Our Awesome Norwegian Forest Cat Rescue
The Norwegian Forest Cat is not very common in the United States so how did one end up in the pound? Our boy was rescued from a local pound by a rescue group where we found him. How would an expensive breed of cat end up at the pound? Who knows. I suspect it was because he had severe anxiety and peed around the house. The poor boy was probably dumped because of this problem. With the right treatment of his anxiety he is truly the sweetest cat I have ever seen. He is loyal, calm, gentle and gorgeous as well as being huge at about 16 pounds. He is about 3 feet long and has very long legs. He has a full, white mane, bushy tail and white fluffy leg britches. Most importantly, he truly loves us and appreciates our love.
A Sweet, Loyal, Doglike Cat
Our boy is like a dog. He is 100% loyal to me. He follow me around and likes to be close by though he does not spend a lot of time in my lap. He likes to sleep on the floor near my chair or on the back of the chair where he can reach out and touch my neck and shoulders with his paws as he sleeps. He is extremely gentle and calm as long as he has treatment for his anxiety. He is quiet except for when he wants food. Norwegian Forest Cats are generally quiet, stoic and observant.
Norwegian Forest Cat Traits
Norwegian Forest Cats are calm and quiet but can be very loud when they want food. They love tall places. Our boy does not climb anything he shouldn’t but he adores his tall cat tree. Norwegian Forest Cats are said to be able to climb down trees head first due to their strong claws and flexible feet. If you have a Forest Cat make sure they have a tall, sturdy cat tree. They will get a ton of use out of it. Here is the brand I found that is tall, and works well for large cats. It is also affordable! You can read my review here and order one for your kitties. Tall Cat Tree for Large Cats. They love to look out windows and watch birds so put your cat tree by a window.
Viking History Of The Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cats are the official cat of Norway and are popular in Northern Europe. They may be descended from a mix of short hair cats from Northern Europe and long hair cats brought back from the Middle East during the Crusades. They may also be descended from Siberian Cats. Norwegian Forest Cats are found in Norse mythology as a favored cat of Freya and are depicted in paintings pulling Freya on a chariot. Norwegian Forest Cats sailed on the Vikings ships as mousers and spent centuries living in the forests and farms of Norway. They almost went extinct in World War II but were brought back through breeding programs. They are still not common in the United States.
Norwegian Forest Cats and Maine Coon Cats
Norwegian Forest Cats are believed to be an ancestor of the Maine Coon Cat. They share some similarities such as being very large cats. Male Norwegians can be 14-20 pounds and male Maine Coons can be even larger. They also share long fur but their are differences as well such as the shape of the head. The Norwegian has a more slender and triangular shaped head whereas the Maine Coon’s head is more broad and heavy with a short muzzle. Norwegians tend to have a more slender, long legged build overall whereas Maine Coons can be very stocky. Both breeds can come in any color and different pattern such as tabby striped, solid or patched.
From Peeing Everywhere to Perfect Cat
Our boy is wonderful now but he started out as a nervous wreck. He jumped at everything, hid under everything, was scared of my husband, and peed on everything. He peed on clothes, on carpet, on bath mats (his favorite), door mats and furniture! My husband was at his wits end. Pooch also seemed angry at the world. He scowled all the time and acted annoyed. He would pace around the house just looking for something to pee on.
With the proper treatment he is a new cat! We were SO relieved to find solutions to his peeing. We took him to the vet multiple times testing for UTI’s or other health problems that could cause this behavior. The vet never found anything wrong. They prescribed horribly bitter, awful liquid medication that he refused to take. I accidentally had some on my finger and tasted some one day and realized how horribly bitter it was! No wonder he didn’t want to take it since it tasted like poison. Poor boy! I feel so bad for all the cats that are given this since their owners don’t know there is a better way to treat anxiety in cats. I eventually found several products that really work. Here is my number one recommendation for cat anxiety, peeing outside the box and other behavior problems. Put these drops on your cat’s fur and solve behavior problems.
With the drops and these collars that use pheromone technology, he is now a perfect boy. I can’t imagine what might have happened to him if we had not rescued him and put up with years of struggle to determine why he peed everywhere and find solutions for him. He has a wonderful life now with 3 “siblings” to play with, and two kitty parents who love him wet food, dry food, toys and a safe home.
So Happy He Drools!
He gets so relaxed when he sleeps that he drools. It is pretty cute and ads to his doglike demeanor. He stretches his very long legs out to rest on my shoulders when he sleeps on the back of the chair. Unlike many cats he does not mind me touching his feet and he doesn’t mind kisses on the head! I can’t imagine life without him. He is a dear part of our family.
Even Rare Breeds and Mixes Can be Found at a Shelter
If you want a sweet, happy, loyal cat, please check out your local animal shelter. We got all 4 of our cats from local shelters. They are all wonderful pets and family members. They are all loving, calm and sweet. They have their issues from time to time but that is the case with any pet. Our orange, short-hair boy is a wonderful cat but he is prone to health problems like bad teeth. I found a solution for that with this amazing supplement for cats and dogs. Prevent Tooth and Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats.
Our newest kitty is a spunky, sweet, 14 year old calico girl who is even healthier than the other 3! Our French Chartreux girl is gorgeous and incredibly intelligent. How did a very rare breed like a French Chartreux end up in the pound on death row? I suspect a breeder may have sold her cheap to a poor home because she has green eyes. They are gorgeous but considered a fault by breeders! So no matter what kind of cat you want you can find one at a shelter from young to old, short haired tabby to rare breed. We did not even know what our kitties where when we adopted them. They were called simply “domestic medium hair” and “short hair”!
If you want solutions for other cat behavior or health problems please check out my other posts. If you have questions or thoughts, please leave a comment below!
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