4Got mice? The Chartreux is known for her hunting abilities. It’s believed that the monks
kept the Chartreux around because
she was so skilled at keeping the
monastery free of vermin.
6About that coat Is it really blue, or is it gray?
It’s really blue — and it’s beautiful.
Similar to the coat seen on the
Russian Blue, Chartreux fur is blue-toned and medium in length, but
what makes it so intriguing is the
texture. The Chartreux has a double
coat, wherein the undercoat is thick
and feels similar to the wool of
sheep. The outer coat also acts as a
raincoat of sorts, protecting the chic
Chartreux from the elements.
7Talk to me The Chartreux rarely emits more than a chirp or min- iscule meow, with some
remaining completely mute aside
from contented purrs. Use your
eyes more than your ears when
conversing with her — she’ll shoot
you razor-sharp glances to let you
know what she’s thinking.
8A feline Houdini If escaping was an Olympic sport, the Chartreux would take home the gold for
escape artist abilities. Shuttered
windows, cabinet doors — she
makes mincemeat of them all!
9Friend of the family The Chartreux’s
amenable nature and
it easy for her
to accept and
dogs, and visi-
tors. That said,
to a certain
cat. While the
Chartreux will love
all of her humans,
she will single out one
individual as her one and
only — shadowing them from
room to room!
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about cats for 12 years. She cur-
rently shares her home with two
finicky felines (Minky and Gypsy),
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5Theeyes have it “The eyes are the windows
to the soul,” and those of the
Chartreux are one of her most nota-
ble features. Rounded and ranging
from gold to copper in hue,
her pretty peepers serve
as a stark contrast to
her rich blue coat.