The Norwegian Forest Cat

His history

SThe Norwegian Forest Cat is an ancient breed that has probably been around for centuries but it is only relatively recently that it has been recognised as a pedigree breed. Norway is a large and picturesque country of mountains and forests which experiences long, dark, and extremely cold winters and short, cool summers. It was in this environment that the Norwegian Forest Cat (or Norsk Skogkatt as it is known in its native country) evolved. In such a harsh environment only the strongest survived and kittens that survived their first winter were the ones that went on to produce the next generation.

Over the centuries the Norwegian Forest Cat adapted well to the harsh climate of the forests and fjords of Norway but, although it was well equipped to live in the wild, the Norwegian Forest Cat was not a "wild" cat and was prepared to be friendly with humans. So there evolved a relationship between humans and cats whereby the humans benefited from the cat's rodent-catching abilities which protected the food stores and the cats benefited from the shelter provided by the humans. Bit by bit they made their way to the farms and fireplaces of the Scandinavian people, into their folklore as well and, finally, into the modern cat fancy where they enjoy an ever-growing popularity.

Life with a Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian forest cat has a great character, they are brave and aren't afraid. Forest cats are known for the way they climb off a tree, with their head down. They aren't nervous and restless and will accept a new situation soon. They can live in the house, but they need a few things which enable them to climb and scratch. Norwegian forest cats can get along well with other cat breeds, dogs and children. The Norwegian forest cat attaches itself to one person, who he will support through thick and thin. They love attention of people, congeners and dogs but can also live alone well.

The forest cat loves to play. They learn to walk on a safety harness, to bring a prey or toy, to jump at will and to talk to you. If the cat has enough things to play with and can use his muscles you will have a happy, beautiful, interesting and loving friend.

Forest Cats do not require as much grooming as other long haired breeds and they tend to be happy and healthy most of the time. Affectionate, intelligent and playful are the best words to describe Norwegian Forest Cats : a joy to be around.

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