Norwegian Forest Cats The Norwegian Forest Cat, the official catof the Kingdom of Norway, is a much-loved cat breed known for his fluffy coat, largebuild, and social disposition.
He’s tied with the Vikings and may haveeven sailed to the America’s long before Columbus.
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As mysterious as he is beautiful, the NorwegianForest Cat is a unique breed that has been around since the Vikings took him onboardtheir longships as mousers in the 1st century.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is native to Norway,with a history going back thousands of years.
For centuries, the skogcatt—a Norwegianword that translates to “forest cat”—survived by his wits and offered his services as amouser to farmers and housewives in exchange for shelter in barns, stables or homes.
Today, he may not top the list of most popularcats in America, but he’s big in Europe and especially you guessed it… Norway.
Although he is known as the Forest Cat thisbreed has no problem with staying cozy at home with his humans.
But while he might be fond of being aroundyou, don’t think that he will turn into a lap cat so easily.
This cat is selective with his affections,choosing to be close to you on his own terms.
So if your Norwegian Forest Cat chooses tobe close, take that as a huge compliment! 8.
It’s believed that due to centuries of survivalin the harshest of winters in the Scandinavian region, not much really phases this chillfeline.
The Wegie, a common nickname for this breed,is great with kids and other animals because of his calm, laid-back temperament.
According to Norse mythology, the Skogkattwas beloved by Freya, the Norse goddess of love and beauty, who some say traveled ina kitty-drawn chariot.
And in one Norwegian tale, Thor loses a contestof strength to the tricky god Jormungand, who’s disguised as a Skog Katt.
Thanks to these legends, some breeders todayrefer to the Norwegian Forest Cat as the “Norse SkogKatt.
Anyone that owns a Norwegian can agree thatthis fluffy cat definitely enjoys being in high places.
He loves perching himself up high in a treeto take in a good view of his surroundings, even resting there for several minutes onend.
The Norwegian is the strong silent type andis very observant, so getting lost in a good view is just his thing.
Ever seen a cat run down a tree headfirst? If you have, it was most likely a NorwegianForest cat.
He has sturdier claws than most breeds, allowinghim to achieve impressive climbing feats.
If you own a Norwegian, make sure to givehim plenty of climbing surfaces to hang out on.
This mellow cat isn't likely to be very loud.
If he decides to get vocal, he will do sowith chirps and meows.
This will most likely occur if his dinneris late.
He’s a big boy at up to 22 pounds, so hethinks his dinner should never be late.
Although the Norwegian Forest cat can be anycolor or pattern, you can count on him having a long, double-layered coat that repels water.
And he also has tufted ears and toes, whichwork like built-in earmuffs and boots.
These handy physical traits helped him survivesnowy Scandinavian winters.
It is believed by many that the Maine Coonand Norwegian Forest Cat are linked due to their obvious similarities in appearance.
Genetic testing indicates that the Maine Coonis the descendant of both the Norwegian Forest Cat and an unknown—and now-extinct—domesticbreed.
One main difference? The shape of the head for the Norwegian ForestCat is a distinct triangle shape that is much different than any other long-haired cat breed.
Fun fact: the long tufts of hair in betweentheir toes is intended to protect from frostbite.
During World War II, attention paid towardthe Norwegian Forest cat waned, and he came dangerously close to becoming extinct thanksto cross-breeding.
However, an official breeding program helpedpreserve the furry cat’s lineage for future generations.
In 1977, the Norwegian Forest cat breed wasofficially accepted as a recognized breed by the Fédération Internationale Féline.
Two years later, the first breeding pair ofNorwegian Forest cats arrived in America.
And in 1987, the breed was officially acceptedby the Cat Fanciers' Association.
He is a busy-minded and athletic cat and hasbeen known to enjoy active games with adults and children, such as fetch, tag or even hideand seek.
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