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Breed of the Month: Russian Blue

This beautiful breed originated in Russia and was believed to have been brought back home by British sailors who fell in love with them while stationed in Russia. Russian Blues are intelligent and enjoy playing games with their family. They are also good at keeping themselves occupied when they are left alone. The Russian Blue can be shy or standoffish with strangers, but when they get to know someone they can be very affectionate. This breed is a creature of habit and is not a fan of change. Make sure to keep the litter box clean as they are a stickler for proper hygiene and a clean environment.

The Russian Blue is an excellent choice for allergy sufferers – they tend to shed less than most cats and produces lower levels of the Glycoprotein Fel d 1 allergen. If you are interested in an intelligent, affectionate yet independent cat who is striking, then the Russian Blue may be the right cat breed for you!

Weight:

  • Male: 10-12 lbs.
  • Female: 7-10 lbs.

Features:

  • Medium/Large sized cat
  • Long body and legs
  • Wedged shaped head
  • Round, green eyes
  • Medium/large ears
  • Pink or lavender coloured paw pads
  • Medium length tail
  • Short length coat
  • Plush, double coat
  • Coat colours and patterns include: Silver-blue or slate grey – solid colour but can have faint tabby markings when they are kittens

Expectations:

  • The tendency to vocalize: Low
  • Affection level: Moderate
  • Child-friendly: Moderate
  • Dog-friendly: Moderate
  • Energy level: Moderate
  • Grooming: Low
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Health issues: Low
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 15-20 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Bladder stones

Written by: Kylie, Client Care Representative

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic