A large strong cat with a fluffy tail and a waterproof half-long coat was created by the Norwegian nature and has been forming for centuries. The strongest survived. Harsh conditions – cold, blizzards, ice and rain – continued to make the breed stronger and better suited for survival. These cats are distinguished by a specific coat with a dense undercoat to keep them warm, and long waterproof back hair hanging on the sides so that the cat’s body always remains dry. To better protect the most sensitive parts of the body, Norweg has longer hair on the collar, lynx tassels on the ears and brushes covering the ear, tufts between the toes, as well as elongated hair on the cheeks and chest covering the chest, and a long fluffy tail. Moreover, Norwegian wool does not require grooming, as in other long-haired breeds: mother nature made sure that these cats never had tangles. You will not find combs and hairdressers in the dense forests ?!
Anyone who has seen animals of this breed will agree that they impress with their power. Norwegian foresters are superbly muscled. They have a long body and long limbs, with hind legs slightly higher than the front, with powerful claws. They are stronger than most breeds, and even more powerful than European reed cats, which are much larger, which allows them to achieve impressive climbing feats. It happened because skogkatten lived in mountainous areas, where it was necessary to climb mountain slopes, where other cats get extremely problematic. Forest cat moves like an athlete and is very good at climbing trees, and, in fact, almost as good at heading down a tree!
Norwegian forest cats are much larger than most other cat breeds and, for that matter, some small dogs. The weight of a typical Norwegian forest cat male can vary from 6 to10 kg, cats are substantially smaller than cats.
Norwegian forest cats form for quite a while; their body development usually ends at the age of four.
Norwegian forest cats with their large bodies and fluffy tails and Maine Coons look like each other as cousins. Appearance is not deceiving. Genetic testing shows that Maine Coon is a descendant of the Norwegian Forest Cat and an unknown (and now extinct) domestic breed.
The head of a Norwegian forest cat reminds us of the head of a wild lynx. Big ears with tassels, a “wild look” of slightly slanting eyes, a strong chin and a straight profile – all this creates a very strong impression of a wild cat and wildlife.
The question arises: can I really keep these cats as a pet in a domestic environment? We no doubt answer: “Yes!”