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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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

Betty    Woodbine, MD

4/5/2012 5:56:21 PM

I just purchased a one year old Weggie from a breader and cannot get her out from under the bed. I have a little dog Lhasa Apsa that loves cats and wants to play with her but the cat would rather be alone. Is there anything I can do to get her to like this family? When she was at the breaders she lived in a cage and was going to be a breeder but they decided not to breed her and sell her instead. Please help me make her happy

Marie    Zephyrhills, FL

5/5/2011 11:50:57 AM

I thought for a long time that my beautiful cat was a Maine Coon with some Siamese. After seeing a profile of the Wegie, I'm convinced she is at least part Norwegen Forest Cat. She has the marking of the Siamese, but all of the other charteristics of the Norwegen Forest Cat. She has tuffs of fur between her toes, ear tuffs, almond blue eyes. Her face is marked like a gray tabbie but those blue almond eyes just make her beautiful I found her at a shelter. They said she was a stray. Her behavior showed me that she must have been someone's pet. She is a wonderful loving family member.

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