The Nebelung breed is a new and relatively rare cat breed close to the short-haired Russian Blue. Their name Nebelung came from the German word “Nebel” which means fog or mist. This is a reference to the feline’s flowing and shimmering silvery-blue coat.
These cats do not like change and thrive in a quiet, calm, and stable environment. Recognized for being calm, gentle, and good-natured, they are also playful and very loving with their immediate family members. While they are loving and loyal to their human companion, they can be shy and sometimes even reserved, especially with strangers. It is not uncommon for them to hide when guests are visiting their homes.
Nebelung cats love to be with their families but are also able to amuse themselves during the day. They are energetic, loving, good-natured cats that favour the company of their own family than visiting strangers. Though they enjoy receiving cuddles, attention and love from their family, they are not a clingy and needy. They can be left alone for long periods, making them perfect for apartment living.
Despite their calm, quiet, rather shy character, Nebelung cats love to play. They are particularly fond of jumping, retrieving, and climbing to high places where they can perch and study people and their surroundings.
Nebelung kittens require time to adjust to their new home and must be permitted to make their own advances to their new family. Once settled, the playful Nebelung kitten will become an affectionate, cuddling feline companion that will follow their human companion from room to room.
- Grooming: Twice a Week 6/10
- Shedding: Medium 6/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Activity Level: Medium 6/10
- Playfulness: Medium 6/10
- Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
- Friendliness to children: High 10/10
- Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
- Vocality: Low 2/10
- Intelligence: High 10/10
- Independence: Medium 6/10
Cora Cobb developed the Nebelung cat breed and achieved its recognition in The International Cat Association.
The first registered Nebelungs were Siegfried, born in 1984 and named after the murdered dragon slayer from a Germanic poem, and Brunhilde, born in 1985 and named after the Icelandic queen in the same poem. The mother of Siegfried's was a black domestic shorthair cat named Elsa, owned by Cora's son, Karl, and Siegfried's father was a longhair that looked like a black Angora cat. Siegfried was the only blue longhair kitten. He was a beautiful, large kitten with a medium-length coat, long legs, and a long tail.
After five months, a second litter was born with another longhaired blue cat; however, this time, it was a female cat that Cora named Brunhilde where coat was longer and lighter than Siegfried's. These two beautiful cats were the foundation of the new breed. In 1986, Siegfried and Bruhilde had their first litter and shortly afterwards, in 1987, with the assistance of Dr. Solveig Pflueger, Cora applied to The International Cat Association for New Breed status (NBC).
The Russian Blue was selected as an outcross for the new cat breed, and it continued to permit the addition of foundation cats as a vital way of developing the gene pool. The new breed required an exceptional standard, which was developed based on an interpretation of early 19th century cats brought to England. The late 1980s saw the start of the cat fancy in Eastern Europe, and redevelopment of the Russian Blue created an increase of foundation cats to that breed. Some of these new foundation Russian Blues carried the longhair gene and provided an asset of a new source of bloodlines to aid the Nebelung cat breed development.
The International Cat Association recognized the Nebelung cat breed for championship competition in 1997.
The Nebelungs are comparable to the elegant-yet-muscular Russian Blue cat breed; however, their coat is thick, glistening and medium-length. These muscular cats are medium-sized. They are sturdy, well-muscled cats with a long body covered with a gleaming silver coat at the tips.
Their long tail with a full thick plume elegantly balances their long body. Their large ears are in proportion to their head and continue the elegant lines of their head. They have wide-set eyes that convey a look of intelligence to their face and comes in colour from yellowish-green to green.
Nebelung kittens may have yellowish-green eyes. However, when they turn two years old, their eyes will change into a vivid green. They are born with “ghost stripes” that remind the tabby gene that all cats carry. But as they grow older, these fade, leaving them with a solid blue coat. Moreover, their coat generally does not develop fully until two years of age.
In cat show terms, they use the colour blue instead of grey. It is ideal if their fur is silver-tipped, which makes their coat appear shimmering. However, silver tipping is only noticeable on their head and shoulders.
Dedicated to their human companion and family members, the bright Nebelungs can be shy with guests and young children. Nebelung kittens require time to adjust to their new home and must be permitted to make their own advances to their new family. Once settled, the playful Nebelung kitten will become an affectionate, cuddling feline companion that will follow their human companion from room to room.
