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ANOU

Russian Cats Armidale NSW
Quality Pedigree Russian Kittens

Our Mission

Anou kittens are bred from quality lines, with an emphasis on true type, health and temperament. Anou's focus is quality, not quantity.

White

The Russian White possesses all the regal characteristics of the Russian Blue, yet has a plush snow-white double coat with deep emerald green eyes.

Blue

The Russian Blue has a shorthaired soft, dense double coat that is an even steel blue colour with sliver tipping to give an overall lustrous sheen.

Black

The Russian Black is a majestic cat with a midnight black lustrous double coat, set with typically Russian deep emerald green eyes.

Welcome to Anou

Welcome to Anou Russian Cats. Anou cattery is located in the regional township of Armidale, in the New England High Country of NSW and are registered breeders through NSW CFA (64650). Anou has been breeding Russian kittens for pet homes and for breeding/showing since 1993. Their aim is to breed healthy, happy kittens with careful attention to the breed standard and the underlying genetics of the breed. Anou is currently working with overseas breeders in Poland, Russia and the Netherlands to import new bloodlines into their cattery, thus improving the genetic diversity and robustness of the breed.

Anou Kittens

Anou Russian Cats says, "Our aim at Anou Russians is not to pump out hundreds of kittens and then look for owners. We prefer to breed our kittens for specific clients on our waiting list, although sometimes there will be kittens available when that list is short. If there are no current orders for kittens, Anou will not mate their Queens, but instead use a vasectomised male to prevent their Queens from perpetual cycling.". Watch the Latest Video from Anou Russian Cats.
All Anou kittens are raised lovingly underfoot in their home, which makes for a sociable, well-adjusted kitten and a seamless transition to a new home. The quiet, gentle, loving disposition of the Russian makes them the perfect companion for singles, couples and families large and small. Anou Russian Cats aims to have kittens in 8 week rotation to avoid overcrowding & cross-contamination. Check their "kittens" page for regular updates of current & upcoming litters; don't miss out, join their waiting list now! Anou kittens (and premises) have been checked by a qualified veterinarian prior to adoption to ensure they are in sound health. Anou Russian Cats does not send sick kittens to their clients and adhere to the NSW DPI breeder guidelines:

   

Buyer Beware!

If you are seeking a genuine, pedigree Russian kitten, you have probably noticed that there is some price variation across the internet. Anou Russian Cats advises buyers to do their research and ask the question "why" when they encounter cheaper kittens. Sadly, many people are being caught out with disreputable breeders sending sick kittens, which ultimately cost the buyer more in vet bills than if they had gone to a reputable breeder. You should not receive a sick kitten from a registered breeder! A realistic price should be between $2500.00 and $3000.00 for quality lines that are proven to be both physically and genetically healthy. Understand that the price you are paying is reflected in the level of care your kitten has received, and does not relate to the profits of the breeder. Anou's kitten price is based entirely on what it costs to produce a kitten and maintain their cattery, not on some arbitrary figure. Rest assured, there is no profit for the breeder at these prices in the breeding of quality animals. If you are in a terrible hurry to own a "Russian" cat, then you are free to purchase any you might find, but if 'price' was your driving motivator, then accept that your Russian Blue (black or white) kitten may not be purebred and may come to you with some extras; white lockets, various illnesses, fleas, parasites/worms or at worst, a genetic condition such as HCM, FLV or IBS that will lead to a lifetime of illness or even early mortality. Anou Russian Cats asks prospective buyers to please, please, please do their homework and ask questions, even visit the cattery in question if possible, before committing to a purchase.

Anou Russian Cats proudly invites any prospective clients to visit their cattery, meet their adult males & females, visit kittens and see how they operate. They also strive to have a reputable veterinarian visit their cattery each year to provide a comprehensive premises report. See the link above!

What should you look for when purchasing a Russian kitten? Look at The breed Standard below if you wish to know the formal definition of the Russian breed of cat, which breeders are obliged to follow in their breeding program and will be judged upon when formally showing their cats. In short, the eyes should be green & almond-shaped, not yellow. The ears should be set vertically on the head, not off to the side. The nose should be one flat plane, with pronounced whisker pads and chin. The coat, the most important feature, should be short, plush and soft, with a silvery tipping & solid colour throughout. Tabby ghost markings will be visible through the coat, particularly towards the tips of the tail. It is unlikely that the "ghost markings" can ever be entirely bred out of the Russian, given that they originated from a tabby cat. These features take some time to develop in the Russian cat, who will not reach full maturity until 18 - 24 months of age, although a good breeder should have a keen eye to detect these features in young kittens.

Important Information

Russian Colours & Genders

Anou has Russian blue, white and black kittens available for adoption throughout the year. Each kitten has his or her own endearing magnetic personality regardless of gender or colour. While blue is the more traditional colour of the Russian, many people are opting for the equally beautiful, but rarer and exotic colours of black and white. Sharon & Paul at Anou Russian Cats are particularly fond of the unique character of the Russian White kittens, and the ribald playfullness of the Russian Black. They welcome their clients to come and visit their cattery in the New England Highlands of NSW and experience each flavour of Russian personally.

