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The Norwegian Forest cat is a very old natural breed, that has a long, bushy, nearly waterproof coat appropriate to the brisk climate of Norway. These cats may have served as mousers on the ships of Vikings and are present in the fables and folklore of Norway from as early as 1000 A.D. This cat is a very large and powerfully built animal, with notoriously strong paws and claws, making it one of the finest climbers in the cat kingdom. They are tough, somewhat wild-looking, outdoorsy types with excellent hunting skills and survival instincts but their exceedingly long history of domestication makes them people loving and sweet-natured pets. This breed is particularly fond of children and is rugged enough to deal with some potentially clumsy handling without getting hurt feelings.
Cool Cat Facts...
Norwegian Forest cats are heavily furred to protect them from the northern climate of thier origin. They have fuzzy ears and even have fur between the toes- like fluffy snow shoes- called "toe-feathers".
The Norwegian Forest cat has been recognized by the
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization, since 1993. It
relatively uncommon pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed. They
come in any color or pattern and the beautiful coat is long
and silky with a dense
undercoat. This natural breed does not require as much grooming as some
other long-haired breeds, but there is heavy shedding of the undercoat,
usually in the spring, that regular brushing will help control. This is
a very people-oriented cat, that is very
interactive. Definitely not a couch-potato, they are playful and
dog-like, and can
be great cats for kids. These are long, large and powerful cats that
have few breed-related health
issues, other than a tendency to some kidney and heart disorders. Keep
these issues in mind when interviewing breeders. Because it is active
and can be demanding of human interaction the Norwegian Forest cat can
be a fine family pet that does particularly well with considerate
strong bonds, and likes to be included in everything.
Shape: The head is shaped like an equilateral triangle
with all sides of equal length as measured from the outside of
the base of the ear to the outside base of the other ear and following
down the side of the head to the chin and back up to the ear. The neck
is short and heavily muscled. The nose is straight from the
brow ridge to the tip without a break in the line. Ears are medium to
large, rounded at the tip, broad at the base, set as much on the side
of the head as on top of the head – alert, with the cup of the ears
pointing a bit sideways. Ears are heavily tufted with lynx tips being
very desirable. The eyes should be large, almond shaped, well-opened,
expressive; set at a slight angle with the outer corner higher than the
inner corner. Eyes are green, gold, or copper in color. White cats may
be odd-eyed or blue eyed.
Body and Tail: Body is large, medium to long with lots of bone, a broad, deep chest and flank and wide, powerful shoulders. Legs are medium in length with good bone. The hind legs are longer than the front. The paws are medium to large with a slight toe-out. There should be heavy tufting between the toes. Five toes in front, four in back. The tail is long and bushy, equal to the body in length.
Coat: Full double coat, thick and woolly under and long, flowing and full outer. A neck ruff, toe feathering, ear furnishings and ear tufts are all desirable.
Pattern: Tiger and tabby colors are most common but many colors are acceptable. Points, in particular, are not desirable.
Overall Appearance: This should be a massive, imposing, and muscular cat with a long, powerful torso, and good bone. A gorgeous, wild looking cat with an athletic, powerful presence and a playful, dog-like personality.
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should never be outside cats. Hairless breeds like the Sphynx are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors. Docile breeds like the Burmese may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom. So what do YOU think ....Inside Cat or Outside Cat? Comment Here...