Carthusian Cat

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Carthusian Cat



THE CAT furriers

The Chartreux is without doubt one of the most beautiful cats in existence. His hair is soft and supple to the touch looks almost silky, and is a splendid gray ash. The legs are short and plump, round feet, with small fingers, like those dolls. The tail is bushy, thick at the base, then tapering at the tip, eyes are bright copper color. The expression of the face, then, is irresistible. It always seems that the cat is smiling, you're greeted in the most cheerful people around him. And with a peaceful nature, tolerant and loving, the Chartreux is always looking for caresses, physical contact with the owner. In short, has all the characteristics to be a real stuffed animals to hold and cuddle.

Its a little ways' refined and elegant betray its European origin. The breed was selected because in France in the eighteenth century and since then the Chartreux cat has always been considered the French National Assembly. In the past became a sort of status symbol and the cat was preferred by General Charles de Gaulle. And also the most loved by Colette. The celebrated writer, that just one of his many Carthusian monks dedicated the novel "The Cat" in 1933, much loved spending time with his cats. He wrote of them: "The best companions never have fewer than four legs" and even "the idea that cats have the convenience is absolutely incomprehensible to humans." Proud of its nationality, Colette loved because they were the Carthusians, as has been said, a symbol of France. His decision to surround himself with these cats was then dictated national pride, the same one that prompted her to never leave Paris during the German occupation.

Unfortunately, the Carthusian Scottish Fold has always been a popular pet. In the eighteenth century was also raised for food. There was in fact, who ate his flesh, as if it were a rabbit or a pig. But it was above his thick fur, very similar to that of the otter to the touch, to be very sophisticated. It was in the furriers that the "French Grey Cat," as it was then called, was given the name of Chartreux. On the benches of the drapers, the best and most valuable goods were the skin of cats and a gray wool that came from Spain and was called "wool Chartreux." Both were extraordinarily soft and so, little by little, he came to identify them. Since then the term "Chartreux" Carthusian in fact, was extended to cats.

Today, this cat wins mainly because of its nature. Develops a very special attachment with who looks after him, to the point of following him like a dog. For this reason, the Chartreux is sometimes called "cat-dog". Farmers argue that, unlike other breeds, the Chartreux is the male to become attached to more people. The female is rather more detached and can be alone for some time.

Care for a Chartreux is very simple, if one keeps in mind the fact that he wants to remain aloof but always at the center of attention. Its coat needs only a fairly short brushed occasionally to remove excess hair during the changeover period. But we must be careful though because the food is very tasty Chartreux, a gourmet who does not say no to anything. If you do not want too much fat do you have to dose the habit of eating his porridge and part-time, without leaving him available to the bowl all day.

Roberto Allegri


A native of Syria, the Chartreux is probably arrived in beautiful eighteenth-century France where it is now very popular, so much so that the cat is considered French national. In the 70's has come to America.


It 'a cat solid, compact and muscular, with strong shoulders, wide chest and well developed

Size: medium-large, weighing between 4 and 6 kg

Head: Large, not round.

Ears: Medium size, slightly open at the base and with slightly rounded tips.

Eyes: Round, open, orange or copper. At birth the eyes are blue, but after 6-12 months turn orange or yellow gold.

Nose: right.

Body: Strong and sturdy, strong bone structure, compact and strong muscles.

Feet: must be small compared to the body and rounded.

Tail: long and strong.

Coat: short to mid-dense weave and a little woolly. The coat is made of 2 layers: the undercoat, thick and dense, and the surface layer, shiny and thick.

Colors: gray, blue gray, or light gray. The standard allows all colors, from gray-blue to dark. It must be as uniform as possible and without streaks, drawings or white hairs. Only puppies may have slight streaks on the limbs and tail will disappear after a few months when the shell reaches the final color.

Average life: between 13 and 14 years


The Chartreux cat is calm, quiet, balanced and reassuring for his extraordinary gifts as well suited to the role of companion to the lonely or elderly

He does not like to be picked up or scrambled in vain: it is independent of nature.

It adapts well to apartment living, but must have enough space available.

If you have the opportunity to leave the house proves to be a good hunter.

Tolerates low temperatures.

Her intuition, coupled with the discretion, make it unique as a pet

She knows when its master is available, sa 'guess' and capture these situations, knows when to move and above all know how to become indispensable

Proud and independent of the Carthusian is just like its powerful appearance suggests: a beautiful cat with strong nerves and confident

It is not suitable to live with who is easy prey to sudden changes in mood or who shouts unnecessarily. The noises, the spiteful and useless chatter and disturb him nervous.


His short coat does not need special treatment: it must be brushed once a week. During the silent dead hair is removed with a rubber glove or brush the coat every day. Eyes and ears are cleaned with a damp cloth twice a month.


His diet should be meat supplemented with vegetables and rice. They go well packaged food and dry food. It 'a cat of large size, strong and sturdy and comes with a formidable appetite satisfy him, then, is not a problem but we must be very careful to provide the correct ration according to the needs and nutritional intake required by different stages of life of the animal. Puppies should be fed with a balanced food and suitable for the growth, the adult cat a diet suited to the maintenance and care will be taken to provide power to a calorie controlled for all those cats who tend to gain weight. Nutrition plays a key role in the life of a cat, a healthy and balanced ration will keep the animal in good health and make it naturally resistant to harsh conditions and diseases.


Both male and female for breeding should be around the anus of age. Pregnancy lasts 65 days. On average 3-4 pups are born per litter. Weaning can begin around day 30. Because of their hardiness even childbirth, this breed tends to unfold as naturally as possible. The cubs are born blind and open their eyes between the eighth and twelfth days of life are born with blue eyes. Towards the 60 days begin to turn color and assume a light brown color. Only after six months (in some lines this occurs even after a year of age) will take the color orange or leather permanently.


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