The Norwegian Forest cat are large sized cats with a strong, sturdy body and thick coat originated for centuries in Scandinavia. They travelled with the Vikings, keeping their ships and villages free of rodents. The Norwegian Forest cat has a double insulated coat, waterproof which is designed to support the Scandinavian winters of their origin. A full frontal, furry tail ruff, pants back and tufted paws help equip this feline for life in a region that borders the Arctic. They also have paws designed for rock climbing and walking in the snow and ice in their natural habitat.
The tail is long and thick and should reach at least up to the shoulders. The ears are large, quite loud, lynx-like tufts and long hair comes out of them. This breed matures slowly and may take up to four years to reach full maturity. Norwegian Forest cats come in a many different colors and patterns, including tabby, patched tabby, solid and tortoiseshell. Their eyes can be green, gold or copper.
Norwegian Forest cats are known for being tolerant toward children and other pets. They are very intelligent, and enjoy climbing. They are not easily stressed, and adapt better to change than many other breeds of cat. This gentle, laid-back cat is very intelligent and fun loving, energetic and sociable, yet not too demanding, and they make excellent family pets. Intelligent and resourceful, theNorwegian Forest cat is a mild-mannered breed that adapts easily to its environment. They are very interactive cats who enjoy being part of their family environment and love to play with any one who enjoys a game.
This is generally a healthy breed of cat without any breed-related defects, and they can live up to 14-16 years, although they may be prone to kidney or heart defects in later life. The Norwegian Forest cat needs annual vaccination.They will eat most good quality brands of cat food, but will also enjoy treats of cooked chicken, ham and grated cheese. As they are so large and heavy-boned, they tend to eat more than many other breeds, but will be happy to burn off their calories by vigorous exercising.
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