The Norwegian Forest Cat is a domestic cat breed. It is originated in Northern Europe. It can tolerate very cold condition. The Norwegian Forest Cat is very gentle and friendly.They are very much homebody and enjoy the company of other pets and human. It is large, semi long haired cat.They have water-resistant coat which length varies from season to season.
Life Span: 12 to 16 years
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Norwegian Forest Cat is the native cat in Norway. The Norwegian Forest Cats tory is about hundred or thousand years old. There is a fairy tales that the Norse goddess Freya’s Chariot is pulled by six giant cats. They may be come from Turkey or may be related to the Siberian cat from Russia. From many centuries, the ”skogkatt” which means “the forest cat” gave its service as mouser to farmers in exchange of shelter.
In 1938 first first time a cat show was arranged in Oslo for developing them as a breed, but the second world war interrupted this plan. Then Norwegian Forest Cat club helped the cat for coming back from endangered condition. But until 1970’s they had to survive a lot. In 1977 they were finally registered as a breed and gradually become popular in Europe and U.S.A.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is one of the largest cats. Its head is inverted triangular shape which pointed at the chin. It has medium to large ears. Ears are heavily tufted. Its eyes are almond-shaped. Eye colors are green, gold or copper. Its chest is broad and body is muscular. Their paws are large and round. It has a bushy tail which as long as the body. Its long hair cover the hind legs.
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Size and weight
Norwegian Forest Cat is a large and well-muscled cat. The weight of male cat is about 12 to 16 pounds and female cat is about 9 to 12 pounds. Female cat is smaller than the male cat. It matures slowly and it’s growth is not complete until 5 years of old.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is very attractive for it’s beautiful coat color. It’s coat consist of long, glossy thick and woolly hair. They come in most color. Pure white do deepest coal-black is present in their coat color. Every possible color combination is possible in their coat. Some exception like chocolate, lavender etc are also found in coat color. Their coat change with the seasons. They exude extra hair that they don’t need during spring and summer. They being full in Winter to protect the harsh Winter weather.
Norwegian Forest Cat is very friendly and intelligent. It always appreciates human company. But it is very much reserved with the visitors. It becomes very happy to live with family members in the same room. They follow their owner around the house. It can entertain itself when no one is present in home.
Norwegian Cat is a good climber. They can easily reach at the top point of home. They can learn quickly and has an alert nature. It has a quite voice. But they only develop a loud voice when they are hungry. They also raise his voice when they ignored and kept them with a dog. They have a great energy level. Norwegian Forest cats are very friendly with the children and other pet. They love to receive attention from the children.
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Children And Other Pets
Norwegian Forest Cat is the perfect family cat because they are very friendly with family members. They easily adjust in any environment and easily make friendship with family members and others pets. They like children’s company and love to play with them. This cat also very adjustable with other cats and cat friendly dogs. They want the attention of family members but never want a continuous attention. Their polite voice and gentle behavior impressed anyone.
Norwegian Forest Cat have some health problems which is genetic in nature.
Glycogen Storage Disease IV: This disease affects the metabolism of glucose. With this disease most kittens are stillborn or die within few hours of birth. A DNA test is available that can identify the carrier of this disease.
Polycystic Kidney Disease: It is a genetic disease and it can destroy kidney. No DNA test is available for determining the disease.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: It is a form of heart disease but Heritability it has not found in the Norwegian Forest Cat.
Retinal Dysplasia: This is an eye defect which create spots on the retina but it never spoil their vision.
Norwegian Cat does not need extra care. Coat can be brushed once or twice in a week. Bristle brush, wire slicker brush or stainless steel comb brush should be used. Bath is not necessary for them. Having waterproof coat it is very difficult to get them wet.
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Brush their teeth to protect them from periodontal disease. Weekly brushing is better choice. The corners of the eyes should be wiped with soft cloth. To avoid infection separate cloth should be used to clean each eye. Ears also check weekly. Try to Keep them indoor for protecting them from the diseases of other cat and other wild animals attack.
Please contact with specialize rescue groups if you find a shelter less Norwegian Forest Cat. Also contact with them if you are interested in adopting a cat. Here we list out some best specialize rescue groups.