Chartreux Cat Facts For Kids Posted on February 14, 2013§§ by Michael§

The Chartreux is a breed of cat that is probably best know for three things: 1 2 3 A long history going back many hundreds of years; Being almost unchanged over these years (this is what breeders want) and…. Being French.

Chartreux Cat Facts For Kids. Map: Wikmedia Commons. Cats pictures copyright Helmi Flick. Monastery picture by Wikimedia Commons. Collage by Michael.

The connection with these monks is said to be the source of this cat’s name. This cat is known for its permanent smile. This is not a real smile. Cat breeders had to rebuild the breed. However. (Note: a “legend” is an old story handed down over time that may not be true). The famous president of France. The Chartreux is mentioned in a very old book Histoire naturelle. As mentioned. At that time they were not known as Chartreux but as moggies (random bred cats). The precise history of this solid looking cat is not known. He wrote about the “Cat of France”. générale et particulière (1749–1788) written by Buffon a Frenchman who was an expert on nature at the time. and the well known author Collette. At a quick glance. The eyes are the color of copper or gold. Collete showed the world her patriotism in having two Chartreux during the second world war (1939-1945). The Chartreux was brought to the United States in the 1970s but they are still rare. The male cats have a “jowly . The ears are on the top of the head and quite close together. This cat looks solid and quite large (called quite “substantial” by breeders). Charles de Gaulle. it is grey in color and the coat is dense and short. However. This confirms how close these two breeds are in they way they look. both made the Chartreux their companion. This is probably referring to the fact that it has not changed that much over hundreds of years whereas most often cat breeds change in shape. The reason why there is a picture of a monastery in the collage above is because there is a legend that this cat was bred by monks at the Grand Chartreuse monastery which is near a town called Grenoble. This is because of the anatomy of the face. it is possible to mistake the Chartreux for a blue British Shorthair. The legend also says that these monks brought this cat to France. slightly. They did this by mating remaining and carefully selected Chartreux with blue British Shorthairs.Background and History The Chartreux is France’s only purebred pedigree cat and it is a part of French history and culture. they look different if you look carefully. it is believed that the first Chartreux were brought to France from Syria by ship up to 900 years ago. because of changing ideas and selective breeding (“selective breeding” means choosing certain cats and mating them to create a certain look and doing this over and over again). there are some British Shorthair genes in the Chartreux because after the second world war there were almost no Chartreux left. Also the Chartreux has to be blue (“blue” means grey in the language of cat breeders) whereas the British Shorthair can be many colors and patterns. The Way The Chartreux Looks Cat breeders today sometimes call this cat “primitive” looking. However.

This is probably because it is difficult to find a good name beginning with these letters.Y and Z. the name must begin with the next letter of the alphabet. strong paws.Than for exemple. Then the next year.. This is a calm. pale grey and dark grey.. Although the body is chunky the legs are skinny.Stiped with a diversity of ash grey. the italian botanist Aldrovandi says in his book the Chartreux comes from Syria.appearance” (they have wide cheeks making the head shape wider). Did the Chartreux get this voice from the Brit SH when they were mated after the second world war? Some Chartreux are silent. I wonder what would happen if you ignored this rule! Behavior and Character For a biggish cat the voice is very small. independent cat with excellent hunting and climbing skills. his nose long. He as a rounded muzzle. and he his robust. This is the same as the Brit SH. 1998. shows a cat catching a mouse. You can ignore the letters K. Many versions exist about Chartreux's origin. “O”. He is stiped as a zebra.. From witch expression "Chartreux's Cat". that want that this cat had been taken in Cape of Good Hope by religious from Chartreux's order. We are told that cats born in 1997 must have a name that begins with “N” (for example: Nico). These stripes exist on the Chartreux's pussy cat and disappear when he become adult. and not as an European cat. his head is chubby. Naming Chartreux Cats I have to mention this. muscular chest.X. It is an interesting tradition.W. and so on. . You can’t choose a name without following the method.Q. ". The first letter of the name depends on the year the cat was born. Chartreux cats are named using a strict method.".. He comes from Syria of witch he got his name. illustrated with drawings. Some breeders think this looks odd. This reminds me of the British Shorthair (Brit SH). In sixteenth century. This book.

