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ABOUT THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT

The Norwegian Forest Cat is truly a natural breed and really does originate from Norway. The exact origins of the Forest Cats will never be precisely established, but one thing is certain: NFCs can be found in Norwegian folklore, where it is said that these cats were the family pets of the Vikings. As early as the sixteenth century such cats were described as being large, with long legs, big ruffs and ear tufts. Just like the Forest Cats of today, they had a particular liking for water, with the ability to catch fish in lakes and streams. In some folk tales, they are referred to as the "Fairy Cat" - it is easy to imagine them appearing supernatural as they flitted amongst the trees with their long, elegant bodies and flowing, bushy tails.

The Norwegian Forest Cat as we know it today has developed through natural selection, as only the toughest cats with the thickest waterproof coats and other special features would be able to survive in Norway's harsh climate. However, they probably crept in to keep warm by the farmers' hearths when they could, and have always been known to like being around people. Eventually, as the remote areas of Norway became more heavily populated the breed was in danger of dying out, so a special breeding programme began. Since then the breed has gone from strength to strength and is now extremely popular in many countries, particularly Scandinavia.

There are lovely tales of the acquisition and registration of many of the most famous early cats - for example, Timotei, who was rescued from under a tractor in the fields of a Norwegian farm and was so oily and greasy that he had to be thoroughly washed in a certain brand of shampoo. There is little doubt that "real", albeit unregistered Forest Cats still live on farms all over Norway.

 

The Norwegian Forest Cat Club is affiliated to the GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) , which is the largest cat registration body in the UK. There are two other important registering bodies of the cat fancy in Britain: Felis Britannica, affiliated to the Fédération Internationale Féline, and TICA (The International Cat Association). All three have a similar Standard of Points for the Norwegian Forest Cat.

 

If you would like to become a member of the Norwegian Forest Cat Club then please click on the link below which will take you to a print-out form.

 

Membership Form 2019

 

Send the form to the membership secretary: Jenny Thomas. 2 Bridge Close, Haxby, York. YO32 3WD membership@nfcc.co.uk

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