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The Nebelung cat is a rare pedigree breed created in the USA. They have only been around since the 1980s, so they are a new breed and an uncommon sight in America and the rest of the world.
Aesthetically, Nebelungs look similar to Russian Blues, but their shimmery blue coats are longer and thicker. They are super sweet and affectionate and are known to create close bonds with their owners.
Meet the Nebelung cat
Nebelung cats are medium sized, with a long but well-proportioned body and athletic figure. They reach a weight of 7 to 15 pounds and generally have a good life expectancy, averaging 13 to 16 years. They have long legs with oval paws and a long fluffy tail.
They have long necks with slightly pointed heads. Like Russian Blues, they have vivid green eyes, creating a stark contrast to their grey-blue fur. Another similarity with the Russian Blue breed is that as kittens, Nebelungs will have yellow eyes that will slowly turn green as they get older.
While their fur is the same colour as Russian Blues, blue with silver tipping, the critical difference is the length. Nebelung cats sport a long coat of thick, silky fur. It’s double-layered and thus is suitable for all-weather, including cold British winters. Plus, it’s water-resistant, so it protects them from the rain.
The hair around their head and neck is usually extra thick with more silver tipping, giving these areas a particularly sparkly look. This is often more noticeable in males, though. Another attractive physical trait is that both males and females have tufted fur between their toes. However, it can take up to 2 years for a Nebelung’s coat to fully develop.
Nebelungs shed a fair amount and will need brushing a few times a week. As they are a new breed, we don’t know if they have any breed-specific health concerns, but early analysis shows no medical issues.
The temperament of a Nebelung
Nebelungs are very cuddly, affectionate cats who devote themselves to their owners for life. Having a Nebelung in the house can develop into a beautiful companionship, but their loyalty means they lack independence. A Nebelung will stay close to you at all times and doesn’t like being left alone for too long, especially if it’s out of the norm.
Nebelongs are creatures of comfort, and they need routine in their life. It’s vital to feed them at the exact time each day as even small changes to their schedule can stress them out. Thus, they don’t cope well with change, so they prefer to be in a predictable and peaceful home.
Nebelungs love to play but do not have high energy levels, so they will usually tire quickly. Plus, they don’t need interactive play sessions, and you’ll often find your Nebelung happily playing on their own.
This breed can be pretty shy around strangers, so early socialisation is crucial. If they don’t meet lots of people as kittens, they will struggle to accept strangers and adjust to new environments when they get older. In fact, the way they see it is that they don’t need lots of friends when they have such close bonds with their owners.
Finally, Nebelungs are very quiet and softly-spoken. If they are meowing loudly and continually, it’s a sign that they are hungry or that something is wrong.
10 reasons to add a Nebelung to your family
- They have luxurious coats - One of the best physical traits of a Nebelung is their luscious long silky coat that sparkles as they walk.
- They have striking eyes - The Nebelung's bright green eyes are so incredible that you could stare into them all day.
- They are full of love - If you’re looking for an affectionate cat, you couldn’t find a better choice than a Nebelung. You are guaranteed a lifetime of love when you take this gorgeous kitty home.
- They are softly-spoken - Your Nebelung will never whine at you or cry all night (unless something is seriously wrong). They like a quiet environment and will maintain peace with their soft, gentle noises.
- They have a calm nature - While they can have playful streaks, Nebelungs are relatively subdued and do not have high energy levels. They will happily spend a large portion of their day cuddling in the lap of their favourite human.
- They are suitable for apartments - Because they are not fond of strangers, Nebelungs prefer to stay inside. They don’t need much space to run around either, so they can make a good apartment cat.
- They will inspire you to create a routine - If you’re someone who spends their days in a frenzy, lacking organisation, your Nebelung will undoubtedly bring some order to the chaos.
- They have a medieval German name - Their name comes from a medieval German poem and translates to “creature of the mist” because of their foggy coloured fur and mysterious aura.
- They also make gorgeous cross-breeds - While a Nebelung is pretty perfect as it is, some breeders mix them with Russian Blues or Maine Coons, making an even more unique feline.
- They are super rare - Their exact population may be unknown, but Nebelungs are not a common sight and are mostly unheard of outside the USA.
Best homes for a Nebelung
Nebelungs need a quiet, predictable home with a set structure. Because of this, they tend to do well with seniors or older families. Furthermore, as they develop strong connections with their owners, they can suffer separation anxiety if you suddenly start working full-time or go on holiday. Therefore, if a change is inevitable, be sure to shower them with extra love and affection during this time, reassuring them that everything is okay.
Nebelungs do well with a buddy, so we highly recommend getting a Nebelung as a pair. That way, they will have a furry friend to grow up with and feel less lonely when their humans are away.