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Norwegian Forest Cat guide


The Norwegian Forest Cat is one of the oldest breeds. There are reliable opinions that the ancestors of modern Norwegian forest cats are mentioned in Vikings’ sagas, although, of course, it is difficult to say precisely now. In ancient mythology there is a mention of “gorgeous cats” (the chariot of the goddess Freya painted by six cats). In addition, cats are known to have lived with Vikings, and they valued them very much for hunting rodents, affection and creativity.

Another reliable opinion says that these cats appeared in Norway as a result of trade, and were imported by merchant ships from Turkey. Accordingly, in this case, the closest ancestor of the Norwegian forests – Angora. Another option from the origin – Siberian cats. In any case, this breed belongs to the ancients, was not artificially bred, and developed in the natural environment, in the forests and mountains of Scandinavia.

The harsh climate allowed these pets to develop, to obtain a reliable and very warm long coat with a dense coat, which makes them almost impregnable even in harsh weather, rain and winds. After 1930, the European group of breeders decided to create a complete breed with distinctive features, which could breed according to certain rules to keep those same features.

The name of the breed came in itself, so to speak, due to historical patterns. In their homeland, this cat is called “Norsk Skaukatt” – many of these skakuatts participated in the cat fair in Oslo, in 1938, before the outbreak of World War II. They were represented by the oldest cat club in Norway. The Norwegian Forest Cat breed has been received very well and deserves positive reviews from the judges.

However, with the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the breeding program almost completely stopped, and a large number of the population became extinct. It took nearly 40 years for Scouts to return the interest of the breeders. The largest European record for purebred cats, the F’d’ration Internationale F’line (FIFe) officially recognized the Skaucattes in 1977, around the same time the breed was granted full championship status.

Ten years later, namely in 1987, the American Cat Lovers Association also recognized this breed, although, Norwegian Forest Cat set the championship in America it received only 6 years later, in 1993. That is, although The fact that the breed is one of the oldest, in the American cat show that it is implemented relatively recently. The Norwegian Forest Cat is now actively bred in other countries of the world.


The Norwegian Forest Cat breed, has a great physique, rear legs are longer than the front, has a developed chest, and strong muscles. The ears are longer than usual, and the ears are similar to a lynx. These animals feel great in a private house, where there is a garden and garden, the opportunity to climb trees, hunt prey and luxuriant in the sun.

The Norwegian cat will be a great friend to children and adults. They have affectionate, kind temper, they almost do not get sick and feel great in the family. The main thing – do not deprive them of activity, if you live in an apartment, play with them and spend time. After all, the capcutt genetically developed the instincts of the hunter, and his body requires at least imitation of such activity. Average life expectancy – 12-16 years.


With regard to personality traits, it must first of all be noted that the Norwegian cat has a very stable and balanced character, as well as a sharp mind. These pets are willing to give each of their family members great kindness and affection, and they love when a stroke is done, such as sitting on their knees or in a chair with their owner. However, she is not very demanding about attention, does not bother you beyond the analogy, and can easily find an interesting profession.

A long period of rock formation in the harsh conditions of the Norwegian forests, developed a number of instincts, in addition, affected the body’s structure. Skakucatts have strong claws of religion, strong paws, well developed muscles, and they love climbing trees and fences and love hunting and hunting prey. Even in the conditions of a city apartment, Scott will look for a high point – for example a closet. There he would sit, as on a throne, and watch what was happening around her.

Thanks to its stable psyche and kindness, the Norwegian Forest cat is well suited for families with young children. It also tolerates other pets well. The exception is fish tanks, as the water-resistant wool and the natural environment made the cats tolerate water. And if you add here the millennial instincts of the hunter – the conclusions are clear.

Common diseases

Both purebreds and mixed scots may have different health problems, some of which may be hereditary.

Fourth glycogen, which is a rare genetic disease that affects glucose metabolism.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, heart disease, and Norwegian Forest genetic transmission not proven.
Retinal dysplasia – an eye disease.
Polycystic kidney disease.
Otherwise they are very healthy and strong cats, with excellent immunity, good appetite, and excellent metabolism.


Since the Norwegian Forest Cat has thick hair and coat, it needs careful combing. It is better to spend twice a week using a stainless steel comb or wire brush. Additionally, keep in mind that with the arrival of the warm season, the Norwegian Forest sheds and sheds their warm winter coat. This means that cat owners will have more work to do.

As for washing, thick wool and a thick coat, it is not so easy to get wet, because the Capcutt pigeon can take twice a month. Under normal circumstances, that’s enough. Claws are usually trimmed once a week.

Also, do not forget to brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week, and better – every day. Meter mucus should be cleared