Nebelungs can have a strong bond with their human companion. Once they get to know one family member, they usually develop an attachment to that person and will follow them devotedly wherever they go. They are highly intelligent, playful and enjoy interacting with their favourite human. In addition, they are energetic, loving, good-natured cats that make wonderful feline companions for older children and other pets.
While Nebelung cats are affectionate and loyal feline companions, they can be shy and even aloof to people they are not familiar with. It is not uncommon for these reserved cats to hide away when there are guests visiting the house. So, give them small spaces in the house where they can hide if they need to.
What is commendable about this cat breed is they are very undemanding yet caring. Nebelung can still be happy even if left while you go to work. They also have a playful side; that’s why you need to make sure that you provide them with lots of interactive toys and other forms of enrichment to keep them mentally stimulated, entertained, and exercised simultaneously.
Nebelung is known to do well on routine. So, make sure that only a few changes happen in your household, as this can make them feel unsettled and nervous. Also, they are known to be picky about their food. But once they find what they like, keep an eye on their weight as they can quickly become overweight.
Because of their tendency to be shy and reserved, early socialization and training is a must for these beautiful cats. They will benefit from early and continuous socialization to minimize the chances of becoming anxious.
As you start them young, you can train them to do easy tasks like using the litter box and scratching posts. They are highly intelligent, that’s why training them is easy. Challenge their clever mind by making sure that they have puzzles, interactive toys, and other forms of enrichment to keep them mentally stimulated, entertained and exercised.
When a Nebelung is appropriately trained and socialized to different people, animals, and various situations and environments during their kittenhood, they will grow to be a well-mannered, well-behaved, well-bred feline companion.
Brush or comb your Nebelung’s coat often to ensure that it does not become tangled or matted. This will also eliminate dead hair and distribute skin oils.
Because you need to regularly brush your Nebelung’s coat at least twice a week, it is best to start training them as early as possible. You can begin y using a very soft brush to gently smoothen, then coat and eliminate dead hairs that make cause hairballs. Make sure it is a fun and pleasurable experience for your Nebelung so every grooming session would be bliss. Don’t forget to reward your cat for behaving well.
Allot ample time weekly to examine your Nebelung’s ears and eyes. For their ears, check for visible dirt and wax buildup. Remove it gently using clean cotton balls to wipe it out. Remember not to use cotton swabs, as this may irritate and damage the inner ear structure of your cat. Check for any odour coming out of their ears as this may indicate infection. Consult your vet immediately for proper care and treatment. For their eyes, check for stains and discharges. Clean it using a clean, soft cloth moistened with a vet-approved cleanser. Just make sure to use a different part of the cloth to avoid the spread of eye infection. If you notice that your cat is tearing unusually, call your vet for consultation.
For their dental health, weekly brushing is sufficient to keep your cat from tartar buildup and tooth and gum diseases. Ask your vet for the best toothbrush and toothpaste for your cat to effectively clean their teeth and mouth. For their nails, keep them clean by trimming them using a proper pet nail clipper twice a month or as needed. Don’t forget to examine their paws while you trim their nails to make sure they are healthy, dirt and injury-free.
Keep their litter boxes clean at all times. Nebelung is particular about their bathroom hygiene. If always left soiled, they may use other areas of the house for their business.
Lastly, make sure to keep your Nebelung as an indoor cat as they are relatively a rare breed, and people with wrong intentions might take advantage of them when they see them wandering the outdoors. So, if you are permitting your cat to roam the outdoors, make sure to supervise it. Not only you will protect them from thieves, but you will also protect them from acquiring feline diseases from stray cats.
Nebelung cat is generally a healthy cat breed. However, an owner’s main issue will perhaps be the cat's hearty appetite. It can turn them from sleek to overweight in no time. It is also essential to keep your cat’s vaccine and shots up-to-date and regular vet schedule to keep them healthy at all times.
While they are affectionate cat breed, Nebelungs develop a strong bond with one family member. As they tend to be shy or reserved, it would be best to house this beautiful cat breed in a household without young children as they desire a peaceful and quiet home. Moreover, it is also best for a Nebelung to be in a household with no frequent visitors as they tend to hide away and make them anxious. If there’s a child in the household, teach them to treat this cat with a gentle touch and respect.
Nebelungs thrive being a single cat. But don’t worry, they can still live peacefully with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. However, make sure that these dogs are not the type who is super playful and with high energy. It is always best to introduce pets gradually and in controlled environments to ensure that they learn to get along well together.