- Oct 21, 2020
The other thing is, don't trust the breed label that a shelter/rescue attaches to a cat (unless they tell you someone turned in a cat with papers, and my understanding is that that doesn't generally happen).There really isn't such a thing as a mix.
That would mean a purebreed cat escaped a cattery and randomly mated with another cat.
The odds of this happening are slim, to none.
There are, however, many look a likes in shelters - beautiful blue short hair cats that resemble RB's. That is because domestic cats came first and all purebreeds were derived from them. That coat color is very common in domestic cats.
As for personality - it all depends on how the cat was raised and socialized. Even a domestic cat can be a lovely, well adjusted cat as long as they are raised well. Same goes for whether or not a cat can tolerate long hours alone. No kitten should be left alone for hours regardless of what it is, but older cats usually are pretty good about being alone longer hours.
When I adopted my cat a couple years ago, I was specifically looking for a gray cat, and about half the gray cats were labeled Russian blue "mix," which statistically speaking, makes no sense. I suspect some rescues label every gray moggie as Russian blue. Sometimes you'll even see a cat labeled that but a caveat is added to say the cat is not hypoallergenic-- presumably because people were being inadvertently misled about allergy potential.