Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian Forest Cat is one of the most ancient breeds common in Northern Europe. This is a large cat with a half-length of wool, which almost did not change its appearance over time and as a result of selection work. The cat owes its appearance and thick warm hair to the harsh Norwegian climate. Breed, is among the natural, formed by nature itself without human intervention. The Norwegian Forest Cat is especially popular in the Scandinavian countries. It has not spread enough around the world yet, but has already found its admirers in Russia, European countries and America. Residents of Norway are very proud of their favorite, long ago become a symbol of the country. On an interesting free site you read all about this breed.
Origin of the Norwegian Forest Cat
The origin of the breed is still unknown. Today, there are only myths and legends that tell about the appearance of this cat in Norway. Descriptions of cats, very similar to the Norwegian forest are in many ancient Scandinavian tales. The first mention of the breed dates from the middle of the sixteenth century.For the first time these cats appeared in the Norwegian villages, and very much resembled the Norwegian lynx. They were called Norwegian Forest Cats. For a long time they were wild. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Norwegian forest cats were taken under state protection. Their capture and export from the country was prohibited by law. And only in the 30s of the last century, when the threat of their disappearance arose, the breeding of Norwegian forest cats began. For the first time this breed took part in the exhibition of cats in 1938, was appreciated and recognized as the national Norwegian cat. In connection with the Second World War, work on the conservation of the breed was delayed. And only in 1972, the development of the breed resumed, and soon the breed standards were adopted. In 1976, the breed was recognized as experimental and for the first time, a pair of cats of this breed was sold to another country. So began the spread of the Norwegian Forest in the world. Work on the breed, meanwhile, continued, and in 1977 in Paris, the International Cat Federation, finally, officially recognized the breed and approved its standard.
Norwegian Forest Cat has a harmonious and noble appearance.It is a large, strong animal with a half-length thick coat and well-developed undercoat. Representatives of this breed ripen later than other cats. The adult becomes only five years old. Norwegian body is proportional, strong, muscular, flexible, overweight is absent. Powerful bones, chest wide, pronounced waist. The limbs are medium in size, the hind limbs are longer than the forelegs, the thighs are strong and muscular, the forelegs are strong. The paws are round and large, with thick tufts between the fingers. The head of the cat has the shape of an equilateral triangle, the neck is of medium length, muscular. The profile of the Norwegian is absolutely straight without going from forehead to nose, the forehead is flat, sloping. Chin is heavy, rounded. The muzzle is triangular, the whisker pads do not protrude. Ears of medium size, high and slightly turned out by the sink, rounded at the ends. Many representatives of the breed have brushes on the tips of the ears. The eyes are almond-shaped, large, expressive, slightly obliquely set. The coat is shiny, soft, adjacent to the body, waterproof, with a thick undercoat.There is a magnificent collar and "pants" on the hind limbs. In winter, the undercoat is more developed. The tail is wide at the base, fluffy, long, pubescent according to the peacock tail.
Norwegian forest breed has a large variety of colors. All kinds of colors are allowed except Siamese (color-point). The most common colors are bicolor and tricolor with a white undercoat. Drawings and colors are clear and well defined. Eye color is green, yellow or yellowish green. White cats have eyes that are blue or different in color. Color of wool, paw pads and spout can be any.
Norwegian cat character
The Norwegian Forest Cat has a sociable and cheerful disposition, is mobile and energetic. She is friendly, good to all family members, calm, unpretentious and unobtrusive. The cat has a bold character, a pronounced hunting instinct, endurance, playfulness, dexterity and curiosity. Norwegian tender and soft, it is difficult to ruffle, it is not vindictive and not insidious. The cautious attitude towards strangers and the constant display of vigilance is explained by the highly developed instinct of self-preservation. The cat does not like to sit on their hands, does not allow to be squeezed, but loves to be petted and scratched.The Norwegian forest is in good contact with other animals in the house, including dogs, and is not at all jealous. And yet, the cat remains free and independent. She will like life in the countryside, here she will feel in her element, besides she is a good rat catcher. Norwegian has very strong claws and is the only cat that descends from the tree head down like a squirrel.
Caring for this breed
Norwegian Forest Cat does not require special care, despite the thick and long hair. It is enough to scratch it once a week. Due to its structure, wool is not prone to stalling. More thorough grooming is required during the cold season, when a thick undercoat appears and during the molt period. At this time, it is necessary to brush the hair more often in order to avoid hair getting into the digestive organs of the animal. Special care requires a "pant leg" on the hind limbs and a tail. A moving Norwegian cat, like a true descendant of forest dwellers, needs games, walks and lasagna in the trees. Walking in the winter has a favorable effect on the animal's fur. In regular bathing, the cat does not need, so resort to washing should only be in case of severe cat contamination or during the removal of fleas and skin parasites.
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