Norwegian Forest Cat
At home, this breed is known under the name Skogkatter – “forest cat.” This breed often appeared in Scandinavian legends and even accompanied the god of thunder Thor.
The history of the Norwegian Forest is unknown. Perhaps these cats have always lived in Norway. Scientists suggest that these are former Angora cats – the breeds are very similar. Turkish Angoras could get to Norway in the 16th century, where they became wild and adapted to the northern climate.
This breed has absorbed all the beauty and severity of the Norwegian nature. The description of the breed Norwegian Forest Cat sounds like this:
A large but elegant body. Norwegian Forest Cats weigh 6 to 9 kg;
Triangular head with a collar of wool around the neck;
Straight nose and strong chin;
Big ears, sometimes with tassels at the ends;
Almond-shaped rounded eyes with a serious look;
Fluffy tail, length equal to the size of the rest of the body;
Characteristic coat of three layers with a thick undercoat.
Norwegian forest grows slowly and becomes fully mature only by 5 years.
Breed inherent wild colors, donated by nature. Chocolate, sable, color-point, purple colors and their combinations with white are not allowed.
In these colors, the hairs of the coat must be painted entirely. There are blue, red, white and black Norwegian forest.
Partially dyed woolly. It seems that the cat as if envelops a light smoke.
Wild color with stripes, spots and other patterns on the cat.
The characteristic pattern of wool is made with thick and smooth lines.
Allowable colors from monochromatic colors in combination with white. Tortoiseshell and calico are permissible.
The nature of the Norwegian Forest Cat
The breed has a soft and gentle disposition. These cats become attached to the owner and love to spend time with him. Obedient and intelligent, so it is easy to get along with the breed.
Norwegian forest love to talk, and they do it very nicely – as if they were singing a song. Get along well with other animals and children, not jealous and not touchy. However, do not try to take them in your arms – these cats do not like to sit on their knees.
More than anything, this breed loves high shelves and cabinets – from such surfaces it is convenient to observe what is happening around. And it’s easy to track down prey, even such as a ball or a candy wrapper.
Representatives of the breed can easily adapt to new conditions and are not afraid of strangers, so it’s easy to travel and move with them. Inquisitive, but not annoying – they prefer to observe active actions.
The coat of these cats is very thick and therefore requires careful care. Comb your cat with combs with frequent and sparse teeth alternately. It is advisable to comb the cat every other day, otherwise the appearance of tangles is inevitable. The Norwegian Forest Cats are pretty clean, so bathe your pet only when it gets dirty.
Get a high scraper so that the cat combines your favorite business with a useful one. Such pets need constant physical activity, so it will be more comfortable for them to live in a private house. When housing maintenance can not do without regular walks or a good game complex.
This breed has quite good health, and there are no characteristic diseases in Norwegian forest cats. However, for long life, you should pay attention to feeding: choose a professional feed or make a high-quality diet. It is not necessary to feed the cat with smoked meat and pork – this is heavy food for the animal. Ideal meat for cats – turkey, chicken, lean beef and offal. Treat yogurt, cottage cheese and egg yolk to fluffy.