. It was not for that matter his trial shot.. just arrived.. and she were immediatly at home. From Mediterranean Islands to France. the Chartreux comes by the store rooms of the ships. She came in our family on February 4. Later so . Like for numerous cats. . he will named Malta's cat. 2 months old. seams to indicate that he has came from cold regions and certainly mountainous regions. and especially furriers are skin ! interrested by Chartreux for his thick It's a long way to find a shelter in a Chartreux's monks monastery . daughter from Dundee de la Ferme Saint Jean and Ebb'sie des Charmilles. Jasmine de la Ferme Saint Jean. This cat has then followed Christian's troops retreat and we expect the one of warriors monks witch come with them. very important at this age. proving his ability to hunt rats. Cyprus's cat. It's necessary to note that his thick coat with double hair level. Merchants. 1995. is born on november 26. Drapper tells that towards 1688 when he will visit Cyprus 's Island. yet comfortable. the Calyoyers's monks were trained cats wiyh blue coat (Chartreux ?) to hunt venenous snakes with the place were infested. 1994. the Chartreux's origin is losen in legends. Game.After have named him Syria's cat.. sails and ropes ennemis.

After game. . What is better than a clean clothes basket to sleep. a break.. Several months later.After break. But always ready to take a nap. get ready to take a nap..

Or a good game pillow. after waking. In the morning. boys lap are so good ! One boy's bed ? An old good cardboard box ? .

it's all the same to me ! My double hair protects me ! Holidays. on the trees. with Maxou. Chartreux ! A sudden. Inside. on the sofa ! Is she eatable. Outside.Beaver or marmot ? No. this mouse . my buddy.

desire came again. from France to go to live in Florida. he was the pet than we need and who gone to satisfy all the family. If you want to discover this fabulous dog. with a new job. easy to carry. I knew very quickly why. Choice was made. and I must acknowledge it. with the first contact with a Chartreux's breeder. there was cats at home. I hope than soon. Indeed. Very quickly. I must recognize it. Bearded Collie wasn't possible. Jade was coming home. I wanted another dog. a Bearded Collie which gone with his masters. But I could'nt have this dog all the day with me. I began to look at cats. Boys wanted a pet. at twelve years old. But some time later. it will be possible. a Cocker and later. Unfortunately. but with a stinker character like the greatest part of small terriers. but outside! They were there only to prevent rats and mice to eat grain ! For this reason. And few months later. go to look at Enzo 's Page (a site from Fabrice Robbe). Hard were theshock. but decision came quickly to take again the same cat. Jasmine came home. When she died. Charming dog. with my wife we got a her dog Yorkshire. a Bearded Collie. my wife a cat. I fell in love with that breed. a big one. some of them nick-name the Chartreux "cat-dog". she died at height months old due to a hepatitis. because they were living in complete freedom and of course with a lack of caress.playing with paper ! At once. in the beginning I was not a cat lover. he will not be happy. and she is now after nearly three years the master of the place ! Why a Chartreux's cat ? . I discovered Chartreux. we would't get another pet. they were not very sociables. Few weeks later. Me. Later my father and mother got a dog. and some of his postures. due to his character. in fact. when I was independent. When I was a child.

don't hesitate to contact your veterinary. To complement. for further informations . She has of course her preferences. that this food is the better one for the Chartreux). In place of traditional mess-kettle. Health for Jasmine. "Vous et votre Chartreux" (in French) or bibliography may be found at The Chartreux Cat. Health Feeding . planned vermifuges and anti-fleas treatment (I use a produce that I put between the shoulder blades (single point where cat can't lick) and for the moment. Food. All is now in order and have'nt let any after effects. it works fine). "Vous et votre Chartreux" (in French) or bibliography may be found at The Chartreux Cat.The grey-blue skin with under. Remark : Jasmine who never begs food when we are eating. the ears not very hairy and eyes gold color (Chartreux is often nicknammed "cat with gold eyes"). For this. she made an intestinal jamming due to absoption of her hunting.hair of the Chartreux. they are more marked for the male. make him indifferent to cold and wet climates (look at Jasmine's album). Description For further informations . Body is very built. Especially if as Jasmine your Chartreux go outside. The round cheeks make his head stand out. You can look at Bleus Russes (a site from Ariane Legrand) a site showing the difference between these two breeds. few croquettes. it is : valid vaccines. Your cat will be hard to please. and so ask to your veterinary. Terrines. for Jasmine. Of course there are so little accidents. she don't love all. be always careful to your Chartreux. balls with sauce or with jelly. and an eye wound due to a limb encounter. I advise you Odette Eylat's book. it's box food (better than small cooked dishes home made). but with a little of education you will win. and so ask to your veterinary. All these elements make difference with other cats claiming to look like him. The nose is straight. But don't fall in excess buying luxurious boxes (it's not because it's a Chartreux which is doing pulicity for a cat food markingvery expensive. If you have doubt. For Jasmine. Here too. oiled sardines or minced meat mixed with the yellow of an uncooked egg without white will be appraised. Sometime it's possible to make an extra special meal. I advise you Odette Eylat's book. these one cleaning teeth.

