Author Topic: Alexei's cats: Zubrovka & Kotka  (Read 26090 times)

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Offline Victory_L

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Re: Help, please
« Reply #30 on: September 12, 2008, 02:12:50 PM »
Bravo, Nena! Voiejkov farther "...Прибытие кота вызвало у сестер желание завести себе такого же. Это дело было поручено мне. Условия были поставлены следующие: кошка должна быть рыжая, иметь такую же шерсть, как и у их любимого кота на яхте "Штандарт", от которого они надеялись получить потомство, не подозревая его равнодушия к кошкам. Была куплена в деревне и отправлена в Царское Село кошечка, подходившая по условиям. Великие княжны были страшно довольны и назвали ее ЗУБРОВКА. Наследник расставался со своим котом только на время прогулок из боязни его потерять; в остальное время он брал его с собою вместе с любимой собакой Джоем, породы спаниель, и приходил иногда во время высочайших обедов, держа его на руках, чем приводил в ужас людей, боявшихся кошек" Вот так , сообща иногда удается раскрыть очередную историческую загадку. Теперь мы точно знаем: Где Котька, а где Зубровка! :-)

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Re: Alexei's cats: Zubrovka & Kotka
« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2009, 06:05:38 PM »
This has been touched on earlier in the thread, but if anyone is interested V.I. Chebotareva's son (Gregory Tschebotarioff) wrote a book entitled, "Russia, My Native Land" In the book he writes about the arrangements made by the Imperial Family for friends to take care of the three cats left at the Alexander Palace.  On page 194 he writes:

"Mother notes a conversation she had with Geringer, an old lady who was entrusted together with Bekendorff, to seal up the personal belongings of the Tsar's family which they had left behind at the Alexandrovsky Palace...(quotes Chebotareva) 'There was a drama with the cats.  The kitchen closed- there was nothing to feed them with- there was not a soul in the palace.  On the very first day Geringer arrived the unfortunate hungry animals dashed towards her...a dismal impression, a dead, empty palace, all exits locked and only 3 cats flit about like shadows..."

The author goes on to state that homes were found for the cats.

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Re: Alexei's cats: Zubrovka & Kotka
« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2009, 08:09:43 PM »
Very interesting facts

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Re: Alexei's cats: Zubrovka & Kotka
« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2013, 06:51:41 AM »
I actually have a question about this...

I was reading one of my Romanov books, unfortunately I can't recall if it was The Fate Of The Romanovs or The Last Days Of The Romanovs, or even Romanov Autumn... At any rate, I found it interesting...

Was Zubrovka bred specifically for Aleksei? That was what I read in whichever book it was, that Aleksei saw a particular cat and liked it, and the owner? bred the cat specifically with another kind so that it wouldn't have claws?

Just double checking on that.

If this is the case, does this breed exist now? What is it called? Is it, perchance, named after him? (wishful thinking I think ;)
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