Animals

Norwegian Forest Cats, They are Called “The Pets Of The Vikings”

It is a fact that pets improve our overall health. They play an important role in our lives, and always make us happy. You can never feel lonely if you have a pet.

For those who love cats, we offer the absolutely fluffiest ones. They are the Norwegian forest cats.

These cats, known as “wegies” and “scogkatts”, are large and often grumpy. They are included in a lot of Nordic folk legend, one of those is that the Norse goddess Freya’s chariot was pulled by 6 cats.

A few Norse legends say their ancestors were mountain-dwelling fairy cats with enormous climbing skills.

These cats are very popular in Iceland, Sweden, Norway and France. They originated 1500-4,000 years ago, due to natural selection. They were actually brought from the British archipelago to Norway in the early Middle Ages by the Vikings. It is believed they originated from the black-and-white short-haired cats from Great Britain.

These giant cats eventually got used to the cold weather. They almost got extinct during the World War II

Vikings lived with these Norwegian forest cats for thousands of years.

Cats were praised for chasing mice, and preventing diseases, which was more than enough for their owners, who for those reasons, kept them in their homes and ships.

These strong cats look like the majestic Maine Coon, so they may share some connection, too. Males weigh 13-22 pounds, and females are a little smaller. They aren’t fully grown until they are 5. They have strong muscles and dense fur, which is very helpful for the cold Scandinavian weather.

They Norwegian forest cats are quiet, calm, friendly and independent. They are also full of love and affection, fond of family members. They like to explore nature and climb trees.

According to BasePaws.com: “While they highly appreciate the company of their favorite humans, they like to keep things in their own terms. They can be lap cats, but only when, where and with whom they want to cuddle. These kitties love to explore and they make for excellent climbers. If let to roam freely, they will often develop into very effective hunters.”

They are named Norway’s national cat.

Sources:
www.iizcat.com
www.thedockyards.com
www.mentalfloss.com