Norwegian Forest Cat or in its own language Norsk skogkatt or Norsk skaukatt . They are the breed of domestic cat native to Northern Europe. The furry cats are also known as ‘Wegie‘ as an abbreviation of “Norwegian“. The natural breed is adapted to very cold climates with thick fur that has a long shiny waterproof top layer, as well as a bottom layer of fur as insulation.
It can be a very independent and caring member of your family who likes the owner’s attention but doesn’t point very much. This breed is also one of the silent breeds and only once in a while you will hear it sound. It is very playful so prepare a lot of games or activate yourself with this little one.
Historically, this breed is a breed of long-haired cat brought to Norway by the Vikings around 1000 AD. Possible breeds brought back are modern Siberian and Turkish Angora cat breeds . Moreover, the breed almost became extinct from the face of the earth during World War II! With the help of the Norwegian Forest Cat Club, this breed can be reproduced through an official breeding program. Thanks to the efforts of this little fan, Carl – Fredrik Nordane , it was registered as a domestic cat breed with the European Fédération Internationale Féline in 1977.
According to Norse religious myth, this breed is a favorite animal among gods and goddesses especially the goddess Freyja. Goddess Freyja is said to have a giant cat that pulls her car into battle and Thor was once defeated in a power contest with Loki’s son, Jormundgandr (Giant Snake) who at the time disguised himself as a jungle cat.
Their most distinguishing features from other breeds are their long, thick fur coat and large body size. The head of the Norwegian Forest Cat is shaped like an inverted triangle, adorned with simple furry ears.
Norwegian forest cats have a long (outer) layer of waterproof fur. It does not need to be groomed frequently except in special circumstances such as exposure to dirty conditions or medical needs. The thick fur is adapted for the thickly snowy Norwegian winter. In addition a dense bottom layer can heat them. Because the fur is so thick, it needs frequent care. It’s fur is very strong fall after winter is over and when spring enters. Norwegian forest cats are not considered a hypoallergenic species because of their fur shed constantly.
The thick fur of Norwegian forest cats comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Fur colors include white, black, blue, red, cream, silver, and gold. Next up are solid, bicolor, tortoiseshell, calico, and tabby fur patterns. The large almond -shaped eyes vary from stunning green to gold and copper. They have large chests, muscular thighs, round legs, and long bushy tails.
- Weight: 6 – 10 kg
- Coat length: Long, waterproof outer coat
- Amount of shedding: High
- Color: White, black, blue, red, cream, silver, and gold
- Pattern: Solid, bicolor, calico, tabby and tortoiseshell
Since their ancestors were feral cats, they still has an interest in climbing. So you need to get a tall cat house or a tree for this cat to use its natural nature to climb otherwise the back of your couch which will be the place to climb in your house.
In addition, they also known as the great hunters and keepers who protected warehouses and homes in ancient times. It was also once carried by Vikings on board ships because of their hunting skills. Hence, you can set up a laser pointer or other toy material to give your cat a fun workout.
While it loves to play it doesn’t demand constant attention. The Norwegian forest cat can just relax with its master in the same room and it will happily entertain itself when alone. This breed can get along with other dogs and cats, and is very friendly with small children.
- Lifespan: 14 to 16 years
- Intelligence: High
- Active: High
- Vocals: Low
Norwegian forest cat is a natural breed of cat and does not show the health problems that appear in hybrid breeds. These cats are indirectly very healthy, but there are several conditions that may be susceptible to this breed such as:
- Eyes: Retinal Dysplasia, Conjuctivitis, Glaucoma, Cataract, Entropion
- Heart Disease: Hypertropic, Cardiomyopathy
- Kidney disease
- Orthopedic Problems
Norwegian forest cats prefer a high protein diet (chicken, fish and meat). Sometimes they can choose if the food they don’t like. Reduce or avoid carbohydrates and also processed foods for fear of health problems. This pup will eat more than a normal cat because of its large body.
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