Breed Profile: From the Land of Ice and Snow

Closely tied to their heritage, Norwegian Forest Cats bring warmth to owners worldwide.

By Elisa Jordan

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The captivating goddess Freyja reigns as one of the few prominent women in Norse mythology. Her softer image symbolizes love, beauty and fertility. She also is associated to some extent, however, with war and death, further emphasizing her importance in the warrior culture.

As leader of the Valkyries, the deities who escort slain warriors to the afterlife, Freyja enters a battlefield to choose half of the bravest dead men for her palace, Folkvang. (Her lover Odin takes the other half to Valhalla.) As a woman of power, she blazes across the sky every day in her chariot, which her two large cats dutifully pull. It also is believed her cats were a gift from the great hammer-wielding Thor himself, the most famous of all Norse gods.

**Get the December 2008 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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Jane    Suwannee, FL

11/3/2008 9:23:44 AM

I was in Petsmart yesterday and to my amazement saw a picture of a cat on your magazine that looked exactly like our beautiful Missy Kitty, a rescue cat. I had always wondered where she got the huge ruff of hair around her neck. Now I know!

Karen    Pinole, CA

10/31/2008 2:44:16 PM

If I didn't know better I'd almost have sworn that somebody got a picture of my wegie. The face of the Norwegian Forest Cat on your cover has more white than mine, but the color and markings are almost identical. My sweet boy was a pound rescue who chose me. I'd had another who had died a couple of months earlier at the ripe old age of 17. I've had this sweetheart for three years.
These are the best cats if you want one to cuddle with. They are the most affectionate and smart. Yes, my Sweetheart can open a door. He even figured out how to squeeze under a screen door (The retractible kind). Now when I go outside I have to lock the deadbolt. When I brought my baby home (He was already over a year old) I threw some names out at him and low and behold, when I hit one he liked he looked at me....How's that for intelligence?

Barbara    Spring, TX

10/29/2008 3:00:10 PM

Awesome!!! Please thank the author for a great article!

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