The Norwegian Forest Cat is native to Northern Europe, where it is thought that its short-haired ancestors may have been brought by Vikings in 1000 A.D. By breeding with long-haired cats brought by Crusaders, these short-haired cats became better adapted to survive harsh Norwegian winters. Norse legends refer to a Skogkatt, a mountain-dwelling fairy cat with the ability to climb treacherous rock faces, which very well might reference the early Norwegian Forest Cat. The term Skogkatt remains a nickname for the Norwegian Forest Cat to this day.
These cats are big and strong, with great big bushy tails and sturdy bodies. As the Norse legend implies, they are excellent climbers, scaling furniture and curtains with ease. Though reserved with strangers, Norwegian Forest Cats are affectionate with their owners. They are intelligent and playful, and are excellent hunters if given the opportunity. Their longer-than-average coats require regular brushing to avoid matting, but Norwegian Forest Cats are typically easy to maintain.
Although a strong and sturdy breed, Norwegian Forest Cats are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Norwegian Forest Cats are prone to include hereditary metabolic disorders such as Type IV glycogen storage disease; eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia; and hip problems such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your chair-climbing kitty’s health ever falters, you’re protected.