Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a semi long haired cat breed native to Norway. The breed has adapted to the cold climate of Northern Europe and has a thick double layered coat. These cats have large claws and are very good climbers.

Appearance

This is a large strong breed with a thick coat and long legs perfectly designed to live in the cold. These cats have large high set ears ideal for hearing and hunting. Forest Cats are similar in appearance to the Maine Coon and Siberian Cat. It is thought that the breed may have been created by crossing the short haired cats brought to Norway by the Vikings with the Siberian Cat, a native Russian cat with long hair accustomed to the harsh climates of Northern Russia.

Colouring

Forest Cats come in all known cat colours.

Temperament

This is a large, domesticated, intelligent breed that make fantastic pets. The Norwegian Forest Cat is an expensive breed and a kitten can cost between $600 and $1000 therefore many owners keep them indoors. If this breed is kept indoors it is important they receive enough mental stimulation and physical activity. It is in the nature of this breed if let outside to have a very large territory so physical activity within the house is vital for stimulation. This breed although completely domesticated has wild instincts and likes to climb trees and hunt, therefore these instincts must be stimulated within the home. Owners should devote time to play with the breed within the home and large cat trees are recommended. Forest Cats are known to be very vocal similar to the Siberian Cat and often chatter away to humans in the house. This is a friendly breed of cat that love attention and demand ‘Playtime’.

Health Issues

Forest Cats are sometimes associated with hip dysphasia a hereditary disease of the hip joint. There have also been kidney diseases reported in this breed.

The Cat Guide Score Card

★ Appearance 5/5

★ Stress Caused if left alone 4/5

★ Stress Caused if kept indoors 4/5

★ Activity Levels 5/5

Summary

This is a beautiful fantastic breed of cat. They can make very good house cats but it is essential they receive enough physical and mental activity in the house to stimulate there raw natural instincts. A lack of stimulation can lead to depression and anxiety.

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