Hypo-Allergenic (False!)

Contrary to popular belief, Russians are not a hypoallergenic breed. While the scientific literature suggests their saliva contains less allergens than other cat breeds, Russians are not ideal for people who suffer from cat allergies. Please do not purchase a Russian cat based on what you have read on the internet. Visit a genuine Russian cattery and test your allergic reaction before making a life-long commitment to purchase. Are Russian cats hypo-allergenic? Read this: ARTICLE for more...

Kitten Transport

Anou Russian Cats is pleased to now be partnered with Dog Movers, who will offer great deals on transporting your kitten by road between Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne via Armidale (plus other places in NSW, ACT, QLD and VIC). Phone: (07) 5530-2710 and just mention Anou Russian Cats when making your booking, and Emma will offer you the best deal possible! Please understand that interstate transport is not always cheap, but Anou has sourced the most cost effective means of transport. Please factor this extra cost  in when considering your purchase!

Coping With Grief

Many of Anou's clients have recently lost a former loving cat companion after many years, and are in the grieving process. Most think that getting a cat too soon somehow dishonours that adored companion. The opposite is actually true; your decision to invest your time in another Russian only serves to show respect for the love-one lost, and also greatly hastens the grieving process. For those who have known the unconditional life-long love of a pet companion know the pain that is caused by their suffering and loss. They also understand the undeniable theraputic benefits of love & adoration, the laughter and joy at sharing their life and catering to their every need. With Anou Russian Cats, that relationship begins from the moment that you join the "Anou Family" and begin meeting the parents of your future Russian companion. Sharon & Paul will walk with you through the entire process, ensuring that all of your needs are met in the kitten that they select for you. If you are experiencing grief at the loss of your treasured cat companion, make contact with Anou today!

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Customer Testimonials

Cecilia from Wahroonga, NSW said: "Paul and Sharon have a genuine passion for Russian Cats, and it shows in the beautiful kitten we received from them in July this year. Our kitten is ..."     24th July, 2023

Cecilia from Wahroonga, NSW said: "Paul and Sharon have a genuine passion for Russian Cats, and it shows in the beautiful kitten we received from them in July this year. Our kitten is affectionate, playful and loves people and company, perfect for our family with 3 children. We would recommend them to everyone looking for a beautiful addition to their family. ..."    24th July, 2023


Susan from Sutherland, NSW said: "Adopting Mika has been a great experience from start to finish through Anou Russian Cats. The website is full of excellent information and easy, prom..."     27th June, 2023

Susan from Sutherland, NSW said: "Adopting Mika has been a great experience from start to finish through Anou Russian Cats. The website is full of excellent information and easy, prompt communication was appreciated. Sharon and Paul have a real passion for the Russian breed and it certainly shows in their high standards of care and attention. I highly recommend them...."    27th June, 2023


Kath from Banora Point, NSW said: "Anou Cattery is incredibly understated! Paul and Sharon are dedicated and knowledgeable breeders, and generous in sharing their expertise. Betty tran..."     27th January, 2023

Kath from Banora Point, NSW said: "Anou Cattery is incredibly understated! Paul and Sharon are dedicated and knowledgeable breeders, and generous in sharing their expertise. Betty transitioned seamlessly to our household. She is confident, friendly, playful, sassy, and started flirting with our dog from the moment they met! I have noticed she is very comfortable with all sorts of unexpected household noises, nothing seems to phase her. Communication has been constant with text, phone, email, photo and video updates along the journey. It was so amazing to visit the cattery and to meet Sharon and Paul and all of the kitties and puppies. The cattery is so clean and peaceful and the kitten area hosts a warm loving atmosphere! Betty is our first Russian, and is a delight! We are so happy to have found Anou, and would not hesitate to return for another. Kath, Steve and Jedda. ..."    27th January, 2023


Kalani from Carrara, QLD said: "I've only had Maxim for a little less than 24hrs but he is such a sweet loving cat. He adjusted very quickly to his new home. He was eating well and b..."     21st December, 2022

Kalani from Carrara, QLD said: "I've only had Maxim for a little less than 24hrs but he is such a sweet loving cat. He adjusted very quickly to his new home. He was eating well and being affectionate with me and my other cat Ilya (who I got with a different breeder) pretty much as soon as I got him, although he was quite distracted the first 30 minutes with exploring but he would still come over for a bit of a pat. Since then he's been asleep, purring, making biscuits and or demanding pats. Throughout the whole process of the adoption Paul and Sharon were giving me lots of photo's and updates about his progess and his personality as well. They were friendly and polite and helped in any way they could. They also did a very very good job caring for Maxim, he is happy, healthy and has a lovely temperament. ..."    21st December, 2022


