Nebelung in German means something like “creature of the mist,” a phrase that nicely captures this cat’s shimmering coat of silver and blue.
A variant of the Russian Blue, this type of cat breed was developed in the 1980s.
Nebelungs are longish, mid-sized cats with striking green eyes and medium-length hair.
They form tight bonds with their human families but can be rather skittish around children and strangers.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Nebelung Cat?
Nebelungs are among the hardier purebreds, living an average of 15 to 18 years.
Breed-specific illnesses do not appear to have surfaced, though these cats are prone to obesity.
There are a couple of conditions for which owners should be watchful:
- Bladder stones: certain compounds can form crystals that build up in a cat’s urinary tract and can block the free flow of urine. The result is great discomfort for the cat, and unwanted behaviors like spraying. Urinalysis will confirm what kind of stones have formed, and treatment usually involves a special diet, though surgery may be required in acute cases.
- Hyperthyroidism: in middle and older age, some cats experience non-cancerous growth of the thyroid glands, which are located in the neck. Because the thyroid produces hormones that affect other parts of the body, various secondary illnesses may develop as a result. Diagnosis is confirmed through a blood panel, and care options include medication, radioactive iodine treatment or surgery.
Such conditions as bladder stones and hyperthyroidism can cause a range of health problems that may require time, patience and many trips to the vet to address.
The right pet insurance can help to ensure that you are able to persist until you find the right treatment for your cat.