1. Norwegian Forest cats are known to be WARRIOR CATS.
The origin of these cats is not known. Some believe that Norwegian Forest cats were related to black-and-white short-haired cats from Great Britain, which the Vikings used as mousers on their ships. Another theory is that they are descendants of long-haired cats brought to Scandinavia by the Crusaders.
These cats were found in the Norwegian woods and in time they evolved into the present domestic breed known as Norwegian forest cat.
2. THEY ARE MYTHICAL CREATURES.
Norwegian Forest cats are legendary cats, they are not regular cats. In Norwegian myths, there is a skogkatt, that is a huge, long-haired fairy cat that lives in the mountains with great abilities of climbing them. The term skogkatt means a forest cat, so it is believed that the skogkatt is the Norwegian Forest cat today.
3. They’re NORWAY’S NATIONAL CAT.
This cat was designated a national cat of Norway by its King – Olaf V. At the moment, there is no national cat for the US. Even though it is possible that the grumpy cat might be suitable for the role.
4. They almost BECAME EXTINCT.
Due to the crossbreeding, the Norwegian forest cats were close to extinction. This breed was officially recognized by the Federation Internationale Feline in 1977. In the United States, the first Norwegian forest cat was shipped from Norway in 1979, and in 1987 this breed has been officially recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
5. They are popular in EUROPE.
Considering their Norwegian origin, it is logical that they are very popular in Europe, and not so popular in the United States. In Scandinavia, the Norwegian Forest cats have been known as “Wegies” as well, short for Norwegians.
6. They are HUGE.
This type of cats fits the category ‘large cats’. They are bigger than some small dogs. Their average weight is 13 to 22 pounds.
More about this: Meet the oldest and biggest cat in the world!
7. They are protected from the ice-cold winter.
One typical trait of the Norwegian Forest cat, helped it survive the cold Norwegian winters. Their fur. These cats have long-haired coat that repels water.
8. They are prone to diseases.
Even though they have such thick coat, they are still prone to health problems. Usually, they can get heart disease, hip dysplasia and glycogen storage disease type IV.
9. Their relatives are MAINE COONS.
Most of the time, these cats are confused with Maine Coons. Some people can’t make a distinction between them because they are very similar. Both are huge, have bushy tails and have similar origin.
If you want to distinguish the two, check their face; Norwegian Forest cats have a triangle-shaped face and Maine Coons – a wedge-shaped head and high cheekbones.
Read more about the similarities between the two here: Giant cat relatives: Norwegian Forest cats and Maine Coons
10. They can climb trees easily.
This might be logical feature, having in mind that Norwegian cats used to live in the forest. They have no problem in climbing trees at any heights.