Norwegian Forest Cat Advantages and Challenges
Norwegian Forest Cat Physical Characteristics
Norwegian Forest Cat Personality
The Norwegian Forest Cat, or "Wegie" (pronounced “Wee-Gee”, as in “short-for-Norwegian”) loves being with people and even other pets, making it an excellent choice for households with kids and multiple animals. A naturally arising breed that really does come from the frozen forests of Norway, this beautiful cat firmly believes that everybody is its friend. Sweet and family-oriented, the Norwegian Forest Cat wants constant attention and affection from its chosen humans. This breed is most ideal for families where there is always somebody around, but if your schedule keeps you away from home for more than a few hours each day, then your pet would enjoy having a pet of its own – another active cat will be fine company for your Norwegian Forest Cat, and they can entertain each other while you’re away.
Norwegian Forest Cat History and General Information
History and Origin
Although the Norwegian Forest Cat is a comparatively new breed in the US, it’s a very old breed in Norway. Featured for centuries in Norse folk tales, the beloved ‘Enchanted Forest Cat’ was said to possess mystical powers. Supernatural abilities aside, the Norwegian Forest Cat was very likely a companion to the Vikings, traveling the world with Leif Erickson to keep his ships free of rodents. Some people believe that this well-traveled kitty may have been the early ancestor of the Maine Coon, among other breeds. The modern breed of Forest Cat was not exported from Norwayuntil the late 1970s, with the first pair arriving in the United Statesin 1979. Officially accepted for registration in CFA in 1987 and for championship competition in 1993, today the Norwegian Forest Cat is the fourth most popular longhair in the US.
Virtually waterproof, the Norwegian Forest Cat shouldn't’t ever need bathing under regular circumstances or regular grooming. The coat’s naturally oily, water-resistant guard hairs are designed to protect the insulating undercoat, a must for surviving those frosty Norwegian winters.
Norwegian Forest Cat Health
Due to its sturdy natural breeding stock, the Norwegian Forest Cat has no specific health problems and should live a long and healthy, active life. Maintaining your cat’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.
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