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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Say hi to Mishka :) Russian Blue?

Hello,
I just discovered this forum, looking for information about cats and I decided to join. I adopted Mishka last Saturday from the County's Animal Control office and fell in love with her looks and personality when I saw her.
They told me there that she is a DSH, but to me she looks like a pure Russian Blue or very close to a pure one
Check out the couple of pics below and let me know what you think. She's adorable!







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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-22-2006, 12:32 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Your kitty is a absolute beauty!!

She looks just like my gray girls which are solid gray DSHs. I'm no expert, but I do know that Russian Blues are not common so it is unlikely that yours is one. No matter, she's a gorgeous kitty!

Here's a link on Russian Blues and their characteristics for you:

http://www.russianblue.info/is_it_a_rb.htm

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The reason I asked is because I did a search online and found a bunch of pics from Russian Blue websites and they look way close to Mishka.
Like this one, taken from http://www.pgaa.com/feline/general/russian.html



Mishka:


That kittie's head + expression looks like Mishka on the first pic, I would be confused lol

Anyways, I love this cat and I'm very happy I rescued her. Expect me to post questions very soon.
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Any cat that isn't "papered" has to be considered a DSH, DMH, or DLH. Many 'blue' kitties like yours resemble Russian Blues but like lymekaps mentioned, the breed is rather rare, and most likely wouldn't be found in a local animal shelter. If she was purebred, chances are the Humane Society would be aware of that fact (backyard breeder raids, someone giving up their purebred, etc).

She is still a beautiful, special kitty even if she isn't purebred!
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Wow what a gorgeous cat!

Excuse me for being dumb, but what is a DSH?
Thanks! And you are not dumb DSH = Domestic Short Hair.

I took Mishka to the vet yesterday for an examination and apparently her body is not reacting well from where they implanted the microchip. She had a fever of 104 and has been sneezing constantly.
Hopefully she'll feel better soon.
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DSH stands for Domestic Shorthair, ie. a shorthaired cat of no particular breed and/or mixed breed.
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She's beautiful! I love her fur, it's exquisite.

Even though purebred cats can end up at shelters your Mishka isn't a Russian Blue. How do I know? Look at the eyes. Mishka has warm yellow eyes and Russian Blues don't have yellow eyes at all, they have green eyes.
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What a beautiful kitty! Reminds me of my wonderful Grey DSH!

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Thanks! She's very loving, the minute I sit somewhere she jumps on my lap and lays down. Or when I walk around my apartment she comes running trying to rub my legs with her fur, purring very loud! She's so well behaved it's hard to believe after just 3 or 4 days of having her.
The one thing I need to learn is how to teach her not to get on the kitchen counter. I caught her a couple of times, and who knows what she does while I'm at work!
It worries me a little that she's not too interested in playing, I got her a few toys and I try to play with her but all she wants is petting and loving... I can't blame her for that
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She's beautiful!
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