Norwegian Forest Cat

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A portrait of the temperamental cat breed from Scandinavia

With its fierce looks, friendly nature and mythical history, the Norwegian Forest Cat has become a popular pet far beyond the borders of Norway. Here you will learn everything about the history, husbandry and care of the Scandinavian cat breed.

History and origin of the Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is one of the few cat breeds that has evolved naturally without human intervention. The exact origin is largely unclear. Some believe the breed evolved from crossing Persian cats brought by seafarers with domestic cats. Naturally occurring mutations in feral domestic cats may also have played a role. Through natural selection, the cats have adapted perfectly to the harsh climatic conditions with freezing cold winters. The cats lived like normal domestic cats as mouse hunters on Norwegian farms.

Purposeful breeding of the Norwegian Forest cat only began in the 1930s when the breed was first shown at shows. Due to the Second World War, breeding was temporarily stopped and only started again in the early 1970s. In 1972, the Norwegians even proclaimed the forest cat the Norwegian national cat. The rat breed has been officially recognized by the Fédération International Feline since 1977 and is now even known worldwide.

essence and character

The Norwegian Forest Cat is an extremely affectionate and cuddly breed of cat that forms a strong bond with its human. The forest cats therefore do not like to be alone for long and are very sociable. Their high level of intelligence combined with their playful nature make the Norwegians the perfect family cat. The Norwegian Forest Cat is generally friendly towards children and dogs and is not aggressive. Nevertheless, there are some tips to get . Although the forest cats are calm and even-tempered, it never gets boring with her. They like to be petted and love it when you play with them. Lots of exercise and mental challenges are an absolute must.

Appearance of the Norwegian Forest Cat

The semi-long-haired coat, impressive size and wild exterior of the Norwegian wildcat are more reminiscent of a wild catthan a house cat. The elongated body with long hind legs is ideal for jumping. The dense coat with a fine undercoat and long, slightly greasy top coat is ideal for bad weather. The guard hair is water-repellent and the undercoat provides optimal protection against cold temperatures of up to -30°C. Tufts of hair between the pads of the paws, the so-called “snowshoes”, prevent them from sinking into the snow. Norwegian Forest cats are bred in almost all colors with and without white, the only exceptions being lilac and chocolate, and cinnamon and fawn from the standard. As a special feature of the breed, there are the colors amber and lightamber.

attitude and care

acquisition cost

If you are sure that a Norwegian is the right breed for you, you should look for a reputable breeder. Here you pay a higher price of 550 to 1000 euros for a kitten, but you are guaranteed a purebred and healthy kitten. You should refrain from supposed bargain offers, as the cats often come from poor backgrounds. If you don’t want to spend so much money, you should get a cat from the animal shelter that is looking for help or buy a mixed breed.

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

If the Norwegian Forest Cat has never had any contact with the outside world, it is a frugal and undemanding indoor cat. However, it is advisable to keep several cats, otherwise they constantly demand the attention of their humans. Since it is very intelligent and likes to observe, the forest cat can quickly learn new skills. So don’t be surprised if she can suddenly open doors or turn on the faucet. On the whole, the Norwegian Forest Cat does not need an outdoor area to feel completely at ease and is also satisfied with small things. Despite this, she takes occasional trips into naturenot averse to it and, as the name suggests, feels particularly at home in the forest. So if you have the opportunity to let your cat outside safely, you should do so. In summary, the Norwegian Forest Cat is very adaptable when given enough exercise and variety.

How Much Activity Does the Norwegian Forest Cat Need?

The amount of activity required for the Norwegian Forest Cat depends on whether it is an outdoor cat or an indoor cat only. While outdoor cats are satisfied with the occasional game or a climb on the scratching post, indoor cats need more demanding work to compensate. Since they are spirited and playful, it is important to ensure that they have enough space and a large selection of . A large, stable, preferably floor-to-ceiling scratching post should be available. They are also generally not averse to a balcony secured with a cat protection net or an outdoor enclosure. Sufficient exercise should serve, among other things, to avoid so that the house cat stays healthy for a long time.

grooming and feeding

Looking at the half-long, dense coat of the Norwegian Forest Cat makes you think that grooming is correspondingly expensive. However, Norwegians need extra support mainly during In this way you can prevent falling hair from becoming matted with other hair or forming knots. In addition, the cats get their summer coat faster and do not suffer from the heat. Regular brushing or combing is sufficient for the rest of the year . You don’t need to pay attention to anything special when it comes to feeding and you should only be careful to offer protein-rich, healthy food without sugar and preservatives.

Interesting and worth knowing

Norwegian forest cats in mythology

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a very old breed of cat that is believed to have its roots in  Norse mythology  . The myths speak of two large, powerful cats with magnificent fur that pulled the chariot of Freya, the goddess of love and fertility. According to legend, the god of thunder Thor also came into contact with the so-called Skogkatts. In a competition, he failed to lift the cat because it was too heavy. Many breeders therefore still name their kittens after famous figures from Viking legends.

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