About the Carthusians
The short coat of the Carthusians is relatively easy to clean and needs to be brushed occasionally. The Kitty is happy about a garden or balcony – the pure housing attitude is however also possible. Especially professionals should in this case consider the purchase of a second cat. Of course, the apartment should also have enough cat toys and a cat tree for the velvet paw.
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In France, the country of origin of the beautiful Carthusians, the breed is called Chartreux. Characteristic are the blue-gray fur and the amber eyes. Often the Carthusian is confused with the blue British Shorthair.
Legend has it that the carthusian cat came from Syria, where it was believed to have lived in the wild. During the Crusades she was brought to Europe. Previously, the Carthusian was therefore called Syriac cat or Malta cat. In the 16th century, it was first mentioned in writing by the Italian natural historian Ulisse Aldrovandi.
Originally a connection between the Chartreux cat and the Carthusian monks / Carthusian order was suspected, but there are no records of a connection. Instead, the cat under this name was first mentioned in writing in the 18th century in French documents.
With the purposeful breeding of the Kartäuserkatze one began in the 1920er years. After the Second World War, the stock of the breed was only very small. The inbred British shorthair should avoid incest among the cats. At times, both races were even grouped because of the intensive crossing – but this rule was quickly repealed.
The carthusian cat arrived in the United States in 1971, but was not recognized by the CFA until sixteen years later. To date, there are only a few breeders in the US.
The Carthusian cat is considered an attentive and friendly breed. At the same time, she is said to be enormously self-reliant. A lap cat, she is therefore rather less. She is said to be very quiet – some owners describe her as completely dumb. Of course, but the Kartäuserkatze meow like any other cat breed, it is just not as talkative as, for example, the Siamese.
She is one of the breeds that should be playful until adulthood and can learn the retrieval of small cat toys. As a rule, the Carthusian is an uncomplicated velvet paw, which usually bothers neither children nor other animals in the household.
Attitude and care
The kitty cat is one of the shorthair cats and therefore usually needs no help in grooming. Occasional brushing does not hurt. As a freelancer, she feels comfortable, in the apartment she needs a scratching post and sufficient employment opportunities. Professionals should also think about purchasing a second cat. Even if the Carthusian is an independent cat according to its reputation, few kitties like to spend many hours alone.