Pedigree Cat Breeds - Norwegian Forest Cat

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The Enchanted Norwegian Forest Cat.
In Britain the Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) is a relatively new breed. Recognised by GCCF - FIFE and TICA. At home in Scandinavia, it is a very old breed, fashioned by nature, in the forests of Norway. NFC’s are found in Norwegian Mythology and Fairy tales. They were known as Faery cats, enchanted cats of the forest that could disappear at will. They were a favourite of the Goddess Freya after whom many females are named These cats travelled the world with the Vikings, protecting the grain stores on land and at sea. The breed was close to extinction until Carl-Fredrik Nordane organized a breed club to preserve the Forest Cat.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is a large muscular cat, slow-maturing breed, taking 4 to 5 years to reach full size. The NFC’s eyes are one of its loveliest features. They are large, expressive and almond shaped and the outer corner of the eye is tilted up to the base of the ear. They have a lovely expressive face.

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NFC in full coat is a sight to behold. NFC’s have a double coat of fur in the winter. There is a seasonal change in the summer when they shed the thick undercoat. The outer coat is water resistant. Males and some females will develop a mane. NFC’s have a triangular face with a straight profile. Their ears should be held high and usually have tufts of long hair, as do their feet. The back legs are higher than the front. They can walk down a door vertically. The NFC holds its long fluffy tail up as if it were a beacon from a light house It also uses its tail by wrapping it around itself in the cold weather, to keep warm.

They are excellent mothers, and interact with their offspring until they are ready to leave home. NFC’S make chirping bird-like sounds when talking to each other. They don’t meow unless they are trying to tell you something, which can lead to quite a conversation if you talk back to them. The NFC enjoys being with people and other pets and are excellent with children. They are very patient cats and are not easily stressed , they are very intelligent and have a natural curiosity.

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Grooming is not difficult with a Forest Cat. Although they will mat if their coat is neglected, simple combing of their coat a few times a week will keep it looking lovely and full. NFC’s love to climb so some kind of climbing device is essential. They like to be high up to survey their Kingdom. If you are looking for a cat that will be your best friend, then the Norwegian Forest Cat is the cat for you.

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