Sierra & Ed from Richmond, VIC said: "Wow!! How lucky we are to have had our beautiful two little cats bred by Sharon & Paul at Anou. We’ve had the kittens for 1 week now and they h..."     8th August, 2022

Sierra & Ed from Richmond, VIC said: "Wow!! How lucky we are to have had our beautiful two little cats bred by Sharon & Paul at Anou. We’ve had the kittens for 1 week now and they have been so comfortable since the moment we brought them into our home. Which I’ve never experienced with the 5 cats I had throughout my childhood. They are extremely friendly and loving with friends who visit, and they are exceptionally well handled. Toilet trained perfectly, and the most polite cat eaters we have ever met (which obviously doesn’t matter but it is super cute and funny to watch such well mannered kittens munch at their food) Paul and Sharon made the lead up to the arrival of our kittens the absolute smoothest it could have ever been. Posting constant updates and photos of the cats and even prior with the mating. We feel so lucky to have two little precious kitties who love each other and us so much! WE LOVE THEM IMMENSELY! Thank you so SO much Paul and Sharon for all your care and kindness, we will forever be grateful! Sierra & Ed..."    8th August, 2022


Angela from Bilgola Plateau, NSW said: "We had an extremely positive experience adopting our kitten from Paul and Sharon. The entire process was seamless, with constant communication and upd..."     16th July, 2022

Angela from Bilgola Plateau, NSW said: "We had an extremely positive experience adopting our kitten from Paul and Sharon. The entire process was seamless, with constant communication and updates, prompt answers to questions and great advice along the way. Our kitten is friendly and sociable, he is warm and caring and loves meeting our friends. From the moment he arrived home he seemed comfortable and relaxed. He was well trained, knowing exactly where to poop. I know that Paul and Sharon are always there to answer questions, which is great, and we are thankful for that and the whole experience with them...."    16th July, 2022


Jemma from Hughes, ACT said: "The process of adopting our kittens from Paul and Sharon was positive from start to finish. Communication was prompt and friendly, and we were kept in..."     13th July, 2022

Jemma from Hughes, ACT said: "The process of adopting our kittens from Paul and Sharon was positive from start to finish. Communication was prompt and friendly, and we were kept informed of the process throughout. We loved seeing photos and videos! Our two kittens are curious, energetic, and have made themselves at home immediately. We thoroughly recommend Anou...."    13th July, 2022


Caroline from Zetland, NSW said: "It's been a fantastic experience. Paul and Sharon are very professional and have a genuine and true love of cats. The kitten is well trained, he knows..."     26th June, 2022

Caroline from Zetland, NSW said: "It's been a fantastic experience. Paul and Sharon are very professional and have a genuine and true love of cats. The kitten is well trained, he knows where to poo the first day he came to his new home. He is very gentle, not scared of friendly strangers at all. He is playful but not too naughty. He jumps up and down but never scratches the sofa. Paul and Sharon gave us a lot of advice on how to look after the kitten. They've been very helpful. I feel so lucky to have my first pet experience with Paul and Sharon. I am so enjoying the life with our cute little baby Hana. ..."    26th June, 2022


Julia from Cooranbong, NSW said: "I adopted my first Russian Blue kitten from Anou Russians in 1997 and was rewarded with a most beautiful and loving companion, a testament to the lovi..."     2nd February, 2022

Julia from Cooranbong, NSW said: "I adopted my first Russian Blue kitten from Anou Russians in 1997 and was rewarded with a most beautiful and loving companion, a testament to the loving atmosphere in which he was raised. So it was with great excitement that I found on the net that Sharon and Paul had recommenced their Russian Blue breeding program. Several days ago I picked up my new little fellow, Mischa, after following his progress from birth to adoption. Paul and Sharon provide a wonderful experience before you adopt, by sharing the progress of the litter from shortly after birth. Regular videos and photos are posted on the website and provide an enchanting experience of the first weeks of a kitten's life. The kittens are raised in a truly loving and happy environment within the family home, along with the adult cats and two wonderful Jack Russell dogs, so they are completely socialised. I would heartily recommend you consider Anou Russians as the breeder of choice if you are contemplating adopting one of these beautiful felines...."    2nd February, 2022


Donna from Concord West, NSW said: "Paul and Sharon from Anou Russians have gone above and beyond in providing a wonderful experience in our adoption of Nahla. They were not only profess..."     14th January, 2022

Donna from Concord West, NSW said: "Paul and Sharon from Anou Russians have gone above and beyond in providing a wonderful experience in our adoption of Nahla. They were not only professional with their continued communication with us but we could also see their compassion, caring and experience with the Russian Blue breed. We really enjoyed the updates on the journey of the litter being born until they were ready for their forever homes, this was a truly wonderful experience they offer their adoptive parents. Paul and Sharon are both extremely knowledgeable with the breed and raise the kittens is such a loving and warm way that makes the transition to your home a less stressful experience for all. I would highly recommend Anou Russians to anyone looking to adopt a Russian Blue. ..."    14th January, 2022