Caring for your Chartreux

The Chartreux is regarded as a “low-maintenance” breed, and apart from a few points, it will happily thrive by just applying a sensible cat care regime.

Chartreux can have sensitive tummies and we would advise feeding them with high quality, grain free cat food. A mixture of wet and dry food can be given and like all cats they have their likes and dislikes. Some Chartreux, especially the males, have a tendency to put on weight as they get older, so you do need to watch for that. Chartreux are happy with a routine, so meal times are a perfect scheduling opportunity for your cat’s day.

These are indoor cats so do make sure there is fresh water for them to drink. Placing more than one bowl of water around the home provides additional interest for your cat, replicating a cat’s natural instinct to find water. Running water from the tap  (we know of at least one Chartreux who can turn the tap on) and cat water fountains are also preferred by some cats.

It is an indoor cat, but it does like to spend time outdoors when the weather is nice. When outdoors, its movements must be restricted, it should not be allowed to roam freely. The normal ways of achieving this is either with a purpose built enclosure/cat run or, if the garden is fenced in, by adding cat fencing or a radio containment system. Some also enjoy being taken out on a lead and even for walks, although others will not tolerate this.

Chartreux are curious creatures and enjoy looking out of the window watching the world go by. But do beware of open windows, these are strong cats who can push open the tiniest of cracks and we know of one individual who escaped through a slightly opened second floor window and managed to get down to the ground using only the drain pipe. If you want or need to keep your external doors or windows open you may want to consider purchasing some pet screens. It is possible to buy these made to measure at a reasonable price.

Although the Chartreux is an agile and althletic cat it actually requires very little additional space. These cats are energetic in short bursts when they will thoroughly enjoy interaction and play. Toys on a string that they can catch in the air or pounce upon on the ground, soft balls thrown up and down stairs or long feathers waggled in front of them; in fact anything that appeals to their strong natural hunting instinct will keep them amused. Toys or games which make them think are often very rewarding and some owners have remarked that in this regard they behave more like a dog than a cat.

Some people think it is cruel to keep a cat indoors, restricted from roaming, however Chartreux are usually focused on their humans rather than the space they inhabit. But it remains the owners’ responsibility to keep that intelligent and active Chartreux mind engaged and stimulated.

Chartreux are high-up cats and like to be off the ground; they can often be found sitting on top of your furniture, your window sills or kitchen work tops. They appreciate it when you can accommodate their desire to be with their humans, high-up and comfortable.

 

Because they like to climb, by far one of the best investments you can make for a happy cat is a cat tree. Bear in mind these are muscular cats and we would recommend that you choose a sturdy, solid one! If necessary you could also anchor your cat tree using a cat tree bracket to stop it tipping over.

 

Chartreux have beautiful fur. It is a dense, double coat. It is slightly woolly on top with a very fine, soft undercoat. The undercoat hairs are so light they can go everywhere, particularly up your nose. Groom your cat’s fur regularly as indoor cats shed throughout the year due to the artificial light in the house and the more constant temperature. This helps remove dead hair, encourages natural oil production, and keeps the coat looking healthy. It is suggested that these cats should be combed rather brushed, although a wide pin cat brush can also be useful. We do not advocate the use of shedding brushes with built in blades or shedding blades which can damage the double coat. If while brushing you encounter a knot, don’t use force, gently tease the knot out using your fingers and comb. With regular grooming, knots should be a rare occurrence. So long as you are gentle, most Chartreux love to be brushed and it’s a perfect bonding opportunity.

Alway ensure your cat’s eyes, ears and teeth are clean and healthy.

The Chartreux is considered to be one of the healthiest of all pure breed cats with little to no genetic problems.