Welcome to Uki Russians, a small cattery located in the beautiful sub-tropical regional of northern New South Wales. We have been breeding and showing this delightful breed since 1998. Our cattery is registered with the Queensland Feline Association Inc, plus we are members of the Gold Coast Cat Club and Flash Felines club, both of which hold very popular cat shows each year.
As at February 2018, we have retired from breeding after a very enjoyable 20 years. We are very happy to recommend our fellow reputable breeders that we are privileged also to call friends. Please see our Contact and Links page for our list of breeders.
For general information on Russians and some images of our delightful cats over the years, please enjoy the pages of this website.
History of the Russian Blue
Many people believe that the Russian cat originated in the area around the busy White Sea port of Archangel in northern Russian. They were first seen in western Europe in the late 1800s, possibly taken back by sailors returning from trading in that area . As cat shows in England became popular in the early 1900s, these distinctive shorthaired cats were exhibited orginally under the title of Archangel, Foreign Blue or Maltese cats. Russians cat have been in Australia since the 1960s, and are well represented in the overall cat population.
A Russian can be described as a graceful, slender cat of the foreign type. Today's Russians are distinguished by a silver-tipped double coat, which has outer "guard" hairs with a soft undercoat, vivid green eyes and a friendly, affectionate disposition. The plush velvet-like texture of the coat and their playful, placid nature sets this breed apart from others.
Russians are available in three colour variations - the well known solid blue, which is a dilution of the lesser seen black, plus white (the absence of other colours). Kittens will often show faint "tabby" stripes on their tail, although these markings diminish with maturity.
All kittens love adventure and play, so a home that provides plenty of toys for stimulating play as well as quiet time for cuddles is ideal for a Russian. Often reserved with strangers, this breed is popular with families as a well socialised kitten will mature into an adult more tolerant of younger children's play. They will wriggle, rather than scratch, their way out of a tight grip. At Uki Russians, we make a point of socialising our kittens to dogs and children, to ensure they remain playful, affectionate companion suitable for busy families or quiet households.
Most cats sleep during the warmer part of the day, becoming active again in mid to late afternoon. If your work commitments mean a kitten might be alone for long periods, it is often kinder to have two so they can keep each other company.
Russians are hardy cats, and have no known genetic health issues. We recommend a scratching post to assist with a cat's need to stretch their claws on a hard surface from time to time. Keeping your cat's claws trimmed will also minimise accidental scratches if they lose their balance and we make sure our kittens are accustomed to this procedure.
We recommend that kittens and cats be kept indoors at all times, to protect them from dangers they might encounter, such as the road or unfriendly dogs or cats in the neighbourhood. Russians are considered to be one of the few breeds that are happy being indoors at all times. Consideration can be given to enclosing a section of verandah or garage with netting to provide a daytime lounging area where your companion can watch the butterflies and birds and changing seasons in safety.
We hope you enjoy the next few pages of this site, where we display some images of our Uki Russian cats and kittens over the years, plus some famous Russian images.