Calm, affectionate and attentive.
Smart and quick-witted.
quite friendly and reasonably sociable.
Nebelung is a rare gem in the world of cat breeds. The first thing that catches your eye when meeting with an animal is its spectacular appearance. A silky coat of bluish-gray color, a gaze of emerald or topaz eyes, perfectly coordinated proportions - it's hard to miss such a pet!
Despite the proud look, the Nebelung is sociable. However, representatives of the breed do not impose their company and rarely disturb others with a loud meow. These animals are restrained and well-mannered, they do not like company and find guests annoying.
Nibelungs are amazing cats with a smoky gray haze that resembles fog. From this natural phenomenon, the breed got its name (from German. Nebel).
Owners of "foggy cats" speak of them as pets with an unusual character. The Nebelung is playful, but at the same time meek; she may tire herself out pursuing a laser, but calm down at the first request of the owner. These cats do not push themselves on family members, but at the same time they love their company. These fluffy pets are independent, but will never turn away a gentle hug.
Representatives of the breed tend to become attached to only one person, whom they consider their master. With him, the Nebelung spends most of his time: he is on the heels, curled up in a fluffy ball on his lap, or next to him on the couch. Often the cat communicates with the owner, emitting a quiet rumbling meow.
A Nebelung’s voice can get louder if he insists on getting food and a clean litter box. They are very demanding animals.
These cats do not like mess and or sharp change of environment.
Cats of this breed behave nobly in any situation. They do not impose their communication on the owner, they just need to be near him. They behave with caution towards strangers: it will take some time before a Nebelung trusts a new person.
These cats like calm and lack of attention. However, this does not mean that the Nebelungs love loneliness and avoid communication. They become attached to the owner and miss him greatly during separation.
If the owner is regularly absent from home, the pet will express dissatisfaction with a cat's methods: refuse to eat, ignore a fun game or even put an unpleasant “surprise” in slippers. This behavior is not a reason to scold a Nibelung who simply wants to attract your attention.
Therefore, if the owners is gone a lot of time, they should find a friend for this cat. It doesn't matter if it's anotehr cat or a dog: the Nebelung gets along well with everyone. The main thing is that the future cohabitant coincides in temperament, which is why it is better not to choose animals that are too energitic.
The phlegmatic nature of this breed makes it suitable for the elderly and families with adult children. These cats like a calm and unhindered atmosphere; loud and sharp sounds make these animals nervous.
Families with young children should not choose “foggy cats”: these animals do not tolerate loud noises or disrespect. Nebelung will certainly protest with a warning growl or, worse, scratches.
Nebelungs are born hunters, therefore they are not suitable for keeping in an apartment with pet rodents, birds or aquarium fish.
Nibelung is a young breed: its first representatives were born in the second half of the 1900's. The reason for this is an accident: in 1980, the son of programmer Cora Cobb received a black short-haired cat as a gift. Over time, the new pet of the family, nicknamed Elsa, got in touch with a Russian blue cat. The result of this alliance was the birth of five kittens in 1984. Among them, only one was distinguished by an atypically long blue coat. This kitten became a favorite of Cora Cobb, who decided to name the pet Siegfried (Sigurd) - in honor of the hero of the medieval Germanic epic “Song of the Nebelungs”.
In 1985, history repeated itself. This time in the litter was a kitten with a longer and lighter coat than her “predecessor”. The cat was christened Brunhilde, again borrowing the name from a German-Scandinavian source. Since Miss Cobb was fascinated by the beauty and character of Siegfried, who had already matured, she decided to check whether it was possible to preserve this genotype not only within the litter, but also something more - for example, a new breed. For this, the woman crossed two long-haired pets. This adventure brought promising results in 1986: Brunhilde gave birth to three kittens who fully inherited an unusual appearance from their parents.
Encouraged by the result of the crossbreeding, Cora Cobb turned to the International Cat Association (TICA), wishing, with the help of geneticists, to establish the possibility of creating a breed. Specialist Solveig Pflueger came to the conclusion that Siegfried and Brunhilde are long-haired representatives of Russian blue cats. Together with Miss Cobb, the geneticist set about developing the breed standard. Its final version caused a wave of indignation among TICA members and breeders of Russian Blues. The reason was that there was only one difference between the standards of the Russian Blue cat and the new breed: the length of the coat. To avoid conflict, Dr. Pfluger revised the exterior requirements of the offspring of Siegfried and Brunhilde. This led to the official recognition of the Nebelung by TICA in 1987.
Representatives of the breed were called Nebelungs. According to one version, this word was borrowed from the name of the medieval German saga Nibelungenlied (from there the names of the pets of Cora Cobb come from). Another theory says that the name of cats comes from the German word nebel - fog. Indeed: a resemblance to this atmospheric phenomenon can be traced in the bluish-silver color of animals.
Russian Blue cats were recognized as an outcross for the Nebelungs, which allowed them to cross to perfect the breed. The gene for long hair, which periodically appeared in generations of Russian Blue, was a valuable material for the selection of Nebelungs. It also became a stumbling block: Russian cat breeders refused to recognize the new breed and make a contribution to its development. This complicated the breeding of animals, and Cora Cobb was forced to look for a way to continue the line of Nebelungs.
Luck smiled in 1988 when the owner of a Russian Blue cat - the holder of the title "Grand Grand Champion" - offered his help. The male was crossed with a female from Brunhilde and Siegfried litter. This led to a further increase in the number of Nebelungs. In 1995, other large felinological organizations recognized the new breed.
They are medium-sized cats that require regular combing to prevent tangles and mats.
Comb your Nebelung’s coat regularly to ensure that it does not become matted or tangled. This will also remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.
Wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection.
Check their ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
As with all cats, brush their teeth weekly to prevent periodontal disease and trim their nails every couple of weeks.
Nebelung are sometimes known for being fussy about their food, but be careful, once they find something they like, they can easily become overweight.
As with all cats, it is important to give your cat fresh, clean water daily. Fresh, clean water is best, so cats don’t hesitate to drink. If you worry about your cat drinking enough water each day, here's a tip from some cat behaviorists: place the water bowl at least three feet away from any food. Cats’ noses are sensitive, and an overwhelming smell of food may cause them to drink less. Filtered drinking fountains can also be used in place of a water bowl.