Name

 

Skogkatt, in danish, means forest cat.

 

Origin

 

This breed comes  from the Norway forests, a country with many mountains fiords and forests. Here summer is short and fresh and winter long, with snow and string winds. It was in such a environement that this natural and and pure breed was born, It's survival ows to itself only, finding defenses to survive in the wildness.  

 

The harsh reality that has always surrounded this feline did not interfere with his character, which has nothing wild or rudeness. Their kind and gentle ways and beauty, captivated humans, they served preventing mice and other provisions rodents attack. From employees of the barns became guests of honor by the fire at a glance. The Breed contests came much later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temperament

 

Although living in the forests, the norwegian forest cat loves company and affection, though not necessarily to be grabbed and spending hours in her arms. It is calm and patient with children and other animals, which makes perfectly coexist with dogs and other large animal. They are curious, climbers, intelligent and sensitive, but also distracted and daring in excess, especially in situations of danger as windows and balconies. It adapts perfectly to an apartment or a house with garden, although necessary care to not lose sight of.

 

Pros e cons

 

The semi-long fur does not require daily care . Brushing is, however, important once a week, especially during molting to release the mantle of the old coat and accelerate its renewal. At home must have a tree trunk or a scratching post so that they can sharpen the strong ones. And if possible, a tall structure so that the cat can climb and descend at will. As much as the irritate him,  the norwegian forest cat are not aggressive to humans or other animals. They play with the collected nails and prefer to caress the owners than vengeance fruitless. Scratches, when they happen, are often careless and often human guilt. The big con is the fact that probably we can not have just one.

 

 

History

Scandinavian advocate, in a romantic view, that the Norwegian Forest Cat has existed since the first day of Creation . This is a very old breed and as such, the protagonist in some tales and legends. In the Norse mythology, the goddess Frevja drives a chariot drawn by two great white cats and Thor himself is faced, at one point, by a giant cat.

 

 

The history books claim that this is the oldest North race in Europe, with about 4000 years. These cats have accompanied the maritime campaigns of the Vikings, where once again, had the mission to keep rodents away from basements. The auspicious and heroic past was almost lost due to the free crossing with other cats, but the concerted efforts of a group of admirers after the end of World War II saved him. Admitted to the competition in Europe, won the noble title of official cat of Norway, granted by King Olaf. In the 1970s, it began to be exported to the rest of the world. Pan's Trul ( photo) was the cat who established the official standard .

Morphology

 

Annual change of the fur is very pronounced, so that in the spring barely recognizes the cat we saw in winter. The semi-long, dense and impenetrable cloak manifests itself even more extraordinary in a cat with five or more years, and features a huge variety of shades , from white to black, passing through red, cream, blue and silver variants and their smoke . The blacks generally have a less thick coat , as best absorb heat , unlike white , showing richer coats and a thicker undercoat because reflect .

 

The body is large and muscular, with strong and wide-legged. The lively, expressive and watchful eye, accompanied by large and wide ears, shows him on permanent alert. The head is triangular. A large and imposing tail, very rich .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cattery member of Clube Português de Felinicultura and FIFe | Founder of Clube Bosques da Noruega (CNFO)

Last update 21/07/2019

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