Carthusian Cat - Gentle and Uncomplicated

Carthusian Cat - Gentle and Uncomplicated 

The Grey Carthusian cats have enchanted cat lovers for years with their elegant appearance and their harmonious and strong character. They tend to feel just as happy in a family as they do as a single independent cat. These uncomplicated cats, therefore, are perfect for cat owners of any level.

Origin of the Carthusian Cat

The friendly grey cats originated in France, but it is speculated over whether they have a link with the Carthusian monks. Some say they were more concerned with the production of herbal liqueur than the breeding of these kind animals, while others say that the monks exclusively bred the cats during the second World War. The origins of these cats, however, came from a couple of siblings who actually started breeding in 1920, nonetheless, it wasn't until 1977 that the Carthusian cat was given its own breed status. Breeding was not easy, especially in times of war, as British Shorthair cats that were also grey and Russian Blue’s often found their way into the gene pool and thereby "watered” it down. That is why special care is taken today to ensure that the breed-typical characteristics of the Carthusian cat are meticulously observed.

Carthusian Cat: Character and Behaviour

The grey feline stands out from the mass of active and playful shorthair cats with their level-headed and calm manner. This makes them the perfect family cats, they get on well with children and also with other animals. The Carthusian cat also copes with being alone for a few hours a day, but still needs attention and love from its owner. In general, they are very affectionate and like to follow their people around as much as possible, almost like a small dog. In older age, the cats usually become much calmer, but do not want to be excluded from family life.

Carthusian Cat: Appearance

In general, the Carthusian cat is medium-sized and strong. The legs and chest are very muscular, the paws are relatively large. The paw pads are dark grey. The ears are medium in size and sit high on the head. Only yellow and amber tones are permitted as eye colour, while green is the only absolute taboo. The eyes shouldn't be too round, but they should be large. What is also of note is that the male and female varieties differ massively. While the males look big, muscular and very impressive due to their wide nose and thick cheeks, the ladies here are smaller (especially the head!), More compact and a little more delicate. Legs and tail are also a little shorter here. The dark grey fur of the Carthusian cat is short and has a thick undercoat. It must not have any badges or patterns.

Carthusian Cat: Maintenance

Even if they appear calm - young Carthusians especially like to play! Therefore, you should provide sufficient toys and opportunities for movement. The clever cats like to have a good overview, which is why a scratching post with an elevated sitting position is particularly worthwhile. You also need several places where you can rest undisturbed and recover from a possibly hectic everyday life. Since they are experienced hunters, they enjoy freedom of movement, but are also excellent house cats due to their calm nature.

Important - Since many cats get a little lazy when they get older, you should take care to adjust the amount of food that's necessary to prevent obesity. Caring for the Carthusian cats is very easy, it is enough if they are brushed once a week.


Breed - Carthusian

Origin - France 

Size - Medium Sized 

Weight - 4kg -7kg depending on gender 

Eyes - Amber

Hide - Short, dense, undercoat all year round

Colour - Only blue-grey

Character - Calm, affectionate

Attitude -  Domestic cat and outdoor


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