Kitten History: Norwegian Forest Cat

The thick, soft fur of this Scandinavian breed calls for near-constant cuddling.

By Stacy Hackett

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Norwegian Forest Cat © Helmi FlickSome time in the last 4,000 years, the Skogkatt, or forest cat, emerged from the Norwegian forests and became a domestic pet. Legend has it that Norwegian Forest Cats traveled the world centuries ago, accompanying the Vikings on sea voyages to protect grain stores from ship rats; when the Vikings touched down on North American shores, some of the cats stayed behind.

Fast forward to modern times. The breed enjoyed great popularity in European cat shows, but didn't make its documented American debut until 1979. Cat enthusiasts soon fell in love with the breed for its long yet easy-care coat, sweet personality and devoted demeanor. The Cat Fanciers Association accepted the breed for registration in 1987, and the Norwegian Forest Cat was accepted for full championship status in 1993.

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Alica    Flagstaff, AZ

11/30/2014 10:53:21 AM

I've had a Skogkatt for 14 years now and she is the best animal I've ever had - in personality, temperament, intelligence, and appearance. Now that she is getting older, I was considering a companion for her. I'm interested in a kitten this spring, 2015. I can pick the kitten up from most western states. Please email me if you have a litter expected this spring.

Sadeea    Queens Village, NY

4/29/2014 2:28:40 PM

I want a a cat like that. Can anyone tell me where I can find such a beautiful cat.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

9/25/2013 10:21:55 PM

What a beauty!

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

4/6/2012 7:38:51 AM

Betty -- Did you click through this article? LINK It offers good tips on introducing cats and dogs. Also, you say you just brought home your cat. Give your cat some time to adjust to the new home. This can take a while. For more information on cat behavior, click on the landing page for cat behaviorist Marilyn Krieger's articles: LINK

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