Intelligence The Russian is a smart cat and one that likes to learn new things. They also enjoy playing interactive games with their owners although, they do take their time to decide whether a game is worth playing or not. With this said, the Russian is very adept at learning how to open cupboards, especially if there are any treats or food in them and they take great pleasure in showing off their skills. Children and Other Pets Russians with their laid-back, affectionate personalities are a good choice for families with children. However, care has to be taken when very young children are around cats and any interaction should always be supervised by an adult to make sure things stay nice and calm. With this said, younger children need to be taught how to behave around cats and when it's time to leave them alone. They also get on well with dogs especially if they have grown up together in the same household. However, care has to be taken when introducing a Russian to dogs they don't already know just in case the dog does not get on with their feline counterparts. Russians are incredibly social by nature and have been known to get on with small animals. However, it's always wiser to keep a close eye on any cat when they are around smaller pets, just in case a cat's prey drive gets the better of them. Health The average life expectancy of a Russian is between 15 and 20 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate, good quality diet to suit their ages. The Russian is known to be one of the healthiest breeds around and are not generally known to suffer from any hereditary or genetic disorders unlike many other pedigree cats. Caring for a Russian Blue As with any other breed, Russians need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. On top of this, cats need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives which is especially true of kittens and older cats.