’s no reason to think that a Russian Blue cat would hate them. That being said, taste preferences vary from cat to cat, and keep in mind that cats can be allergic to seafood.
Are Russian Blue Cats Lactose Intolerant?
Did you know that all cats are lactose intolerant? Once their digestive system reaches maturity, they cannot handle milk products anymore.
The image of a cat drinking cream may be cute, but the resulting mess in the litter box won’t be so cute.
Russian Blue cats shouldn’t drink milk, eat cheese, or have butter – it will make them very uncomfortable afterward and they don’t get much nutrition out of it anyway.
Can Russian Blue Cats Eat Bugs?
They can and they probably will. Russian Blue cats have fairly strong hunting skills, and they enjoy chasing things.
Bugs also provide a good source of protein and calcium, so it’s not a bad idea to let them eat them.
Just be sure that you don’t let them go after anything poisonous like spiders or wasps because that can make them sick and put them at risk of being bitten or stung.
Treats for Russian Blue Cats
Russian Blue cats are quite food motivated so using treats to train them is often quite successful. It’s important though to choose treats that aren’t pure filler and junk or else they can become unhealthy.
Look for treats that are still high in protein and can be easily measured out so that your cat doesn’t overdo it.
Soft pate or broth is good for cats who you think will need more hydrating or for cats who just enjoy it.
Kibble treats are really good to use with toys and puzzles to encourage them to use their brains.
Russian Blue cats benefit a great deal from having mental stimulation, so puzzle toys are quite popular.
And if you are going to sneak your Russian Blue cat some of your food, stick to plain protein like chicken or beef and make sure it doesn’t have any seasonings.
In particular, avoid salt, garlic, pepper, and onion as these things are very unhealthy for cats and can even make them quite ill. (Garlic and onion in particular are very toxic to cats).
Cats should never have things like chocolate or ice cream and any fruits or vegetables should be fed in small pieces and sparingly.
While a Russian Blue cat may claim that they can and should be allowed to eat whatever they want, this really isn’t the case.
To be healthy, feed your Russian Blue cats properly portioned out meals twice a day and make sure that the food is high in protein and low in filler.
Treats should also be appropriate cat treats and not fed too often. And make sure your cat has access to plenty of fresh water so that they stay hydrated.
Otherwise, Russian Blue cats do not require any special diet compared to any other cat.
What does your Russian Blue cat like to eat?
Pam is a self-confessed cat lover and has experience of working with cats and owning cats for as long as she can remember. This website is where she gets to share her knowledge and interact with other cat lovers.