Brief information about the Norwegian Forest Cat
The appearance of a Norwegian Forest Cat
Because they evolved in a cold climate, Norwegian Forest cats have thick, double coats that can keep them warm in almost any weather. The fur is fluffy, especially around the neck. They shed a large part of the dense, woolly undercoat in spring, which makes the coat look significantly lighter than in winter.
Norwegian Forest cats have long tails that are profusely covered with fur. The head is triangular in shape and the facial expression is cute. Their paws are large and rounded with strong tufts between the toes.
Norwegian Forest cats come in many different colors and patterns, including tabby, patched tabby, solid, and tortoiseshell. Their eyes can be green, gold, or copper in color. These cats are big. Males can weigh from 10 to 16 pounds, females from 8 to 12 pounds.
- Thick fluffy coat
- light green eyes
Ideal human companion
- Families with children
- Households with other pets
- First time cat owner
what they want to live with
Norwegian Forest Cats are friendly and playful, as well as patient. While they enjoy being with their family, they are also okay with being left alone for short periods of time.
Norwegian Forest Cats are known to be tolerant of children and other pets. They are very intelligent and like to climb. They are not easily stressed and are more adaptable to change than many other cat breeds.
Although these cats have a thick, fluffy coat, they don’t require frequent grooming like other long-haired breeds. Once a week brushing is sufficient for most of the year. Brushing more frequently in the spring will prevent loose hair from ending up throughout the house.
things you should know
Norwegian Forest cats love to be high up and appreciate a scratching post or other place to sleep.
Norwegian Forest Cats get along well with children and other pets.
They shed heavily in spring and should be groomed more frequently at this time of year.
History of the Norwegian Forest Cat
As the name suggests, the Norwegian Forest Cat comes from Norway. Known as Skogkatter in their native language, Norwegian Forest Cats accompanied the Vikings on their travels across Europe. The breed self-evolved in the cold climate of northern Europe, resulting in their lush, double coat.
In the late 1930’s some of these cats were shown at a cat show in Germany and the breed caught on. During the Second World War, the breed almost fell into oblivion. It experienced a resurgence in the 1970s.
The Norwegian Forest cat was first recognized by the International Cat Association in 1984. She has since been accepted for registration by the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.
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