The Norwegian forest cat appeared quite a long time ago, in 1599 the artist-naturalist Frins told the world about this fluffy animal.
History of the origin of the breed
The birthplace of the Norwegian forest cat is Norway. These fluffy, like a solid lump of fur, cats are very interesting creatures, which are characterized by some features that distinguish them from other animals of the cat family.
There are many legends and myths that the peoples of northern Europe tell about the origin of the Norwegian cats breed. According to one, it was the
Norwegian forest cat who accompanied God Thor.
These cats were considered ordinary and they lived on farms. The Norwegian forest cat acquired the fame only in 1938 (as a breed). At the exhibition, held in the city of Oslo, the first cat of this breed, having a red-white color, was presented.
Officially Scandinavian (Norwegian) breed was registered in 1977. This breed is the most popular in Scandinavia and is in demand in many other countries. Do not forget to read about other big cats – Maine Coons.
Description of the Norwegian Forest Cat breed
The Norwegian forest cat is noticeable from afar thanks to its “fur coat”; it is so funny and sweet. In order to become more familiar with the Norwegian breed, let’s consider it and find out what this forest Scandinavian animal from the cat family looks like.
All the differences peculiar to Norwegians are well described in the breed standard.
Breed Standard (appearance)
The characteristics of the breed (external description) help to determine the Norwegian breed
- Body. The size of cats can be quite large (from medium to large). Their body is large and strong, having a massive joint. Weight can vary from 6 to 8 kilograms.
- Limbs. The limbs are muscular and rather long, though hind legs are slightly longer than forelegs. Paws are round and wide, there are bundles of fur between the fingers. The tail of the Norwegians is fluffy and long, the size is proportional to the body (or longer).
- Head. If you do not pay attention to the fur that is available on the cat’s face, you can notice that the head has the shape of an equilateral triangle.
- Ears. The Norwegian cats have large and wide ears, high set. There are small tassels on the tips of the ears.
- Eyes. The shape of the eyes is oval; the color may be different but uniform, corresponding to the color of the cat’s fur.
- Fur. The dense fur of the Norwegian has an average length. Cats have a soft and dense undercoat, which is covered with water repellent and shiny fur (hair). The integumentary fur protects the sides, back and tail (the upper part of it). Fur on the collar (“beard”) and paws in the cat is long.
The life expectancy of these breeds of cats is 15-17 years, but there are long-livers who have lived more than 22 years. It is very similar to a Siberian cat.
Character and some features
The Norwegian forest kitten has not only a bright appearance (they are like “pictures”), but also has a rather unusual character. Soft temper, good manners, tolerance, friendliness and love for his owners are what distinguish these cute creatures of nature.
Reviews of this breed are only good. These cats are completely harmless, they are always obedient and it is almost impossible to “provoke” them to bad deeds. Norwegian forest cat likes to talk, loves to play and likes to hunt for bows, candy wrappers, mice and balls. They really like to climb and study all the high places in the house.
Norwegian forest cats devoted to their owners, but are very cautious with strangers. They do not like sitting on their laps, preferring to be nearby, curling up. They do not like “kissing” but they adore when they are rubbed and scraped.
These cats are distinguished by their special endurance and strong health, they can adapt to the harshest weather conditions.
Care and maintenance
It is quite easy to care for Scandinavian cats, since their double fur requires attention only once or twice a week. The only drawback is the tendency to molt twice a year (in the fall and spring), when their fur requires particularly careful care, like furniture and carpets.
It is not difficult to breed these animals, but you need to consider that their fur requires good nutrition: full, balanced and fortified.
Average $600-$800 USD
Photos of Norwegian cats
The colors of Scandinavian cats can have completely different and uncomplicated shades. A cat can have only two or three shades, it can have strips on the fur, and their colors cannot be counted: red, white, gray, black, blue, red.
Photos of some colors are shown below:
A black cat is beautiful, with yellow expressive eyes, is the dream of many breeders.
Gray color in combination with bright expressive eyes makes the cat unusually humane, so intelligent and understanding.
Red Norwegian forest cat is cute, a gentle “purr”, which likes a sun, appears and pleases with its presence.
A white beautiful cat brings to life something bright and reliable, such cats are liked by people who are not afraid of difficulties.