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Norwegian Forest Cats
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Breed Information
What is a Norwegian Forest Cat? They are a wonderful friend and companion who remains active throughout their long lifes. They are a healthy, hardy breed that captures your heart with its unconditional love and gentleness. They can order a Norwegian Elkhound around but be gentle and protective of the youngest member of its clan. They are powerful creatures with strong muscles but are big teddy bears with their owners. The Wegie originated in the Scandinavian countries and is commonly referred to as the Skogkatt. The Wegie is part of Viking folklore and legend has it that they went into battle with the warriors, riding their shoulders, ready to defend their master from the enemy. The Maine Coon is thought to be the descendant of the Wegie that was brought to America with the Vikings
The "Wegie" is a hardy cat, only the fittest survived. Although they are an old, established breed that was not recognized in the cat fancy until recently. It was first shown in 1930 in     Norway and in 1979 in North America. After the Second World War the uniqueness of the Forest Cat was nearly lost due to the interbreeding with domestic cats. A few dedicated breeders in Norway undertook the challenge of preserving the breed. In 1977, The Feline International Federation accepted the Norwegian Forest Cat for champion competition. FIFE is the registering body for cats in Europe.
A general misconception based on their history is that the Norwegian is only happy outdoors. This is an old wives' tale. The Norwegian is very adaptable to indoor living. Give them a tall cat tree, some windows and a place to run and they are thrilled. They do need daily affection from humans and do best with a furry companion. They are very affectionate animals. I have found that some are more of a lap cats than others - but each demand attention every day and love to play with you. I am always amazed that when my largest male leaps up to hug me he lands with his paws around my neck and not a claw extended.
They adapt to new surroundings quickly - in fact they think it is rather fun - a new place to explore. You only have to show them where the litter box is once - they will remember. They are highly intelligent and learn quickly. So cupboard doors are swung open, drawers are opened if they know that is where their favorite toy is! I find them fun, amusing and entertaining. But they are also gentle and understanding. They know how to cuddle and show affection. An all around perfect pet (and two of them are 4 times better!)
So what should they look like - these purring furballs. The Norwegian body must be in proportion but must be higher in the hind legs (all the better for jumping up those trees. Now you know why I say TALL cat tree is essential). They should have big bones, strong hind leg muscles and never ever fat. They should have long guard hairs, covering a thick undercoat in winter. The undercoat, along with their mane, will disappear over summer and will regrow for the next winter. Keep in mind that the cat takes 5 years to mature so they may go through an ackward teenage period. They should have long tufts in their ears and on their paw pads - to help keep the snow out!
They come in all colors but pointed. The white Norwegians are commonly referred to as Snowcats (although mine think snow is terrible!) The expression can be sweet or feral.
They are very easy to care for. Brushing is really only required when their thick winter coat falls out in the spring. Their fur rarely mats.
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