How to Groom A Chartreux Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Chartreux Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Muscular; cobby

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Chartreux has a dense, woolly coat that is water-resistant and comes in shades of blue-gray. Its fur is soft to the touch and requires minimal grooming.

Chartreux Cat

The Chartreux cat is a medium-sized breed with a muscular build and a distinctive blue-gray coat. They are known for their quiet and calm demeanor, making them great companions for those who prefer a more laid-back pet.

Chartreux cats are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or even walk on a leash. They are generally healthy and low-maintenance, with their short, dense coat requiring minimal grooming.

Grooming Tools for Chartreux Cats

In order to groom Chartreux Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushPerfect for removing tangles and mats from your cat’s coat, leaving it smooth and shiny.$10 – $20
Grooming glovesCarefully eliminates loose fur as it offers a soothing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersSafely trims your cat’s nails to prevent overgrowth and injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerEar cleaning solutions effectively eliminate unpleasant odors in your cat’s ears by removing wax, debris, and bacteria, thus maintaining cleanliness and promoting overall ear health.$8 – $15
Cotton ballsGently cleans the ears in combination with the ear cleaner$1 – $5
ToothbrushRegular toothbrushing keeps your cat’s mouth clean and reduces the buildup of odor-causing bacteria, resulting in fresher breath$3 – $10
ToothpasteRemoves plaque and freshens breath; specially formulated for cats$5 – $10
ShampooUse shampoo that’s made specifically for cats. Shampooing your cat will help remove any dirt deep in its fur$3 – $12

Grooming Your Chartreux Cat Step-by-Step


Frequency: Brush your Chartreux once or twice a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your Chartreux occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Chartreux Cat

The Chartreux is a beautiful breed with a dense, water-repellent coat that requires minimal grooming. However, if your Chartreux gets into something particularly dirty or smelly, a bath may be necessary.

Start by brushing out any tangles or mats in their coat.

Fill a sink or tub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.

Wet your Chartreux thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears.

Gently massage the shampoo into their coat, avoiding their face and eyes.

Rinse thoroughly and wrap your Chartreux in a towel to dry. They may want to shake off excess water, so be prepared for a little mess.

Overall, bathing a Chartreux is a simple process that should only be done when absolutely necessary.

How Often Should I Bathe My Chartreux Cat?

You should bathe your Chartreux cat only when necessary, such as if they get into something dirty or smelly, as they are known for their self-grooming abilities.

How to Trim the Nails of a Chartreux Cat

  • Choose a quiet and comfortable spot for your Chartreux cat to sit.
  • Hold your cat gently but firmly in your lap or on a table.
  • Use a sharp and sturdy pair of cat nail clippers to trim the tips of your cat’s nails.
  • Be careful not to cut the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  • If you accidentally cut the quick, apply some styptic powder or cornstarch to stop the bleeding.
  • Reward your Chartreux cat with a treat or praise after each nail is trimmed.
  • Repeat the process every 2-3 weeks to keep your cat’s nails at a healthy length.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping Nails: Every 2-3 weeks.

How to Clean the Ears of a Chartreux

  • Cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Chartreux securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift one ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Chartreux with a treat or playtime to make the experience positive.

– Never use Q-tips or any other object to clean your Chartreux’s ears, as this can damage the ear canal and cause pain or infection.
– If your Chartreux shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear cleaning process, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.
– If you notice any unusual discharge, odor, or redness in your Chartreux’s ears, contact your veterinarian for a check-up.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Chartreux Cat

  1. Start by getting your Chartreux cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  5. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well as the front teeth.
  6. Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until your cat becomes restless.
  7. Repeat this process 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene.

Recommended Frequency: 2-3 times a week.

Chartreux Common Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

  • Watch out for fleas and ticks by regularly checking your cat’s fur and skin for any signs of infestation.
  • Prevent fleas and ticks by using a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian and keeping your cat’s environment clean and free of pests.

Matted Fur

Chartreux cats have a dense, woolly coat that can easily become matted if not groomed regularly. Use a slicker brush to remove any tangles and mats, and consider trimming the fur around the hindquarters to prevent fecal matter from getting stuck in the fur.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Chartreux cats have a dense, woolly coat that can lead to matting and skin irritation if not groomed regularly. Use a slicker brush to remove loose hair and prevent matting, and consider a monthly professional grooming session to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

How Often Should I Brush My Chartreux Cat?

You should brush your Chartreux cat at least once a week to keep their thick, dense coat healthy and free of mats. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to prevent hairballs and excessive shedding.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Chartreux Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Chartreux cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their fur of natural oils and cause dryness and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.

Are Chartreux Cats Aggressive?

No, Chartreux cats aren’t aggressive and do well around other animals. Chartreux cats are also calm and gentle around kids.