by Barbara George, Tellington Ttouch Behaviourist
The German name Nebelung means ‘Creature of the Mist’ – this is possibly the best description of these cats with their shimmering silver-blue coats that seem to float around them.
This breed is fairly new, with the first cats born in the USA in the 1980’s. The breed was officially recognised in 1997 by TICA (The International Cat Association).
While they are often referred to as Long-Haired Russian Blue cats, there are some differences, also across continents. European cats are generally larger than American ones. The European and American cats are only recognised in silvery-blue while those from Australia and New Zealand also have white or black coats with the silver highlight.
The Nebelung is a friendly cat with a generally happy disposition, intelligent, playful, good with family and with other pets. They tend to bond with family members and be shy of strangers; good socialisation in early kittenhood, and continued interaction with people, may help to overcome their reluctance towards strangers.
They are affectionate, like a routine and are not good with changes in lifestyle or home, preferring a quiet and ordered home. While they may not be over-demanding of company, they can be fussy about food and litter-box cleanliness. There are no breed-specific illnesses, and cat can live up to 16 years.
These intelligent and playful cats need to exercise both mind and body every day. They can live happily indoors if there is sufficient space and stimulation. They are not destructive cats, rarely sharpen their claws, and seldom show any form of violence or aggression.
The semi-long silky dense double coat is fully mature at around two years of age and requires regular grooming. They have both a winter and summer coat, both of which are shed at the end of the season. During shedding times additional grooming sessions should be scheduled.