chartreux breed information

common health issues

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Just like in the dog, feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing, but sudden death can occur with no clinical signs.

The history of the Chartreux is the subject of much speculation. Stories of their origin vary from being the cats of Carthusian monks in the French Alps to descending from the feral cats of Syria. Whatever their true heritage, the Chartreux arrived in France in the 16th century, and that became their home. It was not until 1971 that they ventured upon American soil, however.

The Chartreux presents a striking appearance. His large, stocky body is held up by short, fine legs and its water resistant double coat is blue in color, with a wooly texture similar to sheep. His narrowed muzzle makes him look like he is perpetually smiling, and his visage is completed by beautiful copper-colored eyes. Once you’ve met and handled a Chartreux, you’ll not forget the experience.

The Chartreux is quiet, yet extremely intelligent and playful. They easily learn tricks, such as fetch, and enjoy solving puzzles, which may include opening doors and cabinets! They tend to bond with one particular person in a family, though they remain friendly with all family members.

The Chartreux is generally a very healthy breed, but like all cat breeds, Chartreaux are prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chartreux are prone to include knee problems such as patellar luxation; heart disorders such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as glaucoma; chronic disease such as diabetes; and thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Chartreaux has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of attention, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)