In summer. Of course a Chartreux don't play as a dog do it. Serious mistake. she jump on it as it was a field mouse. in spite of the small bel. That don't prevent a minimum of care. Look after eyes (so easy during a coaxing). is the garden hose that I pull slowly in the garden. my children (two boys) don't martyrise Jasmine. Unhappily. is noticeable by these kinds of games of hide-and-seek. the Chartreux is an excellent hunter. He has at this moment a position of cat that lie in wait. Cleaning . gives so fleas and tapeworms. A regular brushing. A great complicity exists between them. regularly a bird or a blackbird is devoured. The game must be too small. At each moving. don't depend on she to hunt flies that are in the house. or for game. where Jasmine go to titillate someone. The "cat-dog" behaviour of Chartreux that I was talking. if it makes her good fortune. to return after to charge. from the beginning. In opposition to this cartoon. She mews until she got two or three ! Jasmine is a fabulous hunter. Once caught. The funny example with Jasmine. I have put to Jasmine a small bel very resounding that (normally) informs birds that a cat is here. Jasmine is able to stay many hours lying in wait under a thuya to catch ashrew or a field mouse. she put it into the house for later and go to hunt another. Clean inside ears with a moist cotton. If it's too for her. she complete herself her meals by her hunt produces. and rush after to hide at the other side of the room. Never I have seen Jasmine giving a knock with her paw. The games that impassion Chartreux are these that remind him the hunting. and then not interesting! The cat is clean naturally. But. Just a little is necessary. In spite of her "a little heavy appearance". Chartreux by his patience and his prettiness is the ideal fellow for children. bounding just when you pull the string. You can see time he uses to wash himself. she go. It 's often very difficult to put them outside of the house. Very optimist.Chidren and game Hunting is made about French fried potatoes (French cat is'nt!). but he has all the same his time to liberate. during holidays near Montpellier (in the south of France). she take a part of the night to hunt mothes long about 6 cm. that you pull slowly. he will adore to jump on a small object fastened to a string. For example. for coaxing. gnawing absorption.

...... Ras et poli comme le satin.... du Bellay wrote the "French poetry on a little cat death" "Then Belaud... ... Belaud knew thousand manners To surprise them in their lair ...... It 's very difficult and dangerous to translate poetry.... nor better learned To fight rats and mice...... ..... Couvert d'un poil argentin...... In 1558. Original french text : En 1558......... premièrement Ne fut pas gris entièrement Ni tel qu'en France on les voit naître Mais tel qu'à Rome on les voit être....... firstly Were not grey entirely Nor such in France we have know them from birth But such in Rome we see them to be.. only to give you an idea of the text of this poet.... Au demeurant tu ne vis oncques Chat plus adroit. Covered with silvery hair... But I try it. du Bellay écrivit les "Vers français sur la mort d'un petit chat" "Doncques Belaud................. ni mieux appris A combattre rats et souris.. ... Belaud savait mille manières De les surprendre en leur tanière .... Close-cropped and sleek like satin........Chartreux and Arts § Version Française§ Joachim du Bellay (1522 ? -1560) : French Poet.. After all you never seen Cat more dexterous........

Colette (1873 ." In her famous novel "The she cat"(i don't know the exacte English translation for this title)... profoundly setting.....] Le jabot gonflé...]" "[she] was bringing [..] in her pure gold eyes a familiar expression.]" "My little bear with large cheeks [... had precedence of him with long strides [.] Pearl color Daemon [... comme la gorge des ramiers [. Colette has done from Saha the Chartreuse her heroin.. elle le regardait accourir en le provoquant de ses yeux jaunes. profondément enchâssés.. the ears low. "(Saha) ran when he ran..] Démon couleur de perle [....]" "[.] my blue pigeon [... suspicious.....] The crop swollen.] mon pigeon bleu [.. proud.. soupçonneux. masters of themselves [. Colette a fait de Saha la Chartreuse l'héroïne. les oreilles basses. fiers. "(Saha) courut quand il courut...] dans ses yeux d'or pur une expression familière.. maîtres d'eux-mêmes [.]" "[elle] ramenait [. like the throat of the ring doves [.] Fine-Fine she cat [.1954) : French writer Original french text : Dans son célèbre roman "La Chatte".] son pelage de chatte des Chartreux mauve bleuâtre...." The photography.]" "[.]" "Mon petit ours à grosses joues [.] Fine-Fine chatte [.. the publicity .] her mauve bluish Chartreux's cat coat.. le précéda à longues foulées [. she were looking in him running up provoking him with her yellow eyes..

The publicity since some time use a lot the grace and the peaceful side of Chartreux (in fact. and is always photografied a lot. Jasmine (18 monthes). as a guardian. we see him to appear in lead or supporting part. . often of Chartreuse). We see to appear on posters the Chartreux with imposing stature of home guardian.The Chartreux has been since photography coming out . Any product wathever sold (not only cat food).

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