The Chartreux Cat
Despite the fact that the chartreux is the french “chat” per excellence, there are no proofs that he’s of French origin. There are a number of stories and thesis about he’s origin but no absolute evidence.
What we know is that in the XVI century there were blue cats in France and on the XVIII century, the chartreux defined the blue short-hair cats from Paris.
According to the name, the chartreux could have he’s origins in the Grande Chartreuse, a mountain region in France were there exists the Chartusians monks monastery since the XI century. It’s been said that they had cats, which is not improvable because on those days people only had animals with any type of utility and the cats are extraordinary mouse hunters.
Being the Grande Chartreuse of difficult access, maybe it’s feline population was unable to breed with cats from other regions, developing a breed with so peculiar characteristics and look but, until today there are no evidences that this it’s his true origin, maintaining the controversy about the chartreux.
Today this breed is very popular in countries like France, Belgium and Switzerland were his participation in shows is often very high. On other countries despite the fact that the interest on the chartreux doesn’t seem to be high, each time there are more lovers of these blue cats with wonderful smile.
The Chartreux is very friendly, calm and good temperament cat. He gets along with other pets and is a wonderful company for children because rarely shows his nails. He prefers to refuge in a calm place then showing aggressiveness.
People who have chartreux cats know that he enjoys company of he’s “owner” and, if possible other pets in case of long absences from home by the owner. The chartreux loves to play but he’s not as active as other short-hair breeds. He’s mewing it’s extraordinary because when you think you’ll hear a strong noise, only a soft tone comes out which doesn’t fit he’s robust look.
He’s coat doesn’t require many much maintenance. To maintain it’s shine and health, brush it once a week with a slicker brush. In case the coat is dirty and you’re not familiar with bathing him, you can use a good powder shampoo for cats. You can clean the outer ear with a special ear solution for cats.