Norwegian Forest - Wikipet
Norwegian Forest - one of the oldest cat breeds, the ancestors of which were wild cats of Northern Europe.
In the photo: Norwegian forest cat. Photo: pixabay.com
|Life span||About 14 years|
|Features||Can't stand loneliness|
|Weight||5 - 9 kg|
|Who is suitable for||For any family|
Norwegian Forest Cat Breed History
Norwegian forest cats have lived with humans for a long time, helping Scandinavian farmers fight rodents. The harsh climate of Northern Europe influenced the appearance of these cats, giving them luxurious thick coat.
Legends were made about Norwegian forest cats. For example, the tradition of huge cats that carried Freya’s chariots, the goddess of love, fertility and beauty, and war, was preserved.
After the end of World War II, a club for fans of Norwegian forest cats was created in Norway.
The standard Norwegian Forest Cat was approved in 1976 (FIFE), but outside the historical homeland, almost no one knew about these beauties for a long time. There were so few cats that in 1975, breeders developed a special program to save the breed from extinction.
In the photo: Norwegian forest cat. Photo: wikimedia.org
Norwegian Forest Cat: breed description
According to the description of the breed, the Norwegian forest cat is quite large and massive. To some extent, they resemble Maine Coons.
The body of the Norwegian forest cat is elongated, muscular and flexible, the neck is slender, the shoulders are strong, and the chest is wide. Powerful and long legs, with the hind legs of a Norwegian forest cat longer than the front. Paws are heavy and large.The tail of the Norwegian forest cat is long and very fluffy.
The head of the Norwegian forest cat has a triangular shape, wide cheekbones, a straight forehead and a long wide nose. The ears are long. According to the description of the breed, the Norwegian forest cat, the ears of these creatures are decorated with tassels like that of lynxes.
The eyes of Norwegian forest cats are almond-shaped, large and expressive, slightly slanting. The color of the coat determines the permissible color of the eyes (they must be in harmony).
Description of the breed The Norwegian forest cat says that their coat is silky, smooth, but very long, the undercoat is dense, thick and wavy. A characteristic feature of the coat of Norwegian forest cats is the so-called “greasy shine”. If a cat lives in a cold climate, its coat is thicker, longer and coarser. This wool retains heat perfectly.
The hair of Norwegian forest cats is also famous for its ability to repel water, so that even if they fall under a shower or blizzard, these creatures dry very quickly.
There are “whiskers” on the cheekbones of Norwegian forest cats, and “pants” on the hind legs. In the cold season, the neck of the Norwegian forest cat is decorated with a “collar”, which disappears by the summer. The undercoat also falls out in the warm season.
The breed description determines the acceptable color of the Norwegian forest cats. The color of the Norwegian forest cat can be any, including any pattern (or its absence) and a combination of colors are allowed. It is desirable that there is a white color (on the legs and chest, it should prevail). As a rule, the Norwegian forest cat of the tabby color has the thickest coat.
In summer, Norwegian forest cats are more likely to be shorthair, so radically they get rid of excess vegetation. However, the tail and tassels on the ears remain unchanged regardless of the season.
In the photo: Norwegian forest cat. Photo: pixabay.com
Norwegian Forest Cat: Character
Distinctive character of the Norwegian forest cat: calm combined with hardness.
By nature, Norwegian forest cats are energetic and agile, retaining playfulness throughout their lives. And the muscular hind legs allow them to climb the slopes and trees perfectly.
The nature of the Norwegian forest cats allows them to easily adapt to any conditions.
These beauties are not shy about expressing their desires and demand attention. And if you, for example, work with documents, not paying attention to the pet, he may well jump onto the table and drop the documents on the floor. They adore the attention to their person and do not tolerate loneliness. If you leave this cat alone for a long time, it needs a friend.
Norwegian forest cats get along well with other animals and get along well with children. On one condition: if they are not treated rudely and do not make too much noise.
As a rule, Norwegian forest cats are patient and calm in nature.
Norwegian forest cats grow up late - only by the age of five.
In the photo: Norwegian forest cat. Photo: pxhere.com
Caring for a Norwegian Forest Cat
Although these cats are unpretentious and hardy, caring for a Norwegian forest cat has features that must be considered.
An important part of proper care for a Norwegian forest cat is hair care. How to care for the hair of a Norwegian forest cat? First of all, although it rarely falls off, it is nevertheless necessary to carefully comb it at least once a week, so that no tangles are formed. Particularly careful care for the hair of Norwegian forest cats is necessary during molting, and it is abundant in representatives of the breed. However, excess wool comes off in the spring for several days.
To keep the coat of a Norwegian forest cat beautiful, it is worth bathing from time to time.
Of course, the Norwegian forest cat should be accustomed to care procedures from early childhood.
In the photo: a Norwegian forest kitten, 3 months old. Photo: wikimedia.org
The health of Norwegian forest cats is excellent. However, one should not forget about the prevention of diseases, in particular, on time to give anthelmintic drugs and vaccinate purr.
Otherwise, caring for a Norwegian forest cat is no different from caring for cats of other breeds. Like other cats, representatives of the breed need high-quality nutrition, they need a tray with a suitable filler, a scratching post, bowls for food and water and toys.