Cat Breeds 101: Norwegian Forest Cat!

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As its name implies, the Norwegian Forest cat is a breed of feline that originated from Norway first appearing in a cat show in 1912. However, it is believed the cat was used to catch mice on Viking ships and lived in Norwegian forests for many centuries. World War II interrupted attempts to preserve the species and crossbreeding nearly caused this breed to become extinct. [1]

The Norwegian Forest cat has survived for several centuries because of the roles they played in the lives of housewives and farmers. In exchange for a shelter in stables, homes, and barns, this cat kept the mice away. Today, the Norwegian Forest cat breed is enjoying a great deal of popularity in France, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. [2]

Norwegian Forest cats are strong and big felines with sturdy bodies. They also have long legs and bushy tails. They possess strong claws which are useful when they are climbing. Regarded as natural climbers, these cats often try to reach the highest point.

In addition to their large size, Norwegian Forest cats are also noted for their long and thick coats. Their coat may appear in a variety of colors including white, lilac, lavender and chocolate.

Norwegian Forest cats are known to be friendly and gentle breed of felines. They are usually fond of human companionship however, they are not the type of cat that demands constant petting and attention from their owners. This cat can be the perfect pet despite their independent nature; however, they are rarely fond of strangers. [3]

These cats are laid back making them ideal for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. They can do well with children who treat them with politeness and respect. Although they love spending time with their families, the breed may still be fine when left alone for a long period of time.

Despite the fact that these cats have long and fluffy hair, they do not require frequent and extensive grooming compared to other long-haired breeds. Brushing this cat’s fur once a week is plenty. However, frequent brushing may be required during spring when heavy shedding usually occurs.

Norwegian Forest cats tend to live 14 to 16 years.


[1] Nancy Furstinger, Norwegian Forest Cats (ABDO, 2010).
[3] Claire Bessant, Cat the Complete Guide (Barnes & Noble Publishing, 1999).

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