Gertie.
Photo by Shirlaine Forrest.
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Historic First for a Russian Blue

The RBBA would like to congratulate Paul & Gwen Phillips (Melkelter) on their superb Winner of the 2019 GCCF Supreme Show, namely OS, IGrCh Melkelter Galiya Gertruda, better known as Gertie and now has the Title of Supreme added to her many achievements.

What a wonderful ambassador for our Breed.

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Claims that Russians are Hypoallergenic

AGM of Russian Blue Breeders Association

Because of the ongoing COVID 19 situation our AGM, planned for Saturday 9th May is postponed. The current Officers and Committee will continue to handle the business of the Association on your behalf until the country is able to return to some kind of normality. If you have any questions or situations which need resolving please continue to contact any Member of the Committee who will do their best to advise.

Please safe Home and Stay Safe.

Marlene Buckeridge
Chairman on behalf of the RBBA Committee

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC - ADVICE TO BREEDERS

In view of the disruption and uncertainty generated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the rules regarding social distancing and self-isolation announced by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in response to this crisis, the Russian Blue Breeders' Association would like to offer the following advice to its breeders.

We advise that, for the present, breeders give serious consideration to not having their queens mated, and that stud owners do not accept outside queens for mating.

Please bear in mind that having people visit in order to view kittens and meet your cats could conflict with the rules on social distancing and self-isolation, and will put you and your visitors at risk of infection. Also, people may well be expressing an interest in a kitten now, but may not be in a position to have the kitten later on, especially if the situation escalates. This could leave you with kittens for which you cannot find homes.

Further, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have instructed all veterinary practices to reduce face-to-face contact by switching to urgent and emergency care only. This will have an impact on the provision of routine veterinary care, such as vaccinations.

Obviously, some breeders will have kittens already born or due shortly, having embarked on these litters in good faith with no idea of the unprecedented circumstances we are now facing. We hope that they will be able to manage these litters while giving due consideration to the rules on social distancing and self-isolation.

The current crisis may result in an increase in welfare cases, but we hope that by suspending breeding now, we might be able to reduce the potential pressure on our RBBA Welfare.

The RBBA wish you all to stay safe and take care of yourselves at this difficult time.

Please see:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.bva.co.uk/news-and-blog/news-aticle/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-updates-for-the-veterinary-profession

www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/advice-and-guidance/coronavirus-covid-19/

UPDATE

"These are very trying times for us all, whether we are breeders or pet owners, we need to stay safe, ensure that we can feed both our human and feline families while attempting to give some form of normality to our lives. In many ways we are very lucky in that our much loved cats can give us love and purpose while we are cooped up.

For those of us that are "Breeders" we have a lot of areas of concern surrounding the care of our adults - queens calling, expecting or with kittens of varying ages and older kittens ready to move to their new homes are of especial concern and lots of questions surrounding this have been foremost in our minds.

GCCF fully understand these concerns and, through the auspices of Sue Moreland, have been in close contact with the veterinary bodies discussing these issues and looking for solutions that are workable in the current situation. A statement has been issued by the GCCF that highlights, amongst other concerns, the current advice in regards to the issues that particularly apply to breeders.

The RBBA strongly supports following the advice given by the Government which is to stay at home and away from others unless absolutely necessary, so if you already have a litter of kittens, keep in contact with and update new owners by phone, email, video calls, and sending photos – not visits to your home. At all times it’s essential to take extra hygiene precautions and follow government advice depending on your and the new owner’s situation.

Clarification from Defra is awaited about new owners picking up kittens in these unprecedented times. As a club we’re here to support breeders and new owners, as much as we can and will update any information surrounding the issues touched upon in this notice as soon as we can.

GCCF has said that there will be a slight delay with registration services, as staff are working from home for their own safety. However during this time, it is strongly advise that you use the online methods where possible as there will be unavoidable delays to postal applications.

