The big strong cat, with itīs bushy tail and
waterresistance, semilong coat, wich the Norwegian nature, for centurys, without mercy,
created. And nature made sure that only the strongest survived cold, snowstorms, ice and
rain and continued to make the breed stronger and better adapted to survive, such as; a
special coat with thick underwool to keep them warm, with long water resistant guardhairs
on the back, hanging down the sides, to keep them dry.
To protect the most sensitive parts of the body a bit extra, these got longer coat, as
collar, eartufts, tufts between their toes, also the cheeks and breast got a longer coat,
and the long tail.
Big and strong, on high legs, with the hind legs slightly higher than the frontlegs, the
Forest cat moves like an athlete and is extremely good in climbing trees, and in fact,
almost as good in getting down again, with their heds first!
The Forestcats head reminds us about the Lynx. With big ears with tufts on, the expression
in the eyes, the strong chin and the straight profile, gives a very strong impression of
wild cat and wilderness.
Now you are asking yourself -can I really keep these cats as a pet indoors?
The answer is, without any doubts, YES.
The Forestcat is a social, friendly cat, who likes both human and other cats. Just like
other cats, the Forest Cat has a great personality. They are also very intelligent and
"speaks" a lot, without being noisy. (Most Forestcats prefer a catcompanion
instead of being a single cat.)
The coat is, inspite of itīs length, quite easy to care for, but in the shedding season
they can get some smaller knots. During summer, the cats are almost shorthaired, the only
thing that make you realise itīs not, is the tail, and the "knickers" (back of
hindlegs), who still have long fur.
The tales about the Forestcat are many and itīs mentioned in litterature in very early
In Oslo 1938 the first Forest Cat was shown and judged by a very excited judge, named Knut
Hansen. Then the second World War broke out and the work to preserve this Norwegian
nationalbreed didnīt start again until 1972. the year after -1973- the breed was
recognized in Norway, after the Norwegian catpeople agreed on a standard.
The cats were given pedigrees as an experimental breed, and 1976, the Norwegians had about
100 cats registered. the same year, on FIFEīs annual meeting in Wiesbaden, the Norwegian
Forest Cat got recognized without certificate status.
But the Norwegian people didnīt give up. when FIFE had itīs annual meeting in Paris
1977, Fredrik Nordane and several others where present, bringing with them a lot of
photomaterial and pedigreedokumentation, showing 3 generations of Forest Cats. And this
time they succeded, the Norwegian Forest Cat was officially recognised! This event even
was covered by the Norwegian TV-news, and the Norwegian people are proud of their National
breed, and so they should be!
Thera have been a big interest for the Forest cat in Sweden, right from the start, but as
the Norwegians first wanted to create a good breedingbase for themselves, only cats from
third or fourth generations was allowed to be sold out of Norway. But 1977 the first
Forestcat came to Sweden from norway and many cats have followed him since then and
nowdays the Swedish NFOīs are just as good as the Norwegians.