About the Norwegian Forest Cat Breed
If you are looking for a big, beautiful, friendly and gentle feline companion, the Norwegian Forest Cat is an excellent choice! Originating in Norway more than 1000 years ago, these gorgeous cats are thought to be descendants of the Siberian Cat from Russia and the Turkish Angora, with some Scottish wild cat blood mixed in for good measure.
The Norwegian Forest Cat has a thick, wooly undercoat beneath it’s long, water proof outer coat that allowed it to survive the harsh Northern climate in which it has existed for centuries. This breed loves to climb, and is also reported to be a natural fisherman. (Keep an eye on the goldfish tank!)
Sociable and amiable creatures, Norwegian Forest Cats love busy households filled with people, kids, dogs and other pets. They love to keep busy, and will gladly follow you around to supervise the washing, vacuuming, dusting, sewing and other household chores.
Weighing anywhere from 8 to 18 pounds, Norwegian Forest Cats are big and sturdy, with strong back legs that are slightly longer than their front legs. They have lovely furry tufts between their toes, and at the tips of their widely-spaced ears, and a fabulously furry tail that is carried majestically behind them wherever they go.
The exotic almond-shaped eyes can range in color from deep green to dazzling gold, and some white cats even have blue or odd-colored eyes. The gorgeous coat comes in a wide range of shades and patterns.
Grooming requirements are usually moderate – a good brushing every few days does the job nicely (occasional heavy shedding does occur – especially with cats who are allowed outdoors). For a healthy, hardy and loveable lug of a cat that is both beautiful and exotic looking, the Norwegian Forest Cat surely fits the bill!