The RBBA strongly advises against mating cats at the present time

However this has to be a personal decision, based on your individual situation and risk assessment of this, but do consider the difficulties around breeding kittens in the current climate, the potential of you getting poorly and not being able to care for your kittens or cats, whether your local vet will be able to assist if needed and how to deal with prospective owners responsibly when the public have been told they must stay at home and avoid others unless absolutely essential.

One of the biggest concerns we all have is how best to take care of our kittens and cats during this period. It’s important to follow government advice as far as is possible and it also depends on your personal situation. If you have symptoms of the virus and feel unwell, the advice is to self-isolate and this includes avoiding physical contact with your pets – as hard as it may be. If you live alone and become unwell and need to self-isolate, a friend or family member may be able to care for your cats and/or kittens for you, but GCCF are awaiting clarification on this and who will be allowed to help.

Otherwise, if you have kittens, are feeling well but staying at home and away from others, take extra hygiene precautions: try to avoid facial contact with your cats and kittens, keep your kittens as clean as you can and always wash your hands with soap and water after touching them, preparing their food, and cleaning their sleeping and litter tray area.

Make sure anyone in your household where you are rearing the kittens follows these measures. There is no evidence that cats or dogs can get or transmit Covid-19, but these measures are to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading the disease through environmental contamination on their fur – so it’s essential to increase hygiene precautions. These precautions are especially important if your pets go outside and range freely.

Availability of Veterinary care is a major concern but given the Government advice is, unless absolutely necessary to leave, is to stay at home and avoid others so if your cat or kittens need vet care during this period, call your vet in the first instance. Don’t leave the house to go to your vet especially if you are self-isolating.

Vets are classed as ‘key workers’ so you will be able to get advice from your vet if you call them.

Check NOW what level of service your Vet is able to provide by speaking with your vet. Ask them what procedures they are presently happy to carry out. Due to the measures set out by the government at this time, vaccinations and micro-chipping have been paused for now by the overwhelming majority.

GCCF are seeking clarification from Defra and charities on whether it is allowed and safe for someone else to take care of any cats that you own and maybe part of your breeding programme if you're taken ill or have to self-isolate. When there is further information around this issue we will update you.

In the meanwhile if you have worries about the care of your cats if you should become seriously ill it would very useful to make a list showing all their identity details including the following:

  • GCCF Registration Number, Registered and pet names
  • Microchip number
  • Breed, sex, date of birth
  • Dietary requirements
  • Any ongoing health problems including medication

A list containing this vital information will be of great help to anyone who has to care for your cats in an emergency. It should be kept with your cats’ vaccination certificates.

The RBBA committee hopes that everyone follows government advice, stays at home and stays safe."

Welcome to the official web site of the Russian Blue Breeders' Association.

The RBBA is affiliated to both the "Governing Council of the Cat Fancy", the organisation which oversees similar clubs and associations in Great Britain, and International Cat Care (formerly the Feline Advisory Bureau), a charity which promotes the health and welfare of cats.

If you are interested in buying a kitten (in the UK) the information you need is in the Breeder's list & Kitten Notes. Of course, kittens aren't always available.

We don't have any information about American breeders, but there are a number of sites in links section which should be able to help you.

Note the Welfare link. The RBBA, through its Welfare Officer, organises a rehoming service for homeless Russian Blues. You may feel that instead of a kitten you would like to adopt an older cat. If this is the case this page will tell you how to go about it. I'm afraid this service is restricted to the UK due to quarantine regulations.

 

Latest news:

Cancellation of all shows and meetings

2019 AGM
(Open to all members of the association)

2019 Registration Policy

Luxating Patella in Russian cats – Advice from the GCCF Veterinary Advisory Committee

Russian Cat Genetic Diversity Project (with results)

RBBA subscription renewal form

Genetic testing - Langford

Feline Coronaviruses - Landford

Agria Breeder Club

GCCF Russian Standard of Points - Please note the version on the GCCF website is incorrect.

New EMS codes for Russians

Obituaries

RUSSIAN BLUE WELFARE

Lost cats

Pedigree Kitten/Cat Documentation

Advice for Breeders
(Article by Anne Gregory)

Show Results Claim Form
(A downloadable Excel version can be found here)

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