What is special about this breed?
Norsk Skogkatt – is that a little lynx or a fox?
Anyone who sees the Norwegian for the first time might think that a wildcat comes towards you, straight out of the Scandinavian wilderness: the strong body, a triangular head, a short nose, relatively short paws, the long, bushy tail, little pompoms in the ears, shining eyes and the graceful gait.
She may look “wild”, but she is neither dismissive nor shy!
While wild cats do not like to be tamed and by nature prefer to keep their distance, the handsome Norwegian is very affectionate and human-oriented. On the contrary! She is really looking for contact! And not only to conspecifics but also to humans and other animals.
A perfect, extremely tolerant family cat: also children and dogs are welcome.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is so socially minded that living together with all sorts of family members is not a problem. Provided the chemistry is right and the reunification takes place sensitively for all participants.
Are there features that only the Norwegian Forest Cat has?
With their thick, water-repellent fur, they are perfectly adapted to the cold, Nordic winters: the lush undercoat, which is covered by special covering hair (awn hair), reliably protects the kitties from moisture and cold.
Striking is her dense ruff – a denser fur between the chin area and the shoulder – which becomes a dominant mane in winter. Also characteristic are “gauntlets” and “snowshoes”:
a special coat that they hang up between their toes and individual joints, especially in the winter – perfect for traveling in the snow-covered forests of Norway.
The hind legs are also slightly longer than the front legs, the paws wider than other cat breeds; so she can distribute her body weight perfectly on snow surfaces and does not sink so fast.
That makes the Norwegian Forest Cat also a gifted climbing acrobat:
Like a squirrel, she can even climb upside down from a tree!
Worth knowing about attitude and care
Although the Norwegian Forest Cat has a very balanced, friendly nature, she is not a lazy contemporary. On the contrary! She is extremely lively, playful and full of the urge to move!
If freedom is not an option, it definitely needs plenty of space, sturdy scratching and climbing trees, and intelligent employment materials that the curious animals demand.
The coat care of the Norwegian has special demands especially in the time of coat change: then the kitties lose much covering hair and undercoat. Since the brush should be used daily, otherwise regularly, for use.
If the care is not intensified during this time, the coat can be quickly felted and the cats get digestive problems, as they swallow too many loose hairs when grooming.
But always brush carefully so as not to thin the undercoat too much; natural bristle brushes are optimal, as they usually do not load as much as the synthetic models.
On bathrooms best without altogether; The coat of the Norwegian Forest Cat will be a bit softer, but the natural shine and protection against dirt and cold will be lost for a long time.