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Chartreux

Chartreux

A Highly Intelligent Cat

Gentle, Quiet, Sensitive

Chartreux are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Chartreux, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Chartreux and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-long, robust, muscular Coat:Medium-short, wooly, resilient undercoat

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Chartreux have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Chartreux are charming and loyal, always ready for your affection.

Positive Traits:

  • Excellent hunting skills

  • Excellent companion and independent

  • Requires minimal grooming

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

Negative Traits:

  • An indoor cat that doesn’t do well in the heat

Whether you are considering adding a new Chartreux to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Chartreux will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Chartreux you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Chartreux could encounter:

Suspected Disease Risks

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

The legends behind the origin of the Chartreux cat trace back to France, Syria, and Spain. Often described as a “potato on toothpicks,” Chartreux have a large, muscular body with short legs. Their plush, silvery blue-grey coat is similar to sheep, with a dense undercoat and protective top coat. Chartruex are a very quiet breed, making them superb hunters. Blue Cats are intelligent and learn new things quickly. They enjoy the company of a family, but tend to form a strong bond with one person.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Chartreux shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

  • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Chartreux have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Chartreux are charming and loyal, always ready for your affection.

    Positive Traits:

    • Excellent hunting skills

    • Excellent companion and independent

    • Requires minimal grooming

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    Negative Traits:

    • An indoor cat that doesn’t do well in the heat

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Chartreux to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Chartreux will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Chartreux you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Chartreux could encounter:

    Suspected Disease Risks

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

  • History

    The legends behind the origin of the Chartreux cat trace back to France, Syria, and Spain. Often described as a “potato on toothpicks,” Chartreux have a large, muscular body with short legs. Their plush, silvery blue-grey coat is similar to sheep, with a dense undercoat and protective top coat. Chartruex are a very quiet breed, making them superb hunters. Blue Cats are intelligent and learn new things quickly. They enjoy the company of a family, but tend to form a strong bond with one person.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Chartreux shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

    • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

    • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)

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