Norwegian Forest Cats of Northern Europe
Lifespan: 13 to 16 years
Activity Level: Very Acti
Coat: Long-Hair, Silky
Temperament: Sweet-Tempered, Intelligent
Information / Facts: The Norwegian Forest Cat hails from Europe and has been around since about 1000 AD. This is a long-haired cat and is similar to the Maine Coon breed with long legs and a big, bushy tail. This cat has a sturdy body and is very proficient at climbing. This cat is larger than most other breeds, and has a lot of energy. The Norwegian Forest Cat is also very demanding of attention and can be clingy with its owner if it feels ignored or neglected.
Pros: The Norwegian Forest Cat is an athletic, active cat and likes to have something to do at all times. This cat is ideal for active households. It's a good idea to keep lots of cat toys on hand for your Norwegian Forest Cat to keep it happy and engaged. This can also stave off boredom and depression that may develop if you are away from home for any length of time. The Norwegian Forest Cat loves to climb and would appreciate a home with lots of bookshelves and place it can climb into and hide. The Norwegian Forest Cat also enjoys playing a rousing game of hide-and-seek with its humans, as it is proficient at finding the best hiding places.
Cons: The Norwegian Forest Cat is prone to some kidney and heart problems that are not found in other cats. There are other health issues that may be present in this breed. It is important to keep up with routine vetting and report any health issues to your vet right away. This cat is also very active and may not be a good choice for sedentary households or households with children. The large size of this cat may make it less than ideal for the elderly or those with limited mobility.