The chartreux was originally a working cat for the Carthusian monks in France. That is why she is also called the ‘Carthusian’ or ‘Carthusian cat’. This relatively rare breed makes a great playmate for children. This cat is reliable and does not quickly flap her claws. She is always in a good mood and can be alone quite well. As a loyal and loving companion cat, the chartreux primarily wants to play. Still, she doesn’t need to get attention all the time. She can enjoy herself very well and makes it clear if she needs some company. Sometimes she comes to bring you a toy. This purebred cat is an ideal choice for single people.
A chartreux is stocky with thin, sturdy legs. This purebred cat weighs more than 5 kg and is quite large. But despite her slightly heavier build, she is still an elegant cat with a beautiful face. She has a broad chest and a muscular neck. This in combination with her strong jaws and well-developed muzzle give her quite some charisma. Her thick, dense coat with a relatively wiry texture is not only beautiful, but also offers her excellent protection against inclement weather. The woolly coat of a chartreux has a blue color. Her eyes are gold, copper or orange.
The chartreux is a nice and introverted breed. This strong cat is very suitable for keeping pests out of the house. Yet her modest voice is rarely used. It is important to keep a chartreux in shape and to provide some challenges on a regular basis. In addition to ensuring sufficient exercise, a daily brushing is necessary. This is especially important during the change of season, when the coat becomes thicker or thinner. The life expectancy of this beautiful blue-gray cat is 8 to 13 years.
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