Choosing a Chartreux

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Chartreux Cat’s Personality

Amiable and loyal, Chartreux are affectionate and people-oriented. When you sit down next to your Chartreux you invariably end up with big blue lapful of cat.

Chartreux are quiet cats, and it can be amusing to hear soft, tiny squeaks coming from those big, strong bodies. They do purr with great enthusiasm, however.

Not as active as some breeds, the Chartreux is calm and confident. Still, these cats have a playful side that they keep well into adulthood. Because of their strong hunting instinct, they enjoy toys that move. Feathered toys that you whirl through the air are particular favorites, as is any toy in which you take an active role.

Grooming a Chartreux

The Chartreux has a dense undercoat that makes the coat stand away from the body, and for that reason requires a bit more grooming than some shorthaired breeds. The fur resists matting, however, and does well with a once or twice weekly combing with a good quality steel comb. During the spring and fall shedding seasons, however, you’ll want to comb out dead hairs at least every other day to keep kitty from leaving a blue blanket of hair on everything you own. Bathing a Chartreux can be challenging because their thick, wooly coats repel water so effectively. Drying takes longer as well.

Association Acceptance

The Chartreux is accepted for championship by:

  • American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE)
  • American Cat Association (ACA)
  • American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA)
  • Canadian Cat Association (CCA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
  • Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF)
  • The International Cat Association (TICA)
  • United Feline Organization (UFO)
  • Special Notes

    The Chartreux is generally a healthy and hardy breed, but some lines are known to possess the gene for patellar luxation (displacement of the kneecap). When severe, this condition can cause pain and lameness. Since the condition is hereditary, many breeders screen their breeding stock for it and exclude questionable cats from their programs. Ask prospective breeders about the condition before you agree to buy. Some Chartreux also tend to get gingivitis if their teeth are not regularly cleaned. Take your Chartreux in at least yearly for check-ups and, if needed, yearly cleanings. Talk to your veterinarian.

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