7 Beautiful Grey Cat Breeds and Characteristics

Posted by Christy Caplan
Russian Blue Cats

When you're researching grey cats you want to live with, these are the seven breeds that should be on your list.

Is grey the new black? According to Purina, "grey" cats are often referred to as blue cats like the Russian Blue breed. We call many of the grey breeds blue as they come in a wide range of "bluish greys," which can look like a light silver or a deep slate.

Do you live with any of these seven cat breeds? We wish we did!

1. Russian Blue

Russian Blue Cats

Russian Blues are sometimes called Archangel Blues.

These stunning cats are most well known for their thick grey coats that look almost blue. They are a friendly cat breed and bond strongly with their family members. Though sometimes they can be wary and shy around strangers, they are generally sociable cats.

2. British Shorthair

Good Housekeeping tells us this breed is very calm and easy-going! Experts say this breed is suitable for a working individual because they don't require much attention.

3. Domestic Shorthair

According to Purina, the Domestic Shorthair comes in just about every color imaginable, which includes grey and grey tabby cats,"

"Due to the fact that they're a mix of cat breeds, they're not considered a pedigree, but this means that they're prone to less of the unusual health complications that pure breeds are."

Domestic Shorthair includes many grey cats. Cat lovers are known to love the grey cat breeds!

4. The Oriental

Oriental Shorthair

The Oriental Shorthair's coat comes in a rainbow of colors, with more than 300 color combinations possible. The Oriental breed is an offshoot of the Siamese, but his coat, which can be long or short, doesn't have points.

There are many interesting facts about this cat breed, according to VetStreet.

  • Orientals become highly attached to their people, so it's important to socialize them from an early age.
  • Orientals are active and athletic, chatty and curious.
  • The Oriental is part of the Siamese family of cat breeds (which also includes the Siamese, Balinese, and Oriental Longhair), and these cats are intelligent, athletic, and vocal.

5. The Persian

The Persian cat sits on the throne of its household. This breed holds the distinction of being one of the breeds favored by royalty, and it's easy to understand why. With beautiful luxurious coats and regal personalities, Persians are pretty much royalty in feline form.

Persians may be gorgeous and seem like the perfect cats, but make sure you're ready for everything that comes with this breed. These kitties require a lot of extra care. But, if you're ready to pamper your cat a bit, you'll be rewarded with a loyal feline friend.

6. The Nebelung

Nebelung Cat

The German word Nebelung means "creature of the mist." They are known to disappear when strangers arrive at the house. They always enjoy sitting in a lap and are a wonderful family cat.

Check out these cool facts we learned from Catster about the Nebelung cat:

  • The Nebelung cat is generally healthy.
  • The medium-long coat needs twice-weekly brushing.
  • Nebelungs are rare and may be difficult to find.

7. Norwegian Forest Cat 

Large, friendly, and with a beautiful and thick coat, it's no wonder that the Norwegian Forest Cat is such a popular breed today. These cats make great pets and their thick, long coats mean they're well-suited to colder areas. Be prepared, though, since these coats will shed and your cat will need plenty of brushing.

If you add a Norwegian Forest Cat to your home, you'll have something of a living legend in your house. This very old breed from Norway appears in traditional Norwegian fairy tales and legends. They have a history that could perhaps go back thousands of years.

There are so many beautiful cats on this list and that blue-grey coloring is over the top. The Scottish Fold and Chartreux are both grey cats worth putting on this list! All of these cat breeds can be lap cats, mousers, and some even have a plush coat. You can also look at a grey Calico cat too.

A few of these cat breeds are believed to be good luck.

Are you lucky enough to live with any of these cats? If you do, tell us what they're like below in the comments! 

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