Norwegian Forest Cat - Breed Profile
Breed Description and Pictures Submitted by:
Debra Baker -
- If one stands very still amid the swirling mist deep within a Scandinavian
Forest, allowing oneself to become one with the mysteries shrouding the
trees, you just may, if you are very lucky, catch a glimpse of fleeting
movement. There, by that tree in the distance! Did you see it? A ghost of a
movement, a quickening of the swirling mist, then, poof! Gone as quickly as
it appeared! Was that a Skogkatt, or just your imagination trying to make
sense of the mist? What? A Skogkatt, you ask? Yes, Skogkatt literally means
Forest Cat in Scandinavian.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is true to their Norse beginnings; they traveled
with the Vikings as companions as well as fluid hunters, guarding grain and
food storage from vermin, both at sea and on land. Legend says that these
early Skogkatts left offspring on the North American shore as a legacy and
testament of their travels, beginning about 4,000 years ago!
These magnificent creatures still roam the forests in their native
Scandinavia. Usually, when we think of free roaming cats, we automatically
think Feral. The Norwegian is not Feral, not by nature, nor by circumstance.
Instead, they love people and will seek out the company of a friendly voice.
Farmers love to see the Norwegian take up on their farms due to this big
cats' hunting prowess.
Colors and Coats Types Available - The Norwegian comes in colors from
solid black to solid white and every imaginable color and pattern
in-between. These cats are truly cats with coats of many colors, ranging
from fine to course. All Wegies (Weegees, short for Norwegian) are double
coated. They have a soft, downy undercoat that serves to keep them warm. The
top coat is long and waterproof; necessary for survival of those tough Norse
winters! Try giving a Wegie a show bath; they are much like a duck, the
water just rolls off their backs, as they laugh at the thought of a mere
human trying to get them wet!
Grooming and Care - Contrary to some reports, the
Wegie, especially during that time of transition from baby to adult coat,
does need lots of grooming. Shedding season brings with it almost daily
combing because as that soft downy coat sheds for the summer, it wraps
around those longer, outer guard hairs, creating a nightmare of mats and
tangles. During the summer and winter months, the Wegie is actually two cats
in one. During the summer, their coats are shorter and need less attention.
During the winter, these cats grow a magnificent winter coat. Their tummy
fur can actually hit the ground. Their ruffs and bibs rival the best and
biggest manufactured fur coats. The tail, no matter the season, is always
full and bushy and can measure a full foot around in the winter.
Suitable Environment - As with any breed, it is always best to allow the
breeder to choose a couple of kittens best suited to your needs. Wegies are
playful, intelligent and love to climb. They will seek the highest spot in
your home. They need sturdy climbing equipment and firm rules. The
Norwegian, by virtue of its history, is very adaptable. They do best in busy
households, but there are those individuals that will do well in quiet
Personality Traits - Wegies are very playful and love
to participate in family gatherings. They play well by themselves, when
necessary, but are nosy and inquisitive by nature and make the best
helpmates. They will help you do laundry and vacuum; some are natural born
typists and will not rest until they can put their own personal message in
your emails. They are great at unloading grocery bags, too!
A true Norwegian Forest Cat is a feast to the eye, a delight
to the touch and an unmistakable lump in the beholder's heart. These
beautiful cats cannot be looked upon without catching one's breath. Their
beauty is astounding with lively green to gold eyes filled with absolute
expression, joy, love and intelligence. This is a cat that truly loves life.
I have personally dubbed them as my Clowns of Enchantment because they are
so entertaining, sensitive and just plain funny to watch them at play. They
will sometimes bring forth an imaginary friend to play with and the game is
on! Females will usually chirp, most males will sing instead of meow. Their
voices are light and float in delicate musical notes upon the air and softly
land in one's ear.
This cat is loyal to family; some will bond to one person.
Usually not lap cats because of their thick coats, they get hot easily, but
they are never very far away! Wegies are great entertainers and love to
interact with their family. Anything is a toy. They love life and embrace
every second of it. To live thoroughly is to be owned and loved by a Wegie.
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