Care, Grooming and Health
As mentioned all over the website, the fur of the Chartreux cat is highly praised. One of the best qualities about the fur is that there is little to no maintenance required to keep a healthy fur. The Chartreux cat has a shedding season, and does not shed all year long. During this season, it may shed quite a bit so be warned: you may need to spend some time cleaning after. Bathing also may take a little bit of effort due to the nature of the coating of the fur. Because the fur is very water resistant, you may need to spend some time getting the Chartreux cat wet down to the skin.
Feeding the Chartreux cat is like feeding any other pet. It is not a picky eater, so you wont need to spend a lot of money on expensive quality cat food. However it is a sensitive cat, so a change of diet can affect the Chartreux cat in different ways. Many Chartreux cat breeders and owners switch to adult food around age four or five months due to how the cat ages and grows, and switch back to “light” food when the Chartreux cat becomes older- to keep it from being overweight and keeping it healthy.
Like us humans, the Chartreux cat also may have teeth problems. When the set of adult teeth start coming out the old ones may be pushed out of line, and another dental problem that occurs is gingivitis; so it is precautionary and recommended to take the Chartreux cat to the vet often. Another medical problem that may occur with the Chartreux cat is something hereditary called “Patellar luxation,” or displacement of the kneecap. When mild, it causes little to no harm but when the case is severe it may cause lameness with the Chartreux cat. Professional breeders recommend getting the Chartreux cat screened right away.