Norweigan Forest Cat - The Cat That Came Out the Wild

Norweigan Forest Cat - The Cat That Came Out the Wild

Are you looking for a cat that looks like a wild cat but is more sweet and friendly in character? With its half-length hair and sphinx ears, the Norweigan Forest Cat is a very special beauty. Although the cat may look like it has just emerged from the wild, it is actually incredibly friendly, cuddly and in fact tender in nature. Furthermore, this Scandinavian beauty has a rich history and is one of the largest pedigree cats in the world. 

History of the Forest Cat

For centuries, fairy tales and songs have told of forest, fairy and troll cats. Their archetype probably evolved from short-haired cats that migrated from central Europe to the northern regions. The harsh climate in Scandinavia contributed to the fact that the hair of these cats became longer and thicker due to evolution. When the Norwegian forest cat mated with short-haired domestic cats more and more, some Norwegian breeders began to save their genes in the 1930s. The first forest cat appeared at an exhibition before the Second World War. The first male was recognized in 1977 by the international breeding association. It’s picture was even featured on the Norwegian TV news. Incidentally, representatives of the breed still live freely and independently of people in Norway's forests today. The Norwegian Forest Cat is visually very similar to the European Wildcat.

Appearance of the Norwegian Forest Cat

A striking feature of the Norwegian Forest Cat is its ears, with small tufts of hair sticking out at the tips. The elegant beauty from the far north also has a shirt breast, ruff and knickers. These terms describe the lush curtain that decorates the Norwegian forest cats on the neck, chest and hind legs. At these points, the soft, dense undercoat is particularly lush in the cold season and is covered by long, slightly greasy awn hair. These protect the cat from moisture. Otherwise, the beautiful Norwegian is physically perfectly adapted to life in the cold forests of it's home country. Their hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs, this gives the cats great bounce and makes them excellent hunters. Their wide paws help her in winter. The range of colours and patterns allowed by the breeding standards for the Norwegian Forest Cat is very large: only the chocolate, Cinnamon, Lilac and Fawn colour variants are not recognized.

Norwegian Forest Cat Character

Despite their wild cat-like appearance, the cats are known for their gentle and cuddly character. They are real cuddly toys that require a lot of attention and petting from their people. You should also plan enough time to play with them! With their friendly nature and strength of character, the Norwegian Forest Cats are pleasant roommates, and they are considered to be extremely sociable, which is why it is generally not recommended to keep them individually.

Norwegian Forest Cat Care and Maintenance 

The Norwegian Forest Cat climbs, jumps and has a high urge to move. Due to their size, keeping them as a purely domestic cat can only be recommended to a limited extent, unless you can give the cats plenty of space at home. Scratching posts and climbing opportunities must be ample. Fur care during the spring change period is particularly demanding, during this time, the cat loses all of its undercoat, so you have to brush your feline friend regularly. Otherwise, the Norwegian Forest Cat proves to be easy to care for and uncomplicated. Their average life expectancy is around 15 years, so you have a lot of time for each other. 

Profile

Race - Norwegian Forest Cat

Origin - Norway

Size - Large to very large, head to tail length 100-130cm

Weight - Female: 4-8kg Male: 5-9.5kg. Exceptional cases up to 12kg

Anatomy - Elegant, strong, long-legged, elongated 

Head shape - Triangular with strong chin and slightly rounded forehead

Eyes - Large, oval, all colours are permitted 

Fur and Colour - Half long fur with a woolly undercoat and water repellent top coat on the back and flanks. All fur colours are accepted apart from chocolate, fawn, Lilac and Cinnamon