High Kitty I.Q.
Best Fur Friend
Looking for a loyal and loving lap cat who can chill while you’re at work? I’m the breed for you! We Nebelungs are a bit shy but once I’ve bonded with my human
I’ll stick to you like glue! I do best in a quiet environment and I’ll probably hide if strangers come over, so socialize me early and often so I can get over that anxiety. Young children and most dogs
are too chaotic for me, but I can get along with another cat. I much prefer the company of a few select humans, though, and I’m prrrfectly content on my own if you have to work – but when you get home you better give me the attention and playtime I deserve! My beautiful blue
coat needs a twice weekly brushing
, but I won’t mind – I love spending time with you. I’m also particular about my litter box, so keep it spotless! I’m a creat
ure of habit so I do best in a home where the daily routine doesn’t change much. Even though I’m a very rare breed, my unique looks and gentle temperament make me one of the hidden gems of the cat world.
Medium-length to Longhaired
Silky and Dense with Thick Undercoat
My Many Looks
My Breed Characteristics
Even though my breed comes from the US, our name is all German! Nebel is the German word for “fog” or “mist,” and we are nicknamed “creature of the mist” because of our blue-grey color and mysterious aura. Our name also comes from a medieval Germanic epic poem calledthe Nibelungenlied, which was later adapted into an opera by German composer Richard Wagner. Siegfried and Brunhilde – the father and mother of my breed – were named after characters from this famous German epic. The Nebelung breed name has many layers, just like me!
As I Grow Up
As you can see, we Nebelungs age pretty gracefully. Here are a few key milestones in my growth & development to be aware of as I grow up from a kitten to an adult and senior!
History of My Breed
We Nebelungs are a very new breed. In the early 1980s, my earliest ancestors were born in the United States. The first, born in 1984, was a male kitten named Siegfried. Siegfried’s mother, Elsa, was a black Domestic Shorthair owned by a human named Cora Cobb, and his father was a longhaired cat that resembled a Russian Blue. Siegfried was the only longhaired blue kitten in the litter. In 1985, Elsa had another litter and produced one more longhaired blue kitten, a female that Cora Cobb named Brunhilde. Cobb fell in love with the unique look of these two special kittens, which had the silvery blue coloring of a Russian Blue and the silky medium-length coat of the domestic. Siegfried and Brunhilde produced a litter in 1986 and the Nebelung breed was born! Cobb wanted to start a breeding program and get the Nebelung officially recognized as a separate breed, not just as longhaired Russian Blue cats. In 1987, with the help of a geneticist named Dr. Solveig Pflueger, she applied for new breed status with The International Cat Association. She worked hard on her breeding program over the next ten years and our strict breed standard was based on a type of longhaired blue cat that had been imported from Russia to Europe in the early 19th century. In 1997, TICA officially recognized the Nebelung as our own breed. We were also recognized by other major world cat registries, including the World Cat Federation and the American Cat Fanciers Association (not to be confused with the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), who still does not recognize us). Today, we are still an incredibly rare breed and it can be hard for humans to get their hands on one of us, but those lucky enough to bring a Nebelung into their home soon learn why we are such a rare prize.
Care Tipsfrom Dr. Jessica Greenberg, Associate Veterinarian
Be extra vigilant about cleaning your Nebelung’s litter box.
While all cats want a clean bathroom, the Nebelung can be particularly picky about their litter box. Make sure you regularly scoop and keep the box extra clean to avoid any accidents.
Be on the lookout for common cat conditions.
Even though Nebelung cats are a healthy breed and don’t have any known genetic diseases that are more prevalent for the breed, they can still suffer from other issues. Be on the lookout for common cat conditions like hyperthyroidism or bladder stones.
Be prepared for twice a week brushing.
Nebelungs have long beautiful hair that also makes them moderate shedders. Make sure you have the time to provide regular brushing to keep their coat healthy.
Training Tipsfrom Dr. Jessica Greenberg, Associate Veterinarian